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 for 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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Forest School Toddler/Preschool Group – Kilburn Woods, Thirsk

Our toddler group is ideally suited to those tots who are walking, to pre-school children plus their parents/guardians who want to get outdoors, play in a natural environment, natter and eat yummy cake….come rain or shine!


Sessions follow a Forest School ethos which involves child led learning in a woodland environment. Sessions may involve muddy play, craft, imaginative play, quiet time (including story books), exploring the local flora and fauna, balancing, climbing and swinging. We also offer one structured activity each week.


Prices and booking: Each block of sessions equates to £6 per session and a block is either 6 or 7 weeks long depending on term length. Siblings over 1 years old are £4 per session. Sessions can only be booked as a block. Price includes tea/coffee/juice and cake! Free trial session available.


To book:

Enquiries: or 07815 775 934


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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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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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Twigs N’Stix Forest School

Join in the Autumn woodland fun – build fairy and elf dens, play in the stream, build dams, swing on the branches, balance, climb and build confidence and self-esteem. A unique class in ancient woodland setting.


Weekly classes for 1-5yr olds
Cost per class £6 per child (sibling discounts available)
Payment half termly

See Facebook page for details or email


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Upstage Academy

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

Adversity United

Football club for boys and girls aged 6 — 12 year olds with a Special Educational Need or Disability.
Training – Tuesday at Harrogate Grammar School 4:30 – 5:30pm
Harrogate Grammar School, Arthurs Ave, Harrogate HG2 0DZ.
Cameron Osburn: 07468 855433 or Mike Pywell: 07598 929976

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.

Carrymoor Sling Library, Ilkley

Offers the chance to hire slings to try out with your baby. Drop-in sessions at a range of locations and a consultancy service offered.

For more details call Teresa on 07815 183977 or 01943 608382

Helter Skelter

9:00 – 11:00am
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

Little Fishes – Darley

New baby and Toddler group starting in September 2017. All welcome.
Little Fishes
Baby and toddler group
Tuesdays 9.30-11am term time @ CCCC, Darley
For more info contact Vicki Walsh 07536007008
Hosted by Nidderdale E.F Church
Also… This group is starting from scratch so if anyone has any baby/toddler toys they would like to donate they would be gratefully received. Contact Vicki Walsh (contact above) to arrange collection.

Lofthouse Playgroup

Every Tuesday during term time

9 – 11am.

Small friendly group of mums, dad’s, grandparents and childminders who meet to have a coffee and chat while the toddlers have a play.

Lofthouse Memorial hall.

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 Runners

For boys and girls from school year 5 (aged 9/10) to year 11 (aged 15/16) who already enjoy running and want to develop and compete in local and regional races.

Meet on Tuesdays at 5.15 at Ripon Rugby Club

Ripon Spa Baths Schedule



9:30 – 11:15am
Parent and Toddler Group
Salvation Army Unit. Lead Lane. Ripon. HG4 1RU

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:Bedale Athletic Sports Association
Leyburn Road (A684)
Bedale DL8 1HA

Twigs N Stix Forest School – Toddler Group

Classes run Tuesday & Friday mornings during term time.

“At Twigs n’Stix Forest School we encourage and inspire children, teachers and families to explore the natural environment in our Ancient Woodland.”
Harewell Woods Farm, Pateley Bridge.

Call Liz 07715 001394 to book

Twigs N Stix Forest School: Twig-let Toddler’s Class

*New* Tuesday mornings (10.15-11.45am) Twigs N Stix Forest School Twig-let Toddler’s class started today. See Facebook page for details or email

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