Playgroups & Classes Ripon and Nidderdale


Playgroups and classes

Ripon, Nidderdale 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.

If you know of any other classes or groups which are not already listed, then please contact us at Basic listings are free. ’Featured’ listings are £10 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.

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Brimhams Junior Gym Membership

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Brymor Pudding Club

Introducing our amazing new offer in the form of…. #Pudding Club, this is available EVERY FRIDAY between 12pm – 4pm.

We’re offering a selection of #puddings from Sugar Therapy Ltd and the #HarrogateCakeCompany – all served with our #BrymorIceCream, and all at a #reduced #price.

For two people to share, there will be three puddings and your choice of three ice creams for ONLY £8.50.

For four people to share there will be a larger pudding and your choice of four ice creams for ONLY £15.95.

The desserts will be a mixture of choices including
#Cheesecakes, #StickyToffeePudding, #Lemon Pudding or #Bakewell Pudding.

We’ll also have some other cost saving, sharing options for you to consider alongside the Pudding Club.

Come and see us, and make the most of this fabulous saving every
#Byrmordoesmore #puddingsgalore #lovepuddings #fridayfeeling #sweettooth #FriYay #happyfriday

Every Friday from 12pm – 4pm (offer ends Friday 23rd March)!

Brymor Ice Cream, High Jervaulx Farm, Masham

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Learn To Swim

Your little one will gain water confidence, have fun and play in our Rain Drops and Rain Tots lessons at Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre and Ripon Spa Baths

Open to children aged from six months to three years old, the lessons include structured play, songs and an introduction to basic swimming.

You join your child in the water to help provide support.

For more details about our Learn to Swim lessons visit   

For lesson times and class availability please contact our swimming pools directly:

·       Nidderdale Pool and Leisure Centre, Low Wath Road, Pateley Bridge HG3 5HL

Tel: 01423 711442


·       Ripon Spa Baths, Park Street, Ripon HG4 2BD

Tel: 01765 603383


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Playgroups In Ripon & Rural (For 0-5 Year Olds)

UPDATE: Glasshouses Community Primary School will host a playgroup that will start on 28th November and run every Wednesday in term time from 9.00 – 11.00 am in the school hall and will be run by a school staff member. The group will be a chance for parents and children to play, socialise and have fun. There is no charge for this, but a donation of £1.00 toward juice, biscuits and resources.

Source: Ripon & Rural

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The Creation Station Ripon and Harrogate


We help to inspire children to explore and develop through arts and crafts. We have a programme of award winning classes, that are underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to give you a fun experience in a friendly, safe, nurturing environment. From painting to gloop to clay and more, your child is sure to be engaged in our weekly sessions based on the termly topic!


We offer four types of sessions:


Baby Discover (from 5-14 months)

Friday, 9.45am, St Wilfrid’s Community Centre, HG4 2AB



Little Explorer (from 15 months-5 years)

Friday, 11am, St Wilfrid’s Community Centre, HG4 2AB

Cost: Sessions are £5.50, paid termly. Book for the term and get a free session or an inspiration folder and fuzzy brush to take home.



Family Fun (from 1-11 years)

Family session that runs in the school holidays, dates and times regularly updated on our website.



Arty Party (from 1-11 years)

Throw a party with a difference, hassle free and memorable. Packages start from £100.


Contact Sharon:

Tel: 07851320987




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Upstage Academy

Classes run Monday – Saturday for more information follow Upstage Academy on Facebook.


9.30 – 11.30am

The Arches. Holy Trinity. Church Lane. HG4 2ES

Baby Kicks Ripon

Football Classes for Ages 2-3

Fridays 10.10am – 10.50am

Ripon Academy

Harrogate Road Methodist Church Hall, Harewood Road, Ripon, HG4 1TG

Call 01302 618080 for details.

Bewerley Riding Centre

Open Tuesday to Sunday offering daytime and evening lessons.

  • Riding Lessons (All Ages and Abilities)
  • Family/Group Riding Lessons
  • Jumping Lessons
  • Cross Country Schooling
  • Dressage Lessons
  • Pony Trekking
  • Pony Parties
  • Hacking

Call 01423 712 249

Bewerley Old Hall Cottage, Pateley Bridge, HG3 5JA


Big Sheep Little Cow Baby & Toddler Group

Monday to Friday 10am – 12pm (term time only) 

£5 per child, free adult with each full paying child. Half price siblings. £2.50 for additional adults.

Booking not needed.

Burton Leonard Parent and Toddler

9.15 – 11.30am
Burton Leonard Village Hall, Burton Leonard

CrossFire Youth Club

Darley Primary School

A youth club for school years 5 to 9


Contact Luke for more info:

FiiT Like A Girl

FiiT like a girl is a specially structure fitness class for girls aged 8-13 . Aimed at getting girls active, increasing confidence, self esteem and feeling good about what they can achieve. Available in Knaresborough (Mon), Harrogate (Thur) and Ripon (Fri).

Contact Vicky on 07447436286

Fountains Playgroup

9.15 – 11.30am
Fountains pre-school. Grantley HG4 3PJ

Helter Skelter

9 – 11am

Parent and Toddler Group

YMCA. 4 Waterskellgate. Ripon HG4 1BQ

Jojoba Yoga, Ripon

Children’s yoga classes designed for parents and kids to experience together with the YogaBugs method. Classes include warm up stretches, relaxing breathing techniques, fun poses and strengthening postures. finishing with a short meditation and relaxation.

07531 934 067

Kirkby Malzeard Parent and Toddler

10.30am – 12pm

Kirkby Malzeard Methodist Church, Kirkby Malzeard

Martial Arts For Life

Karate classes. For all ages 5 and up

Call for details: 01423 568067

Monday 6.20pm – 7.20pm  Ripley Town Hall HG3 3AX with Master Janet McKenna

Thursday 6.30pm – 7.30pm  Pateley Bridge Scout Hut HG3 5QA with Mr Peter Newband

Friday 5.30pm – 6.30pm  Boroughbridge Methodist Church YO51 9AH with Mr Colin Inglis

Mighty Kicks Ripon

Football Classes for Ages 6-8

Fridays 5.00pm – 5.40pm

Ripon Mighty Kicks Academy

College Lawns Football Pitches, Kersley Road, Ripon HG4 2RN

Call for details: 01302 618080

Mini Kicks Ripon

Football Classes Fridays

4.15pm – 4.55pm Ages 3-4

5.00pm – 5.40pm Ages 4-5

Ripon Academy

Harrogate Road Methodist Church Hall, Harewood Road, Ripon, HG4 1TG

Call 01302 618080 for details

Mother & Toddler Stay & Play

Mother & Toddler Stay & Play with Lerae’s Workshop
Starts Monday 26th February 10-11:30am

£5 Snack and hot drink included

Every Monday up until Easter Holidays THEN every Monday and Friday in the summer term!

Sharow Cross Cottage, Sharow, Ripon
07968 515769

NIdderdale Pool


One to One Swimming Lessons From Harrogate Borough Council

ASA qualified swimming teachers. Lesson packages available.

Half-hour lessons:

  • one-to-one £23.75
  • two to one £30.30
  • three to one £35.90
  • four to one £41.70

One-hour lessons:

  • one-to-one £35.40
  • two to one £42.75
  • three to one £51
  • four to one £57.70

For more information, or to book, contact your local pool.

Source: Harrogate Borough Council

Pateley Playgroup

Fridays 9.30-11:30 (term time)

Pateley Bridge Scout Hall

Lindy Edwards and Christy Irish: 07980 009424

Richmondshire Gymnastics Club

Classes for all ages run in Catterick Leisure Centre and Colburn Leisure Centre. Satellite locations include Thirsk Leisure Centre and Bedale High School.

Classes run Monday – Saturday

07580427507 (text only)


Ripon Spa Baths Schedule


Sea Cadets

Senior Cadets only (aged 12-18) Mondays and Fridays 6.45 – 9.00pm

Junior Section (ages 10 and 11) will meet Fridays 6.45 – 9.00pm

Band  (open to all ages) Wednesday 6.30 – 8.30pm

The boating season starts in May and ends in September.

07733 150873

Storytime For Pre-Schoolers

Storytime for pre-school children is every Friday afternoon from 2.15pm – 2.45pm.

Bedale Community Library
Bedale Hall
North End

01609 534573


Swimming Lessons At: Ripon Spa Baths, The Hydro, Nidderdale Pool, Starbeck Pool, Knaresborough Pool

For pre school children

Raindrops and Raintots – These lessons are for children aged 6 months to 3 years. The parent/carer is in the water providing one-to-one support. Lessons include structured play, songs and an introduction to basic swimming.

Children aged 4 plus

Each colour band in the rainbow, red through to gold, represents a level of swimming, combining stroke technique, water safety, water skills and stamina.

  • red – children are introduced to a structured type of swimming class, with the emphasis on basic movement skills (multi stroke) – 5m – learn to swim stages 1 and 2 – duckling 5
  • orange – children are introduced to a structured type of swimming class, with the emphasis on basic movement skills (multi stroke) – 10m – learn to swim stages 3 and 4
  • yellow – consolidates previous learning and starts to refine the strokes on front and back – 25m and 50m – learn to swim stage 5
  • green – the main focus is building confidence and competence in all strokes, targeting streamlining skills throughout – 100m – learn to swim stage 6
  • blue – in this class, the strokes must now comply with ASA laws – 200m – learn to swim stage 7
  • indigo – the focus is on efficient stroke technique and stamina work – 400m – learn to swim stage 8
  • violet – we reinforce coaching and training principles – 800m – learn to swim stage 9
  • gold – this class consolidates the competitive aspects of the sport – 1000m – learn to swim stage 10 – honours


The Karate Dojo Ripon

We hold beginner classes for students aged 6+ on a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 5.30-6.30pm
We hold Karate Tigers classes for 4 & 5 year olds on a Monday and Thursday, 4.30-5.15pm
We hold an Adult only Karate class on a Thursday, 6.30-7.30pm
The Karate Dojo, Queen Street, Ripon

Twiglets Toddler Group

1.30 – 2.45pm

Methodist Church, Allhallowgate, HG4 1RW

Twigs N Stix Forest School – Toddler Group

Classes run Tuesday & Friday mornings during term time.

“At Twigs n’Stix Forest School we encourage and inspire children, teachers and families to explore the natural environment in our Ancient Woodland.”
Harewell Woods Farm, Pateley Bridge.

Call Liz 07715 001394 to book