Region: South East

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Accommodation & Residential Trips

Address: YMCA Fairthorne Manor, Curdridge, Southampton SO30 2GH

Contact: 01489 785228



Situated in beautiful 111 acres, Fairthorne Manor is the perfect place for a residential visit. As an outdoor learning centre Fairthorne Manor provides excellent opportunities for children and young people to learn.

Fairthorne Manor is a very large site that includes activities on and off the water. There is a lake used for kayaking and raft building as well as the River Hamble which is used for sailing and giggs. Our open areas allow for activities such as climbing, abseiling, Jacob's Ladder, crate challenge, bouncy pillow, golf, basketball, and Towers. In the woodland areas are activities like team challenge, blind trail, obstacle course, Big Initiatives Test, den building and fire making.

Fairthorne Manor is located a short 10 minute drive from Junctions 7 and 10 of the M27, approximately 1 mile from the village of Botley near Hedge End. Botley train station is only a 10 minute walk away.

No CCTV but have security and security barriers.

No 24 hour reception but have a Duty response on hand through out stay.

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What group sizes do you cater for?

We can provide accommodation for up to 450 people in total utilising our two indoor blocks and pre-erected tents.

Ben's House - 18x4 bunk bedded rooms & 6x twin leaders en-suite rooms.

Heald House - 90 x beds in 2,3,4 & 6 bunk bedded rooms & leaders en-suites.

Please give information regarding room sizes and room facilities?

Ben’s House – 84 beds

  • 3 x wing, single storey, secure building enabling flexibility of use for several groups
  • 18 x 4 bedded bunk rooms with sinks & 6 x twin leaders rooms with en-suite facilities
  • 3 x leaders lounges with comfortable sofas, sink, tea/coffee facilities, fridge, lockable medicine fridge and safe,
  • disabled bathroom facilities, including a wet room outside covered briefing areas

Heald House – 90 beds

  • accommodation over 3 floors, enabling flexibility of use for different groups
  • 90 x beds in a combination of 2, 3, 4 and 6 bunk bedded rooms
  • an en-suite leaders room on each floor
  • fridge and tea/coffee making facilities on each floor
  • secure entry to each floor
  • briefing area on each floor with seating

Bathrooms  - At least two toilet/shower rooms per floor or wing (6 rooms) and two toilet/shower blocks for tented accommodation. All have disabled facilities.

Disabled Facilities - Our accommodation has disabled facilities and many activities can be accessed by people with disabilities*.

All of our accommodation heating and hot water is supplied by an environmentally friendly district heating scheme, powered by a wood chip fuelled biomass boiler.

Can have shared bathrooms in accommodation, no TV or air conditioning.

What is the cost of the accommodation?

Visit YMCA Fairthorne website for further information.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

Group leaders can carry out their own risk assessments for their visit to Fairthorne Manor. A sit visit would need to arranged for this before hand.

Each activity and communical area  has its own risk assessment . A copy of these can be found on our website or a copy will be send with all final details.

Does your Accommodation have a booking contact?

Jan Anders, 01489 785228

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

All of our activity staff are first aid trained and first aid kits are available at each activity.  YMCA Fairthorne Manor has a comprehensive Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk Policy and as part of this, all staff are DBS checked.

Please list facilities available.

All meals are served in our purpose built Daffodil Room for up to 215 people.

Family Dining

Our aim is to create a social dining environment, where we move away from seeing meal times as an opportunity to simply ‘re-fuel’ and instead promote the social aspect of groups sharing meals together.  To achieve this we offer a family service dining experience rather a canteen style servery, where groups serve and share food amongst themselves.

From the end of the autumn half term to the end of March, groups are invited to dine in the Daffodil room each lunchtime.  From Tuesday to Friday, visitors select their lunch requirements from a number of options.  Sunday lunch is always a roast.

We can cater for the vast majority of dietary needs and are more than willing to discuss any concerns you may have in advance of your residential school and group trip.

Our meal times are as follows (dates may vary year to year):

Session Winter Summer
  (January – March & November – December) (April – October)
Breakfast 0800 0730 & 0830
Lunch 1215 1245
Dinner 1730 1730 & 1830

During the busy summer term, meal times may be adjusted as we often need to run sittings.  Meal times are confirmed on your arrival.

What are your disabled facilities?

Our accommodation has disabled facilities and many activities can be accessed by people with disabilities including archery, climbing, abseiling, sailing.

What are your opening days and hours?

Open 7 days a week.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

YMCA Fairthorne Manor is a Hampshire County Council approved outdoor activity centre with the following accreditation:

  • Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority (AALA) – water-sports, including bell boating, raft building, kayaking, open canoeing and sailing.  Licence details can be confirmed by calling The Licensing Service on 029 2075 5715; alternatively visit the AALA website and enter “Fairthorne” in the “centre/provider” box.
  • Royal Yachting Association (RYA) – recognised as a training centre  to provide instruction for dinghy and powerboat courses

Our instructors are in-house trained for various activities and externally assessed by the relevant bodies. e.g by British Canoe Union assessors to deliver kayaking, canoeing and bell boating.

Age of Children / Pupils: 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

Accommodation Type: Outdoor Residential Centres

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