Every summer, YMCA Fairthorne Manor hosts the largest festival in the world for young people with a caring responsibility at home.

Created in 2000 and run in partnership with The Children’s Society, the weekend provides opportunities for young people to enjoy a break from their responsibilities, have fun, make new friends and have their voices heard on issues that affect them.   Consultation with young carers has resulted in two changes in legislation to help support their needs and those of their families.

Young carers' festival

2019 festival

The festival will run from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June 2019, with the theme of “Fit for the Future”.

Group leaders can download the booking pack below – book by 18th April 2019 to receive the discounted early bird rate!

Young carers' festival

Contact us

Our bookings pack is full of useful information, but if there’s something you can’t find or would to discuss, contact us on 01489 785228 or [email protected].

The festival content is aimed at young people currently  in secondary education, aged from 11-16 years.

See videos from previous festivals


Fairthorne Manor is located midway between Southampton and Portsmouth in Hampshire. Find us at YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton, Hampshire SO30 2GH, just a mile outside of Botley.