Playgroups & Classes Ripon and Nidderdale


Playgroups and classes

Harrogate 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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Brimhams Junior Gym Membership

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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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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:

Let’s go swimming!

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Ohana Charity Saturday Stay & Play Club

For Children aged 5-11 (Younger Children with Supervision)

Every Saturday (10am-12pm, during term time) at Holy Trinity Junior School, Ripon.

COST: £4 per Child, max £10 per Family.
Contact: Martin Smith 0787 671 4702

Ohana is a parent initiated, professionally led group offering support and friendship to all families coping with the unique challenge that is involved in raising a child with special educational needs or a disability, with or without a professional diagnosis. Parent support group runs alongside the play session for parents to chat over coffee and cake while children enjoy the fun activities.

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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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Upstage Academy

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

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


Boroughbridge Junior Football Club

Serving Boroughbridge and surrouding villages. Boroughbridge Juniors is an F.A. Charter Standard Club and committed to The F.A. Respect campaign.

Currently running boys teams from 5 to 17 and girls from 5 to 12 years of age.

Games and training sessions take place at Boroughbridge High School and Boroughbridge Senior Club on Saturday and Sunday mornings.   

07764 775130

Boroughbridge Junior Football Club

Boroughbridge Junior Football Club serves the local community and surrounding villages.   For boys and girls from 5 – 17 years of age.

Games and training sessions take place at Boroughbridge High School and Boroughbridge Senior Club on Saturday and Sunday mornings.  

Chairman: 07764 775130

Boroughbridge Tennis Club

Boroughbridge Tennis Club is a friendly, community tennis club with recently upgraded facitlities which include 3 artificial grass courts with flood lights. Players of all ages and abilites are welcome. Juniors Saturday morning coaching.

Contact – Jim Moulton on 01423 323919

Dads R Us

The Salvation Army, Reachout Centre, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 2NE

01765 600921

The group aimed mainly at dads and their young children, monthly meeting held on a Saturday.

Call for more details.

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 CIty Panthers Jr FC

Football for girls and boys from 5-18 years.

The Club provides a safe and friendly environment where the children of Ripon and surrounding districts can learn new and enhance their existing footballing skills. The Club supports fair play and enjoyment. Winning is not the prime objective. Ripon City Panthers are a FA Charter Standard club with Community Club status and is run entirely by volunteers.

Hell Wath, Hell Wath Lane, Ripon HG4 2JT

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 Gymnastics Academy

Recreational Classes: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced and Boys Rec (Thursdays and Saturdays)

Competitive Squads: (Selected through our termly assessement process) Pre-Squad, Talent, Development, Novice, Competition, Pre-Elite and Elite (Wednesdays to Saturdays; times and training hours vary can contact on Facebook or via website for details)

Note from Ripon Gymnastics Facebook Page: WE ARE NO LONGER COACHING AT RIPON LEISURE CENTRE AND LESSONS THERE ARE NOTHING TO DO WITH RIPON GYMNASTICS ACADEMY. At this present time our classes are held at Boroughbridge Secondary School whilst we look for permanent location in Ripon or the surrounding area.


Ripon Spa Baths Schedule




Littlethorpe Village Hall

8.50am Age 2 – 3.5 years 30 mins

9.25am Age 2 – 3.5 years 30 mins

10amAge 3.5 – 5 years 45 mins

0345 313 0283


Saturday Pony Club

Masham Riding Club

10am – 12pm

Treks and basic riding lessons also available.

Call for details: 01765 689636

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


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