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Every summer, YMCA Fairthorne Manor hosts the largest festival in the world for young people with a caring responsibility at home.

Created in 2000 and run in partnership with The Children’s Society, the weekend provides opportunities for young people to enjoy a break from their responsibilities, have fun, make new friends and have their voices heard on issues that affect them.   Consultation with young carers has resulted in two changes in legislation to help support their needs and those of their families.

Young carers' festival

2021 festival

Although the pandemic means we are unable to have a huge gathering in person in 2021, we couldn’t let another year to go by without YCF journey continuing.  

So we’re excited to announce that on Saturday 3 July, we’ll be bringing the Young Carers Festival to your doorstep.  This day of celebration will gather Young Carers groups across the UK for a series of connected localised events across the country to come together, have fun and make a whole lot of noise by creating your own festival atmosphere in the places and spaces where you are.   We’ll be providing you with activities, ideas and support; and in return, you’ll need to find a suitable space to meet.

There’s also the chance for a limited number of groups to join us at YMCA Fairthorne Manor for the day taking advantage of the activities available onsite.  Unfortunately, the current restrictions make overnight stays for non-school groups not possible. 

We’ll be asking every local event to film highlights of your get together (a smartphone will do!) to help us put together a special post-festival film to celebrate young carers across the UK.

Young carers' festival

What happen’s next?

We’ve contacted all young carers groups directly from across the UK with more information about the 2021 event and how to register interest in setting up your own own event.

For those groups wanting to attend Fairthorne Manor on Saturday 3rd July, see the buttons below for booking information and booking forms to return  to  

If you need to contact us in the meantime, call us on 01489 785228 or

The festival content is aimed at young people currently  in secondary education, aged from 11-16 years.

Watch highlights of the 2019 festival


Fairthorne Manor is located midway between Southampton and Portsmouth in Hampshire. Find us at YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 2GH, just a mile outside of Botley.