Equestrian Camp

Equestrian Camp is perfect for children keen to learn all aspects of riding and horse care.

Run in partnership with our neighbouring BHS approved riding school at Pinkmead Equestrian Centre, Equestrian Camp introduces children to all aspects of pony care and riding. This residential only camp is suitable for both experienced riders and those looking to try something new. Children enjoy equestrian activities during the day, then join with children from other themed and multi-activity camps for an exciting evening programme .

When do they run?

Equestrian Camp will be running the following weeks in 2017:

  • Summer week 1: 30th July-4st August (5 nights)
  • Summer week 2: 6th August-11th August (5 nights)
  • Summer week 3: 13th-18th August (5 nights)

For details of all camps and themes please visit our Dates & Prices page.

Challenge by choice

Many children that visit us are ready for greater challenges and the Equestrian Camp activity programme allows them to fulfil their potential. Those who are not quite so eager will be sensitively encouraged to push themselves as far as they are happy to. Fairthorne Manor exercises a ‘challenge by choice’ policy, whereby no individual will be pressured to participate in an activity they are not ready for.


A consent form must be completed and returned to us for each child booked onto Equestrian Camp.

Children who require additional support

If your child requires additional support to access our schemes, please visit our support page for further information, including details on potential funding for buddies.

Through membership of the YMCA Community, you will have the chance to feel a greater sense of ownership and belonging, as well as enjoying exclusive member events, discounts and early booking discounts.  For more information visit our Membership page.

Children will learn all aspects of pony care, including feeding, health and equipment required. Children new to riding will learn basic skills, whilst experienced riders will have the chance to practice and enhance their skills.

See our sample programme for further information.

Residential Camp prices

Residential Camps are offered in some Easter weeks and during the main summer holidays.  For details on dates, prices and booking, see our Dates & Prices page.

Please note that Equestrian Camp requires a minimum of 6 children to operate.

Equestrian Camp is suitable for children in school years 4-11 with a minimum age of 8 years (or for the summer holidays those children about to start year 4 in September). Children will be in multi-aged groups, but will be grouped with children of a similar age wherever possible.

The following is a list of clothing and other items that your child may find useful during their visit to Fairthorne Manor. Please remember that it can be cold at night, even in the summer and we may have the odd shower of rain, so jumpers and waterproof clothing are particularly important.

  • Sleeping bag & Pillow (throughout the year for all accommodation types)
  • T Shirts
  •  Several Sweatshirts/pullovers
  • Shorts and Tracksuit
  • Spare Underclothes/Socks
  • Trainers (2 pairs) one of which is suitable to get wet/dirty
  • Waterproof Clothing/Coat/Trousers
  • Wellies, if you have them/Crocs (not suitable for water activities)
  • Hat to protect against sun or cold
  • A torch may be useful (spare batteries)
  • High protection sun cream/block
  • Plenty of comfortable clothing that can get dirty
  • Smart casual clothes may be useful for the evenings.
  • Two towels, soap, toilet kit and toothbrush
  • Water bottle
  • Pyjamas
  • A black bin bag to store dirty clothes
  • Backpack/daybag
  • Money for Tuck Shop (optional)

YMCA accepts no responsibility for the loss or damage to personal possessions and would advise valuables, including mobile phones and jewellery, to be left at home. Parents are advised that the wearing of jewellery is not permitted on any of the activities.

Fairthorne Manor is located a short 10 minute drive from Junctions 7 and 10 of the M27, approximately 1 mile from the village of Botley near Hedge End. The full postal address is:

Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton SO30 2GH

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