When is October half-term 2023? School holidays and UK term dates 2023/24

It’s almost time for the October half-term.  (Danny Lawson / PA Archive)
It’s almost time for the October half-term. (Danny Lawson / PA Archive)

Most school children have now settled back into their classroom routine after returning from the summer holidays. However, parents should be reminded that another school holiday is almost upon us.

As the cooler months roll in and kids start wearing their winter coats to school, it means that it’s almost time for the October half-term.

Every October, schoolchildren around the country get another week off from their studies to relax away from the classroom. During this time, kids can get started on their Halloween costumes and prepare for upcoming evenings of sparklers and bonfire activities.

It’s also a great time to squeeze in a quick family holiday if you were unable to get away during the summer months.

The October half term falls at the end of October, between Monday, October 23 and Friday, October 27. This is just before the clocks go back and winter really sets in.

However, it’s important to also check the exact dates with your child’s school, as the holidays may vary based on your location. Other parts of the UK, including Scotland and Wales, mark different half-term dates.

To confirm the exact dates of your school’s half-term holidays, enter your postcode into the Gov website to be directed to local school holiday schedules.

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(David Jones / PA Wire)

What are the school term dates for the 2023 / 2024 academic year?

The dates and times will depend on the type of school and also other factors, including inset days or exam periods. It is best to check with the school before booking a holiday — but here is a rough guide to when term dates will be for 2023 / 2024.

Autumn term

The autumn term began in England and Wales on Monday, September 4, but in Scotland, it began on August 16.


Half-term will be from October 23 to 27 in England, October 6 to 17 in Scotland, and from October 30 to November 3 in Wales.

Christmas break

The Christmas break will be December 21 to January 3 in England, December 21 to January 8 in Scotland, and December 22 to January 8 in Wales.

2024 — February half-term

For England and Wales, half-term in February 2024 will be 19-26 and Easter will be March 29 to April 1, with the summer break starting on July 24.

For Scotland, half-term will be February 9-19 and then Easter will be March 28 to April 15. Term will end on June 28 2024, for the summer holidays.