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The best school holidays ever!

What could be better than giving your child the gift of magical childhood memories? School holidays filled with adventures, getting mucky and trying exciting and exhilarating new activities.

Fairthorne Manor Daycamps offers your child the chance to unplug and enjoy quality time in the great outdoors with friends, both old and new, to connect with positive role models and gives them a break from the pressures and stress of school and everyday life.

With a wide choice of fantastic activities and outdoor adventures for 4 – 16-year-olds, there’s something to interest every child. Located at a stunning 94 acre setting beside the River Hamble, your child will have adventures in woodlands, waterways and open fields.

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Upcoming Dates

October Half-Term 25th  - 29th October

Multi-Activity Camps

The ultimate school holiday fun, and the most popular choice. Your child will experience a range of age-appropriate adventures which increase in challenge as the days progress. A great way for your child to let off steam and make friends in the great outdoors. For children in Years R-11.

Our most popular camps

Themed Camps

Ready for the next challenge? Available during Feburary Half-Term, Easter, and the Summer holidays Themed Daycamps are the perfect way for your child to try something different and let their passion shine. Available for children in Years 4-11 (based on the school year they are going into in September.)

Make a Splash! Your child will make full use of the enclosed lake and River Hamble access as they experience new adventures on the water. Activities include kayaking, raft building, stand up paddle boarding and much more. Available during Easter & Summer holidays.

Get back to nature. Your child will learn fun tips about thriving in the wild as they build dens, track animals and learn camouflage techniques. Available during February, Easter, Whitsun and Summer holidays.

Take centre stage! Your child will enjoy a creative week of performing arts at Musical Theatre Camp as they learn and choreograph moves to put into practice for an end of week show! Available during the Summer holidays.

Perfect for your mini Picasso! Creative Art Camp offers your child a fantastic chance to create unique works of art, and craft items to treasure. Available during select weeks of the Summer Holidays.

For those wanting the next level

Calling all budding scientists! Your child will be hands-on in this camp designed to make science interactive and innovative. There’s cool chemistry with erupting volcanoes and magic crystals, rockets launching into space and much more! Available during Whitsun and select weeks during the Summer Holidays.

Back in Summer 2022! Has your child taken part in our Water Camp and is now ready to take their next steps in paddle sports? Your child will make use of the lake and River Hamble access where they will they develop their practical skills, increase confidence on the water and gain their Paddle Start Award. Available during select weeks of the Summer Holidays.

Back in Summer 2022! Designed for children who have previously been a part of Survival Camp and are ready to further their skills in how to survive in the wilderness, use their navigation skills to trek off site, learn help signals, and cook a meal on an open fire. Available during select weeks of the Summer Holidays.

The Fun Continues!

Looking for something more bespoke for your child? Our range of added extras means your child can still enjoy the fun of Fairthorne, whatever your schedule!

Big Day & Packed Lunches

Need some extra time? Let us take care of the food and extended adventures for your child. Big Day continues the fun from 7.45am-6.00pm including breakfast & tea, with the option to add a packed lunch too.


*Please keep checking back for 2021 information* Does your child want more time with their new friends? On Thursday nights during the main summer holiday weeks, children in years 3-11 can enjoy an exciting night away from home with a sleepover in a YMCA tent. Evening activities, dinner, breakfast & lunch the next day is all included.

Bus Transport

Please note we are not currently offering our bus service due to the restrictions on capacities and the requirement to keep children in bubbles as part of covid-19 restrictions.

Important Information

Additional Needs Support

Specialist care and support to enable children with additional support needs or disabilities access our mainstream scheme via Hampshire County Council Short Breaks scheme. New applications to our Short Breaks scheme are currently on hold but you are welcome to complete a profile form and we will add you to the waiting list – discover more on how our scheme works.


Our Daycamp standard times are from 9am to 4pm, with drop off between 9am-9.30am and collection between 3.30pm-4.00pm. Our wraparound care Big Day including breakfast and dinner extends the day from 7.45am-6.00pm (breakfast is served at approximately 8.30am and dinner at 4.30pm)

Pricing and Booking

See our 2021 Daycamp dates and prices.

Book early & save! Members of our Family Discount Scheme receive a discount of up to 20% depending on when you book your child’s camp – discover more about our Family Discount Scheme and booking discount deadline here.

Book online or contact us on 01489 785228 – please note full payment is required at time of booking. For more information on payment, please see our Daycamp booking conditions.

Availability for October 2021 is constantly changing, so please visit our online booking system to see what is available.  You will need to log in to your account or create an account to view availability.

Tax Free childcare & childcare vouchers

We now accept tax free childcare payments along with childcare vouchers ( list of voucher providers accepted) 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 see our booking conditions.
We accept childcare vouchers from these voucher providers.


In line with the current Government guidance for holiday clubs, we are able to offer provision to all children, without restrictions.

For more information about how our COVID-19 procedures, please view our Parent Information Pack for the upcoming summer school holidays

If you made your booking prior to 20th July 2021, this pack has been emailed to you.  Please read this pack as it contains important information including, drop off/collection details, grouping of children, COVID guidelines and welfare information.

Please note this information is subject to change.


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.