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.

Our residential stays offer accommodation, full board, instructor led activities and dedicated link staff to ensure the smoothest of stays. Our flexibility means we can offer room hire for you to run your own sessions if you don’t need our activities.

Fairthorne Manor in Botley, Southampton has a rich history of adding value to many young lives – read our history here.

Climbing at one of our day visits.


Our range of over 25 activities provides opportunities to develop a host of skills:

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

All activities are located on our 94 acre grass and woodland site nestled beside the River Hamble, with river frontage, our own lake and lots of space to run and play games.

Ben's House


We offer a range of accommodation options:

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 and a leaders’ lounge in each wing. Disabled bathroom facilities are available. Wifi 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.

Fairthorne Manor residential visits include great food.


All stays are based on a full board basis, with healthy, nutritious meals served in our Daffodil Room. We offer family dining to create a social dining environment, promoting the social aspect of groups serving and sharing meals together.

We are able to cater for the vast majority of dietary needs and are happy to discuss individual issues in advance of your trip.

Our sample menu is available below; please note this is subject to change.

Fairthorne Manor; Sailing; Team Building ; Listening ; Instructions ;

Our staff

Our dedicated staff are our greatest resource and make a Fairthorne Manor visit memorable.

  • friendly, flexible & approachable
  • DBS and reference checked
  • First Aid & trained Child Protection trained
  • Child and youth engagement trained
  • engagement & child behaviour management trained

Our core of permanent, high quality delivery staff is enhanced each year with overseas and UK volunteers and apprentices.

Bell Boats, Fairthorne Manor 2016

Safety & training

Fairthorne Manor is a Hampshire County Council approved activity centre, plus:

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.

Fairthorne Manor, Outdoor Learning ; Crates; Crate Challenge ; Smiling; Happiness; Laughter

Information for parents

As a group leader, experience tells us that you’ll get lots of questions from parents about the trip.  As a parent, you’ll 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.

We’ve put together a parent pack to try to address the most frequently asked questions, but feel free to contact us on 01489 785228 or [email protected].

Kayaking at one of our residential visits.

Prices & booking

Our flexibility enables us to offer stays from one night to a full week or more. Our 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 our friendly team will talk through the options.

Child on the telephone

Contact us

A residential trip is a major undertaking, but our friendly team will guide you every step of the way.

Contact the team Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.00pm on 01489 772215 or [email protected].  Call them today to discuss your options and check availability.


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.

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