As the Christmas holidays come to an end and we head back to work after the New Year celebrations, thoughts naturally turn to holidays.

January is a popular time to book a break and here at Profit Accumulator, we’ve found a way to save money and get away from it all.

It all depends on where you live but if you are one of the lucky ones, there are some great bargains to be had.

In some areas, the school holidays are out of sync with other parts of the country which means cheaper deals for families without having to take the kids out of school during term-time.

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Take October half-term, for example. Most schools will be off from the week commencing Monday, October 23 but some schools are off a week later, from Monday, October 30 when the savings are striking.

A four-night break at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest in a two-bedroom woodland lodge from October 23 is currently priced at £1099.

But if your half-term is the following week, the same break at the same location comes down in price to just £729.

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The Lounge inside a Woodland Lodge at Woburn Forest

Schools that can benefit from this include those in Tameside, Hull, East Yorkshire, York, Cardiff, Sheffield and Camarthernshire.

Leicester City Council schools have their break from October 16 next year, so can also take advantage of lower prices.

It takes a bit of work and planning, but it's definitely worth checking to see if you are able to exploit the loophole.

Check your local council's website for term dates - they should have the next few year's dates up already.

Center Parcs in Easter 2018

If you can look further ahead to the Easter 2018 holidays, there are similar offers.

Families whose children break for Easter in March can book a two bedroom woodland lodge at Sherwood Forest Center Parcs from Monday, March 26 for £529.

But if you have to wait until the following week, the same holiday from Monday, April 2 costs £939.

Dates vary across the regions and even across different schools within the same area so check with yours before you book.

That way you can get the dates in the diary and seek out those dates when there are some deals to be had.

Let us know if you’ve found a bargain and we’ll share it here.

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