Playgroups & Classes

Playgroups and classes

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 here. Basic listings are free. ’Featured’ listings are £10 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.

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Swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Get in touch to book a FREE trial lesson!

At Mini Swimmers our lessons are highly structured and use progressive practices to teach you how to teach your little one to swim.

We are passionate about promoting water confidence along with techniques to develop the core skills which could save their life.

We reward the children through the STA’s internationally recognised Starfish & STAnley Award Scheme.


Ripon Grammar School: Saturday mornings & Sunday afternoons

The Crown Hotel, Boroughbridge: Thursday & Saturday Mornings


T: 07825 997999 E: [email protected]

Let’s go swimming!

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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!


* Grewelthorpe Village Hall, Lake Terrace, Grewelthorpe, near Ripon, HG4 3BU

Taster: Monday 12th June

10:15am -10:55am 18 months – 4 Years

11:10am -11:50am Birth – 18 months


* Ripon Community House, Sharow View, 75 Allhallowgate, Ripon HG4 1LE

Taster: Tuesday 13th June

10:15am -10:55am 18 months – 4 Years

11:10am -11:50am Birth – 18 months


* Boroughbridge Methodist Church, Horsefair, Boroughbridge, YO51 9AH

Taster: Thursday 6th July

18 months to 4 years: 10.15 – 10.55am

Birth to 18 months: 11.10 – 11.50am


Regular term-time sessions will be starting in September

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 9.50am – Older toddler 10.30am – Young toddler 11.10am- Baby 11.50am


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


Thursday – Masham Methodist Church 1pm- Family class


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

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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.

The workshops are for all ages of children. The children have access to the materials and processes to allow them to become comfortable and confident expressing their creativity. And best of all for mums and dads, the mess isn’t at home!

Current workshops:

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.

Private arty birthday parties and workshops for educational and child care settings are available by appointment.

Contact details:

Tel: 07855 395747

Email: [email protected]




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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 five 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.


Tiny Treasures (from 0-8 months)

A monthly session, dates and times regularly updated on our website, at The Rolling Pin, Ripon, HG4 2BQ


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

E-mail: [email protected]








Boogie Shoes Performing Arts Centre

Range of classes including Tap, Jazz, Cheerdance and Streetdance running daily for all age groups.

Brickyard Road, Bar Lane, Roecliffe, Boroughbridge, YO51 9NS

For details call: (01423) 323886


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

Little Fishes

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

Martial Arts For Life

Karate classes. All ages and abilities welcome.

Call for details: 01423 568067

Monday 18:20 – 19:20 Master Janet McKenna Ripley Town Hall, HG3 3AX
Wednesday 18:15 – 19:15 Mr Peter Newband Masham Town Hall, HG4 4DY
Thursday 17:00 – 18:00 Mr Peter Newband Ripon Cathedral Hall, HG4 1QR
Thursday 18:30 – 19:30 Mr Peter Newband Pateley Bridge Scout Hut, HG3 5AQ
Friday 17:30 – 18:30 Mr Colin Inglis Boroughbridge Methodist Church, YO51 9AH
 (*children need to be 5 and above)

Richmondshire Children and Prevention Services: What’s On

For details on available baby classes, breast feeding support and health visitor clincs in Richmondshire click on this link.

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 and Rural What’s On: Children & Families, Monday

Source: NYCC

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

Teen Tone Zone

12 – 15 years

Gym Session

Brimhams Gym, Ripon

£4 session

Monday – Friday 4.30 – 5.15pm

Saturday – Sunday 12 – 12.45pm

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