Weekly Classes & Playgroups 0-5 Ryedale


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.


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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.

10:30 Toddlers
11:00 Babies

10:30 Toddlers
11.00 Babies

09:30 Toddlers
10:30 Toddlers
11:00 Babies

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

Mobile: 07854 725211
E-mail: askaquastars@gmail.com

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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.

Thursdays in Thirsk
Thirsk and Sowerby Town Hall, West Gate, Thirsk, YO7 1QR
0945-1030 Birth to 13 months
1045-1130 Birth to 13 months

Fridays in Northallerton
The Forum, Bullamoor Road, Northallerton, DL6 1LP
0945-1030 Birth to 13 months
1045-1130 6 to 13 months
1145-1230 Birth to 6 months

With Gemma and Judith
Email: northallerton@babysensory.co.uk

Phone: 07793 763419

Grove Street
YO17 9BG
01609 533072.

Children’s centres aim to give children the best possible start in life and enable parents to support their child and family.

Download the Programme of Activities HERE

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Music and Fun! Let’s sing and dance and learn new songs and rhymes! Play with the parachute and meet the puppets! Harminis is a super fun music and movement class for preschoolers, babies and toddlers.

Established in 2008 by Kate Tyson (Smith) when her first child was small, she’s still running classes now her latest is here. ◦

The classes explore music and sensory play each week. Kate teaches songs that might be new to you and also traditional nursery rhymes and games.

Alongside the importance of the children learning and being exposed to lots of new experiences Kate is very keen for parents to network and make new friends.

Wednesday 10am – 11am at Captain Barney’s, Malton

Wednesday 1:30pm – 2.30pm at Captain Barney’s, Malton

Friday 10am – 11am at Helmsley Arts Centre

Scarborough class listed on Scarborough Mumbler here

Call Kate Tyson on 07824 738813

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Little Cricket

Little Cricket is a fun NEW cricket activity class for girls and boys aged 2-4, but it’s more than just bats and balls!

Cricket develops nine of the ten Fundamental Movement Skills, more than any other sport, and Little Cricket classes cover all nine. They are throwing, catching, running, jumping, batting, bowling, balance, agility and coordination.

When a child is confident and competent in the Fundamental Movement Skills they can more easily develop other sport specific and complex movement skills that allow them to enjoy broader sports and physical activities as they grow.

Each Little Cricket session focuses on a different Fundamental Movement Skill, using a combination of fun games and cricket activities to engage and teach the children.

Each session lasts for 45 minutes and is delivered by trained coaches to ensure that every child gets the most that they can out of every class.

Our weekly classes run in York on:
Mondays at St Andrews Church Hall, Bishopthorpe:
12.45 – 1.30pm: Maxi (3-4 year olds)
1.45 – 2.30pm: Minis (2-3 year olds)

Thursdays at Piglets Adventure Farm:
10.15 – 11am for Maxis (3-4 year olds)
11.15 – noon for Minis (2-3 year olds)

Fridays at The Poppleton Centre
11.10 – 11.55pm: Minis (2-3 year olds)

We look forward to seeing you at a class soon!

T: 07511 046890
E: info@little-cricket.co.uk
W: www.little-cricket.co.uk


YO62 6AG
01609 533072.

Children’s centres aim to give children the best possible start in life and enable parents to support their child and family.

Download the Programme of Activities HERE

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Rugby Tots

Start your child’s sporting journey with our high energy, fun packed classes that use the fundamentals of Rugby to develop core ability and build confidence. These structured play sessions take boys and girls on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.

Heworth Church Hall, York
10:00am Age 2 – 3.5
10:40am Age 3.5 – 5

Francis Scaife Sports Centre, Burnby Lane, Pocklington YO42 2QE
10:45am Age 2 to 3.5
11:20am Age 3.5 to 5

Haxby Memorial Hall, York
10:00am Age 2 to 3.5
10:40am Age 3.5 to 5

The Mount School, York
09:00am Age 2 – 3.5
09:40am Age 3.5 – 5
10:35am Age 5 – 7
11:30am Age 3.5 – 5

Fulford Comprehensive School, York
9:00am Age 2 – 3.5
9:40am Age 3.5 – 5
10:35am Age 5 – 7

Joseph Rowntree School, York
09:00am Age 2 to 3.5
09:40am Age 3.5 to 5
10:35am Age 5 to 7

Pocklington School (The Old Station Building), West Green, Pocklington, York YO42 2NJ
09:00am Age 2 to 3.5
09:40am Age 3.5 to 5

The Mount School, York
09:00am Age 2 – 3.5
09:40am Age 3.5 – 5
10:35am Age 2 – 3.5
11:15am Age 5 – 7

Joseph Rowntree School, York
09:00am Age 2 to 3.5
09:40am Age 3.5 to 5
10:35am Age 5 to 7

For more details, just call, email or visit our website
T: 0345 313 6716
E: york@rugbytots.co.uk
W: www.rugbytots.co.uk

The Old Court House
Malton Road
YO18 7JJ
01609 533072.

Children’s centres aim to give children the best possible start in life and enable parents to support their child and family.

Download the Programme of Activities HERE

Singing Fingers classes are fun, dynamic, multi-sensory music sessions for 1-4 year olds who are happy on their feet.

Kate – a Piano Teacher with 20 years experience – created these classes with the aim of igniting children’s natural passion for music by combining singing, dancing, percussion instruments, and the use of exciting props such as finger puppets and scarves, a huge lycra sheet, and of course the Piano.

Singing Fingers classes are also extra special because they are MULTIGENERATIONAL!

Held in care homes, Kate brings young and old together to create magical and memorable experiences for everyone involved.

“Singing Fingers was such a haven for me and my little girl. She started when she was about 14 months and absolutely loved it. As did I! My daughter knew all of Kate’s songs and we’d sing them at home too – we really bonded over those.”

“Kate’s so full of enthusiasm and has an excellent way of giving the children (and adults!) a boost of confidence to join in.”

Stamford Bridge Classes
Friday’s 10:30 – 11.30am

‘Like’ our Singing Fingers facebook page so you can keep up to date with the latest term dates and special offers.
You’re welcome to book the entire block, or just pop in and pay as you go when it suits you.

Held in the Beaumont Carehome on Buttercrambe Road.

FB:  www.facebook.com/singingfingers

Email: singingfingers@outlook.com

Telephone:  07380 691199

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Soccer Star Starters

(Child only, parents watch)

Contact Robbie of Hawkes Health & Fitness on 07584 418403

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Swimming with Linzi

Swimming with Linzi is all about having fun in a safe environment, from gaining water confidence to great stroke technique.

I offer baby, toddler and Pre-school lessons, 4 weeks – 4 years of age at Carr Junior School in Acomb, York on Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings. It is a small pool and warm at 31 degrees, perfect for little ones!

I also run classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for children 2 -10 years at Robert Wilkinson School, Strensall, York, from 3.30-6.30 pm.

When children are confident enough, they can go in by themselves without their primary caregiver. This is a natural progression and one where there’s no age limit. The important thing here is, it’s when the child is ready.

Classes are fun based and relaxed with only 7 children in each class. With the whole pool to ourselves, children really enjoy their lessons and thrive learning to swim. I get to know all the children individually and adapt my teaching accordingly. There is only 1 class running at a time so little distraction from other swimmers.

With over 10 years teaching experience, including my own 3 children, I am fully qualified STA Swimming Instructor, STA baby and pre-school teacher, RLSS lifesaving and recently completed Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching for Baby and Pre-school. Do check out my recommendations on Facebook!

Please feel free to contact me for more information:

Contact: Linzi 07583 936246



You can book directly by clicking this link to the Booking Site


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Toddler Sense

Our award-winning toddler development classes will introduce your child to a galaxy of magical worlds. Each week has a unique theme, meticulously constructed to stimulate your child’s brain, co-ordination and physical development. Imagine zooming through space, partying like pirates, diving through a magical sea. Or would you like to climb a snow mountain, boogie under disco lights, hunt for dinosaurs or tame a fiery dragon?

Thursdays – Dance Expression at Norton, Malton
10.30: 13 months to 2 years
11.30: 2 years to 5 years
New members should MENTION RYEDALE MUMBLER and get an amazing 4 classes for the price of 2

Friday – Pocklington Cricket Club, Burnby Lane, Pocklington, YO42 1UJ
09:30 – 10:20 13 months to 2 years
10:30 – 11:20 18 months to 3 years
11:30 – 12:20 2 years 6 months to 5 years

Contact Steph Pears by emailing eastyork@toddlersense.co.uk or phoning 07725 481334 or visit the website to book a trial. Toddler Sense Facebook




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Tumble Tots

Tumble Tots from 6 months to 4 years
Gym Bobs from 4 to 7 years
A programme that has been going for over 37 years! Tumble Tots and Gym Bobs sessions use unique equipment and are run by staff specially trained to get the best out of your child, structured according to the different ages/stages of a child’s development.
Sessions include climbing, balancing, agility and coordination as well as song time for language development.
Child psychologists/educators agree that a structured programme in movement should be part of every child’s education.
Enjoy quality time with your child teaching them ‘skills for life’.
Class information is as follows:
Monday – The Regen Centre, Riccall
Tuesday – Huntington Memorial Hall
Thursday – The Poppleton Centre
Friday – Acomb Parish Hall
Saturday – St Wulstans, Fossway
Call 01904 412381
Visit www.tumbletots.com/york
Facebook Tumble Tots York
Mention RYEDALE MUMBLER for a free taster


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Turtle Tots

Turtle Tots North Yorkshire is a unique Swimming School starting with Mummies-to-be with Aqua Natal Yoga through to Baby, Toddler and Pre-school classes and School age children, so your child’s swimming journey doesn’t need to end at Pre-school stage with us, they continue into our Academy classes where they can feel safe and happy with familiar surroundings.

We pride ourselves on being a very different and holistic swim school and class emphasis is on nurturing the parent & child bond in the water at all stages. We start with gentle water massage and closeness with your baby in the early stages, whilst also teaching through play/word association. Our toddler and pre-school classes we teach them water safety skills, basic stroke skills, while keeping their attention span stimulated with lots of fun activity play and progression into independent swimming, but most importantly at their own pace. Our Turtle Swim Academy classes are suitable from 3.5 years old (confidence and ability assessed) open to existing swimmers from the Turtle Tots programme, children starting for the first time with swimming classes or transferring from other swim schools.

Our York Classes:
Monday Morning- Novotel, Fishergate, YO10 4FD; Baby and Toddler Classes
Tuesday Morning- Kilima Hotel, Holgate; Baby Level 1 and Toddler Intro
Wednesday Morning – Kilima Hotel, Holgate; Baby, Toddler and Pre-School classes
Thursday Morning – Kilima Hotel, Holgate; Baby, Toddler and Pre-School classes
Friday Morning- Novotel; Baby Level 1, Older baby and Pre-School
Saturday Afternoon – Archbishop Holgate School, Hull Road; Intro to swimming for Older babies and Toddler Classes
Sunday Morning- Kilima Hotel; Baby, Toddler and Pre-School classes

We also deliver classes on Saturdays in Harrogate and Sunday in East Leeds.

Free taster classes are also available and a 10% first term discount when you mention Mumbler.

Contact: Paula Stewart
T: 01423 210214
E: northyorkshire@turtletots.com


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Water Babies

Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. As the UK’s leading swim school, not only do we teach vital lifesaving skills but we always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy one! Our number one priority is to make sure you feel both happy and safe in the water.

Mondays: 10.00 – 13:00 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ
Mondays: 09:30 – 12:00 Weighton Wold Pool, Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 4NE
Tuesdays: 09:00 – 10.30am Aldwark Manor, Aldwark, YO61 1UF
Tuesdays: 09:00 – 11:30 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Tuesdays: 10:00 – 11:30 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ
Tuesdays: 12:30 – 15:00 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Wednesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ
Wednesdays: 10:00 – 11:30 Weighton Wold Pool, Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 4NE
Thursdays: 13:00 – 14:00 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ
Thursday: 10:30 – 11:30 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Fridays: 09:00 – 12:00 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Fridays: 9:30 – 11:00 Weighton Wold Pool, Beverley Road, Market Weighton, YO43 4NE
Fridays: 11:00 – 12:30 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ
Fridays: 13:30 – 15:00 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ
Fridays: 16:00 – 18:30 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX
Saturdays: 09:00 – 15:00 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX
Saturdays: 10:00 – 12:30 The Kilima Hotel, 129 Holgate Road, York YO24 4AZ
Saturdays: 13:30 – 16:00 Robert Wilkinson, West End, Strensall, York, YO32 5UH
Sundays: 09:00 – 15:00 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX
Sundays: 11:00 – 12:00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ

Contact 01904 607110 or littlefish@waterbabies.co.uk for more information.

For any Mumblers that book onto a course, just quote RYEDALE MUMBLER and we will send them a free Splashabout Happy Nappy (required for the lessons) with their starter pack – worth £10.99.

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Wilbur & Flops

Baby Swimmers & Swimmers Academy

Babies can start at Baby Swimmers as soon as you and baby are ready and happy to do so.

Swimmers Academy run classes for children whatever their age and ability from beginners at 4 years old.

Tuesdays – New Earswick & Roko
Wednesday – Roko & Pocklington
Thursdays – New Earswick & Stamford Bridge
Fridays – Roko
Saturdays – Pocklington, Stamford Bridge & Strensall

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

Barton le Willows Playgroup

Friday, 9.30am – 11am

Barton le Willows Village Hall.

It’s currently parent led & is a really friendly, welcoming playgroup with fab indoor & outdoor space

For more information please get in touch with Nessa Stephenson, 07854 532111

Energi Toddlers

Energi Toddlers is the ultimate place in York to bring your 2 – 5 year olds. With dozens of interconnecting trampolines, foam blocks, Disney soundtrack and our super friendly staff, your little one will be grinning ear to ear. Best of all, we let you jump for free, so the fun’s not limited to your little ones!

Energi Toddler runs every weekday at 10am and Saturdays at 9am. Our huge café is the perfect place to refuel after your session with our freshly brewed coffee, Ringtons tea and delicious homemade cakes and sandwiches.

Sessions cost £4.95 per toddler and adults get to jump free of charge, so what are you waiting for?!

Kirkbymoorside baby & toddler group

9.30am-11am Friday
Kirkbymoorside Methodist Church
Charlie Wright and Tracy Simpson on 07983 613744

Malton Baptist Church Play Group

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

Friday 10am – 12pm

Malton Baptist Church on Wells Lane, next to Yates

Pickering Library Story TIme

Bookstart –Bear Story-time, Every Friday. 11am-11.30am

Join our resident story-tellers as they share their favourite stories and crafts for under 5’s.

For further information about any of these sessions, and to ensure they are running, please contact Pickering library on 01609 533624

Rhythm Time in York

FUN, EDUCATIONAL & AWARD-WINNING Baby & Toddler music classes in and around York.

Our specially created music-based activities will stimulate all their senses AND help develop their COMMUNICATION, SPEECH, CONFIDENCE, LITERACY, LISTENING SKILLS, PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT and SOCIAL SKILLS – all whilst having fun to music!

Thursday morning @ Dunnington Reading Rooms
Thursday afternoon @ Copmanthorpe
Friday morning @ St Aelreds Community Centre, Tang Hall.

Call Rachel 07847717403

Soft Play

Friday 10am – 11.30am
0 – 3 years. Ball pool for babies, padded flooring, big soft foam shapes and ride on toys.
£2 per child and £1 for second child

Galtres Centre, Market Place, Easingwold YO61 3AD
Tel. 01347 822472

Story time at Pickering Library

Pre school story time – Friday 10.30am from 6th April 2018

The Ropery, Pickering, YO18 8DY.

Telephone: 01609 533624

Storytime at White Rose Books, Thirsk

Fridays at 10am

Lovely book shop and café.

79-81 Market Place, Thirsk YO7 1ET
Phone 01845 524353

Super Baby Splashers

Tuesday 10am – 11am
Wednesday 10am – 11am
Thursday 10am – 11am
Friday 9.30am – 11am
held at the Flower of May Holiday Park, Lebberston Cliff, Scarborough YO11 3NU
for babies 8 Weeks old up to toddlers 4 years old.

10 week courses.
Call Claire on 07837472428

Terrington Tree Tots

Outdoor fun for pre-school children and their parents / carers

Friday 9.30am – 10,30am during term time

FREE sessions run by qualified Forest School Leader

Terrington Hall School, Terrington, YO60 6PR
Phone: 01653 648227

Wintringham Stay and Play

Friday 10am – 12pm

Wintringham Village Hall, YO17 8HY

£2 per family including refreshments.

Contact Rachel on 07746 200521