Be inspired the YMCA Way at our Portsmouth Daycamps! Our friendly team have been welcoming children and young people to our school holiday and weekend programmes for over twenty years, building friendships and lasting memories across the community.

February Daycamps

Our February Daycamps run from Monday 18th – Friday 22nd February

Inset day Daycamps run at St Lukes Church Hall on Friday 15th February. 

Playing parachute games at one of the Portsmouth daycamps.

Our camps

Our Daycamp programme is offered across state and independent school holidays.

Our work with under 8s is registered and inspected by Ofsted with all staff holding an enhanced DBS disclosure and undergoing safeguarding and child protection training. A high proportion of staff hold a L3 Childcare qualification and Paediatric First Aid certificate.  Our ratios are 1:8 for under 8s and 1:12 for over 8s.  Swimming sessions for under 8s is a 1:3 ratio.

Children with additional needs are supported by the Enable Ability scheme – contact us for more information.

Playing with trains at one of the Portsmouth daycamps.

What do children achieve?

Children and young people have the opportunity to select activities from a range of options plus some free play time.

There’s a mixture of active games, offsite trips, craft activities and much more – programmes are released in advance for each holiday so your child can take a look in advance.

They’ll have the chance to mix and socialise with old friends and new, develop their physical, emotional and creative development, try different activities, learn new skills and most of all have fun!

Playing hockey at one of the Portsmouth daycamps.

State school holidays

For each holiday, we offer age relevant Daycamps ensuring children have the best time possible.

  • Infant Daycamps for 4-7 years
  • Junior Daycamps for 6-11 years
  • Youth Daycamps for 10-16 year

Each day runs from 8.15am-6.00pm, with the option of Breakfast Club from 7.15am.  Parents/carers can drop off between 8.15am-10.00am and collect from 4.00-6.00pm. See below for our latest programme.

Outside at one of the Portsmouth daycamps.

Independent school holidays & inset days

We continue the fun across all school breaks at St Luke’s Church Hall for 4-16 year olds, covering both independent school holidays and inset days.  If your inset day isn’t listed, get in touch.

As with our other Daycamps, programmes include a mix of physical challenges, trips, craft activities and more – see our latest programme.

Each day runs from 8.15am-6.00pm with drop off from 8.15am-10.00am and collection from 4.00-6.00pm.

Playing tennis at one of the Portsmouth daycamps.

On the day

All children need to bring:

  • packed lunch and a drink in a refillable bottle
  • weather and activity appropriate clothing (there’s often swimming on the programme)
  • tuck money (optional 50p daily limit!)
Online booking

Prices & booking

Daycamp costs £28 per child per day. For just £3 extra per day children can be dropped off from 7:15am. Members receive a discount of up to 20% depending on when you book; see our programme below for details. Find out more about our Membership offer.

Book online, email us at [email protected] or call 01489 785228. Full payment is required at time of booking.


Portsmouth Daycamps are located at Charter Community Sports Centre (Infant and Junior Daycamps) and St Lukes Church Hall (Youth, Independent and Inset Daycamps). Both of these centres are located at the following address: Greetham Street, Southsea, Hampshire, PO5 4LH.

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