Playgroups and classes

Ryedale and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on  children.

Below is a list of all the local playgroups and drop in clinics throughout the week and also details of all the children’s activities classes available across our area. Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.


Agility is York’s first indoor obstacle course fitness park. We offer a range of classes for all age groups and sessions to suit everyone. Click here for our schedule. The park consists of a ninja warrior obstacle course. ninja gym and toddlers classes and two gym studios providing a huge range of activities and training sessions for toddlers, pre school, juniors, high school and adults. With a large café and bar on two floors we cater for a wide range of parties, functions, events and group sessions.

Agility is the perfect place for your child’s birthday party. Fun on the course, grip socks, food and drink included. Prices start from £13.95pp.

Bespoke packages for any occasion, corporate events and team building days can be catered for email for details.

01904 948416
Visit Website


Family owned swim school.
Structured fun swimming lessons, using toys, floats and games to teach water safety and self-rescue skills.

Stimulating lessons to develop co-ordination, strength and stamina.

Sensitive to parent and child’s individual needs.

All children will be working towards awards throughout their time with us.

10:30 Toddlers
11:00 Babies

10:00 Babies
10:30 Toddlers
11.00 Pre-school beginners

9am Babies
9:30am Toddlers / Pre school
10am Toddlers / Pre school

School Age Beginners to Pre Competition Tuesday and Friday 4 – 6pm and Saturdays 9 – 11.30am details HERE

At Stamford Bridge Junior School, 5 Church Road, Stamford Bridge, YO41 1BP


07854 725211
Visit Website

Featured Listing

Baby Sensory

Our multi-award winning classes will introduce your baby to a world of sensory exploration. Where the two of you can relax, have fun and share in each other’s delight. For ours is magical world, full of glowing balls, light shows, puppets, bubbles, rainbows, petals, massage, signing and songs. The sessions are designed specifically from birth so we’d encourage you to join as soon as you feel able. We’ve done the research; so you can enjoy the fun.

Thursday: Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall, West Gate, Thirsk, YO7 1QR
0945 6-13 months, 1100 0-6 months

Friday: Romanby WI Hall, The Close, Northallerton, DL7 8BQ
0945 0-13 months, 1100 0-6 months,

With Gemma and Judith
Phone: 07793 763419

  • Monday to Friday: 9am to 5:30pm
  • Saturday 10am to 4pm.
  • Sunday – closed for private parties & events

Weekday Deals
Breakfast Club Monday to Friday 9am to 10am – Free toast & squash for every child.
After School Club 3pm to 5:30pm – £5 per child for play entry, any meal and a drink.

MONDAY – Sensory Play 9:30am – 12:30pm (drop in). £3 per child including free tea or coffee for accompanying adults.TUESDAY  – Food Explorers with Anna.  10am – 10:45am or 11:15am to 12pm.  £6 per class, must be booked in advance. Contact Anna or DM for more information

WEDNESDAY  – Harminis with Kate.  £6 per class, must be booked in advance. Spaces available in the afternoon class at  1:30pm. Contact Kate to book.

THURSDAY – Baby Morning 9am to 12pm.  FREE ENTRY for all under 1’s.
THURSDAY afternoon –  Little Owls BABY YOGA – 2pm – 3pm for more info contact Aimee

FRIDAY  – Messy Play  9:30am – 12:30pm (drop in). £3 per child including free tea or coffee for accompanying adults

All those attending classes, can enter the soft play for £1 after their class.

Captain Barney’s, 14 Railway Street, Malton YO17 7NR

01653 228128
Visit Website


Our Mini Classes are back! Here is our brand new mini timetable, all taking place in our Covid secure studios with qualified dance teachers/Instructors. Places are strictly limited, please email for more info and to book your place

Gym Beans – Monday 9:30am – 10:15am
Gym Beans is back! An action packed Parent/Toddler class to start a wonderful Gymnastics journey. Fantastic for Balance, Coordination, Strength but best of all lots of fun too.

Preschool Ballet with Miss Lucy Tuesday 9:30am – 10:15am
age 2-4 (parent/toddler session) £4.00/session A fantastic introduction to ballet, we’ll be teaching your child beginners ballet technique but most of all having lots of fun as we explore this beautiful classic style of dance

Gym Beans – Parent and Toddler Wednesday 10:45am – 11:30am
An action packed Parent/Toddler class to start a wonderful Gymnastics journey. Fantastic for Balance, Coordination, Strength but best of all lots of fun too.

Mini Ballet with Miss Lucy Friday 9:30am – 10:15am age 3-5 £5.50/session  A fantastic introduction to ballet, we’ll be teaching your child beginners ballet technique but most of all having lots of fun as we explore this beautiful classic style of dance

Mini Movers with Miss Lucy Friday 1:00pm – 1:45pm
age 18 months – 3yrs (parent/toddler session) £4.00/session  Our fun filled parent/toddler class, we’ll be moving and grooving to your favourite songs, a wonderful introduction to dance, music and movement. Great for coordination, balance and building confidence

Mini Ballet Saturday 9am – 1oam
age 3-6  A fantastic introduction to ballet, we’ll be teaching your child beginners ballet technique but most of all having lots of fun as we explore this beautiful classic style of dance

Dance Expression. Ryedale Indoor Bowling Club, Bowling Lane, Scarborough Rd, Norton, Malton, YO17 8EG
Phone 01653 691102 or 07849 865736

01653 691102 or 07849 865736
Visit Website
Featured Listing



Are you looking for a fun, educational weekly class to attend with your preschooler, baby or toddler?

Do you want the opportunity to meet other adults and make new friends at the same time as your child?

Come and give Harminis a try, Harminis classes are the perfect way to spend quality time with your child using music and movement as a fantastic learning vehicle.

We sing, dance, play sensory games and we have an amazing time learning new songs and rhymes each week!

Written by myself Kate Tyson, a qualified Early Years Music practitioner with over 15 years experience, each class focuses on your child’s early years development  – all of the key EYFS learning areas are covered –Harminis literally ticks all the boxes for your child’s development!

And that’s not all! The classes are structured yet relaxed, and perfectly balanced to allow for your child to learn and also be creative.

So, drop me a message to book your place at Harminis now – you won’t regret it!

PS.  Check out our google reviews if you need convincing that Harminis is for you and your child!

Wednesday 10:30am & 1:30pm at Captain Barney’s, Malton

Friday 10am at Helmsley Arts Centre

Scarborough class listed on Scarborough Mumbler here

Kate Tyson

Book via the Website HERE




Our pre-school classes are specifically devised for boys and girls. The emphasis is on the development of co-ordination, discovery of mime and musicality, and group participation. The class is held in a fun environment which builds children’s confidence and self esteem for the future.

GOOD availability in these classes:
Monday – 11.10 – 11.50am   Dancing Tots class   18 months – 3 years
Monday  – 2.10 – 2.50pm   Dancing Tots class  18 months – 3 years
Wednesday – 4.00 – 4.45pm   Pre school Dance   3-5 years
Friday – 1.00 – 1.40pm   Dancing Tots class  18 months – 3years
Saturday 10.35 – 11.20am    Pre School   3-5 years
Saturday  10.55 – 11.40am    Pre School  3-5 years

Sarah-Louise Ashworth School of Dance
07801 885044

07801 885044
Visit Website


Parent and child swimming classes for babies from 12 weeks up to 4 years

Friday morning 10 till 11am

Saturday morning 10 till 1pm

A mixture of parent and child, beginners and improvers

At Hartwood Farm Cottages, East Knapton, Malton YO17 8JA.

Parent and child course costs £45 for 5 weeks and beginners and improvers costs £40.

Call Claire on 07837472428
Visit Website


This will restart in September 2022.

If you have any queries, please email:

FREE Forest School Fun, for pre-schoolers in our magical woods. Every Friday 9.30am – 10.30am during term time.

Places are limited and must be pre-booked. We kindly ask that only one parent/carer attends per child.

Terrington Hall School, Terrington, YO60 6PR



01653 648227

Water Babies is the world’s leading Baby and Toddler swim school, swimming over 50,000 babies per week.

We’ll teach you to teach your little one to swim, from lesson one we’ll get your little one used to the sensation of water, developing their natural instincts and transforming these into core aquatic skills. Throughout our programme we use lots of song, games, toys and sensory activities suitable to each child’s stage of development, ensuring both you and your little one are having lots of fun whilst having precious time together and developing new skills.  Swimming offers precious one to one time for you and your little one, whilst also offering the opportunity to meet lots of other parents and children in a relaxed and friendly environment.

By the end of our programme your little one will be swimming freely using different strokes and be able to keep themselves safe in and around water.

We work closely with Swim England, the governing body and we’ve woven their learn to swim framework through our programme. So you’ll be simply amazed at the progress your little one makes. And not only will they be able to swim independently and have learnt a skill for life – they will have grown in confidence too.

Mondays: 10.00 – 12.00 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ
Mondays: 10:00 – 13:30 Weighton Wold Pool, Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 4NE

Tuesdays: 09:00 – 10:00 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Tuesdays: 11:00 – 12:30 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ
Tuesdays: 10:30 – 12.00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ
Tuesdays: 9:00 – 15:30 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Tuesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 Birdforth Hall, Easingwold YO61 4NW
Tuesdays: 13:00 – 14:30 The Mount, Malton YO17 7ND

Wednesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ
Wednesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 The Mount, Malton YO17 7ND
Wednesdays: 10.00 – 13:00 Weighton Wold Pool, Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 4NE

Thursdays: 10:00 – 12.00 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ
Thursdays: 13:00 – 15:00 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ

Fridays: 09:00 – 15:30 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Fridays: 09:00 – 12.00 Weighton Wold Pool, Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 4NE
Fridays: 14:00 – 16:30 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ

Saturdays: 10:00 – 14:00 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ
Saturdays: 09:30- 13:30 Weighton Wold Pool, Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 4NE
Saturdays: 09:30 – 11:30 The Mount, Malton YO17 7ND
Sundays: 10:00 – 14:30 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ

01423 457000
Visit Website

Wild at Heart Hideaway is a brand-new community hub on the outskirts of Driffield, with ample free parking and wheelchair access.

WAH Hideaway hosts a variety of sessions where you can book the The Glow Room and The Nest, Baby Massage courses, Playdough sessions,  “Dads Only” sessions, School Ready Sessions and much more. Suitable for 0 to 5 years. A chance for parents to get out the house with their little one and just go for a cuppa and a chit chat. A chance to meet new people and meet up with old, laugh, cry, joke, and question…

Guests have access all areas at once. The GLOW room and the Nest will be open and full of toys and climbing equipment. Drinks and snacks will also be readily available for all.

A perfect chance to just get out of the house, see old friends or meet new and Discover what we are all about.

We will be opening our doors at the following times:
Monday 9am – 12pm
Tuesday 1pm – 4pm
Wednesday 9am – 12pm
Thursday 1pm – 4pm
Friday 9am – 12pm
Sunday’s 9am – 12pm

Guests need to book online prior to arrival and pay £5 entry fee with a sibling discount available for those bringing more than one child.

Follow them on social media (links below) @WAHhideaway for up to date photo’s, info and bookings.

Wild at Heart Day Nursery, Four Winds Court, Market Weighton Road, Driffield, YO25 9LH

01377 258698
Visit Website


Friday fortnightly from 10am – 12pm

Attendance is currently free of charge, although donations are welcome and will be used to fund the group for longer.

Aimed at all pre-school aged children, from birth to starting school, and their parents/carers

Car parking on site.

Hot and cold drinks & cake/biscuits provided.

Breastfeeding support available.

Parents/carers are to be responsible for/supervise their children at all times.

Wintringham Community Hall, Wintringham YO17 8HY

Facebook page HERE

Baby Swimmers & Swimmers Academy

Tuesdays – New Earswick & Roko
Wednesday – Roko & Pocklington School (West Green, Pocklington YO42 2NJ) – after school for 4 years plus
Thursdays – New Earswick & Stamford Bridge (Stamford Bridge Junior School, 5 Church Road, Stamford Bridge YO41 1BP) – after school for 4 years plus
Fridays – Roko
Saturdays – Pocklington, Stamford Bridge & Robert Wilkinson, Strensall – all ages at each venue

0808 1 33 44 55 (Landline Free phone) 0333 8008 345 (Mobile Friendly)


Barton-le-Willows Playgroup

Barton-le- Willows playgroup is a group for children age 0 – 5 years based at Barton-le-Willows village hall, Barton-le-Willows, York, YO60 7PD. Sessions are every Friday morning during term time at 9.30am-11.30am.

We are a friendly group with lots of fun, age appropriate toys, crafts and singing in a welcoming environment. We also have a lovely outdoor area for suitable weather.

Come along and join in with our sessions! They are a great place for children and parents/carers to socialise and meet others from the local area. Tea and coffee are provided for adults and there is a snack time for children.

Please contact Emma on 07734 756 734.

Kirkbymoorside baby & toddler group

9.30am-11am Friday
Kirkbymoorside Methodist Church
07983 613744

Malton Baptist Church Play Group

On hold due to COVID19

Term time pre-school coffee, play and craft activities.

Friday 10am – 12pm

Malton Baptist Church on Wells Lane, next to Yates

Nest Ryedale

An open-ended, creative play and story class following natural, seasonal rhythms.

Run by an experienced Early Years teacher from Appleton le Moors Village Hall.

  • Baby & Me (from birth)
  • Explore with Me (walking – 4 years)

For more information call Nina on 07990572847 or visit facebook page ‘Nest Ryedale’

Pickering Library for under 5s

Monday 10.30am – Baby Bounce and Rhyme Session
Energetic, fun and engaging half hour musical session suitable from birth onwards.

Under 5’s Storytime Every Friday 10.30am – 11am.

Please book your FREE place by calling us on 01609 533624

Pickering Library, The Ropery, Pickering

Swimming with Linzi

Baby & Toddler Swimming Classes

It’s time to get back in the water with your babe!! Lessons are now running on Mondays, Thursday and Friday mornings. Yipeee Come & have a splash with Swimming with Linzi at Carr Junior School, York  from 2 month – preschool

Contact Linzi on: 07583 936246

Tiny Stompers Baby Massage and Music Movement Classes

Baby Massage (Tuesday and Friday) courses are offered in the comfort of your own home or within a class environment in beautiful hired venues. This wonderful mobile baby massage service covers Thirsk, Easingwold, York and surrounding villages.

Music and Movement (Monday and Wednesday 10:15 – 11:00 or 11:15 – 12:00) classes are for under 5s and their stomptastic grown ups! The activities are aimed at 12 months+ but teeny tiny stompers are always welcome too. £6.50 per child. Twiggy’s Play, Unit 2, Concept Business Park, Allendale Road, Thirsk, YO7 3NY

Contact Becky for more details 07739 960910