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Visitor Reviews - YMCA Family Park & Campsite Fairthorne Manor

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YMCA Family Park & Campsite Fairthorne Manor
Curdridge
Botley
Southampton
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 23 Reviews
              10/10 from 23 Reviews


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Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ejgthomas 1 review from this member

Just retuned froma lovely weekend at Fairthorne Manor. Fab campsite, nice and flat, plenty of space for pitches. There is loads for the kids to do, ponds, tyre swings, tree climbing etc, and even more but only half the site was open as they had an event on. We were even treated to fireworks! The only downside was there are a limited number of toilets and showers, which although are kept clean, I would think there would be a queue during summer holidays. This won't put me off going back though.

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Booker TI 1 review from this member

We stayed as part of a larger group and as it was our first camping trip away, we were quite apprehensive.

We were not disappointed.

The check in was painless, the allocated space for our group was perfect and the site is glorious!

Our grandchildren ran off to the other side of the site to the rope swings whilst we set up and we barely saw them again as they made friends and really only returned for dinner.

The staff were very friendly and the Saturday night campfire was fabulous! A real gathering. I think everyone attended.

The toilets and showers were well managed and the attention to detail around the place was fantastic.

There were hidden dens for the kids, stepping stones across the stream, climbing boulders on fallen trees and long grass which provided excellent space for children to run. I would ask for more paths to be cut in to the long grass though.

The chap delivering the wood for the fire pits said he would so I look forward to seeing the site again soon.

All in all everyone had a fab time and we all agreed there and then to come back again.

Well done Fairthorne Manor and The Family Park!

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: LangridgeFamily 1 review from this member

This was the first time we have been camping with our youngest daughter of 2 years (Zoe). We choose this camp site as it was close to home (just in case she would not sleep or it rained - we are true campers!)

The staff gave us a warm welcome and advise us of what area would be best to camp (there were 2 large family groups also staying) so we choose to pitch up close to the sandpit (Zoe loves the sand). Whilst Zoe and her big sister (Ebony - 4 years) explored our end of the site (mainly the sandpit and the rope swings - still within eye sight) we made camp. Our BBQ (with charcoal) and fire pit where delivered (with wood).

The site manager came to say 'goodnight' and made sure that we had everything we needed before he finished for the day - which was a lovely thought.

How much did we love 'Campfire'?. We are still sing the songs now. Zoe and Ebony loved the actions/dancing. Campfire was just not long enough, could it be a little bit longer next time? Thank you for the Marshmallows to toast - the girls loved them!

Both girls made friends very quickly and spent most of the time running between the tents.

The noise (if you could call it that - mainly people talking and playing a guitar) died down round 10 ish.

The loos where clean and enough space for all.

All in all a very successful first time out with Zoe, we just need to get her in bed a little earlier next time - but why spoil their fun! A true campsite for the families. We will be back!

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.

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