Playgroups & Classes Ripon and Nidderdale

Toddlers & Babies

Featured Listing

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


Featured Listing

Zen Den Ripon

“It takes a village to raise a child”

The Zen Den is a Children’s and Families wellbeing centre, based at the Canal Basin in Ripon.  We offer small group sessions for babies to teens.  Messy play, sensory play and story sessions from birth to 4 years offer the perfect opportunity for parent’s to connect with each other in calm setting.

We also offer Mindfulness and Meditation sessions for children age 5+.  These sessions are in either in a group setting on 1:1.  Mindfulness is proven to help with anxiety, self -esteem, concentration and focus. We use games and crafts to help understand feelings and emotions and how to incorporate Mindfulness in to every day.

All sessions are pay as you go.  No need to book for a whole term.  All sessions cost £4 (1:1 sessions are priced differently).  To make a booking online, or for more information please go to You can also find us on Facebook and Instagram.

14 Canal Basin, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1AQ


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.

Busy Birds Outdoor Learning

Busy Birds outdoor learning sessions are for children who are crawling up to and including 4 years old. Based at Yolk Farm and Stockeld Park sessions include opportunities for your little one to dig, plant, paint, hunt for bugs, make mud pies plus loads more!

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

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.

Little Imaginations

We provide creative play opportunities through Classes, Workshops, Parties, Events and Imagination Boxes to spark children’s imaginations and learning.

Our experiences are planned by a qualified teacher to provide opportunities for children to learn through sensory play, art, crafts and exploration. We build on children’s imaginations and creativity, as well as helping them to develop new skills and make new friends!

Classes starting at Little Beans Play Cafe in West Tanfield soon!

Little Mints

Song Rhyme Story time is newborn to 5 years old.

– Tuesday & Wednesday at 10.30am – Song Rhyme Story Time at Temple Fun, Leeming Bar

– Thursdays at Leyburn Arts & Community Centre 10am Baby & Me Club (for parents with newborn to crawling babies) and 1pm Song Rhyme Story Time

Different sessions and new venues from May!


To find out more get in touch with me Stacey on 07584020421.

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

Moo Music – Ripon, Thirsk and Boroughbridge

Fun and interactive music classes for 0-5years.

Have some moosical fun with
Chantelle Riddle
Tel: 01765 650151

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

Music With Mummy – Bedale, Richmond, Leyburn, Northallerton and Darlington

Structured musical education programmes suitable from birth until your child starts school.

Monday’s – Northallerton

Tueaday’s – Richmond

Thursday s – Darlington

Friday’s – Bedale and Leyburn

For more information call Helen on 07530779313

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