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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 24 Reviews
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Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: OttersPocket 1 review from this member

I have recently returned from a two-night stay at the YMCA Family Park and Campsite. I booked two pitches for two couples, as we were bringing two tents, and was more than happy with the cost -- especially considering we were camping during their 'High Season'.

With that being said, everybody was suitably spaced-out across the site, with more than enough room for young children to run around and play without getting in anyone else's way. I saw children on bicycles, some playing five-a-side, and some merely keeping themselves entertained on the many tyre swings and climbing logs the campsite offers. Especially being a group without children -- I was pleased to find that we could camp quite comfortably in a quiet area of the site, without worrying about disturbing others -- or having them disturb us.

Without even considering the amount of outdoor activities that families can book onto up at the main Fairthorne Manor site (such as climbing, kayaking, archery etc. ) -- there is more than enough to do for free on the campsite alone. It is worth noting that the main Fairthorne Manor site is actually, private land -- dedicated to hosting school and youth groups on residential trips and day-camps etc. , so access is restricted unless accompanied by a member of staff. Saying that, however, the staff within the actual campsite reception are more than happy to answer any queries or questions you may have about the campsite boundaries -- and well as providing everyone with a detailed list of safety information/guidelines and printed maps upon check-in.

Overall, the staff were great. They were friendly, and helpful, and went out of their way to deliver our barbecue to our pitch early in the evening -- with more than enough charcoal to keep us going over our two nights. They were also great hosts for the Story Time and Sing-Song campfires, held on Friday and Saturday nights respectively. These were a great hit -- especially on Saturday night, where it seemed as though practically the entire campsite came out to join in with the songs, and most importantly -- stay for a free toasted marshmallow!

The YMCA Family Park & Campsite lets you get as involved as you want -- so regardless if you're looking for an action-packed weekend, or just a chance to sit back and relax with friends (as we did!) everything is provided for. The facilities, including the toilet and wash block were all suitably-sized, with powerful, warm showers, and enough hooks and bench-space to keep your clothes from getting wet (a first for a campsite toilet block!). While there are no electric hook-ups, the Club House/bar area is well-equipped with hot drinks, beers, ice creams etc. , and a handful of plug sockets if you needed to keep your phone fully charged. Still, we were so preoccupied sitting in the sun that we didn't even need to charge our phones much at all!

There are good links to many local attractions, and the campsite is easily accessible from the M27. Two of our party had come all the way from Eastbourne and yet found it with great ease. We visited a couple of local pubs in Swaythling and Hedge End -- as well as spending a good three hours at the nearby GoApe.

Altogether, a great choice for families, friends, and couples alike! Would definitely return!

Date of Visit: June 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Ejgthomas 2 reviews 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.

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