MP supports calls for earlier school summer holidays
MP has this week backed calls for school summer holidays to be
held earlier to help the area's tourism industry.
Munt says she supports calls from Somerset tourism bosses for
the start of the school holiday period to be brought forward to
comes after Bob Smart from the Somerset Tourism Association said
the region's tourism industry would be boosted by better weather.
weather is usually better, and the days longer, in June than in
August. Until the 1970s the August Bank Holiday was always at
the beginning of August. Moving it to the end of August was one
of the worst things which has ever happened to the British tourism
industry," he said.
the school holidays to take in June and July would significantly
improve the chances of a British family taking their British holiday
in fine weather, and making the most of their precious few weeks
of leisure with long, light evenings."
national bank holiday in late September or October, for Halloween,
say, or coinciding with the school half term, might be widely
welcomed. Here in Somerset the early November carnivals add up
to a holiday week in themselves, if only people had a chance to
Munt said: "I do think we need a bit of a discussion about
holidays. I shall certainly be taking it up because I think it
is a good idea. The farming and tourism industries are continuously
hampered by when the holidays fall and the bad weather."
seems as though without fail the schools break up and the sun
goes in and once the children go back it comes out again. Traditionally,
children helped with the harvest during the holidays but that
doesn't happen now and for farmers people being away during the
harvest can be very difficult."