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YMCA Fairthorne Manor Campsite in Hampshire

  • Saturday Evening Campfire
  • Campsite in the Sunshine
  • Photo of YMCA Fairthorne Manor Campsite
  • Our Brand New Play Park
  • Toasted Marshmellow anyone?
  • Plenty of space for games
  • Photo of YMCA Fairthorne Manor Campsite
  • Our Friendly YMCA Staff
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  • Canoeing on the River
  • Kayaking on the Lake
  • New Campfire Area
  • Marshmellows at the Campfire
  • Photo of YMCA Fairthorne Manor Campsite
  • Photo of YMCA Fairthorne Manor Campsite
  • Saturday Evening Campfire
  • Fire Pit
  • Bar Onsite
  • Our Clubhouse
Please note that photos are not always of the actual campsite

Our beautiful Campsite is situated within the grounds of Fairthorne Manor, offering opportunities for families to drop in for the day or to stay overnight.

The campsite is dotted with copses, a stream and plenty of room in which families can enjoy themselves.

The site is open for families to enjoy a relaxing and picturesque setting in which to unwind along with a range of both organised and self-led children’s activities. We can also provide scheduled access to the YMCA Fairthorne Manor activity programme including our fantastic daycamps and activity sessions.

We can also cater for large groups just get in touch!

The following facilities are available:

Separate group camp site area
Modern shower & toilet block
A range of BBQ & picnic areas
Washing up area
Wheelchair access
Natural play facilities – logs as beams, tyre swings & tree climbs

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Reviews of YMCA Fairthorne Manor Campsite

We stayed 2 nights, mid week, 2 Adults and 2 infants and loved the site. As we were the only campers bar 1 other small motorhome I can't say what it would be like full but we were impressed. The site must have previously been a golf course as some signs are still up. My nearly 4 year old loved the woodland walk, tyre swing and fallen tree trunk that had been fitted with climbing handles, it was a bit different to your normal park which he liked. On one day we left the van set up and took the 10 minute easy walk to get the train into Southampton which was easy with one simple change, you can also easily reach Portsmouth, Winchester or even London from there. The toilets and showers were a little different as each is a separate door in the building (ie no mens/ladies block) and with no heating and large gaps under doors I bet it's freezing in winter or bad weather, however they were perfectly acceptable and very clean. We hired a fire pit but if you do this then ensure to bring kindling as although the large logs provided with it burnt well they are all you're given, thankfully we'd thought to bring kindling and extra wood. The staff we met were very friendly. This was the cheapest site I could find and we would stay again.
Tracey Howes (19th May 2016)
Me and my partner decided to go camping for our 2 year anniversary. (very last minute!) we called a few places and luckily found this campsite! Despite the horrendous weather we had a amazing weekend and the manager (didn't catch his name) was lovely and made us feel very welcome! :) already planning when we will go back!
Chloe Best (10th Aug 2014)
Just returned from the weekend survival camp. Was fab. All day entertainment for kids (boys, 8 and 11) and 2x adults. £99 which included 10% discount. Staff really friendly and helpful, lovely location. Have previously camped for the weekend too, not much for older kids to do so make the most of the YMCA activities or provide your own. Definitely going again. Thank you YMCA.
Bridget (15th Jul 2013)
Excellent site. The staff were really friendly & couldn't be more helpful.
The site is extremely pretty. There is a stream just right for building bridges & lots of trees to make dens. Plenty of room for the kids to run around safely.
A few pubs within walking distance & the small club house is very welcoming.
We didn't do the activities this time, but would Definately have a go next time, particularly if there are some available during the day.
My only comment is that there are not many showers, so could get very busy during peak times & no sockets in the shower block to dry your hair.
We have however, already re- booked!
Jo stanley- jones (10th Jun 2013)
As a group of three families consisting of 6 adults and 8 children (between 8yrs and 14yrs) we were looking for a site to satisfy our ever growing list of requirements. These include: being allowed to have a camp fire; decent showers; a hairdryer point; a stream for the kids to play in and no eco-loos (we had a bad experience of some poor ones!).
It’s a YMCA site that had, the day we arrived, started operating a Family campsite, so we had no reviews to read. In fact, I am almost reluctant to leave a review as it might get too busy!!! So how did it meet our criteria? Well, you can hire fire pits (although we took our own) and they supply wood at a reasonable price. The brand new shower/toilet/washing up facilities were great and there was power for hairdryers available in the Clubhouse building (also had male showers). The new toilet block would benefit from slightly more frequent cleaning (esp to keep them looking good) but it was their first weekend operating as a Family Campsite so still learning! As we filled in a questionnaire on leaving am sure this will be dealt with and if it had been a real problem then sure Steve, the very jolly helpful and friendly site manager would have sorted it out. The stream was great fun for the kids and not an eco loo in sight!
You can also hire large BBQ's, there is a small bar in the Clubhouse serving a good range of drinks (reasonably priced and good when the ice in the cool box has melted!) and also food – although we didn't try this but would be a good back up if wet! Also sell ice creams, milk, bacon and other camp essentials. The site is in a beautiful setting, quiet (apart from the Dawn Chorus!) and lots of flat grass for pitching (being an ex golf course), sheltered and a nice stream leading to the River. Then there is the added bonus of activities!! Our kids did archery, abseiling and kayaking which can be booked on arrival or on the day and again good value. The staff were all great and the addition of an overnight security person meant not being kept awake by rowdy parties (although it was also not overbearing so can still enjoy yourself!!). We only left the site to do a quick shop – there is a Co-op in nearby Hedge End and also a HUGE Sainsbury's (and M&S!) along with a Cotswold Camping should you realise you've forgotten something vital!! Botley village also good with pubs, restaurants etc and within walking distance. It met all our criteria…and some - we will definitely be back! Just hope not too many people find out about it…
Karen (10th May 2013)
We stayed at Fairthorne over the recent bank holiday weekend in our campervan. Was a very last minute booking as holding out for the weather forecast!

The site had only opened the previous day and was beautiful. Very large field - limited to 45 pitches so amazing amounts of room per person. There were some organised activities for children at no extra cost, plus some at a very reasonable rate - either way we were all kept occupied the entire weekend.

The site has a bar/cafe on site (with Doombar on tap - very nice!) and is easy walking distance to Botley. However there is plenty of space to wander around once you are there.

The only negative I would suggest is that the toilets were in a bit of a state by the end of the weekend ( and there are very few toilets and showers), but not so much as to impede on our enjoyment, of what really was a lovely weekend. Highly recommended, and already re-booked!!
Gemma (8th May 2013)