Give your child lasting memories of amazing school holidays at Fairthorne Manor Daycamps.

Located at a stunning 94 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.

Covid-19 Update

Subject to government guidance, we will be running  Daycamps over the February half-term from 15th – 19th February 2021 for children of Critical workers and Vulnerable Children.

A list of Critical Worker roles can be found here

Keep checking our website and social media channels for updates.

We continue to follow and monitor the latest Government advice for Out of School clubs, which covers Daycamp programmes and more details can be found here

Daycamps are offered from 9.00am-4.00pm, with the option of extending the fun with Big Day from 7.45am-6.00pm   

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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 during Easter, Whitsun & Summer 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 February, 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.

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Musical Theatre Camp (2021 dates available soon)

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! 

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Creative Art Camp (2021 dates available soon)

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.

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Science Camp (2021 dates available soon)

Children will be hands-on in his exciting new addition, designed to make science interactive and innovative. There’s cool chemistry with erupting volcanoes and magic crystals, rockets launching into space and much more!  Offered during Whitsun and Summer Holidays week 3 and 4 for children going into years 4-9.

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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.



Sleepover – Summer only 

On Thursday nights during the main summer holiday weeks, 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. 2021 information coming soon. 

Children and staff on the bus

Bus transport (2021 update coming soon)

During the main summer holidays we offer a bus service from 8 bus routes across the county on private coaches to reach the fun of Daycamps.  Our staff accompany children on the bus to ensure they arrive safe and sound at Fairthorne. 

In summer 2020, our buses did not operate due to restrictions at that time.  An update on the bus transport for summer 2021 is expected by the end of 2020.

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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 see our booking conditions.

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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.

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Prices & booking

View our list of dates and prices. Members of our Family Discount Scheme receive a discount of up to 20% depending on when you book; see price list for details. Find out more about our Family Discount Scheme 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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