Covid-19 Update 

We are currently waiting for Government Guidance on whether our Daycamps will be running during the Summer Holidays. Please keep checking our website and social media pages for further updates.

 Be inspired the YMCA Way at Portsmouth Daycamps! Located in the heart of the city at Charter Community Sports Centre and St Lukes Church Hall, your child will take part in a wide range of exciting activities, building strong friendships and lasting memories along the way.

Our friendly team have been welcoming children and young people to Portsmouth school holiday programmes for over twenty years.


Tax free childcare & childcare vouchers

We now accept tax free childcare payments along with childcare vouchers for Daycamp 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 visit our booking conditions.  

Playing parachute games at one of the Portsmouth daycamps.

About Daycamps

Daycamps are activity programmes offered during state and independent school holidays.

Our work with under 8s is registered and inspected by Ofsted, with all staff holding an enhanced DBS disclosure and undergoing safeguarding and child protection training. A high proportion of staff hold a L3 Childcare qualification and Paediatric First Aid certificate.  Our ratios are 1:8 for under 5s and 1:15 for over 5s.  Swimming sessions for under 8s is a 1:3 ratio.

Children with additional needs are supported by the Enable Ability scheme – contact us for more information.

Playing with trains at one of the Portsmouth daycamps.

What do children experience?

Children and young people have the opportunity to select activities from a range of options plus some free play time.

There’s a mixture of active games, offsite trips, craft activities and much more – programmes are released in advance for each holiday so your child can take a look in advance.

They’ll have the chance to mix and socialise with old friends and new, develop their physical, emotional and creative development, try different activities, learn new skills and most of all have fun!

Playing hockey at one of the Portsmouth daycamps.

State school holidays

For each holiday, we offer age relevant Daycamps ensuring children have the best time possible.

  • Infant Daycamps for 4-7 years (children must be attending school to attend Daycamps)
  • Junior Daycamps for 6-11 years
  • Youth Daycamps for 10-16 year

Each day runs from 8.15am-6.00pm, with the option of Breakfast Club from 7.15am.  Parents/carers can drop off between 8.15am-10.00am and collect from 4.00-6.00pm. See below for our latest programme.

Outside at one of the Portsmouth daycamps.

Independent school holidays & inset days

The fun continues across all school breaks at YMCA Portsea, covering both independent school holidays and inset days.  If your inset day isn’t listed, get in touch.

Activities include a mix of physical challenges, trips, craft activities and more – see our latest programme below.

Each day runs from 8.15am-6.00pm with drop off from 8.15am-10.00am and collection from 4.00-6.00pm.

Playing tennis at one of the Portsmouth daycamps.

On the day

All children need to bring:

  • packed lunch and a drink in a refillable bottle
  • weather and activity appropriate clothing (there’s often swimming on the programme)
Online booking

Prices & booking

Daycamps costs £29.50 per child per day. For just £3 extra per day children can be dropped off from 7:15am. Members receive a discount of up to 20% depending on when you book; see our programme below for details. Find out more about our Family Discount Scheme offer.

Book online or call 01489 785228. Full payment is required at time of booking.


Portsmouth Daycamps are located at Charter Community Sports Centre (Infant and Junior Daycamps), St Lukes Church Hall (Youth Daycamps) and YMCA Portsea, Union Street, PO1 3BY.  (Inset Day Daycamps). Charter Community Sports and St Lukes centres are both located at the following address: Greetham Street, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 4LH.

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