The best school holidays EVER!

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Children have the best school holidays at Fairthorne Manor Daycamps! From the minute they step onto the expansive 95-acre site until they say goodbye, there’s a world of opportunities to learn, explore interests, and have fun outdoors with friends.

With a variety of fantastic and exciting outdoor activities and adventures led by our friendly and experienced team, children can enjoy the fresh air and find something special to love.

Choose your Daycamp

Themed Daycamps are the perfect way for your child to try something different and let their passion shine. Available for children currently in Years 3-11 during the Easter and May holidays, and in the summer holidays for those children about to start Y3-11 in September.

New to 2024: Survival and Water Camps are now available in May Half-Term

Offering excitement and plenty of outdoor activities. Spend your day ziplining through the woods, building dens, balancing on low ropes, or lighting a fire in our multi-activity camp. With over 20 activities on offer, there is plenty of variety to get stuck into. Available for Years 3 and above.

Let your child’s creativity run free with the arts and crafts camp. Paper Mache and mould your own designs, create bird feeders, paint pottery in your favourite colours, pebble painting and much more. They will create unique works of art that they’ll cherish.

Science (Yr 3+)

Venture into the world of science for a week with our science camp. Complete exciting and educational experiments including making ice cream in a matter of minutes, completing an egg drop challenge, making a volcano erupt, and creating your own lava lamp.

Survival (Yr 3+)

Take the first steps to becoming a survival expert with this survival camp. Learn basic survival skills such as first aid, archery, lighting fires, building survival shelters, navigating streams, and camouflaging in the environment. Available for Years 3s and above.

Water (Yr 4+)

Make a splash with our Watercamp! Learn to paddle in a kayak, canoe, kata kanu, and Stand-up paddleboard, navigate the stream in stream explore, and take on exciting challenges like water games, aqua slides, and river obstacle courses. Available for year 4 and above.

Extreme Survival (Yr 5+)

Take your survival skills to the next level! Learn how to make archery equipment, complete a first aid challenge, make your own fire to cook on, and test your skills with extreme survival. Available for those who have already completed the survival camp, and in Years 5 and above.

Paddles Plus (Yr 5+)

This exciting camp is for those who love the water! Learning how to rescue crafts, yourself, and others, whilst developing your paddling skills, you’re sure to experience a week you’ll never forget. Available to those who have already completed water camp and in year 5 or above.

Want a simpler programme?

Holiday Club (Yr R-11)

Holiday Club (Yr R - 11)

A new and exciting option, offering a simpler programme, that’s still lots of fun. Join in with activities, including arts and crafts, sports and games, den building, messy play, and team-building. A fantastic childcare option for years R to 11.

Extra Fun



Add breakfast club to your booking for your child to have an appetising start to their day. Served from 7:30am – 9am for just £9.



Opt for a freshly prepared lunch to keep your child energized for a day of exciting adventures for just £5.



Need to extend the day until 6pm? For £11 add Dinner Club to your booking for your child to receive a delicious home-cooked meal.

Thursday Sleepover

Children in Years 3-11 can enjoy an exciting night away from home with a sleepover with friends in a YMCA tent for just £25

Daycamps Bus

Jump on the Summer Daycamps bus at nominated local bus routes across Southampton, Portsmouth, Romsey, Winchester and Gosport for just £20 a week including pick up, and drop off making life simpler for you. Simply add to your order when booking.

You can find your bus route here!


Your child will be kept active and outdoor activities take place come rain or shine. To make sure that your child is prepared each day, please bring the following named kit: > Packed lunch and a drink (refillable bottle) > Snacks for breaks in the day > Sun hat and cream if weather is warm > Shoes that can and will get wet > Wellies > Towel (warm showers and changing facilities are available) > Warm clothing (jacket, jumpers, trousers) > Waterproof jacket > Spare clothes (a complete set, including pants and socks) > Plastic bag (to put wet clothes in) > Spare shoes to travel home in > Optional tuck money (in a named purse/wallet) > Medication if required
Easily drop off your child to our Leaders straight from your car between 9am-9.30am. Collect between 3.30pm-4.00pm. If you feel you would like to remain onsite after drop off for peace of mind, head to the cafe at reception for a hot or cold drink.
We welcome children with support needs to attend our Daycamp programmes. We appreciate that support requirements vary from child to child so if you think your child would benefit from additional support, please contact us on 01489 785228 before making your booking. Children with 1:1 support requirements and registered for a Gateway card can benefit from 1:1 support provided as part of the Hampshire County Council Short Breaks Scheme.
Great news! As all YMCA Daycamps and Residential Camps are Ofsted registered and classified as childcare, you save money on the cost by paying with Childcare Vouchers (CCV) or the Government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme (TFC). Deciding to pay by CCV or TFC amounts to accepting to buy a service and will be subject to relevant booking conditions. Please note that CCV/TFC payments can only be accepted for the childcare element of bookings and cannot be used to purchase the Family Discount Scheme. We can also accept payment by credit or debit card for any of our services. If you need any further information that isn’t covered below, you can read more here or call our team for advice: 01489 785228
The majority of our activities are suitable for children with disabilities or can be adapted to make them accessible to ensure everyone can experience the benefits of outdoor adventure.  Camp Fairthorne children stay in tents with wooden floors and access a nearby toilet and shower block which has an accessible bathroom. Please contact us to discuss your child’s requirements.
Yes, Fairthorne Manor Daycamps are Ofsted rated. Please view the reports here.

Fairthorne Manor Daycamps

Maisie loves the Daycamps. Always comes home full of exciting stories about what she has done, experienced and achieved. Already looking forward to the summer holidays and coming back! The staff are brilliant and Maisie always feels safe knowing they are there on hand all the time.

Karen, 2023

Perfect Location

Fairthorne Manor is ideally located outside Botley just 3 miles from the M27, midway between Southampton & Portsmouth.

Following a storm in Winter 22/23, some fallen trees destabilised the supporting bank at the end of our lake which was subsequently washed away, resulting in the lake being out of action for the 2023 season. All of our water activities were delivered in 2023 on the tidal River Hamble, where we are restricted by available tides. Our aim is to reinstate the lake for use in 2024 subject to costs and we will update with further news in the near future.