When is October half term 2023?

Families who missed out on a summer break abroad have another chance to go in October  (PA)
Families who missed out on a summer break abroad have another chance to go in October (PA)

Even though the UK's summer break is finished, it won't be long until the October half term, when children will once again have a week off from school.

If your family was unable to leave the UK during the summer, the autumn break is the perfect time to do it.

Some European towns are still enjoying temperatures in the mid-20s. However, there are still plenty of activities to do around the UK during these dates if you’d prefer not to travel via plane.

Despite the unpredictability of the weather in the UK, the breaks continue to be a crucial chance for staff and students to relax, recharge and get ready for the new academic year.

The autumn term, which for the majority of students runs from early September to mid-December, officially begins when students return to school after the summer break.

So, when will students and staff next have a break?

When is October half term?

This year, half term falls between Monday October 23 and Friday October 27.

The first part of the autumn term is from September 4 to October 20.

The second part of the term will start on Monday October 30 and end on Thursday December 21.

However, it's crucial to confirm the exact dates with your local government and your particular educational institution as they may change from school to school.

You can do this by entering your postcode to search the dates of the current school year and any upcoming holidays on

Other parts of the UK have a slightly different term timetable.

The first day of Scotland’s half term is October 6, and the half-term holidays lasting until their return on Tuesday, October 17.

While students in Northern Ireland take five annual breaks from school, and they often have more free time during the summer months as opposed to longer half-term breaks like the rest of the UK.

On the other hand, they will have both October 30 and 31 off around Halloween.