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School Holiday Calendar 2017-2018: UK & Ireland

Planning a holiday can be quite challenging as different schedules on both work and school do not always coincide. If you have children going to school, you will have to take the fixed holidays into account. As these dates tend to differ per country and even per region, we created a holiday calendar that gives you a perfect overview. That way, you can easily pick the best dates for your holiday to Spain.

Spain offers many exciting events throughout the whole year, we made a selection of the best ones for each holiday period. Scroll down to see the school holiday calendars for each region. 

Autumn Half Term

The Summer months are perfect if you like going to the beach, as the heat in the cities can be overwhelming. Autumn is the perfect season to do sightseeing in cities like Granada and Seville, as the temperatures drop to a more comfortable level.  

There are also several festivals taking place, such as the Jazz Festival in Barcelona and the Autumn festival in Madrid. The human tower competition in Tarragona has been declared an intangible cultural heritage site by UNESCO. It is definitely a particular event in Spain, if you are interested in events like these then definitely check out more weird and wonderful events. Autumn is a popular time for food festivals, so no matter where you will go, you will find one. To get in the mood, have a look at these autumn festivals in Andalusia, including some food festivals. 

Christmas Holidays

If you want to escape the freezing cold during the Christmas holidays, we have good news. Christmas is an important event in the whole of Spain, which results in many festivities and a great atmosphere. 

In case you spend new years eve in Spain, don´t forget to bring grapes! The Spanish eat 12 grapes as soon as midnight strikes, as they believe this brings good luck for the coming year. Find out more about the traditions and blend in with the locals

February Half Term

February means Carnival, two of the biggest in Spain are the Cadiz Carnival and the Tenerife Carnival! At both destinations, this event is celebrated throughout the whole month of February. Parades, glitter and glamour, contests and people visiting from the whole world: it is definitely an event that you shouldn´t miss out on. Have a look at the best holiday homes in Cadiz and amazing accommodation on Tenerife to ensure your spot at these festive activities. 

Easter Holidays

During the Easter holidays, there is a lot going on when it comes to events in Spain. First of all, the Semana Santa takes place in Malaga. During this holy week, there are many breathtaking processions in the city centre that make this one of the most special traditions. Another option is The Feria of Seville (Feria de Sevilla), one of the biggest annual events in this city. Find the best holiday homes in Malaga and city apartments in Seville to not miss out on these popular events. 

Summer Holidays

Summer is probably the most popular time to travel to Spain, because of the amazing weather. Especially the coasts are popular, given that you can do a bit of sightseeing but also top up your tan at one of the many beaches.

EnjoyAndalusiann tapas in the comfort of your own holiday home on the Costa del Sol, visit some historical towns during your stay on the Costa Blanca or discover the rocky coves on your Costa Brava holiday.

The Spanish islands are also popular options: visit the Canary islands or stay on the Balearic islands to enjoy the amazing weather. In summer it doesn´t really matter what your holiday destination in Spain is; you will have a great time either way. 

Some events that are worth visiting in Summer are the Feria of Malaga and the Tomatina (Valencia´s annual tomato throwing festival!). Have a look at the many festivals that take place in Spain during the month of August

United Kingdom

Please keep in mind that the dates mentioned below are combined dates from different councils and regions and should be used as a guide only. Always double-check with your child´s school before booking your holiday.

England

HolidaysDates

Notes

February half term 201713-24 Feb

One week for most schools

13-17th (Bristol, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, London, Nottingham, Plymouth, Reading)

20-24th (Birmingham, Coventry, Liverpool, Manchester, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Wolverhampton)

Easter holidays 2017 3-21 Apr

Most schools from 3-21 April, e.g. Birmingham, Bristol & Liverpool.

May/Summer half term 201729 May-2 June 
Summer holidays 2017 17 July-5 Sept

In most regions it starts July 26 or 27, however small changes per region are possible.

Autumn half term 201716-27 OctIn most regions schools are closed the second week, 23-27 Oct, however in other regions they close the first week.
Christmas holidays 2017-201818 Dec-5 Jan

Most schools have two weeks in this period, however, dates vary.

18 Dec-1 Jan (e.g. Bristol, Leeds, Manchester)

25 Dec-5 Jan (e.g. Birmingham, Liverpool)

21 Dec-1 Jan (some exceptions exist, e.g. London)

February half term 201812-23 FebOne week for most schools.
Easter holidays 201826 Mar-13 Apr

Most schools 30 Mar-13 Apr

May/Summer half term 201828 May-1 Jun 
Summer holidays 201816 Jul-15 SeptStart/end date may vary.


Scotland

HolidaysDates

Notes

February half term 2017 9-17 FebVaries between one day and one week, dependent on the school.
Easter holidays 20173-17 Apr2 weeks off, however, start and end date may vary.
Summer holidays 201723 Jun-18 AugStart and end date may vary.
Autumn half term 20177-22 OctOne week for most schools.
Christmas holidays 2017-201822 Dec-7 JanSome schools resume earlier.
February half term 201812-20 FebVaries between one day and one week, dependent on the school.
Easter holidays 201830 Mar-13 AprSome regions may vary.
Summer holidays 201827 Jun-20 Aug 

Northern Ireland

HolidaysDates

Notes

February half term 201716-17 FebTwo days off only.
Easter holidays 201713-21 Feb 
Summer holidays 20171 Jul-31 Aug 
Halloween 201730-31 Oct 
Christmas holidays 2017-201821 Dec-1 JanStart and end date may vary.
February half term 201815-16 FebTwo days off only.
Easter holidays 201829 Mar-6 Apr 
Summer holidays 20182 Jul-31 Aug 

Wales

HolidaysDates

Notes

February half term 201720-24 Feb  
Easter holidays 20178-23 Apr 
May/Summer half term 201729 May-2 Jun 
Summer holidays 201722 Jul-3 Sept 
Autumn half term 201730 Oct-2 Nov 
Christmas holidays 2017-201823 Dec-7 Jan 
February half term 201812-23 FebOne week for most schools, varies per region.
Easter holidays 201826 Mar-13 AprTwo weeks for most schools, varies per region.
May/Summer half term 201828 May-1 Jun 
Summer holidays 201823 Jul-2 SeptStart and end day may vary.


Ireland

Please keep in mind that the dates mentioned below are combined dates from different councils and regions and should be used as a guide only. Always double-check with your child´s school before booking your holiday.

HolidaysDates

Notes

 School term 4 Sept 2017-27 Oct 2017 
October mid term holidays28 Oct 2017-5 Nov 2017 
School term6 Nov 2017-22 Dec 2017 
Christmas holidays23 Dec 2017-7 Jan 2018 
School term8 Jan 2018-9 Feb 2018 
February mid term holidays10 Feb 2018-18 Feb 2018 
School term19 Feb 2018-23 Mar 2018 
Easter holidays24 Mar 2018-8 Apr 2018 
School term9 Apr 2018-...Last week of June for Primary school, the first week of June for Secondary School
Summer holidays...-3 Sept 2018Last week of June for Primary school, the first week of June for Secondary School

 

 

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