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

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Brimhams Junior Gym Membership

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IDA Sport: Children’s Football Sessions

IDA Sport is a coaching company offering professional coaching in a fun, enjoyable and challenging environment. We are based in North Yorkshire, working in the Ripon/Kirkby Malzeard area. We focus primarily on football coaching, however we have experience delivering a wide variety of sports.


IDA Sport is led by Daniel Woolston, who is currently an academy coach at Middlesbrough FC. He also has experience working for Sunderland AFC and Darlington FC. Daniel holds his UEFA B Licence and Youth Modules 1,2 & 3. He is also currently undertaking the FA Advanced Youth Coaching Award. Daniel coaches for Middlesbrough FC Academy working with the Under 9’s age group.

All toddler football sessions are maximum 6 children per class, to ensure high quality coach/child time. Your child’s place must be booked in advance. Other sessions are limited to 10 per class.



Year 3: 5 – 6pm

Year 4+: 7 – 8pm


2 Years: 10 – 10.30am

3 & 4 Years:  10.30 – 11.15am

Reception & Year 1: 5 – 6pm


Year 2: 5pm – 6pm

Book here.

Tel:  07484739468


Mechanics Institute, Kirkby Malzeard HG4 3RS

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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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Little Fishes

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

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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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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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Upstage Academy

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

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.

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

Helter Skelter

9:00 – 11:00 am

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

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

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

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

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



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.

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

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