Give your child lasting memories of amazing school holidays at Fairthorne Manor. Located at a stunning 85 acre setting beside the Hamble River, outdoor adventures for 4-16 year olds are here for the taking. Build friendships, confidence and a host of new skills.  Fairthorne Manor Daycamps have been a source of fantastic memories for thousands of local children for over 40 years.

Times & prices

Daycamps are offered from 9.00am-4.00pm, with the option of extending the fun with Big Day from 7.45am-6.00pm. ** Excluding the 24th December where Big day will be morning only**

October Daycamps

Our October half term Daycamps run from Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November. Members save a 10% discount 

Christmas Daycamps

Our Christmas Daycamps run from Monday 16th December – Tuesday 24th December 2019 and Thursday 2nd January – Friday 3rd January 2020.  Members book by the 18th November and receive a 20% discount

Tax free childcare & childcare vouchers

We now accept tax free childcare payments along with childcare vouchers for Daycamp and Residential Camp bookings.  Tax free childcare enables you to receive up to £2000 to help with the costs of childcare – find out more.

For further information on paying by these methods, please visit our booking conditions. 

Aqua slide

Multi-Activity Camp

Our signature Daycamp offered every school holiday, for children in years R-11. Children enjoy age appropriate adventures as part of separate age groups: Holiday Club (R-2), Activity Club (Y3-6), Adventure Club (Y7-9) and Club 14-16 (Y10-11).


Water Camp

Offered at various holidays, children in years 4-9 make full use of our enclosed lake and River Hamble access as they experience new adventures on and in the water. Activities can include kayaking, raft building, stand up paddle boarding and much more.

Survival Camp

Survival Camp

Offered during Easter, Whitsun and summer holidays for children going into years 4-9. Children will learn how to survive in the wild as they build dens, light and cook over a fire, track animals and learn camouflage techniques.

Children in make up and costume for musical theatre

Musical Theatre Camp

Offered on selected weeks during the summer for children going into school years 4-9. Children enjoy a week of performing arts as they learn and choreograph moves to put into practice for the end of week show!

Staff and children at Turn Nature into Art

Creative Art Camp

Offered on Summer weeks 2 and 5, Creative Art Camp offers children a fantastic chance to create unique works of art, and craft items to treasure. Aimed at beginners but all are welcome.

Children eating packed lunch

Big Day & Packed Lunches

We’ll take care of the food and some extended play if you’re busy.  Big Day extends the fun from 7.45am-6.00pm including breakfast & tea, with the option to add a packed lunch too. Find out more below.

Children and staff on the bus

Bus transport – Summer only

During the main 4 weeks of the summer holiday, we offer private coach travel with Lucketts from 7 routes across the county.  YMCA staff are on board to ensure children are safely transported to and from the site each day.

Child in a tent

Sleepover – Summer only

On Thursday nights during the main summer holiday weeks (29 July – 23 August), children in years 3-11 can enjoy a sleepover with new friends in our YMCA tents. Evening activities, dinner, breakfast & lunch the next day is all included.  Places are subject to availability.

Children using hula hoops

Additional needs support

Specialist care and support to enable children with additional support needs or disabilities access to our mainstream scheme via Hampshire County Council Short Breaks Scheme – discover more on how our scheme works.

Online booking

Prices & booking

View our list of dates and prices. Members receive a discount of up to 20% depending on when you book; see price list for details. Find out more about our Membership offer. Book online or contact us on 01489 785228. Full payment is required at time of booking.


Fairthorne Manor is ideally located outside Botley just 3 miles from the M27, midway between Southampton & Portsmouth. Our address is YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton SO30 2GH. Contact us on 01489 785228.

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