The trick parents can use to get a cheaper break in the school holidays

Holiday prices always seem to skyrocket as soon as the schools break up. And the rules say you can’t take the kids out of school for unauthorized trips without facing a fine.

But there is a way to beat the price hike if you’re a savvy traveler. And this is because there are variations on the dates kids break up, and return to school.

So, if you’re prepared to plan your family holiday at a time when children in the local area are back at school, you could save money. For example, kids in Birmingham break up a whole week earlier for the summer than those in Devon and five days earlier than those in Cornwall so booking a campsite, hotel or Airbnb there at the start of the six-week break could be more cost effective than at the middle or towards the end.

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Kids in Dorset, Somerset, Lancashire and Bath return to school on September 1 –three days earlier than Birmingham so a weekend break at the end of the holidays could be cheaper than in the middle. February half term in Birmingham runs from February 20 to 24 , 2023 but most other local authorities have theirs the week before (February 13 to 17) so that could be a great time to bag a bargain break.

In some parts of Wales, schools are reopening earlier than in Birmingham after the summer so a short break at the end of August or beginning of September could be a winner. And in Scotland, schoolchildren return mid to late August so a late August break could be more affordable than going in July or early August.

We’ve listed the holiday dates for different counties across the UK, including half term, Christmas and Easter breaks so you can plan ahead. These dates are inclusive, so the schools will break up the day before, or Friday before if it is a weekend, and return the day after, or the Monday after if it is a weekend.

Be aware that these dates are subject to change and some local authorities have different inset days, which impact when schools are open. It is best to double check school term dates on the local authority website for the area you are planning to visit.

School holiday dates in Birmingham

Summer –July 22 to September 2, 2022

October half term –October 24 to 28, 2022

Christmas –December 19, 2022 to January 2, 2023

February half term –February 20 to 24, 2023

Easter –April 3 to 14, 2023

May half term –May 29 to June 2, 2023

School holiday dates in Cornwall

Summer –July 27 to September 2, 2022

October half term –October 24 to 28, 2022

Christmas –December 19 to January 2, 2023

February half term –February 13 –17, 2023

Easter –April 3 to 14, 2023

May half term –May 29 to June 2, 2023

School holiday dates in Devon

Summer –July 29 to August 31, 2022

October half term –October 24 to 28, 2022

Christmas –December 19 to January 2, 2023

February half term –February 13 –17, 2023

Easter –April 3 to 14, 2023

May half term –May 29 to June 2, 2023

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School holiday dates in Dorset

Summer –July 25 to August 31, 2022

October half term –October 24 to 28, 2022

Christmas –December 19 to January 2, 2023

February half term –February 13 –17, 2023

Easter –April 3 to 14, 2023

May half term –May 29 to June 2, 2023

School holiday dates in Somerset

Summer –July 27 to August 31, 2022

October half term –October 24 to 28, 2022

Christmas –December 17 to January 2, 2023

February half term –February 13 –17, 2023

Easter –April 3 to 14, 2023

May half term –May 29 to June 2, 2023

School holiday dates in Lancashire

Summer –July 25 to August 31, 2022

October half term –October 24 to 28, 2022

Christmas –December 19 to January 2, 2023

February half term –February 13 –17, 2023

Easter –April 3 to 14, 2023

May half term –May 29 to June 2, 2023

School holiday dates in Bristol

Summer –July 22 to August 31, 2022

October half term –October 24 to 28, 2022

Christmas –December 19 to January 2, 2023

February half term –February 13 –17, 2023

Easter –April 3 to 14, 2023

May half term –May 29 to June 2, 2023

School holiday dates in Bath

Summer –July 22 to August 31, 2022

October half term –October 24 to 28, 2022

Christmas –December 17 to January 2, 2023

February half term –February 13 –17, 2023

Easter –April 3 to 14, 2023

May half term –May 29 to June 2, 2023

School holiday dates in Norwich

Summer –July 25 to September 5, 2022

October half term –October 24 to 28, 2022

Christmas –December 19 to January 3, 2023

February half term –February 13 –17, 2023

Easter –April 3 to 14, 2023

May half term –May 29 to June 2, 2023

School holiday dates in Manchester

Summer –July 28 to August 31, 2022

October half term –October 24 to 28, 2022

Christmas –December 19 to January 2, 2023

February half term –February 20 –24, 2023

Easter –April 3 to 14, 2023

May half term –May 29 to June 2, 2023

School holiday dates in Liverpool

Summer –July 20 to August 31, 2022

October half term –October 24 to 28, 2022

Christmas –December 22 to January 3, 2023

February half term –February 13 –17, 2023

Easter –April 3 to 14, 2023

May half term –May 29 to June 2, 2023

School holiday dates in Wales

School holidays in Wales vary from county to county. Many areas break up earlier than Birmingham, which means they also return earlier too.

The first regions to break up for the summer are Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire, where summer holidays start on July 20 and end on August 31, 2022.

Next is Wrexham, Gwynedd, Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy and Anglesey, where summer holidays start on July 21 and end on August 31, 2022.

School holidays in Powys start on July 22 and end on August 31, 2022. The rest of the districts in Wales have holidays that run from July 25 to September 1, 2022.

School holiday dates in Scotland

Holidays in Scotland are very different to those in England and Wales. Schools tend to break up at the end of June or start of July then return mid to late August. Some of these dates include pupil inset days. Be sure to check with the local authority.

East Dunbartonshire school holidays run from June 24 to August 16, 2022. West Dunbartonshire school holidays run from June 25 to August 11, 2022.

South Lanarkshire and West Lothian school holidays run from June 27 to August 15, 2022. Falkirk, Stirling and Glasgow school holidays run from June 27 to August 16, 2022.

Invercylde school holidays run from June 29 to August 17, 2022. Renfrewshire school holidays run from June 29 to August 15, 2022. Angus school holidays run from June 30 to August 15, 2022.

East and North Ayrshire and East Ayrshire school holidays run from June 30 to August 17, 2022. North Lanarkshire school holidays run from June 30 to August 16, 2022. South Ayrshire school holidays run from June 30 to August 21, 2022.

Highland school holidays run from July 1 to August 12, 2022. Dundee school holidays run from July 1 to August 15, 2022. Midlothian, Perth and Kinross and Scottish Borders school holidays run from July 1 to August 16, 2022.

East Lothian school holidays run from July 2 to August 15, 2022. Edinburgh, Fife, Clackmannanshire and East Renfrewshire school holidays run from July 2 to August 16, 2022. Argyll and Bute school holidays run from July 2 to August 12, 2022.

Moray school holidays run from July 2 to August 15, 2022. Dumfries and Galloway school holidays run from July 4 to August 17, 2022. Aberdeen school holidays run from July 4 to August 19, 2022.

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