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

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Brimhams Junior Gym Membership

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Holy Trinity Breakfast Club


Three times a week, we host a FREE breakfast club in the Arches at Holy Trinity Church Ripon. It’s a fantastic, sociable and nutritious start to the day – and you can come as often as you like. 

When’s it on?

From 08:20 to 08:50 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, in term-times.

What’s on offer?

Adults and children are welcome to help themselves to:

  • Brown or white toast & preserves
  • Selection of cereals & milk
  • Orange or apple juice, tea & coffee
  • Fresh fruit
  • Fromages frais
  • A hot special each day – rotating between baked beans, scrambled eggs, sausages and porridge.

The benefits

  • A nutritious, healthy breakfast helps children to perform better at school
  • The right breakfast items can help children to avoid developing a wide range of conditions, including asthma and Type-2 diabetes
  • Children bounce out of bed on Breakfast Club days, so mornings are less stressful
  • Children eat better at Breakfast Club, among friends and not distracted by games or TV
  • Having breakfast together helps families to have more quality time
  • Eating with other families helps children to socialise and helps everyone to make new friends
  • It’s easier to get to school on time – we ring a bell 5 minutes before it’s time to head for the Holy Trinity schools.

Who can come?

Family Breakfast Club is mainly designed for the families of Holy Trinity Infants’ School, but it’s also open to:

  • their younger and older siblings, whether pre-school or attending any other school (we have highchairs)
  • Year 3s at Holy Trinity Junior School
  • parents, grandparents, childminders or other carers of these children (we’re always very pleased when dads attend, so don’t be shy!)
  • families from other schools, if they feel they might benefit.Please note that children may not attend without an adult/s, and adults may not attend without a child/ren.

Why do we do it?

As a church, we want to love our community and build on the connections we have with the two Holy Trinity schools. We want people to feel comfortable coming into our building, and to be a welcoming space for them.


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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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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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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.

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.

Boroughbridge Feathers Badminton

Junior and adult badminton from age 8yrs. Coaching available for all ages. Thursdays 6-8pm during term time. Junior Club 6pm to 7pm Improvers 7pm to 8pm. Adult play from 7pm. All abilities welcome.

Boroughbridge High School Sports Centre. Telephone: Margaret Taylor on 07711 496005

Borrowers Toy Library

Every Thursday at 10am.

Lots of toys for children up to 8 years old.

Stay and play/chat.

Ripon Community house.

Bright Sparks

The Bright Sparks toddler group meets at Summerbridge Church Hall on term time Thursday mornings at 10am, offering toys, refreshments and an opportunity for parents to enjoy refreshments and meet others with young children. There is a social lunch each term. The group is open to all preschool children and babies with their parents/carers. For more information phone Lindy Edwards on 01423 712505 or Mabel Ellison on 01756 603523.

Ducklings Grewelthorpe Parent & Toddler

10.30 – 11.45am

Parent and Toddler Group

Grewelthorpe C of E School, Cross Hills, HG4 3BH


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 – 11am

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

Little Berries – Parent And Toddler Group

Sharow C Of E Primary School, Berrygate Lane, Sharow, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 5BJ

01765 604362

Ages accepted: max age 3yrs

Open: Thursday 1.15pm-2.45pm

Cost: £1.50

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

Music Bugs

Sensory, play-based music and singing classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Thursday morning classes at Sawley Village Hall coming soon.

0844 412 8166

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 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 Nomads Badminton Club

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

Ripon Spa Baths Schedule


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

Tiny Talk

Baby Signing Classes

Liz Collison

Call: 07975833001

£4.00 per family per class

Class Type:Baby Signing Class
Time:10:00am – 11:00am
Location:1st Richmond Scout Hut
Quakers Lane
Richmond DL10 4VV

Toy Library

10am – 12pm

Community House, Allhallowgate, Ripon. HG4 1LE