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Residential visits

A residential visit to an outdoor learning centre provides excellent opportunities for children and young people to learn.

We support learning across all curriculum areas, but a visit to us is particularly powerful in the social and emotional aspects of learning. Communication, collaboration, confidence, empathy and self esteem are key areas we deliver on and which support and enable learning in all other areas. We strongly recommend a centre visit to meet with our senior instructors to plan your programme.

We offer a range of residential options, from one night to a full week.  Our packages reflect the most popular type of group trip and offer the best value, but if you prefer a bespoke programme to include room hire, offsite visits or time to run your own activities, please contact us and we can tailor make a visit for you.

All residential visits include:

  • Accommodation – indoors or pre-erected YMCA tents with wooden floors
  • Full board – healthy, nutritious meals
  • Daytime activities – instructor led sessions depending on type of programme selected
  • Evening activities – offered during the week and at weekends by arrangement
  • Dedicated link staff for each group to ensure a smooth stay

With 2 night stays with 5 activities from just £72/child + VAT in 2017, Fairthorne Manor offers inspirational visits at affordable prices.  See our Prices/Booking tab below for more information.  For information on adult group stays, visit our adult groups page.

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We can come to you!

We appreciate that school life is very hectic and arranging time away from school to visit us can be difficult.  If you would prefer us to come to you or if you need help in reassuring parents about your trip, please contact us to discuss how we can help.

We can provide accommodation for up to 450 people in total utilising our two indoor blocks and pre-erected tents.  For images of the accommodation, please visit our gallery:

Ben’s House – 84 beds

  • 3 x wing, single storey, secure building enabling flexibility of use for several groups
  • 18 x 4 bedded bunk rooms with sinks & 6 x twin leaders rooms with en-suite facilities(see floor plan)
  • 3 x leaders lounges with comfortable sofas, sink, tea/coffee facilities, fridge, lockable medicine fridge and safe
  • disabled bathroom facilities, including a wet room
  • outside covered briefing areas

Heald House – 90 beds

  • accommodation over 3 floors, enabling flexibility of use for different groups
  • 90 x beds in a combination of 2, 3, 4 and 6 bunk bedded rooms (see floor plan)
  • an en-suite leaders room on each floor
  • fridge and tea/coffee making facilities on each floor
  • secure entry to each floor
  • briefing area on each floor with seating

 Camping – up to 250 people

  • pre-erected 6 or 8 person tents with wooden floors for children and young people
  • separate spacious 2 person tents for leaders with camp beds
  • 5 dedicated tent villages
  • communal group marquee for each tent site with lighting, fridge, chairs and power
  • access to 2 separate toilet and shower blocks

All of our accommodation heating and hot water is supplied by an environmentally friendly district heating scheme, powered by a wood chip fuelled biomass boiler.

We offer over a range of activities (see our activity descriptions) to residential school and group trips providing a wide range of options to develop:

  • team building
  • communication
  • problem solving
  • decision making
  • confidence
  • leadership & planning
  • personal challenge

All activities are located on our 111 acre site where we have our own lake and access to the River Hamble, enabling us to make the most of the time you have with us.  Please note that water activities are only offered between April and October inclusive.  Our activity groups are based on a maximum of 12 children per group.  For images of our activities, please see our gallery.

To ensure we maximise the availability of our activities and staff and offer opportunities to as many groups as possible, we use the following activity times with all sessions running for 90 minutes (these dates may vary year to year):

Session Winter Summer
(January – March & November – December) (April – October)
1 0900-1030 0930-1100
2 1045-1215 1115-1245
3 1315-1445 1345-1515
4 1500-1630 1530-1700

Evening activities

For those residential school and groups staying between Monday and Friday, we offer free evening activities of wide games, sports night, YMCA led campfire and disco.  Evening activities are also available at weekends, but must be booked in advance.

All meals are served in our purpose built Daffodil Room for up to 215 people.

Family Dining

Our aim is to create a social dining environment, where we move away from seeing meal times as an opportunity to simply ‘re-fuel’ and instead promote the social aspect of groups sharing meals together.  To achieve this we offer a family service dining experience rather a canteen style servery, where groups serve and share food amongst themselves.

Sample menus are available, but please note that menus are subject to change.  From the end of the autumn half term to the end of March, groups are invited to dine in the Daffodil room each lunchtime.  From Tuesday to Friday, visitors select their lunch requirements from a number of options.  Sunday lunch is always a roast.

We can cater for the vast majority of dietary needs and are more than willing to discuss any concerns you may have in advance of your residential school and group trip.

Our meal times are as follows (dates may vary year to year):

Session Winter Summer
(January – March & November – December) (April – October)
Breakfast 0800 0730 & 0830
Lunch 1215 1245
Dinner 1730 1730 & 1830

During the busy summer term, meal times may be adjusted as we often need to run sittings.  Meal times are confirmed on your arrival.

YMCA Fairthorne Manor is a Hampshire County Council approved outdoor activity centre with the following accreditation:

Our instructors are in-house trained for various activities and externally assessed by the relevant bodies. e.g by British Canoe Union assessors to deliver kayaking, canoeing and bell boating.

Our team of dedicated staff are our greatest resource for our residential school and groups trips:

  • friendly, flexible and approachable
  • CRB checked to the enhanced level
  • First Aid trained (appointed person)
  • trained in child protection
  • trained in child and youth engagement skills
  • trained in child behaviour management

We have a core of permanent, high quality delivery staff for our residential school and group trips which is enhanced each year with the addition of enthusiastic overseas and UK volunteers and apprentices.

We have various residential school and group trip packages available depending on your requirements – see our 2017 group visit price pack for further details.

For details on how to make a booking or for further information, see the “To book” section on our Fairthorne Manor page or contact us on  01489 785228.

Once you have made a booking with us, we will send you further information and forms that need to be completed in advance of your visit.  A selection of these forms is listed below for information:

  • Residential Group Information Pack for group leaders to read in advance of a visit, includes general information regarding the site.
  • Kit List for residential visits for parents and group leaders
  • Floor plans of Ben’s House and Heald House
  • Fire lists for:
  • Catering sheet (for dietary requirements), Medical sheet (for any relevant issues we need to be aware of) and Day visitor information form (to register any visitors during your stay) can all be found on our Group Leader Information Pack.