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

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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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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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Upstage Academy

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

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Baby Kicks Boroughbridge

Football Classes for Ages 2-3

Wednesdays 10.10am – 10.50am

Boroughbridge Academy

Coronation Hall, Milby , Boroughbridge, YO51 9BL

Call 01302 618080 for details.

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.

Birstwith Tots

Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.00 (term time)

COST: £2.50 per family

Birstwith Church Hall

Really friendly group, everyone welcome
Call Melanie: 01423 772867

Boogie Babies

Boogie Babes are joining the residents of Lister House, Ripon

Come and be part of something special!

After reading about the positive impact brought about by mixing these two very different age groups, I decided Boogie Babes would be perfect!

Classes will be every Wednesday 11-12 pm starting on 24th October.
For more details contact Nicola on 07806679001

Fountains Playgroup

1.30 – 3:00pm
Parent and Toddler Group
Fountains Primary school, Grantley, Ripon HG4 3PJ

Future Stars

Future Stars is a new group offering singing, dancing and acting classes for children aged 4 to 13. Open to all abilities, the classes are a great way to build confidence, learn new skills and have lots of fun. They will be working towards a small showcase before they break up for the Summer Holidays.

Classes run on Wednesday evenings at the Scout Hut (Riverside Hall) in Pateley Bridge

4 – 4.45pm  Teeny Boppers  3-6 years

4.45 – 6.45pm  Triple Threat  7-12 years

Call Rebecca on 07967 194617


Helter Skelter

9:00 – 11:00am
Parent and Toddler Group
YMCA. 4 Waterskellgate. Ripon

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 Acorns

Masham Town Hall

Wednesdays 9.00-11.00am (Except Bank Holidays).

Little Acorns welcomes all families with children aged 0-5 years to a friendly drop-in session.

Mini Kicks Boroughbridge

Football Classes for Ages 3-5

Wednesdays 4.40pm – 5.20pm

Boroughbridge Academy

Coronation Hall, Milby , Boroughbridge, YO51 9BL

Call 01302 618080 for 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

Pebbles Baby and Toddler

 1.30 – 3:00pm
Parent and Toddler Group
Greystones Bungalow. Quarry Moor Lane. HG4 1RW

Quad C Dance Classes

Where:Christ Church Community Centre,
Times:5.15 – 6pm – Key Stage 1
6 – 6.45pm – Key Stage 2
6.45 – 7.30pm – Secondary School

Red Triangle Drama Group

The RTD Group is for all young people aged 11 and upwards. Through the group young people have opportunities to:

  • Develop new skills
  • Grow in Confidence
  • Make new friends
  • Be inspired whilst inspiring others
  • Find their own voice
  • Learn and achieve
  • Perform
  • Be themselves
Ripon YMCA Community Hall

Wednesday 7-9pm

Young people age 11 and up

£1 per session

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 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


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


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.

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


Water Babies

Teach your baby to swim!

Royal British Legion, Lister House, Southgate, Ripon

Call: 01904 607110