Isle of Wight Daycamps are based at Winchester House in Shanklin, a beautiful Victorian building set in large grounds on the cliff top overlooking Sandown Bay and immediately above the long sandy beach of Hope Bay.

The fantastic location and our enthusiastic leaders enable us to offer exciting Daycamp programmes for children from Reception class up to 12 years during school holidays, including both onsite and offsite activities.  Children must have already started school to attend our Daycamps scheme.

We publish our activity programme in advance so children and parents can select their favourite activities or decide to try something new.

February 2017

Children can enjoy Daycamps with us during February half term for just £17 per day! (full day option only). Days start from 8am – 6pm.

Our Daycamps will run from Monday 20th February to Friday 24th February with a range of exciting activities. Take a look at our February Daycamps Programme.

Plus, YMCA Members can receive an Early Bird discount of up to 20%!  See below for more details.

February Daycamps programme 2017

Please give our sales team a call on 01489 785228 or book via our website

Easter Daycamps

Our Easter Daycamps will be running Monday 10th April – Thursday 13th April & Tuesday 18th April – Friday 21st April. Check back soon for further details.

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Our facilities include:

  • A large, bright and sunny playroom with zoned activity areas during free play – arts and crafts, soft toys, lego construction, reading area and board games.
  • A large grass garden area for active play, ball games and team games.
  • Extra indoor space in our chapel, with activities including table tennis, table football, pool, soft play equipment and a ball pit.
  • Accessible toilets, including disabled facilities and a changing area for personal care needs in a secluded area.
  • We’re within easy reach of the nearby beach, playground and playing fields of which we make regular use.


Booking Daycamps couldn’t be easier, call us and book on 01489 785228 or book online.

It is essential that you book in advance in order to guarantee a space for your child at Daycamps.  We will try to accommodate non-booked children if we have spaces available, but this will be subject to an additional £5.00 late booking fee per child.

Members who book Daycamps early can make the following fantastic savings:

20% off (£13.60/day) 15% off (£14.45/day) 10% off (£15.30/day)
 February 2017 Book by 23rd January Book by 6th February After 6th February
Easter 2017 Book by 13th March Book by 27th March After 27th March



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 with additional needs

Daycamps are inclusive, and we are pleased to support children with additional needs.  If you feel that your child will require support over and above our 1:8 staff:child ratio, please contact us before booking to discuss how we can help support your child’s individual needs.  For more information, please see our support page or contact the Daycamps Leader on 01983 862441.

How to find us

Isle of Wight Daycamps are held at Winchester House, Shanklin, with spectacular views across Hope Bay.  There is ample parking on site, enabling parents a straight forward drop off and pick up from Daycamps.

The full postal address is:

YMCA Winchester House, Sandown Road, Shanklin, Isle of Wight PO37 6HT

We are accessible by train, bus and road.  We are on bus route 3, and just a short distance from bus routes 2 & 8.  Lake train station is just a short walk over the bridge towards Lake.

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We would love to hear from you

Telephone: 01983 862441 for general enquiries or to arrange an appointment if you would like to meet the Daycamps Leader.

Telephone: 01489 785228 to make a booking (see Booking tab for details).

During each Isle of Wight Daycamps period, if you have any concerns regarding your child please contact the House on 01983 862441.

Happy Campers!

We value the feedback that we receive from our Daycamps parents and carers, and listen to suggestions on how we can ensure that children have the best possible Isle of Wight Daycamps experience.

Just to say our 3 children had a fantastic time at your YMCA day placement in Shanklin. George is special needs and has quite complex needs and a communication impairment and was in for the 4 days during the Easter holidays and your team dealt with him so well considering they had never met him before and he had a fantastic time. Our other two children aged 7 and 11 had a fantastic time for the 2 days they were in.”  Lucy Scott-Watson and family

  • “Winchester House…is the best playscheme J has attended….”
  • “…staff are a credit to your organisation…”
  • “Matthew has enjoyed every visit and one day gave it 12 out of 10.”
  • “They really love Daycamps, because of the vast range of activities and because the staff join in with them.”
  • “..he loved it when he first started, he did a couple of days then he wanted to do more!  Excellent range of activities.”
  • “D just loves going to YMCA and asks to go every hol even when we don’t need him to.  Staff are so friendly and enthusiastic.”

All of our work with children under 8 years old is registered and inspected by Oftsed (registration Ofsted Reg: EY 337340).  All of our staff are DBS checked to the enhanced level.  We also have the following measures in place –

  • Child protection
  • Child and youth engagement skills
  • First Aid (appointed person)
  • Child Behaviour Management

Booking couldn’t be easier

We offer a variety of ways to pay:

  • Credit/debit card
  • Cheque (if completing a hard copy booking form or in person)
  • Cash (in advance, in person)
  • Childcare vouchers – if booking online or by telephone, we ask you to pay in full at the time of booking using a credit or debit card and will refund this payment once we have received your childcare vouchers.  Alternatively, if booking by telephone, we can make a provisional booking and ask you to send the vouchers to us with your child’s name listed on the payment.  Once the vouchers are received, your booking is confirmed and a confirmation sent.  Please note that bookings are only confirmed once payment has been received.  We accept vouchers from a variety of listed childcare providers. Childcare vouchers will only be refunded for eligible services that have been delivered within 6 months of receipt of a customers voucher.

Our Isle of Wight Daycamp Booking Conditions are available as a download; please contact us if you would prefer a hard copy.