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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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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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/

Thursday 5:30pm – 6:00pm

Starting 14th September 2023

Parent Play (2 – 6yrs)

During structured play, children are introduced to new ideas and opportunities, enhancing their development and learning abilities, such as setting the foundations for learning to focus, pay attention, take turns and follow instructions.

Children are more likely to engage and be comfortable with a familiar face. Parents can demonstrate and play competitively and co-operatively with their child to enhance their experience. Coaches will continue with guided discovery.

Ryedale (Pickering),
Ryedale Everyone Active Leisure Centre,
41 Swainsea Ln,
Pickering ,
YO18 8NG 

07584 418403
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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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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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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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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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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)


Bambino Boo

Sensory Sessions (0 – walking): Tuesday 10am – 10.40am – The Secret Realm, 5-8 Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Road, Scarborough, YO11 3YS
Wednesday 10am – 10.40am – Sherburn Sports Club, Sherburn YO17 5PN

Messy Play (under 3s) – Thursday 10am – The Secret Realm, 5-8 Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Road, Scarborough, YO11 3YS

07875 675860

Basking Babies Northallerton, Ripon & Thirsk

Sessions starting in January 2024 in Northallerton and Thirsk

Baby Massage, Baby reflexology & Baby Yoga.


Are you a new parent looking for the best start for your baby, then come and discover the magic of Basking Babies and become part of our wonderful community.


Join us for our 10 Week baby massage & reflexology course (hot drinks and refreshments included), or our 10 week baby yoga course.


1:1 sessions and Dads sessions available.


Tuesdays – Thirsk (Sowerby)

Wednesdays – Ripon

Thursdays – Northallerton


Contact Holly on – 07983495004 

Beck Isle Museum

Opening Times 2024

25 March – 2 November
Monday- Thursday and Saturday 10am-4pm (site closes at 5pm)

Beck Isle Museum
Bridge Street
YO18 8DU

01751 473653

Birth Bath and Beyond Stay & Play

Thursday 10am – 12pm (2nd Thursday of the month in term time)

Grab some baby essentials, meet other Mums and let your little ones play.

Suitable toys for up to 5 years, plenty of toys and books supplied plus sensory play such as water , tuff trays , making glitter shakers

FREE to attend, refreshments available and donations welcome

Hungate Centre, Pickering

07701 098606

Diddy Dots Yorkshire

Sensory & Messy Play Classes from Birth to 4 years.

  • Wednesdays: Nafferton Village Hall, 10-10:45am. Sensory Explore – £6 including Hot Drink
  • Wednesdays: Allerthorpe Village Hall, 10-11am. Messy Play – £8 including Drink & Snack (class runs fortnightly)
  • Thursdays: Market Weighton Community Hall, 10-10:45am. Sensory Explore – £6 including Hot Drink (class runs from 2nd week in month)

Term Booking Discount. £3 Initial Trial Classes. Weekly Pay As You Go Spaces.

Or visit our new Play Village where children use their imagination, engage in group/team work, build social connections, learn skills and provides a solid pathway for learning. For children up to the age of 6. At the Market Weighton Community Hall on selected dates. For more info email diddydotsyorkshire@outlook.com.

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

Held throughout the week at the Community Hall in Thirsk. YO7 1DN.

Our doors will open at 9.15am on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and 1.15pm on Tuesdays. Term time only.

FREE tea/coffee for the adults and a FREE fruit snack for the little ones (usually banana, apple, blueberries, strawberries and raspberries) when in season.

£2 per family group per session

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

Moo Music Ryedale

Wednesday – Kirby Misperton Village Hall
10am Mixed Moo
11am Baby Moo
12pm MooBorn

Thursdays – Kirby Misperton Village Hall
10am Mixed Moo

Contact to be added to the waiting list – if in demand more classes can be added.

Moo Music with Sarah 07528789782

OMG Malton Parents Chat, Chill & Play Space

Thursdays 9am – 11am (term time)

Rainbow Lane Community Centre, Rainbow Lane, Malton YO17 7BU

Our Village Clubhouse

Our Village Clubhouse is a venue that offers support, education and activities for Ryedale Families


Nurture – Nurture Baby Sessions 10-11:30AM


Just Build it Club- Baby Builders 10-11AM


The Paint Jar Studio – Paint & Play (Under 5s) 10-11AM

Uplands House, Castle Howard Road, Malton

01653 696232

Phonics with Robot Reg

Fun, high energy classes which open a world of Literacy to children and teach early phonics skills.

Classes are available for children aged 3 months – 4 years. A Phonics with Robot Reg Class is fun, varied and educational, and the best part is that children don’t even realise that they are learning.

Monday – Crazy Kingdom, 2 Standard Way, Northallerton

Tuesday – Coronation Hall Boroughbridge

Wednesday – Easingwold Scout Hut

Thursday – Thirsk & Sowerby Town Hall

Contact Alice on 07752 422753

Pickering Parish Church Little Fishes

Thursday morning group for babies, toddlers and preschool aged children and their parents and carers.

Thursday 10am – 11am

  • Play time
  • Games
  • Story time
  • Songs

St Peter’s and St Paul’s Church, 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

Sheriff Hutton Babies & Toddlers

Thursday mornings Term Time only
Sheriff Hutton Village Hall, Finkle Street , Sheriff Hutton

A warm welcome awaits all parents, grandparents and carers with babies, toddlers and preschool children. The room is laid out attractively with art and craft activities, small climbing toys, water play and a baby area. Staff are on hand to chat with you, make you a cup of tea and introduce you to other parents. We have snack time, where we share a plate of healthy snacks and end the session with singing circle.

We charge £3.50 per family (£2.00 if you only have a baby) to cover the cost of the hall hire, but no charge is made if you would struggle to pay this. Tea/coffee and biscuits are provided. We hope to see you there and get to know both you and your child.

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