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Visitor Reviews - Ymca Family Park & Campsite Fairthorne Manor

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Ymca Family Park & Campsite Fairthorne Manor
Hampshire   (Browse area)
SO30 2GH   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01489 785228

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Pitches: 60
Open: March - November

Rating: Average Review Score: 10/10 from 20 Reviews
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Date of Visit: October 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Gingertree72 1 review from this member

Very good service from warden and his female colleague. Really helpful friendly service.

Due to an event on the Sunday (we only stayed one night) we were allocated space for the tent and car by the reception/small cafe block. The ground slopes quite a lot here but due to our small 4 man tent we managed to find a less sloping space.

The kids enjoyed running around, going on the various swings playing in the activity zone where giant chess pieces, balls and bats etc. Are available.

The cafe has a lending library of a number of books and a large selection of games. There is a small selection of camping gear to buy. A small bar is inside the cafe. In the lobby next to the office are some mens and womens toilets with two shower cubicles in each. A larger block of toilets and shower rooms is available at the centre of the site. Water is available here too Steve said.

We used the woodland around the perimeter of the site as part of the event we were at. Good for tree climbing, den building etc.

In the central copse woodland is a clearing with a fire area, apparently they do stories here on Saturday evenings when more people around.

We signed up for archery, myself and 3 kids 5, 8 and 10 years respectively. Quite enjoyable and reasonably priced at £21 for 4@1. 5hr. There are other activities throughout the year check what's on on website.

It was a cold night but thankfully the ranger had opened up near 7am as my kids were cold and not coping. Don't know what I would have done if this had not been the case. We had the cafe all to ourselves until the event organisers came.

I managed to get the car between the fixed bell tents (which are available for hire) as this was the only way out due to taped off bike lanes.

I would have liked to have more info about rules eg. Leaving time and terms online or on sign in but the team were very good about answering my questions. 9am is the earliest we've had to take a tent down by at a campsite though! (Maybe this was only due to the cycling event that morning). We were able to hang around though using the visitor car park and facilities.

Definitely want to come again in Summer.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: PamelaH 4 reviews from this member

A lovely flat open site, surrounded by trees, pitches aren't marked out so you can go where you want. It was quite busy over the weekend with lots of families but the weekdays were really peaceful.

Nice modern toilet and shower block that was clean and well stocked with paper and soap. Showers were hot and powerful, we never had a queuing problem but you might in high season. There was a bar and café on site, and it was great to buy a pint to take back to the tent! There was a freezer to leave cold packs in and barrier access to the site.

We had no children so didn't check out the playground, but there was one and had a few swings dotted around in the trees too.

Only downside was the price to hire a fire pit - £10 per night! Would have been useful in September but nearly doubled the price of the site.

Great area for access to both Southampton, Portsmouth and the South Downs for walking.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: SteppieBristol 3 reviews from this member

This site isn't so much child friendly as child compulsory. We spent a week here with our grandchildren, their parents and another family having been last year with the two older grandchildren (aged 7 and 9) and returned at their request.

There's something about the layout of the site which seems to encourage children to make friends and play together which gives a really nice atmosphere. It feels really safe and most people are very relaxed to let their children run around without having to watch them the whole time. There are several tree swings and a sandpit (left over from its previous life as a golf course). There is also a shallow stream which the kids can paddle in if the weather is not too cold. The whole ethos of the site is to encourage quality time for children and their parents and I think it achieves that very successfully.

We did make the mistake of camping too close to one of the swings and as a result had lots of children running through our camp so that is worth thinking about when you choose your location.

The staff are all friendly, and manager Steve was really helpful. They were only too happy to rent a bell tent at short notices and moved it over to where we were camped. The club house is a great facility - particularly as the kids can sit in there and access their phones and iPads if its a bit chilly outside. They do basic snack type meals and hot drinks and also have a bar.

It's not the most scenic area but there is quite a lot to do locally (although some things are a bit pricey). We spent a day on the Watercress railway which the children all enjoyed. Manor Farm country park was a bit disappointing (we arrived at five past four and just missed last entry to the Farm itself), however Royal Victoria Country Park was a lot better with good play areas. There are also a good range of activities to book on site although the price can mount up if you have several children.

Both times we have been there, most of the children have been generally well-behaved and friendly. I could see the potential for things to get a bit out of hand if there are were large groups of parents who didn't take responsibility for their children though. It's also probably because there are so many children that the loos get a bit messy.

I know the YMCA are keen to market the site and increase its use, but if they do, I think they need to think about increasing the number of toilets and showers as there can be a bit of a wait especially in the mornings. While the site is perfect for younger children (up to about 10 or 11) I suspect teenagers might get a bit bored.

However if you have younger children and want a place where they can enjoy fresh air and freedom to run around and enjoy themselves, this is the perfect place.

Date of Visit: August 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Scoobym00 1 review from this member

We stayed here as a group over an August weekend. It is a lovely site for kids with plenty of open space to play and trees to climb! Plenty of space around pitches so you could have privacy too.

Ranger Steve was fantastic - he seemed to be here, there and everywhere, always being helpful and friendly. I would give the site 10/10 for customer service based on him alone!

The only slight negative is that the toilet facilities really need to be cleaned a bit more frequently. Bins were constantly overflowing and toilet paper running out! However, I would still definitely recommend the site and hope to return.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: S11Steve 4 reviews from this member

Spent a week here at the end of May with our neighbours and a total of 5 kids.

The check in was quick and efficient, and we were given free choice on where to pitch up, with no restrictions on gazebos and pup-tents for the kids. We had our own fire pit so took advantage of their ample supply of logs. The kids made full use of the 240v sockets in the club house to charge their games and phones, and the site itself was well kept and tidy.

Shower and toilets were clean and never seemed busy, even though there were a dozen or so families on site most of the week. I can imagine these would get busy at peak times though. We also had to walk across the muddy vehicle tracks to get from the tents to the showers, but this wouldn't be as much as a problem in dryer weeks - we had some overnight rain, but nothing too torrential, and the rest of the ground cleared/drained quickly.

Loads of facilities and activities for kids, and at reasonable prices. And the shops are a 2-3 minute drive away, or a 10 minute walk.

It's a lovely site if you do not need an EHU, and well located for the south coast and New Forest, without the premium price, with the added bonus of permitting campfires - as long as they are off the ground.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: MrWilsonsbetterhalf 3 reviews from this member

We spent the half term week here with another family 4 adults and five kids between us. The site is beautiful large and flat and surrounded by woods.

Between us we had four tents and a gazebo, so we needed quiet a large plot and had no trouble finding space, the site had several other families dotted around the field, but we didn't feel squashed at all.

Our children did approximately two activities per day and they loved it, they all really loved their time there and they were kept busy most of the time and when they weren't doing anything they disappeared off in the woods or tree climbing

The weather was a little hit and miss but didn't stop any of the fun and the club house was great for a warm up if things got a bit cold.

They have a large block of modern showers and wc's they were always available but the floors do get a but muddy and needs to be hosed down a bit more regularly, but this really is a minor gripe. If id been and had a look around before booking I couldn't have picked a better site than here.

The staff also are great, the instructors are really good and very patient even with giddy children and the site staff are helpful and friendly.

We will definitely be back, this is one to book if you have children who like to be busy and doing things!

Five stars *****

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