YMCA Fairthorne Manor is a place where you can make great memories and be sure you will be looked after. Whether it’s conquering new challenges, team building or simply to celebrate the end of Year 6 –  there’s lots of fun to be had on your school or group’s trip!

Located in Hampshire, midway between Portsmouth and Southampton on the banks of the River Hamble, there are 94 acres of nature, grass and parklands to utilise. With exciting outdoor activities, a Day Visit programme to Fairthorne will focus on your required outcomes with bespoke programmes to meet your school or groups’ individual needs.

Letting off steam has never been more important and we provide brilliant opportunities to get outdoors and run around in the fresh air – whatever the weather!

Plus, you will benefit from the added knowledge and expertise of the Fairthorne team who will support your group in key areas to ensure an enjoyable, safe, and successful trip.

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Children & Youth groups

Visiting Fairthorne Manor with your school or group is an opportunity to learn through exciting outdoor adventures. With the option of joining us either during the week or at weekends, we will work with you to create a custom-made programme.

Our most popular themes are: Team Building, Personal Challenge, and Communication Challenge. There are a huge range of activity options to select and ensuring you make the most of your time with us.

Everyone’s needs are different – whether it’s education based or for personal development, rest assured that we’ve got it covered for you.

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Adult Groups

Working with you in partnership, we’ll build a bespoke programme based around your group’s requirements to promote collaboration, teamwork, decision making and delegation.

Making the most of the vast outdoor area, your group could find themselves wading across the river or braving the Leap of Faith. Can your team successfully connect and delegate to complete the challenges in the great outdoors?

With flexible packages available, you can choose a session for just a couple of hours through to a full day, for small or large groups with room hire and catering options also available.

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Planning your day

Understanding what you want to achieve from a day visit with us is at the forefront of our planning.  Flexible programmes can suit single days or several visits to build on learning outcomes with consistent instructor staff to ensure quality learning & to maintain bubble groups.

There are lots of options for your school or group to enjoy the benefits of a fantastic time outdoors – will you choose abseiling, stream exploration, canoeing or maybe some den building? The hardest part of the planning will be the choosing!

To guide your decision making, the sample programme options below may help. These are not fixed so we can adapt any elements to tailor the activities. The emphasis is always on fun!

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Covid-19

Current Government guidelines mean that day trips are now permitted no earlier than 12 April in line with Step 2 of the road map.  We are taking day bookings for the summer term, but available dates are booking up fast so contact us as soon as possible to discuss your requirements.  

In the autumn term of 2020, over 1,000 children enjoyed safe and memorable visits to us,  with most of our activities delivered almost exclusively outdoors. Schools are kept separate to other groups visiting on the day via 95 acres of space and activity management.

Your safety on site is paramount to us and Fairthorne is an established venue that you can trust. We continue to monitor industry guidance to ensure we are delivering compliant activity sessions for children – please see our COVID risk statement for further details.

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Food

With all the exciting, action-packed activities crammed into your time here you’re likely to want a good, nutritional meal to fill you up.

All food is freshly prepared on site and special diets can be catered for, including vegan, coeliac and dairy intolerance – just speak to our team when booking your trip. Sample Menu here.

Your food choices include: hot meals, packed lunches or as an exciting alternative you can choose a BBQ & campfire cooking to add to the outdoor adventure.

90-minute evening programmes to broaden and complete your groups’ experience can also be pre-booked– speak to a member of the team for more details. 

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Contact Us

Take a look at our programme and activity choices and give us a call if you’d like to talk about requirements and prices for your upcoming trip. The friendly & experienced team will guide you every step of the way making it simple for you.

If we are unable to deliver your programme due to a lockdown that closes the site, we will help you seek alternative dates or refund your booking – more details here.

You can contact us Monday to Friday 9am-5pm on 01489 785228 or email: info@ymca-fg.org to discuss your options and check availability.

Location

Fairthorne Manor is a 10 minute drive from junctions 7 and 10 of the M27, just a mile outside of Botley.  The full address is YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton SO30 2GH.

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