Fairthorne Manor School Residentials

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Fairthorne Manor is the ideal location for a school or group visit where we take care of all your needs – comfortable accommodation, tasty home cooked meals, activity programmes tailor made to your requirements and a friendly staff team to ensure a smooth and memorable visit. With a range of activities spread over 95 acres of stunning grounds, let us help you make memories to last a lifetime.

Activity Package Residentals

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Choice of 8 activities from the following:

  • High Ropes activity
  • Bushcraft activities
  • Challenge activities
  • Water Based activity*
  • Archery
  • Orienteering
  • Initiative tests
  • Ecology activity

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Choice of 12 activities from the following:

  • High Ropes activity
  • Bushcraft activities
  • Challenge activities
  • Water Based activity*
  • Archery
  • Orienteering
  • Initiative tests
  • Ecology activity

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Choice of 16 activities from the following:

  • High Ropes activity
  • Bushcraft activities
  • Challenge activities
  • Water Based activity*
  • Archery
  • Orienteering
  • Initiative tests
  • Ecology activity

Activities were great

The children enjoyed their time, the activities were great, and your staff engaged well with our cohort. For adults, it is great to see them encouraged

St John’s Primary Rowlands Castle June 23

Great stay

Thanks to everyone at Fairthorne.  We had a great stay.  The accommodation was perfect for our purpose, and we appreciated how clean and tidy everything was.  We also appreciated the food that was provided and the courteous welcome. Please pass our thanks on to the team.

Maynard School

A Brilliant Week

Thank you! Springhill have had a brilliant week. Children had a great time – lots preferred camping! Thank you again for another super week. Special thanks to Henry and Sean who really looked after us – staff as well as children!

Springhill, 2022

An incredible time

We have had an incredible time. A colleague who’d not been here before asked if it’s always this good – YES! The staff are all amazing and take care to learn the different children and their needs. The programme offers a great variety of activities and allows children of all abilities the opportunity to succeed and discover new skills.

Horfield Primary School, 2022

Bespoke Visits

Our flexibility enables us to offer shorter visits from just one night with a combination of meals, activities, room hire and your own free time. So whatever your group type, contact us today to discuss your requirements.

Accommodation

Ben's House

Set within the old walled garden of the Manor House, Ben’s House is a purpose built, single storey block for up to 84 people across 3 wings. Each 4 bedded bunk room has it’s own sink and access to shared bathroom facilities; leaders enjoy twin ensuite rooms, a leaders’ lounge on each wing, tea and coffee facilities and wifi throughout.

Heald House

A comfortable 88 bed, 3 storey block accommodating guests in 2, 3, 4 and 6 bunk bedded rooms. Two twin ensuite leaders’ rooms on two of the floors and two leaders' rooms with shared bathroom. Each rooms includes a sink. Rooms are located around a central meeting area on each floor, with free wifi and tea and coffee making facilities for leaders.

Camping

Our pre-erected 6 and 8 person tents all have wooden floors and pitched in 4 tent villages. Each village benefits from a communal marquee with lighting, chairs, fridge and tea/coffee making facilities for leaders. Toilet and showers facilities are available a very short walk from each village.

Catering

Full Board

All residential stays are full-board with our healthy, nutritious meals all cooked inhouse by our catering team. Served in our purpose built spacious dining hall, we can cater for all dietary requirements and allergens. Our catering team are happy to discuss any specific requirements for your group in advance of your trip.
View sample menu

Talk to the team

01489 785228

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Dedicated & Qualified Team

Our dedicated team enhance any visit with their flexible and friendly approach. All staff undergo thorough recruitment checks, including DBS and reference checks. Our activity instructors are trained and inducted on site, and externally assessed where required for the relevant National Governing Body. Delivery staff are trained in first aid, safeguarding, engagement, child behaviour management and are committed to ensuring a safe and enriching environment. Each year, our high-quality delivery staff team is complemented by overseas volunteers, which we truly believe enhances the Fairthorne experience.

Peace of Mind

Fairthorne Manor is a Hampshire County Council-approved activity centre and we hold an Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority licence for relevant activities. For high ropes and paddlesports activities, we utilise the services of external Technical Advisors to ensure best practices, including staff ratios, risk assessment analysis and Continued Professional Development. Our activities, equipment and staff undergo regular monitoring and supervision in line with our risk management procedures. YMCA Fairthorne Manor has a public liability insurance cover for up to £10 million and all buildings have been risk assessed for fire safety.

Perfect Location

Find us at YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 2GH, which is just 1 mile outside of Botley.

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. 

FAQs

We have a range of activities to suit a range of desired outcomes depending on your requirements. See our activity page for further details.
 Each of our instructor led activities runs for 90 minutes in set activity times.
Our set times are 09:30 - 11:00, 11:15 - 12:45, 13:45 - 15:15 and 15:30 from Spring to Autumn and 30 mins earlier in the winter.
Yes, we offer an evening activity for residential groups during the week including wide games, sports and games, campfire and a disco.
Yes, our dedicated onsite catering team can cater for all dietary requirements.  See our sample winter menu here

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