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
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Become a time traveller for the day!

Step back in time and enjoy exploring what life was like in the thriving market town of Pickering. Visit shops from the past, explore traditional toys and games, marvel at our magnificent printing press or try one of our tricky trails. With special events, changing exhibitions, family activities and a beck side location for picnics there’s something for all the family to enjoy.

New for 2022

Hands up who remembers the 1970s!

Bring the children or grandchildren along to this fun exhibition full of toys, music and memories from the 70s.

Opening Times
March 14 – April 7 Open Monday – Thursday
April 11- October 29 Monday-Saturday:
10am-5pm (last admission 4pm)
Last admission 1 hour before closing


Beck Isle Museum
Bridge Street
YO18 8DU

01751 473653
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  • 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
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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.

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
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At UMAC we provide a safe structured environment for your child to learn and develop.






3/6yr Little Dragons
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4.30pm
Saturday 9.30am

7/12yr Ninja Kids
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 5.15pm
Saturday 10.15am

56 Castlegate, Malton, YO17 7DT

07956 612667
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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
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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… most of all, escape the world and all its chaos just for 90 minutes.

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 AM (9am-12pm)
Tuesday PM (1pm-4pm)
Wednesday PM (1pm-4pm)
Thursday AM (9am-12pm)
Friday AM (9am-12pm)
Weekends are also available

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.

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)


Costello’s Tea and Tots

Mondays 2pm – 3:30pm and Thursdays 10:30am – 12pm 

Not an organised group but the play area at the back of Costello’s is reserved for anyone who wants to come along and meet other parents with their little ones.

All ages welcome.

There won’t be as many toys initially so feel free to bring your own.

Baby change and buggy park.

Costello’s, 17 Market Place, Malton YO17 7LP
01653 228081

Creativity Club


Preschool 18 months – 4 years


is a fun-filled hour long creative class

Alternate Monday’s at Kirkham Henry’s.

Book your place here with Tracey 07834 973967

Easingwold Martial Arts

4.30-5pm Tiny Tigers (3-5 year olds)
5-5.30pm Tigers ( 6-8 year olds)
5.30-6pm Junior Karate/Kickboxing (8-13 years)
6-7pm Junior Judo (8-13 year olds)

4.30-5pm Tiny Tigers (3-5 year olds)
5-5.30pm Tigers ( 6-8 year olds)
5.30-6pm Junior Karate/Kickboxing (8-13 years)

5-5.30pm Tiny Tigers (3-5 year olds)
5.30-6pm Tigers ( 6-8 year olds)
6-6.30pm Junior Karate/Kickboxing (8-13 years)

Our classes are held at our full time training centre in Easingwold
Unit 20, Shires Bridge Business Park
York Road
YO61 3EQ
01347 811351

East Thirsk Parent, Baby and Toddler Group

Re-opening on Wednesday 5th January 2022

Held throughout the week at the Community Hall in Thirsk.

Our doors will open at 9am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 1pm on Tuesdays

Only 15 people are allowed to be in the hall at one time (2 of which will be Amanda and Sara). All adults will be expected to wear a mask. Unfortunately there will also be no snack for the children or song time.

There will be no teas/coffees but you are welcome to bring your own drink and take it away with you again.

£2 per family group

Kirby Misperton Toddler Group

Kirby Misperton Baby and toddler group welcomes you back

Mondays 10-11.30am

Covid compliant. Refreshment break, drinks for parents/ carers

Singing time and a weekly craft or activity

Closed Monday 27 September for volunteers’ holiday

Village Hall, High Row, Kirby Misperton. YO17 6XN

For further info contact: Jackie Cray 07889 742973

Nature Scamps

Monday 10am – 11.30am

Outdoor story and play sessions for families with children from 18 months- 5 yrs led by our Forest School Leader.

Join us for outdoor exploration, play, craft, games, songs and stories. All sessions will include something to take home and a campfire snack.

Please come prepared for being outside. We recommend legs and arms covered, sturdy footwear and waterproofs.

Scampston Conservatory, Scampston Estate, Y017 8NG

01944 759111

Nawton Baby & Toddler Group

Monday 9.30am – 12pm at Nawton Village Hall

Starting 9th May

£3 per session includes tea / coffee and biscuits

Soft drinks and cake for a small donation.

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 11am – 11.30am.

Please book your FREE place by calling us on 01609 533624

Pickering Library, The Ropery, Pickering

Ryedale Mess Makers

Monday 12.30pm – 1.30pm

Pickering Memorial Hall

Tuesday 9.30am – 10.30am

Kirkbymoorside Memorial Hall

Tuesday 1pm – 2pm

Norton Trinity Methodist Church

Thursday 10am – 11am

Old Malton Memorial Hall

Exciting weekly messy play sessions for children aged 0-5. £5.50 per session. Must be pre-booked on 07904 300074

Silly Sausages Soft Play Sessions

Sing and Sign

Learn baby signing the fun way with Sing and Sign, the UK’s original and largest baby signing programme. Songs, signs and rhymes with help from a very special cat called Jessie! Classes in York and Wilberfoss( just off the A1079). Summer 2022 term starts April 25th and is open to book!

Contact: Anna Gibbeson – 07811 651720

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

The Cook’s Place – Mums on Mondays

Monday 1.30pm – 2.30pm

Our Mums on Monday – parent and toddler cooking class is new for 2022. It’s a great way to get your little one started in the kitchen, they are also great fun for mums too, giving you the chance not only to have some quality, bonding time with your children, it’s also a chance to meet other toddlers mums. Plenty of room for buggy’s.

£20 – per child place – Mum comes for free!

7th March, 4th April, 9th May, 6th June, 4th July

The Cook’s Place, 15 Market Street, Malton
07789 908033

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

York Swimming Academy

York Swimming Academy is one of York’s leading swimming lesson providers and is dedicated to delivering high quality swimming lessons for great value.

Stamford Bridge Swimming Pool:
Monday 10:00-11:30 (Pre-School Lessons 0-4yr)
Sunday 09:00 – 12:00

07801 824 082

Yorkshire Forest Folk Forest Toddler/Pre School Group

Restarts 28th February 2022

Monday mornings 9.30am-10.45am and Tuesday mornings 9.15am – 10.30am (term time)

During the current Covid situation, the outdoors is the best place to be!!! Come and join our Forest Toddler/Pre School Group at Kilburn woods!

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

£7 per session

Contact Sophie on 07815 775934