With more sunshine hours and fewer inches of rainfall than anywhere else in Great Britain, Essex is the ideal short break holiday destination.

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that these Essex school half term holiday dates are accurate, there are occasions when circumstances beyond our control may result in changes.

If your child attends a voluntary aided or foundation school, their holiday dates may vary from those shown on the Essex calendar. You must check with the school before making any commitments. School term dates are set at least 12 months before the following school year.

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Essex Half Term Holiday Dates - Southend-on-Sea School Holidays


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Essex school holidays successfully combine modern life with ancient history. In this historical county you'll find a diverse mix of seaside activities and old English tales. Whichever part of Essex you visit, history comes to life and family days out offer excitement and fun.


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Please note that some schools have decided to adopt slightly different half term and holiday dates to those shown here and it is therefore advisable to contact the individual school to confirm their dates.

The County of Essex offers a wide selection of places to visit.

You can find holiday accommodation catering for all tastes and budgets. From cosy self-catering cottages by the marshes to traditional bed & breakfast, luxury hotels for a romantic getaway to great priced hotels which are perfect for the bargain conscious weekend traveller.

Essex Coast - Half Term DatesEssex also offers a range of great value holiday accommodation perfect for family breaks or those travelling on a budget, including campsites and holiday parks and hostels. Essex is the perfect location for a half term holiday or short weekend break.

When the Romans invaded Britain, they made Colchester in Essex their capital. Lying in the south east of England and bordering with Greater London, this former Roman stronghold boasts some extraordinary sites.

The naming of Colchester, supposedly from a mythical king 'King Ceol', is said to have inspired the nursery rhyme 'Old King Cole'. Colchester is rich in history and ancient stories and is the oldest recorded town in Britain.

Colchester Castle Museum takes you through its history with some exciting exhibitions and events. Learn how the castle was first a Roman temple, which Boudica destroyed by burning it to the ground. From this ruin the Normans built Colchester Castle. This impressive historical site is a great place to visit in the Essex school holidays, combining learning with a family day out.

Take a trip to the coastline near Colchester and you'll find uncomplicated seaside fun and a slow pace of life. Tendring, otherwise known as ‘the sunshine coast', is a quiet and peaceful area to base your Essex holiday.

This area has the lowest rainfall in the UK and earns its nickname, The Sunshine Coast, by maintaining the mildest climate in England. Clacton-On-Sea offers a traditional seaside experience, and the surrounding villages are picturesque and quaint.

For seaside fun in the half term break with a little more excitement, Southend-On-Sea is the place to go. Southend stretches from Leigh-On-Sea in the west to Shoeburyness in the east, giving visitors a wide choice of things to see and do. Southend pier is the longest in the world and this stretch of coastline boasts seven miles of seafront.

For the thrill-seekers in the family Adventure Island Theme Park has over sixty rides and attractions. Adventure Island operates with free entry and visitors only pay for the rides they actually use.

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