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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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/

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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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 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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Ampleforth Youth Theatre


Pre-School 9am – 10am Age 3 – 5.
Lessons include elements of singing, dancing and acting through imaginative movement and storytelling.

Main School Class 10.15am – 12.45pm Age 6 – 16
Training in three different disciplines of drama, music and dance, with the opportunity to participate in performances.

For further information:
01439 766738
Ampleforth Youth Theatre, Ampleforth College, York YO62 4ER

Art Club

Join us for a fun and engaging weekly art club session, which gives young people the change to get involved with a wide range of arts and craft activities.

Our sessions run term time on a Thursday from 4-5.15pm which are for young people aged 5-18 and on a Saturday there are two sessions for different age groups. Saturday from 10-11.15am is for young people aged 5-10. Saturday from 11.30am-12.45pm is for young people aged 11-18. 

4 Westgate, Thirsk, YO7 1QS. Tel: 01845 526536

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)


Ballet with Jill Robertson at Helmsley Arts Centre

Children’s Classes are held on Saturdays in term time from 10am for children from 3 years and up, with Mrs Jill Robertson, a qualified and registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance.

Helmsley Arts Centre

Enquiries to Jill on 01642 762911 or Jean Kershaw on 01439 771109

CB Swimming

Swimming classes taught by local, independent instructor Chris. Suitable for 3 years plus, £8 per lesson.

Now swimming at Stamford Bridge – Mondays from 6pm for older children, Wednesday afternoons from 4pm and Saturday afternoons from 2pm. Also a parent and baby class on Wednesday mornings and Saturday afternoons.

For more info call 07900 930802

Frances Lyn Theatre School – Yorkshire Puddings

Yorkshire Puddings

4 to 6 years old (reception to Year 1). Saturday 9am – 10am. The children will do an hour of dance, singing and drama with plenty of fun, games and imagination thrown in to help build a child’s confidence.
£6 per week

Contact Rachel:

T: 07754785919

Heslerton Junior Football Club

Football fun for 3 – 5 year olds.

9.30am – 10.30am Saturday

Heslerton Junior Football Club

Sand Lane

West Heslerton

YO17 8SG

Phone Ali Horton 07779 721195



Kirkbymoorside Mini Football

Saturday 9:15am-10am
Ages 4 – 6 (Reception and Year 1)

Kirkbymoorside Sports Field. YO62 6DY


Saturday 9am – 9:40am

Football for Toddlers age 2 – 4yrs

Ryedale Swim And Fitness Centre
Mill Lane, Pickering · 01751 473351

Mini kickers


3-4yrs    9.30 – 10.15am – Pre School

4-5yrs    10.20 – 11.20am – Foundation year

5-6yrs    11.25 – 12.25pm – Year 1

To book phone Matty on 01653 605365

Malton Community Sports Centre, Broughton Road, Malton, YO17 7BP


Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts

The Pauline Quirke Academy is a weekend performing arts school for 4-18 year olds.

Students spend 3 hours with us, rotating through hour long sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Students split into groups according to their age and are taught by specialist teachers (Poppets class for the younger ages are shorter and last 90 minutes). Classes are held every weekend at:

Scarborough – Scarborough Sixth Form College, YO12 5LF (Sundays 9.45am – 1.00pm)
York – Huntington School, YO32 9WT (Saturdays 9.45am – 1.00pm and 1.45pm – 5.00pm)

For more information please call 07753 179070

Pickering Book Tree Story Time

Saturday 10.30am – 11.30am

Picture book reading each week and just turn up at the shop with no need to pre-book.

43A Market Place, Pickering,

Tots Tennis

Saturdays 11.15 – 11.45am.
Starting Saturday 23rd September

This is a session aimed at children aged between 3 – 4 years old. The sessions will be made up of lots of short, fun activities which will teach your child different fundamental skills, such as balance, coordination, agility and basic racquet and ball skills

Each session is charged at £5 per child, per session and is payable in a half term block, prior to the start.

Pocklington Tennis Club
Sean Evans on 07772 151545.