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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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.

Wednesdays – Dance Expression, Norton, Malton
1000 – 1100 6 to 13 months
1115 – 1215 Birth to 6 months

10:00 – 11:00 6 to 13 months
11:15 – 12:15 Birth to 6 months

Contact Jo Magson by emailing eastyork@babysensory.co.uk or phoning 07581 300149. Alternatively, visit their website for more details and to book a trial. Check them out on Facebook


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

Little Woodland Explorers is an outdoor Montessori inspired woodland play session based in Malton Castle Garden’s walled woodland, nestled right in the heart of Malton!
These weekly sessions exist to heighten season awareness, outdoor confidence and opportunities to forge new friendships for all ages ranging from birth to beyond!
Our woodland play activities rotate from week to week and include nature walks where we observe wildlife in their natural habitats and hunt for seasonal treasures.
Art based activities include painting using traditional or mud based paints with a variety of natural and handmade brushes. We make our own plant based dyes to print with using leaves, fruit and flowers found in the gardens.
Further activities available:
– Den building
– Mud play
– Stories in our Teepee library
– Target practice with our spud launcher….

We wind up each session with hot chocolate in Winter or fresh juice in Summer, parents or carers are always welcome to bring a picnic.

How to find us:

Wednesdays 10 – 11:30am
Malton Castle Garden
(Access via Orchard Fields)
Our camp can be found in the centre of Malton Castle Garden, through the woodland.

For more information contact us on:

Tel. 07514713730 / 01653 696232
e-mail: maltonlittlewoodlandexplorers@gmail.com

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

Wednesdays in term time 8:30-1pm

Rising Stars is a playgroup session which welcomes all children who are due to start school the following September. It’s a lovely session where parents and carers don’t stay. Your child is cared for by the pre school Aunties who have a wealth of experience and qualifications in childcare.

The children participate in a variety of activities including baking, forest school, PE (which also helps them practice getting changed independently) and starting to learn phonics. The session ends with everyone eating their packed lunch together. This all helps in their preparation for starting ‘big school’.

Cost £5 per hour or childcare vouchers accepted. Children do not need to attend other pre school sessions to be able to attend. Please phone the pre school on 07982 834159 for more information.


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

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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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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



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






Saturday 9 am

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

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.

Baby Bop

Wednesday 1.30pm

Tap and modern dance for 2 years plus

Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Centre, Horsemarket Road, Malton, YO17 7NB
Tel : 01653 693310

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)

Burythorpe Play Group

1pm-3pm first Wednesday of the month
Church Hall
Contact: Caroline Hampshire

Dalby Diddys

Wednesday 10am – 12pm, 12.30pm – 2.30pm

Forest School sessions for parents/ carers with their pre-school child/ren.

Sessions are free flow, allowing children to explore the woods at their own pace.  There is den building, splashing in the stream, explorer camp, cooking over the fire, craft activities and more!

Term time only.

Dalby Forest Courtyard, Dalby Forest Drive, YO18 7LT

Book via the Hidden Horizons Facebook page or 01723 817017

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

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?!

Gym Beans

Wednesday and Thursday 3.30pm – 4pm

A mini gymnastics which gets toddlers rolling, jumping and turning.

Dance Expression.
Ryedale Indoor Bowling Club, Bowling Lane, Scarborough Rd, Norton, Malton, YO17 8EG
Phone 01653 691102 or 07849 865736

Happy Sleepy Baby

Happy Sleepy Baby Providing baby massage and baby yoga classes, workshops and one-to-one sessions. Empowering parents to help soothe and settle their babies in a friendly and relaxed environment. Serving Scarborough (on Wednesdays), Bridlington and Ryedale areas.

Rebecca Palmer 07709117341

Langton School Playgroup

Langton school playgroup/ mums and tots age 0-5 years old.
Wednesday morning 9.30-11.30am 

  • A warm friendly welcome and experience
  • Open to all parents/grand parents/carers with children 0 to school age
  • Plenty of age appropriate toys in a safe, nurturing environment
  • Indoor and outdoor play (weather appropriate!)
  • Easy buggy access and storage
  • Baby change facilities
  • Craft, singing and stories by experienced, Playgroup Leader
  • Tea/Coffee & cake for adults and juice and biscuits for children
  • First Session FREE!!!!

Please come along and enjoy our new play experience in our beautiful village location of Langton. Held within Langton Primary school, 2 The Green, Langton, Malton YO17 9QP. Plenty of parking in the road outside of the school.

Please phone or text  Tammie Saunders on 07815 573471 or Helen Priestley on 07866 919556.

Little Stars Parent & Toddler Group

10am – 11.30am Wednesday
Thornton le Dale village hall
Sessions include fun play, an activity, drink and snack for all 0-5 year olds
Juice, coffee or tea and biscuits for adults
Run through most school holidays as well as term time
Holiday programme including pre booked visits to local attractions in Ryedale
Please contact Donna Louise Firth 01751 474963

Malton Library Story Time

2.15pm – 3pm Wednesday

Runs throughout the school holidays

Norton Methodist Church Play group

9.15am Wednesday
Norton Methodist Church

Mini Street Dance

Wednesday 4pm to 5pm for ages 3-5 years

We offer classes in Street, Gymnastics, Tap, Acro, Modern Jazz, Freestyle Jazz, Ballet (both RAD and IDTA), Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Drama, Speech & Drama, Private Singing lessons, Zumba and Pilates, toddler dance (Mini Movers) and toddler Gymnastic’s (Gym Beans).

Dance Expression. Ryedale Indoor Bowling Club, Bowling Lane, Scarborough Rd, Norton, Malton, YO17 8EG
Phone 01653 691102 or 07849 865736

Pickering Pre-school Stay and Play

Pickering Preschool Playgroup has moved to the portacabin on the site of Pickering Community Infant & Nursery School

The stay and Play session will be on Wednesdays 1.30pm – 3pm. 

Stay and Play will return on Wednesday 14th November 2018. 

Pocklington School Baby and Toddler Group

In term time Pocklington School Baby and Toddler Group runs every Wednesday from 8.30 – 10am.
On a drop in basis, no need to book all sessions are free.
T: 01759 321288

Salvation Army

9am – 11am Wednesday – Tots Play Group
6pm – 7.15pm Tuesday – Age 4 to 9 years Smartzone Kids Club (Choir, Crafts, Games)
7pm – 8.15pm Tuesday – Age 10 years plus Smartzone Kids Club (Choir, Crafts, Games)
40 Wood Street Norton, Malton YO17 9BA
01653 693344

Stamford Bridge Community Pool

Wednesday 10am – 11am. Parents / Carers session with Pre School Children
Adults £3, 3 – 9yrs £2, 2 & under Free
Stamford Bridge Junior School, 5 Church Road, Stamford Bridge, YO41 1BP :: Telephone: 07432 350598

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 Playtime

9.30am- 11.30am Wednesday
Terrington Village Hall term time only. £2.50 for one child, £3 for more than one child. Please bring a piece of fruit. Snacks, tea coffee & biscuits served. Lovely outdoor play area too!

Tremendous Tots at William’s Den

10.00 – 12.00. William’s Den, Castle Farm, Wold Hill, North Cave, East Riding Of Yorkshire, HU15 2LS. 01430 472230.

Every Wednesday in term time Williams Den put on an extra activity just for the under 5s, Tremendous Tots. They take a walk through the meadow into the woods and do various craft, nature and imagination activities each week. Plus a story and biscuit around the camp fire!

Standard admission charges apply. To join in with Tremendous Tots is £2.50 extra.