Whilst every effort is made to ensure that these Kent school half term holiday dates are accurate, there are occasions when circumstances beyond our control may result in changes.
Please note that schools have to approve holidays during term time - these dates should not be taken for granted. The testing times for national curriculum assessments (Key Stage One, Two and Three) and GCSE / A Levels and mock examinations also need to be taken into account - pupils should not be absent during these tests.
Kent School Half Term Holiday Dates
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The Kent LEA (Local Education Authority) sets the term dates for all community, community special and voluntary controlled schools. Governing bodies of foundation and voluntary aided schools are responsible for setting their own term dates.
Proud of its history, Kent has some fascinating castles, homes and gardens to visit during the half term break. Hever Castle, Anne Boleyn's childhood home, hosts events throughout the year, including jousting tournaments. Deal Castle, overlooking the sea at Dover, is a fantastic example of a well-armed fortress. Tonbridge Castle includes some exciting inter-active displays and hosts a medieval annual fair. Probably the most visited of all castles in Kent is Dover Castle. Dover Castle takes you on a journey through history no other castle can.
Originally an iron age hill fort and strengthened by William The Conqueror in 1066, Dover Castle also played its part in the Dunkirk evacuation and housed an underground hospital during the Second World War. A day out at Dover Castle presents a packed itinerary and visitors should allow around five hours to do it justice. Dover Castle does get busy in the half term dates, but this historic castle is well worth a visit.
A selection of Tudor and Victorian houses and some beautiful gardens can also be found in Kent, proving the county still deserves its affectionate title of "The Garden of England". These include Broadview Gardens and Marle Place Gardens, both near Tonbridge Castle and both featuring acres of beautiful landscaping.
This area of England has been the home of some influential and talented individuals. Kent celebrates its connections with historical figures by opening up their homes to the public, along with museums and exhibitions. These include Chartwell, which was the home of Winston Churchill for forty years, Geoffrey Chaucer's house in Canterbury, Charles Dickens' home in Rochester and Charles Darwin's house in Orpington.
Margate in Kent is one of the oldest resort towns in the United Kingdom, having been a popular destination for the school summer holidays since long before the twentieth century. It has been a number one destination for holidaymakers from London and around for almost three centuries. Located in East Kent, it is easy to get to from London and most other towns and cities in southern England.
Margate is the epitome of an English coastal town and, fortunately, it has preserved much of its old architecture and classic sites. Margate boasts a smart seafront and harbour which are constantly being regenerated while keeping their traditional nineteenth century charm.
There are plenty of activities such as swimming and water sports to partake in during the summer holidays and there are also plenty of cultural attractions in the town and the surrounding region. Margate also serves as a good base from which to explore Kent, particularly the Viking Coastal Trail, an area of beautiful countryside and plethora of stunning historical sites.
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