Weekly Classes & Playgroups 0-5 Ryedale and Thirsk


Playgroups and classes

Ryedale and Thirsk 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
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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.

Baby and Preschool Swimming on Tuesday 10-11am, Friday 3pm – 4pm and Saturday morning 8.30-11.30am.

School Age Beginners to Pre Competition Tuesday and Friday 4 – 6pm and Saturdays 8.30am – 11.30am details HERE

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


07854 725211
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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 0-13 months, 1100 0-13 months

Friday: The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP
0945 0-13 months, 1100 0-6 months,

With Gemma

07793 763419
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Monday, Wednesday, Friday – Sensory Play Babies Session – Parent led drop in and stay as long as you like from 10am – 5pm – £3.50 per child includes a free hot drink for accompanying adult.

We also have BambinoBoo running a number of sensory sessions:

  • Monday 5th Feb – Valentines Special 9:40am

We also have:

    • After School Session each term time weekday from 3pm-5:30pm.  £7 per child includes entry, a meal and a drink
    • Breakfast Club each term time weekday entry between 9am-10am includes free toast and squash for every child

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

01653 228128
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Our Mini Classes are back!

Places are strictly limited, please email admin@danceexpression.co.uk for more info and to book your place

Gym Beans – Monday 9:30am – 10:15am approx age 2-4 (parent/toddler session) £4.50/session 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 Movers with Miss Anna Monday 10:30am – 11:15am approx age 18 months – 3yrs (parent/toddler session) £4.50/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

Preschool Ballet with Miss Lucy Tuesday 9:30am – 10:15am approx age 2-4 (parent/toddler session) £4.50/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 Gymnastics Thursday 4:30pm – 5pm approx age 3-5  A wonderful start to your Gymnastics journey. Working on Gymnastics technique, fantastic for Balance, Coordination, Strength but best of all lots of fun too.

Mini Movers with Miss Lucy Friday 2:00pm – 2:45pm approx age 18 months – 3yrs (parent/toddler session) £4.50/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 – 10am approx age 3-5 £5.75/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

DE Movers Saturday 9am – 10am approx age 3-5 £5.75/session This exciting, action packed class gives you the chance to try lots of fun new styles and skills, over the term they’ll be Street, Jazz, Ballet, Gymnastics, Drama, Musical Theatre and much more!

DE Movers Saturday 10am – 11am approx age 5-6 £5.75/session This exciting, action packed class gives you the chance to try lots of fun new styles and skills, over the term they’ll be Street, Jazz, Ballet, Gymnastics, Drama, Musical Theatre and much more!

Mini Musical Theatre Saturday 10am – 11am approx. age 3-5

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
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Learning to swim is a key life skill for any child. Swimming lessons teach them independence, gives them the ability to get themselves out of potentially life-threatening situations, and allows them to get active while enjoying themselves.


Everyone Active’s swimming lessons start for children as young as 4 months old and are available for all ages. Choose from private one-to-one lessons, adult lessons, adult and child lessons or junior lessons. Students work towards badges and certificates, collecting them at each stage.


Why choose Everyone Active lessons?

  • Lessons are available 50 weeks of the year and 7 days a week, with a break over the Christmas period at most centres.
  • Students are assessed regularly and moved up as soon as they are ready for the next stage.
  • Qualified and DBS checked teachers.
  • Students will have access to ‘AquaPassport’ to track progress, play online games and collect trophies.


For more details about swimming lessons in Ryedale, please contact one of your local centres below:

  • Derwent Swim & Fitness Centre, Church Street, Norton, YO17 9HP.

Telephone: 01653 693 407

Website: https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/derwent-swim-and-fitness-centre/

  • Ryedale Swim & Fitness Centre, Mill Lane, Pickering, YO18 8DJ.

Telephone: 01751473351

Website: https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/ryedale-swim-and-fitness-centre/

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  • Do you want to meet other mums, dads and carers whilst having an amazing time with your child?
  • Do you hate being stuck in the house but find baby groups clicky or just a bit…meh?
  • Do you want to take part in something that’s fun for your child and you, but that is also beneficial to their learning and development?

Yes?! Then come to Harminis!

A fabulous music, movement and sensory class for preschoolers, babies and toddlers in North Yorkshire, you’ll meet new people, have a magical time and become part of a group that you both want to come back to week after week.

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

Written and delivered by qualified Early Years Music practitioner Kate Tyson who has over 17yrs experience, each class focuses on your child’s early years development without them or you even knowing!

Harminis classes are structured, yet relaxed and are perfectly balanced for your child to learn and also explore their creativity.

Check out our 5 star reviews on google if you need convincing to try Harminis for you and your child!

Wednesday 9.30am & 10.45am at Be Amazing Arts Studio, Unit 2 Malton Enterprise Park, 11 Cherry Farm Close, Malton. YO17 6DU

Friday 10am at Helmsley Arts Centre

Scarborough classes listed on Scarborough Mumbler here

Kate Tyson – do contact via Facebook


Book your place now at www.harminis.com/whats-on



Puddle Ducks are award winning providers of swimming lessons to babies, toddlers, pre-school and school age children. Our classes are designed to promote bonding, water confidence and water safety in a fun and loving environment. We take your little ones through a structured programme designed to develop their natural affinity with the water and encourage them to learn to swim independently.


And although we have spent many years carefully developing our progressive lesson plans to develop swimmers, our teachers adapt every activity to suit each child. Our approach ensures that your child’s needs are expertly fulfilled – never forcing development, but rather nurturing it to ensure a positive experience and love of swimming.


Our baby and pre-school programme is offered through five levels:
Floaties (0-6 months), Splashers (6-15 months), Kickers (15 months – 2.5 years), Little Dippers (2-5 years) and Dippers (2-5 years)


We run classes 7 days a week across York, Hull and East Yorkshire including the Goosewood Holiday Park (Goose Lane, Sutton on the Forest) on Wednesdays and Fridays. Palms Leisure Club (Main Street, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ) where classes take place on Saturday mornings, New Earswick (White Rose Avenue, New Earswick, York. YO32 4AG) on Thursdays and Fridays, ROKO Health Club (Stirling Road, Clifton Moor, York. YO30 4TU) on Mondays and Tuesdays and Archbishop Holgate’s School (Hull Road, York. YO10 5ZA) on Saturdays.

We also run Aquanatal classes, so you can start your journey with Puddle Ducks before your baby arrives! – details HERE

Your little ones can also continue their journey once they have gone to school – details HERE

07825 269146
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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.

Dancing Tots’ are parent & toddler classes for 18 months plus. This class will enable your child to learn new skills through the use of movement to music, dance, singing, instruments, props, storytelling and drama. A fun packed class for you and your child to share filled with musical adventures that develop and encourage musicality, creativity, fitness and rhythm.

See your child develop balance, co-ordination and core strength on our activity circuit. Join your child on our adventure and travel to the circus, the jungle, nursery rhyme land, the toy kingdom and many more wonderful places!

GOOD availability in these classes:

  • Tuesday – Pre school Ballet & Tap: 4.00 – 4.45pm – Kirkbymoorside: 3 – 5 years
  • Saturday – Pre school Ballet & Tap: 10.15 – 11.00am – Kirkbymoorside: 3 – 5 years
  • Saturday – Pre school Ballet & Tap: 11.35 – 12.20pm – Pickering: 3 – 5 years

Sarah-Louise Ashworth School of Dance
07801 885044

07801 885044
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Discover an amazing underwater world.

Parent & Toddler Ticket – £16

  • Best value off peak ticket
  • Adult entry + toddler (aged 5 and under)
  • Dive right in to the mesmerising wonders of the ocean with your little fish, whilst the bigger fish are at school
  • Only available Monday to Friday during school term-time

There is so much to see at SEA LIFE Scarborough! Dive in and you’ll discover:

  • Penguin Island – Head outside and meet the cheeky colony of Humboldt penguins that reside on Penguin Island and get closer than ever before as you make your way through their walk-through home
  • More than 2500 creatures – Dive into an amazing underwater world and take a fascinating journey to the ocean depths as you discover amazing creatures at this unique indoor and outdoor attraction
  • Tropical Ocean Tunnel – Take a stroll through the incredible 200,000l Ocean Tunnel and be mesmerised by the incredible beauty that lives within. You might even come face-to-fin with Blacktip Reef Sharks
  • Rainforest Adventure – Immerse yourself in a world of creepy crawlies, lurking lizards and curious critters. Come just centimetres away from Green Tree Pythons and be mesmerised at the incredible colours of Poison Arrow Dart Frogs

Annual passes available for £40.

Scalby Mills, Scarborough, YO12 6RP

01723 373414
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This will restart on Friday 12th January 2024.

If you have any queries, please email: cwhite@terringtonhall.com

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 Delta@The Marriott, Tadcaster Road, YO24 1QQ

Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:30 Delta@ Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Tuesdays: 14:00 – 16:00 Principal Hotel, Station Road, York Y024 1AA
Tuesdays: 9:30 – 12:30 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Tuesdays: 9:00 – 12:00 Birdforth Hall, Easingwold YO61 4NW
Tuesdays: 13:00 – 14:30 The Mount, Malton YO17 7ND
Tuesday: 10:00 – 12:00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ

Wednesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 The Mount, Malton YO17 7ND

Fridays: 09:30 – 12:30 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Friday: 10:00 – 12:00 Delta@ Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York YO24 1QQ
Fridays: 15:00 – 17:00 Principal Hotel, Station Road, York, YO24 1AA

Saturdays: 09:00 – 12:00 The Mount, Malton, YO17 7ND
Saturdays: 8:30am – 12:30 Energise, Cornland Road, Acomb, YO24 3DX

Sunday: 9:00 – 13:00 Energise, Cornlands Road, Acomb. YO24 3DX

01423 457000
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Welcome to Wild at Heart Hideaway! A community hub on the outskirts of Driffield supporting and enhancing early years development. Anybody can utilise our Hideaway through a huge selection of classes, courses, and daily sessions.

Our sessions included Come and GLOW for both under 12months or mixed ages, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Playdough Dreams and Themed Play Sessions.

We offer a home from home environment where parents and little ones can come, play, glow, connect and relax. We have two rooms to move freely between. The first being our tranquil Nest; a cosy, comfortable environment with lots of resources for little ones to enjoy. The Nest is also where we hold our Baby Yoga, Baby Massage and Playdough Dreams sessions. The second room is The Nook A.K.A the GLOW room. With lots of new, specialist equipment for 2024 this room really is something special and is guaranteed to stimulate the senses.

All of these sessions can be booked through our website and up to date news and photographs can be found on our social media pages @WAHhideaway.

Hope to see you there. Ready, set, GLOW…!

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

01377 258698
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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.

Birth, Bath and Beyond Messy Play

Messy Play 0 – 5 years – Hungate Centre, Pickering

Last Friday of the month 10am – 12pm

Pop along and meet us, stock up on your baby needs, chat and play

Toys and books, baby essentials

Juice & fruit available.

£2.50 entry

Contact Dianne on 07701 098606

Kirkbymoorside baby & toddler group

9.30am-11.30am Friday

£3.50 per family

Kirkbymoorside Methodist Church
07983 613744

Little Bea

Pregnancy, baby & toddler hub based in Pocklington

Classes and workshops for babies and toddlers. Pregnancy yoga, postnatal yoga, baby yoga and massage.

69 Market Street, Pocklington,
07714 878730

Little Explorers Stay & Play

Fridays starting 1st March 2024

Stay and Play with construction, sensory play, physical activities, baby areas, role play, puzzles and much more

10am-11am term time only

£2.50 per child includes drinks for parents / carers

*Parents are to stay with their children at these sessions*

Old Malton War Memorial Hall

Amy King 07743 352831

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.

Tuesday 1.30pm – Pickering Breastfeeding Group for new and expectant parents.

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

Saturday 10.30am – Lego Club

Please book your FREE place by calling us on 01609 533624

Pickering Library, The Ropery, Pickering

StoryWorld Adventures

Friday 10.50am – Adventures for All

Wilberfoss Community Centre

Multi-sensory storytelling classes from 6mths to 5yrs. Rhymes, puppets, props, sensory items, instruments and of course a story, all combine to make each session an exciting experience.

Created and led by experienced teacher Nicola.

T: 07843881152

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 (Monday to 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 classes for under 5s. Activities are aimed at 12 months+ but younger stompers are always welcome.

Timetables can be found on Tiny Stompers FB or Instagram page.

Contact Becky for more details 07739 960910