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

2020 festival

We’re excited to announce that the 21st Young Carers Festival will be held on Friday 26th –  Sunday 28th June 2020!

Group leaders can download the booking pack below – book by 17th April 2020 to receive the discounted early bird rate!

Young carers' festival

Contact us

Our bookings pack is full of useful information, but if there’s something you can’t find or would to discuss, contact us on 01489 785228 or [email protected].

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

See video from our 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.