School holiday Daycamps have been a source of fantastic memories for thousands of local children for over 40 years.

Our stunning 111 acre site beside the Hamble River offers fantastic outdoor adventures  for 4 -16 year olds, as they build friendships, confidence and a host of new skills on a variety of camp options.

Daycamps are offered from 9.00am-4.00pm, with the option of extending the fun with Big Day from 7.45am-6.00pm. See below for more information.

Our Daycamps are offered across every school holiday, with residential options at Easter and in the main summer holidays – discover more on our Residential Camp page.

Whitsun Half term availability update:  We have space on Multi Activity, Water and Survival themed camps


Holiday period Dates Camps
Whitsun 29th May to 1st June Multi-activity/Survival/Water
Summer 9th July to 7th September Multi-activity/Water/Survival/Turn Nature into Art/Musical Theatre – see dates & prices info link below
Aqua slide

Multi-Activity Camp

Our signature Daycamp offered every holiday, for children in years R-11. Children can enjoy age appropriate adventures as we divide them into 4 separate age groups: Holiday Club (R-2), Activity
Club (Y3-6), Adventure Club (Y7-9) and Club 14-16 (Y10-11).


Water Camp

Offered during the Easter, Whitsun and Summer holidays, children in years 4-9 make full use of our enclosed  lake and River Hamble access as they experience new adventures on and in the water. Activities can include kayaking, raft building, stand up paddleboarding and much more.

Survival Camp

Survival Camp

Offered during most school holidays for years 4-9, where children learn how to survive in the wild as they builds dens, light and cook over a fire, track animals and learn camouflage techniques.

Children in make up and costume for musical theatre

Musical Theatre Camp

Offered each summer for school years 4-9. Children enjoy a week of performing arts as they learn and choreograph moves to put into practice for the end of week show!

Staff and children at Turn Nature into Art

Turn Nature into Art Camp

Offered each summer, Nature Camp offers  children a fantastic combination of exploring the site, collecting natural materials and creating stunning masterpieces with our experienced artist.

Children eating packed lunch

Big Day & Packed Lunches

We’ll take care of the food and some extended play if you’re busy.  Big Day extends the fun from 7.45am-6.00pm including breakfast & tea, with the option to add a packed lunch too. Find out more below.

Children and staff on the bus

Bus transport

During the main summer summer holiday weeks, we offer private coach travel with our on-board YMCA staff to transport children to the fun from 8 routes across the county.

Child in a tent


For just £20 extra children in years 3-11 can enjoy a night with new friends, packed programme, plus dinner, breakfast & lunch the next day. Staying in YMCA tents in summer & Indoor dormitory accommodation at Easter.

Children using hula hoops

Additional needs support

Specialist care and support to enable children with additional support needs or disabilities access to our mainstream scheme via Hampshire County Council Short Breaks Scheme – discover more on how our scheme works.

Online booking

Prices & booking

View our list of dates and prices. Members receive a discount of up to 20% depending on when you book; see price list for details. Find out more about our Membership offer. Book online or contact us on 01489 772215. Full payment is required at time of booking.


Fairthorne Manor is ideally located outside Botley just 3 miles from the M27, midway between Southampton & Portsmouth. Our address is YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton SO30 2GH. Contact us on 01489 772215.

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