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Residential adventure

Whether it’s a school trip, youth group or sports team, a residential visit to an outdoor centre provides excellent opportunities for children and young people to learn.  As well as supporting learning across many curriculum areas, a residential stay is particularly powerful in the social and emotional aspects of learning. Communication, collaboration, confidence, empathy and self esteem are key areas we deliver on, which support and enable learning in other areas.

A residential stay at Fairthorne Manor includes accommodation, full board, instructor led activities and dedicated link staff to ensure the smoothest of stays. If you don’t need the activities but want to run your own sessions here we offer a flexible option of just room hire.

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Over 25 Activities 

Develop your skills in:

  • team building
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • decision making
  • confidence
  • leadership and planning
  • personal challenge

All activities are located across a 94 acre outdoor site. Nestled behind the River Hamble, there is a private lake, outdoor activities, and lots of space to run and play games.

Ben's House


Ben’s House: a 3-wing, single-storey block for up to 84 people in 4 bed bunk rooms with sinks. Leaders enjoy twin en-suite rooms, wifi and a leaders’ lounge in each wing. Disabled bathroom facilities are available.

Heald House: a 3-floor, 90 bed block in 2,3,4 and 6 bunk bed rooms. There is an en-suite leaders’ room on each floor. Wifi available.

Camping: pre-erected 6 and 8-person tents with wooden floors in 5 dedicated tent villages. Each village enjoys a communal marquee with lighting, chairs and fridge.

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All residential stays are full-board. Healthy, nutritious meals are cooked inhouse and served in the dining room. 

All dietary requirements and allergens can be catered for. Just chat to the team in advance of your trip. 

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The Team

Dedicated and friendly staff make Fairthorne Manor a memorable visit.

Trained in:

  • First Aid 
  • Child Protection
  • Child and Youth Engagement 
  • Engagement & Child Behaviour Management

Full-time delivery staff are supported every year by overseas and UK volunteers and apprentices.

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Safety & training

Fairthorne Manor is a Hampshire County Council approved activity centre and we hold a Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority licence.

Where an activity falls within the scope of a national governing body, all instruction is carried out within the guidelines of that organisation. For further information, see the link below.

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Information for parents

Experience tells us that group leaders will receive lots of questions from parents about the trip. Parents will naturally have lots of questions to ensure your child is in safe hands, where they’ll be sleeping, what they’ll be eating and other general questions about their visit.

See our parent pack below which addresses the most frequently asked questions.


Our flexibility enables us to offer stays from one night to a full week or more. Packages reflect the most popular type of stay and offer the best value, but we can offer bespoke programmes to include room hire, offsite visits and free time. Get in touch and the friendly team will talk through the best option for you.

Are we there yet?

Fairthorne Manor is a 10 minute drive from junctions 7 and 10 of the M27, just a mile outside Botley.  We are located halfway between Portsmouth and Southampton within easy reach of both cities.  Other local attractions are relatively close by, including Winchester, the New Forest and the Isle of Wight. Our address is YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton SO30 2GH.

YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton SO30 2GH.

01489 785228