Playgroups & Classes Ripon and Nidderdale

Toddlers & Babies

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Forest School Toddler/Preschool Group – Kilburn Woods, Thirsk

Our toddler group is ideally suited to those tots who are walking, to pre-school children plus their parents/guardians who want to get outdoors, play in a natural environment, natter and eat yummy cake….come rain or shine!


Sessions follow a Forest School ethos which involves child led learning in a woodland environment. Sessions may involve muddy play, craft, imaginative play, quiet time (including story books), exploring the local flora and fauna, balancing, climbing and swinging. We also offer one structured activity each week.


Prices and booking: Each block of sessions equates to £6 per session and a block is either 6 or 7 weeks long depending on term length. Siblings over 1 years old are £4 per session. Sessions can only be booked as a block. Price includes tea/coffee/juice and cake! Free trial session available.


To book:

Enquiries: or 07815 775 934


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IDA Sport: Children’s Football Sessions

IDA Sport is a coaching company offering professional coaching in a fun, enjoyable and challenging environment. We are based in North Yorkshire, working in the Ripon/Kirkby Malzeard area. We focus primarily on football coaching, however we have experience delivering a wide variety of sports.


IDA Sport is led by Daniel Woolston, who is currently an academy coach at Middlesbrough FC. He also has experience working for Sunderland AFC and Darlington FC. Daniel holds his UEFA B Licence and Youth Modules 1,2 & 3. He is also currently undertaking the FA Advanced Youth Coaching Award. Daniel coaches for Middlesbrough FC Academy working with the Under 9’s age group.

All toddler football sessions are maximum 6 children per class, to ensure high quality coach/child time. Your child’s place must be booked in advance. Other sessions are limited to 10 per class.



Year 3: 5 – 6pm

Year 4+: 7 – 8pm


2 Years: 10 – 10.30am

3 & 4 Years:  10.30 – 11.15am

Reception & Year 1: 5 – 6pm


Year 2: 5pm – 6pm

Book here.

Tel:  07484739468


Mechanics Institute, Kirkby Malzeard HG4 3RS

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Learn To Swim

Your little one will gain water confidence, have fun and play in our Rain Drops and Rain Tots lessons at Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre and Ripon Spa Baths

Open to children aged from six months to three years old, the lessons include structured play, songs and an introduction to basic swimming.

You join your child in the water to help provide support.

For more details about our Learn to Swim lessons visit   

For lesson times and class availability please contact our swimming pools directly:

·       Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre, Low Wath Road, Pateley Bridge HG3 5HL

Tel: 01423 711442


·       Ripon Spa Baths, Park Street, Ripon HG4 2BD

Tel: 01765 603383


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Playgroups In Ripon & Rural (For 0-5 Year Olds)

Source: Ripon & Rural

Timetable updated December 2019- Please check before travelling incase a group has changed (and tell us please by reporting this post- click on the button on the bottom right!)

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Rhythm Time

Do you want the best start for your little one, no matter what their own individual needs are? Do you want to watch them grow and develop fantastic new skills whilst having the most amazing musical fun? Welcome to Rhythm Time! Fun, quality classes that help develop a child’s confidence, creativity, listening skills, language, numeracy and co-ordination.


Courses are specially written by a music teacher and created to enhance every child’s development. A holistic, musical and multi-sensory approach to baby development, where we do lots of activities which encourage brain development through eye-tracking, listening and experimenting with sound and textures. We have fun with bubbles, hoops, mirrors as well as learning listening skills with Ratatat, our Rhythm Time rabbit!


Every baby and toddler is an individual with great potential. We’ll teach you how to make music fun for your child, and show you how you can help to unlock their potential by singing and making music together. We have classes in Ripon, Masham and Boroughbridge and would love you to join us!


Monday – Ripon Mindfulness Wellbeing Centre Toddler – 10am  Baby – 10.45am


Tuesday – Allhallowgate Methodist Church, Ripon Older Toddlers9.45am   Toddlers – 10.30am  Young Toddlers – 11.15am Babies – 12pm


Wednesday – Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge  Toddler – 10am Baby – 10.45am  Young Baby – 11.30am


Thursday – Masham Methodist Church Family class – 1pm (Starting 5th October)


Book your place on the website , call Ami on 07340 048804, or visit our Facebook page.

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The Creation Station Ripon and Harrogate


We help to inspire children to explore and develop through arts and crafts. We have a programme of award winning classes, that are underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to give you a fun experience in a friendly, safe, nurturing environment. From painting to gloop to clay and more, your child is sure to be engaged in our weekly sessions based on the termly topic!


We offer four types of sessions:


Baby Discover (from 5-14 months)

Friday, 9.45am, St Wilfrid’s Community Centre, HG4 2AB



Little Explorer (from 15 months-5 years)

Friday, 11am, St Wilfrid’s Community Centre, HG4 2AB

Cost: Sessions are £5.50, paid termly. Book for the term and get a free session or an inspiration folder and fuzzy brush to take home.



Family Fun (from 1-11 years)

Family session that runs in the school holidays, dates and times regularly updated on our website.



Arty Party (from 1-11 years)

Throw a party with a difference, hassle free and memorable. Packages start from £100.


Contact Sharon:

Tel: 07851320987




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Twigs N’Stix Forest School

Join in the Autumn woodland fun – build fairy and elf dens, play in the stream, build dams, swing on the branches, balance, climb and build confidence and self-esteem. A unique class in ancient woodland setting.


Weekly classes for 1-5yr olds
Cost per class £6 per child (sibling discounts available)
Payment half termly

See Facebook page for details or email


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9.30 – 11.30am

The Arches. Holy Trinity. Church Lane. HG4 2ES

Baby Kicks Ripon

Football Classes for Ages 2-3

Fridays 10.10am – 10.50am

Ripon Academy

Harrogate Road Methodist Church Hall, Harewood Road, Ripon, HG4 1TG

Call 01302 618080 for details.

Baby Kicks Boroughbridge

Football Classes for Ages 2-3

Wednesdays 10.10am – 10.50am

Boroughbridge Academy

Coronation Hall, Milby , Boroughbridge, YO51 9BL

Call 01302 618080 for details.

Big Sheep Little Cow Baby & Toddler Group

Monday to Friday 10am – 12pm (term time only) 

£5 per child, free adult with each full paying child. Half price siblings. £2.50 for additional adults.

Booking not needed.

Birstwith Tots

Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.00 (term time)

COST: £2.50 per family

Birstwith Church Hall

Really friendly group, everyone welcome
Call Melanie: 01423 772867

Boogie Babies

Boogie Babes are joining the residents of Lister House, Ripon

Come and be part of something special!

After reading about the positive impact brought about by mixing these two very different age groups, I decided Boogie Babes would be perfect!

Classes will be every Wednesday 11-12 pm starting on 24th October.
For more details contact Nicola on 07806679001

Borrowers Toy Library

Every Thursday at 10am.

Lots of toys for children up to 8 years old.

Stay and play/chat.

Ripon Community house.

Bright Sparks

The Bright Sparks toddler group meets at Summerbridge Church Hall on term time Thursday mornings at 10am, offering toys, refreshments and an opportunity for parents to enjoy refreshments and meet others with young children.

There is a social lunch each term. The group is open to all preschool children and babies with their parents/carers.

For more information phone Lindy Edwards on 01423 712505 or Mabel Ellison on 01756 603523.

Burton Leonard Parent and Toddler

9.15 – 11.30am
Burton Leonard Village Hall, Burton Leonard

Carrymoor Sling Library, Ilkley

Offers the chance to hire slings to try out with your baby. Drop-in sessions at a range of locations and a consultancy service offered.

For more details call Teresa on 07815 183977 or 01943 608382

Dads R Us

The Salvation Army, Reachout Centre, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2NE

01765 600921

The group aimed mainly at dads and their young children, monthly meeting held on a Saturday.

Call for more details.

Ducklings Grewelthorpe Parent & Toddler

10.30 – 11.45am

Parent and Toddler Group

Grewelthorpe C of E School, Cross Hills, HG4 3BH


First Steps Phonics

Exciting, educational classes packed with games, stories and songs that introduce 1-4 year-olds to letters and sounds whilst developing key skills. 

Delivered by an experienced Early-Years teacher. 

Tuesdays 9.30-10.15am: Killinghall Village Hall,

Wednesdays 10.30-11.15am: Ripon Allhallowgate Methodist Church

Taster session: £2

Contact us via facebook or 07968798632

Fountains Playgroup

9.15 – 11.30am
Fountains pre-school. Grantley HG4 3PJ

Helter Skelter

9 – 11am

Parent and Toddler Group

YMCA. 4 Waterskellgate. Ripon HG4 1BQ

Kirkby Malzeard Parent and Toddler

10:00 – 11:30am at the Mechanics Institute, Kirkby Malzeard

Little Acorns

Masham Town Hall

Wednesdays 9.00-11.00am (Except Bank Holidays).

Little Acorns welcomes all families with children aged 0-5 years to a friendly drop-in session.

Little Berries – Parent And Toddler Group

Sharow C Of E Primary School, Berrygate Lane, Sharow, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5BJ

01765 604362

Ages accepted: max age 3yrs

Open: Thursday 1.15pm-2.45pm

Cost: £1.50

Little Fishes – Darley

New baby and Toddler group starting in September 2017. All welcome.
Little Fishes
Baby and toddler group
Tuesdays 9.30-11am term time @ CCCC, Darley
For more info contact Vicki Walsh 07536007008
Hosted by Nidderdale E.F Church
Also… This group is starting from scratch so if anyone has any baby/toddler toys they would like to donate they would be gratefully received. Contact Vicki Walsh (contact above) to arrange collection.

Lofthouse Playgroup

Every Tuesday during term time

9 – 11am.

Small friendly group of mums, dad’s, grandparents and childminders who meet to have a coffee and chat while the toddlers have a play.

Lofthouse Memorial hall.

Mini Kicks Boroughbridge

Football Classes for Ages 3-5

Wednesdays 4.40pm – 5.20pm

Boroughbridge Academy

Coronation Hall, Milby , Boroughbridge, YO51 9BL

Call 01302 618080 for details.

Mini Kicks Ripon

Football Classes Fridays

4.15pm – 4.55pm Ages 3-4

5.00pm – 5.40pm Ages 4-5

Ripon Academy

Harrogate Road Methodist Church Hall, Harewood Road, Ripon, HG4 1TG

Call 01302 618080 for details

Mother & Toddler Stay & Play

Mother & Toddler Stay & Play with Lerae’s Workshop
Starts Monday 26th February 10-11:30am

£5 Snack and hot drink included

Every Monday up until Easter Holidays THEN every Monday and Friday in the summer term!

Sharow Cross Cottage, Sharow, Ripon
07968 515769

Music Bugs

Sensory, play-based music and singing classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Thursday morning classes at Sawley Village Hall coming soon.

0844 412 8166

Pateley Playgroup

Fridays 9.30-11:30 (term time)

Pateley Bridge Scout Hall

Lindy Edwards and Christy Irish: 07980 009424



Littlethorpe Village Hall

8.50am Age 2 – 3.5 years 30 mins

9.25am Age 2 – 3.5 years 30 mins

10amAge 3.5 – 5 years 45 mins

0345 313 0283


Storytime For Pre-Schoolers

Storytime for pre-school children is every Friday afternoon from 2.15pm – 2.45pm.

Bedale Community Library
Bedale Hall
North End

01609 534573


Tiny Talk

Baby Signing Classes

Liz Collison

Call: 07975833001

£4.00 per family per class

Class Type:Baby Signing Class
Time:10:00am – 11:00am
Location:1st Richmond Scout Hut
Quakers Lane
Richmond DL10 4VV

Twiglets Toddler Group

1.30 – 2.45pm

Methodist Church, Allhallowgate, HG4 1RW

Twigs N Stix Forest School – Toddler Group

Classes run Tuesday & Friday mornings during term time.

“At Twigs n’Stix Forest School we encourage and inspire children, teachers and families to explore the natural environment in our Ancient Woodland.”
Harewell Woods Farm, Pateley Bridge.

Call Liz 07715 001394 to book

Water Babies

Teach your baby to swim!

Royal British Legion, Lister House, Southgate, Ripon

Call: 01904 607110