Our aim is to build happy and healthy communities and at Fairthorne Manor we have the ideal setting.  Fantastic facilities, acres of space and exciting activities make for lasting memories – there’s no doubt you’ll want to keep coming back again and again.

Fairthorne Manor is steeped in history, with the first signs of occupation dating back to Roman times. In the the mid 19th century, the arrival of the railways and a station in Botley resulted in the construction of a large number of large country homes for wealthy town dwellers, including Fairthorne Manor in 1854.  The Burrington family purchased the property and remained owners until mid-way through World War II, when the army resided in part of the house  which was  visited by Churchill, Montgomery and Eisenhower.  In 1946, the YMCA purchased the property to accommodate TS Warfleet for £8,500, teaching young men to serve in the Merchant Navy until 1962. The National Councils of the YMCA developed a plan which are the roots of today’s success and the modern Fairthorne was born – read more of Fairthorne’s history.

Fairthorne Manor staff and children in boats


Excellent quality childcare for the local community with an outdoor play ethos.  The truly unique environment is a beautiful backdrop for their learning and development, where each day brings a different adventure.

Open daily from 7.30am-6.00pm for children aged 4 months 4 years.

Child playing outside at Treetots


Let your little one enjoy and learn in the great outdoors with you from an early age. Mud kitchen, puddle jumping, campfire cooking, pond dipping, wildlife walks and more every Monday and Friday mornings in term time. Further information can be found here 

For children aged 1-5 years and adults of any age! Be prepared to get muddy and have heaps of fun!

Abseiling, Fairthorne Manor

Daycamps & Residential Camps

Making fantastic memories and friendships every school holiday for children in years R-11 for over 40 years. Children enjoy age appropriate activities – themes include multi-activity, water, survival, musical theatre and nature art.

The aqua slide at one of our day visits.

Activity sessions

Individual activities for everyone – visit for the day or add one to your camping booking. 90 minute sessions for all ages and abilities – kayak, scale the climbing wall, zoom down the aerial runway, build fires & more. Offered April to September.

The aqua slide at one of our campout weekends.

Family Festival

All inclusive family weekends across three weekends of the year, including bank holidays.  Weekend includes accommodation (camp in ours or your own tents – April’s camp is indoors),  adventure activity and evening programme, plus all meals. A truly memorable event!

Public campsite

A beautifully flat and spacious campsite, with a stream, ponds, new wooden play park, climbing tree and more. Enjoy our activity sessions above or sit back and relax as your children safely explore. In the evening, enjoy a BBQ, cosy up around the fire and toast marshmallows!

Spooky trail

Community events

Join us for one of our seasonal outdoor community events.  From our Spooky Trail every October to our festive Christmas at the Manor, these events are open to everyone and a great way to enjoy our site with family and friends.

Children’s birthday parties

A party with a difference in the great outdoors for 4+ years! Plenty of options including adventure activities, treasure hunt trail, woodland trail or a survival party.  Offered at weekends, parties include the activity, staff, party food, party room and invites.


Find us at YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 2GH. Contact us on 01489 785228.

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