Our YMCA’s longest running school holiday camp programme for young people, held every school break.

What is Camp Williams?

Encompassing a variety of indoor and outdoor sports, group games, artistic projects, and traditional camp activities such as rallies and campfire songs – Camp Williams is a place where children ages 4 to 15, from all backgrounds and walks of life, can come together to form new positive friendships, learn new skills, and build confidence. Sessions are action-packed, adventure driven and experience focused to engage young people.

We believe children with the opportunities to learn through interactive experiences delivered by our role model Camp Leaders will make healthier choices as they grow into adults. Campers receive awards and certificates for demonstrating the four core values of YMCA – caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.


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At Camp Williams, different age groups become part of their assigned villages. Each village enjoys a special activity unique to them!

Kids Zone
(aged 4 -7)

Our youngest campers are just starting their camp journey. They join in with indoor and outdoor sports, games, arts, crafts, and swimming.

Campers can also perform their newfound skills for parents at Campfire Friday!



Discovery Village
(aged 8 – 9)

Our full-week campers get to choose their Skill Clinics! Find out more about Skill Clinics below.

In addition to Skill Clinics, Discovery campers can also enjoy sports, camp games, and swimming!



Explorer Village
(aged 10 – 12)

Campers can enjoy everything Discovery can access.

Plus, Explorer campers are offered the chance to take their abilities to the next level with Masterclass Skills Clinics (see below for more details).



Adventure Village
(13 – 15)

As role models, our oldest and wisest campers enjoy sports, games, swimming AND Skill Clinics, plus Masterclass Skills Clinics and participation in Adventure Day Trips, which take place each Thursday at camp (full week bookings at Summer camp only). After Skill Clinics each morning, Adventurers depart on their trips via YMCA mini-bus.

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Pioneer Village (aged 8 – 12)

Day bookings only.

Pioneer village campers are those who join us for a single day booking.

One-day programme campers can enjoy a range of awesome activities, including sports, games, structured and freestyle swimming, arts and craft projects. 

Children also get the chance to try some of the skills-based activities on site, which have been tailored especially for campers to get the most out of their single day. This means that campers booked on the full week at camp will get priority choice of their Skill Clinics, and Pioneer Village campers will be able to try available Skill Clinics, which vary each week depending on capacity and staffing.

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Holiday Week Week booking Price Day booking Price
May Half Term 30th May-2nd June 2023 £156 £50
Summer Week 1 31st July – 4th August 2023 £205 £55
Summer Week 2  7th  August– 11th August 2023 £205 £55
Summer Week 3 14th August- 18th August 2023 £205 £55
Summer Week 4 21st August- 25th August 2023 £205 £55

We are thrilled to bring back Camp Williams to West Bridgford! All dates are 8am – 6pm.

For Camp Williams in Newark-on-Trent, click here.


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What to bring:

  • A positive attitude
  • Swimming kit – swim days are split by Village:
    • Kids Zone: Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
    • Discovery: Thursdays & Fridays
    • Explorer: Wednesdays & Thursdays
    • Adventure: Mondays & Tuesdays 
  • Loud singing voice
  • Creative imagination
  • Healthy lunch and snacks
  • Clothes you can get messy
  • Full water bottle

Arrivals and Departures

Sign-in: 8am-9am every morning – each camper will be welcomed by a member of YMCA staff and introduced to their Village.

Departures: 5pm-6pm every evening – Following the closing ‘camp rally’, a Camp Leader will sign out each child with their parent/carer or onto the YMCA bus with another YMCA staff member.

“YMCA staff are amazing and Campfire Friday is definitely not to be missed. I’m so pleased to have found a place my child really looks forward to attending every day.”

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Skill Clinics (ages 8-15)

Skill Clinics give children a chance to learn and practice new skills and activities throughout their week.

How can I choose Skill Clinics?
Choices are not made at time of booking. They are chosen by children after our morning rally on the first day of camp. These are first-come, first-served, with plenty of exciting options every week! 

What clinics will be on offer?
Our Skill Clinics vary week by week. We cannot guarantee availability of specific clinics, however do our best to ensure an exciting range is always available. 

Who can take part in Skill Clinics?
These sessions are are available to children with week-long bookings,  aged 8-15. This is because Skill Clinics build on new skills daily as a progressive set of lessons. Don’t worry! Younger children and day campers enjoy plenty of exciting activities too.



(summer camp only)

Rather than sampling three different activities, campers from Explorer and Adventure Villages can progress to the next level by choosing one Skill Clinic to master in depth over the course of the week.



It’s hard to miss our climbing wall when you arrive at camp! Campers will be up and over it in no time after a week in our climbing skills clinic. Lock in your karabiner and you’re away!



Learn some new skills, or brush up on existing ones. Later, get involved with a penalty shoot-out and put skills into practice during group matches. Whatever your current level, we’ve got it covered.



Be an archer before you know it. We teach the safest and best way to shoot an arrow – plus playing games and learning the lingo.





Form a band, go solo, pick up an instrument you’ve never tried before, get lyrical and even record new sounds!




Ollies, kickflips and grinds. Street style or long board. Campers will pick up tips and practice their moves with our skating insiders.


Drama and Theatre

Time to work on that path to stage stardom. Campers can write, rehearse and perform their own play. Break a leg!




Defence, dribbling, turnaround jump shots, team tactics and more. Basketball was invented at the YMCA so we know our stuff!



Mountain Biking

Learn tricks and techniques! Varied introductory course travels a route outside of Camp Williams. Campers should be able to ride a bike confidently already but don’t need any experience of mountain biking.




Find your rhythm! With our staff choreographing movements, you will find new ways to express yourself through this engaging performing art form.




Net Sports

From volley ball to badminton and tennis! We’ll be playing team games and honing solo skills. Once campers have mastered the basics, we’ll take part in a mini tournament!


Paddle Sports

Have you heard of sweep strokes, stern rudders and skulling draws? By the end of the week our campers will be experts. We’ll be kayaking near Camp Williams, at a dedicated space on the River Trent.





Get your thinking caps on! Our brilliant chess Skill Clinic teaches you everything you need to know about the world’s favourite and most challenging strategy game.




Children can choose from pottery, textiles and fine arts projects. We’ll be experimenting with colours, textures and patterns to create mini masterpieces.




Learn basic tricks of the scootering trade and take on our amazing half-pipes!





Campers can enjoy learning the basic rules of cricket as well as all the tricks of the trade! If you have a sporty streak and would like to hone your skills or try something new – this is the place to be!


COVID-19 Safety at Camp Williams

Our brilliant Camp Staff have been working hard to make sure Camp Williams is bursting with fun, friendships and adventure – all while keeping as safe as possible.

Our Parent Handbook outlines all our measures in full. We ask all parents and carers to take a moment and familiarise themselves with it before camp.


Getting to camp

Camp Williams is based at The Nottingham Emmanuel School, West Bridgford!

The Nottingham Emmanuel School’s secure grounds offer amazing space and freedom to explore, learn, and play. Encompassing a music suite, dance studios, indoor and outdoor stages, climbing wall, amphitheatre, multi-use games areas, sports pitches, and playing fields – there is ample space to enjoy our varied Skill Clinics!

Note: We also host Camp Williams at the Community and Activity Village, Newark-on-Trent.

Nottingham Emmanuel School

Gresham Park Road
West Bridgford

By Tram

You can get the Clifton tram to Wilford Lane. Camp Williams is just a 5 minute walk from there. There are cycle and foot paths leading towards The Nottingham Emmanuel School. The school is well signposted. 

By car

Take B679 (Wilford Lane) from A453 or A60 (Loughbrough Road). Turn into Gresham Park Road between the Gresham Park Playing Fields and Castle Healthcare Practice. There is space for you to park whilst you sign in and out of camp – please avoid the staff car park.

The YMCA Bus (Summer Camps only)

Our bus stops at locations all over Nottingham to take children to Camp Williams! Bus transfers are available at no extra cost for campers who have booked a full week, but places must be reserved. Just sign in your child with a camp leader and they will make the journey to camp in style!

Important Information: Places on our buses are limited and booked first-come first-served. Please note, the camp bus is only running for the Summer holidays.

Please contact us on 0115 711 7006 to add the bus to your booking.

Bus Stop Morning pick-up Afternoon drop-off
Kimberley Sainsburys 07:20 18:25
Phoenix Park 07:30 18:10
Melbourne Road (opposite Melbourne Park) 07:40 17:55
Arnold Hill Academy 08:00 17:40
Forest Recreation Ground (opposite Djanogly Academy) 08:20 17:25
Jubilee Campus Stop (WO26 for pick up/W033 for drop off) Near Crown Island 08:30 17:15

Core Values Awards at Camp Williams

Campers will soon receive awards for demonstrating the YMCA core values – caring, honesty, respect, responsibility. Collect all four core values wrist bands and be in with a chance of winning the Core Vales Champion trophy!

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Parent Resources

You can find more information about YMCA day camps by downloading our ‘Parent Resources’ below. Remember to read the Parent Handbook and sign a media consent form before your child attends Camp Williams.

Contact us

Contact our YMCA day camps bookings team on:

Phone: 0115 711 7006

Email: ymcadaycamps@nottsymca.org


Steffen Benbow

Operations Manager for Children, Youth & Families


Valerie Burrell

Business Resource Centre Manager

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If like us you believe every child should be given the same opportunities as their peers to learn, grow and fulfil their potential – please sponsor a young person today by donating and helping a child to access our educational programmes services and award them the best start in life.

Alternatively, click below to apply for a scholarship for your child.

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  • Where can I find your prices and dates?

    All camp dates and cost breakdowns can be found on the online booking form, so you can choose the best camp package for you and your child. If you can’t quite cover cost of the week camp, you may qualify for our Scholarships support.

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  • Does swimming take place on site?

    All aboard the YMCA bus! Every week, campers get the chance to go swimming at Portland Leisure Centre. We book out the whole pool to ourselves so there is plenty of time to learn and play in a safe, supervised environment.  Please bring your child’s swim kit every day to Camp Williams.

  • What happens on arrival?

    Whether campers are arriving by YMCA bus or with parents/carers, everyone will be introduced to their team and Village spaces. If you have any questions during the day, parents/carers will be given a specific YMCA Camp Williams phone number to contact anytime. Collection is between 5pm-6pm every day.

  • Is there an age limit on who can take part in Skill Clinics?

    Yes. For the safety and enjoyment of our campers, only older children aged 8-15 can participate in Skill Clinics – but don’t worry! Campers in our Kids Zone (aged 4-7) will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy other engaging activities such as clay modelling, slack-lining and rocket building – not to mention creating craft props for their Campfire Friday performances!

  • What is Camp Fire Friday?

    At the end of each week, we invite parents and carers to join us and celebrate the children’s achievements at Camp Williams with a series of performances from each Village. Campers can take to the stage and show off their new skills! A lovely way to round-off their YMCA adventures.

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