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 Summer Daycamps are running for 9 weeks this summer from Monday 9th July – Friday 7th September.

All daycamps can be booked by the day except during the 4 main weeks of the Summer (Summer weeks 1 – 4) where all children going into school years 3 and above will need to book the week. For the younger children going into school years R -2 they can book the whole week or 3 days (Monday – Wednesday), 2 days (Thursday – Friday)

Click here to see our summer dates and prices 

We are also running Residential Camps this summer where the children can enjoy all the fun of Daycamps plus stay with us in our tented accommodation overnight. Discover more on our Residential Camp page.

Aqua slide

Multi-Activity Camp

Our signature Daycamp offered every week during the summer, 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).

Availability update: Good Availability on Summer Weeks 1 – 4.  Limited space left on Additional Weeks 1 – 3. 


Water Camp

Offered during weeks 2, 4 and 5 of the 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.

Availability update: Week 2 Water Camp is Fully Booked.  

Survival Camp

Survival Camp

Offered during weeks 1 to 5 of the summer holidays for children going into years 4-9. Children will 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 – The Lion King

Offered on summer weeks 2 and 4 for children going into 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! This years theme is the Lion King

Staff and children at Turn Nature into Art

Turn Nature into Art Camp

Offered on summer week 1 only, 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 summer weeks 1 – 4 we offer private coach travel with Lucketts with on-board YMCA staff to transport children each day from 8 routes across the county.

Child in a tent

Sleepover £20 Weeks 1-5 only

Children in years 3-11 can stay with us and enjoy a night with new friends, evening activities, dinner, breakfast & lunch the next day. Staying in YMCA tents.  Yrs 7-11 Wednesday night, Yrs 3-6 Thursday night.

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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