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The best summer holidays ever!

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

Fairthorne Manor summer 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 5 – 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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Multi-Activity Camps

Mini Club (YR - Y2)

Start your child's Daycamp journey with Holiday Club.

Your child will have the best fun exploring woodlands, playing in open fields, connecting with positive role models, and making new friends.

School Years 3-11

The ultimate summer holiday fun. Your child will experience a range of age-appropriate adventures which increase in challenge as the days progress.

A fantastic way for your child to let off steam and make friends in the great outdoors. 

Summer 2023 update 

Due to factors outside our control causing a section of the bank to wash away, the lake on site is currently out of action. However, we want to assure you that Multi-activity Daycamps this summer are still packed with fun activities for children.

For children in Year 3-11, Multi-activity programme will feature Stream X, Aqua Slide, Wacky Water Games, plus high ropes, survival skills, and more. We're constantly monitoring and optimising the programme to maximise enjoyment and create great memories.

The Daycamp programme for children in Year R-2 and all themed camps, including water camp and Camp Fairthorne residential camp, are unaffected.

Join us for an unforgettable summer experience for your children. Contact us today to reserve their spot in our action-packed Daycamps!

Themed Camps

Ready for the next challenge? 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 River Hamble access as they experience new adventures on the water. Activities include kayaking, raft building, stand up paddle boarding and much more.

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.

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.

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!

For those wanting the next level

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 River Hamble access where they will they develop their practical skills, increase confidence on the water and gain their Paddle Start Award.

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.

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!

Daycamps bus

Jump on the summer Daycamps bus at nominated local bus routes across Southampton, Portsmouth and Gosport. Available for travel to any week of Daycamps from 24th July to 25th August 2023.


Does your child want more time with their new friends? Children in years 3-11 can enjoy an exciting night away from home on a Thursday night sleepover in a YMCA tent. Evening activities, dinner, breakfast & lunch the next day is all included.

Big Day & Packed Lunches

If you need a longer childcare option, wraparound care is available. 'Big Day' at Fairthorne includes breakfast and dinner and extends the day from 7.45am-6.00pm (breakfast is served at approximately 8.30am and dinner at 4.30pm). If you only need one of these options, you can select just morning with early drop off plus breakfast or just afternoon with late pick up and dinner Big Day instead.

Important Information


Our Daycamp standard times are from 9am to 4pm, with drop off between 9am-9.30am and collection between 3.30pm-4.00pm.

'Big Day' at Fairthorne includes breakfast and dinner and extends the day from 7.45am-6.00pm (breakfast is served at approximately 8.30am and dinner at 4.30pm). If you only need one of these options, you can select just morning with early drop off plus breakfast or just afternoon with late pick up and dinner Big Day instead.

Pricing and Booking

See our 2023 Daycamp dates

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 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.

Summer Daycamps bus FAQs

We have put together a post to answer your commonly asked Qs about the summer Daycamps bus. Read it here:

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.

Tax Free Childcare & Childcare Vouchers

As all YMCA Daycamps and Residential Camps are Ofsted registered and classified as childcare, you can save money by paying with Childcare Vouchers or the Government’s Tax-Free Childcare scheme.

You can find out more about Childcare Vouchers and Tax-Free Childcare and how to use them to pay for YMCA Daycamps on the 'Save Money on your School Holiday Childcare' blog.


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

Contact us

YMCA Fairthorne Manor
Curdridge, Southampton
SO30 2GH

[email protected]
01489 785228

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