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 email 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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Little Fishes

01765 690930
The Arches; Holy Trinity Church, Church Lane. Ripon. HG4

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Moosical Fun For Your Little One

Moo Music is a great fun and interactive regular music session for 0 to 5 year old children and their parents, grandparents or carers too, where the children sing, dance and play. Music is an essential part of every child’s development and the 100 original Moo Music songs used at the sessions are positive, uplifting, fun and educational. The interactive sessions will help your child gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in an exciting, enjoyable and multi-sensory way. It’s a great way to make new friends – both for the children and the adults too!


A bit about us…

Hi everyone! My name is Chantelle and I run Moo Music in Ripon, Thirsk and Boroughbridge. I have nearly 10 years experience working as Primary school teacher, specialising in Music. Since having my gorgeous little boy Ethan, who is now three, I needed something that would fit around my busy Mum schedule and fulfill my two main passions – music and working with children. I am so glad I found Moo music! My weekly sessions are very interactive: we sing, dance, play games and have lots of sensory fun! Your little one will be developing so many essential skills without even realising! I would love for you to join in the Moosical fun – simply pop in for a taster session on the given session times or send me a message. Hope to see you soon!


* Monday @ Grewelthorpe Village Hall

Maxi Moo 9:45 – 10:25am  2 and a half – 4 Years

Mini Moo 10:45 – 11:25am 18 months – 2 and a half

Baby Moo 11:45am – 12:25pm Birth – 18 months

* Tuesday @ Ripon Community House

Maxi Moo 9:45 – 10:25am 2 and a half – 4 Years

Mini Moo 10:45 – 11:25am 18 months – 2 and a half

Baby Moo 11:45am – 12:25pm Birth – 18 months

* Thursday @ Boroughbridge Methodist Church

Maxi Moo 9:45 – 10:25am 2 and a half – 4 Years

Mini Moo 10:45 – 11:25am 18 months – 2 and a half

Baby Moo 11:45am – 12:25pm Birth – 18 months

Book your FREE taster session here

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Rhythm Time

Do you want the best start for your little one, no matter what their own individual needs are? Do you want to watch them grow and develop fantastic new skills whilst having the most amazing musical fun? Welcome to Rhythm Time! Fun, quality classes that help develop a child’s confidence, creativity, listening skills, language, numeracy and co-ordination.


Courses are specially written by a music teacher and created to enhance every child’s development. A holistic, musical and multi-sensory approach to baby development, where we do lots of activities which encourage brain development through eye-tracking, listening and experimenting with sound and textures. We have fun with bubbles, hoops, mirrors as well as learning listening skills with Ratatat, our Rhythm Time rabbit!


Every baby and toddler is an individual with great potential. We’ll teach you how to make music fun for your child, and show you how you can help to unlock their potential by singing and making music together. We have classes in Ripon, Masham and Boroughbridge and would love you to join us!


Monday – Ripon Mindfulness Wellbeing Centre Toddler – 10am  Baby – 10.45am


Tuesday – Allhallowgate Methodist Church, Ripon Older Toddlers9.45am   Toddlers – 10.30am  Young Toddlers – 11.15am Babies – 12pm


Wednesday – Coronation Hall, Boroughbridge  Toddler – 10am Baby – 10.45am  Young Baby – 11.30am


Thursday – Masham Methodist Church Family class – 1pm (Starting 5th October)


Book your place on the website , call Ami on 07340 048804, or visit our Facebook page.

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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.

Helter Skelter

9:00 – 11:00 am

Parent and Toddler Group
YMCA. 4 Waterskellgate. Ripon. HG4 1BQ

Jolly Tots

9:45 – 11:15 am
Parent and Toddler Group
Harrogate Methodist Church, Harrogate Road HG4 1TG

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

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

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 Dance Academy

Selection of classes ranging from Jazz or Tap to Ballet and more. Classes for toddlers and parents also available. Private tutoring available.

Call for details: 07515 425907

Hugh Ripley Hall
North Yorkshire

14:30 – 20:00
16:00 – 18:00
09:00 – 17:00

Ripon Nomads Badminton Club

Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5 — 6pm at Ripon Grammar School Sports Centre. Telephone: 01423 32556

Ripon Spa Baths Schedule


Ripon St John’s Ambulance

The opportunity to learn basic life saving skills. Badgers (5 – 10yrs) – 5.45 – 7.00pm, Cadets (10 – 18yrs) – 7.00 – 8.30pm (Term-time only)

St John Hall, North Road, Ripon, HG4 1JR
01765 690975

Ruth’s Arty Experience

Ruth’s Arty Experience provide innovative and exciting process art workshops and arty birthday parties bringing true joy and exploration to art.

Weekly workshops for 18 months – 5 year olds are held every Monday (term time) in Romanby WI Hall, Northallerton, DL7 8BJ – 10am 10:45am. Cost: £2 first session. Thereafter pay monthly, £5 per workshop. Booking is essential as places are limited.

Tel: 07855 395747



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

Swim Perfect

Swimming lessons take place at Ripon Grammar school on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening (5:00-6:30) and a Sunday 9-12.

4 swimmers per teacher is the maximum in each 30 minute lesson. Swim Perfect is approved by Swim England. Follows the Swim England Learn to swim programme.

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 Art Lab

A brand new arts venue for Ripon offering workshops, family-friendly activities, parties and more.

Opening for half term with a week of FREE entrance to the studio (small fee for some activities):

12th February 11am Colour Bombs

13th February 11am Swing Thing

14th February 11am Spray It

15th February 11am Hubble Bubble

16th February 11am Frothy Kanikaze

1st Floor, Main Block, The Workhouse Museum, Allhallowgate
Ripon HG4 1LE

Upstage Academy

Classes ranging from acting, musical theatre and break dancing to much more.

For details call: 07502 222 313

Studio 1, Queen St, Ripon. HG4 1EG