Playgroups & Classes Harrogate

Playgroups and low cost drop-ins

From Friday 11 February 2022


Discover why there’s no place like Ashville Acorns.

Join us for our new parent and baby group, a weekly opportunity for mums, dads and grandparents to socialise in a warm, secure, comfortable play space.

The Baby Acorns group will meet in the on-site ‘Little Acorns’ cabin between 9.30am and 10.30am every Friday morning from 11 February 2022 in term-time.

The group will be run by Little Acorns staff, giving a taste of what our early years provision is like.

Little Acorns is part of Ashville Acorns Pre-Prep, the College’s exciting learning environment for children aged 2 to 5 to play, learn and thrive.

It also comprises Acorns for children aged 3 to 4, and Reception class for ages 4 to 5.

This area of the College is run by highly experienced early years practitioners and teachers, who follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Details of the event:

– An early years nurse will be present to answer any questions or concerns you may have about your baby’s health, development, and wellbeing.  Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances it will not be possible for an early years nurse to be present at our Baby Acorns group. This is something we are still working towards being able to offer, but not for when we launch in February.

– This is a perfect space for parents with babies, offering a safe, carpeted play area, and easy access for prams. Little Acorns is all on one level, with no steps.

– Unfortunately, we won’t be able to accommodate older siblings.

– Admission will be free, and tea, coffee, and biscuits will be provided. In the summer months the event may be held outdoors.

We look forward to welcoming you to this group.

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Play Sessions :

Our much loved stay and play sessions will return to Toy Library HQ at The Old School in Knaresborough every Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 11.30am.

Sessions will be open to all and will run in a very similar way to our pre-covid play sessions – toys and resources will be set up for children to access while grown-ups can enjoy playing along and socialising with others! The only change that we need to make, for now, is that there will be no snack provided for children. You are very welcome to bring along your own snacks though (but please avoid nuts!)

Drinks will be available for grown ups but please bring your own reusable cup. Cups will not be provided so please don’t forget!!

Toilet and baby change facilities will be open – as always, please take nappies away with you to dispose of off site.

Sessions are £3.50 plus 50p per additional child – we can only accept card payments (we have a snazzy new card machine!), we will no longer be accepting cash.

While face coverings are not compulsory, you are very welcome to wear one!


Parent and Baby Sessions

We are delighted to have been awarded some funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund (distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund) which has enabled us to provide sessions exclusively for parents with babies. Sessions will take place on Mondays at The Toy Library and will run from 9.30am – 10.30am. We hope to provide an opportunity for parents to socialise and share experiences plus some sensory exploration for the babies with a selection of our toys available to use. Parents will be served with a drink & biscuits and our staff will be around for chat and information.

There are a few safety precautions to have a read of before attending…

  • Sanitiser will be available and we will require everyone to use it when entering the session.

  • Drinks will be served by our team, there will be no access to the kitchen facilities. You will need to bring your own mug or reusable cup for your drink though as we won’t have access to any.

  • Unfortunately, this session is only open to pre-crawling babies and we can’t accommodate older siblings at this time.

  • Finally and most importantly, please do not attend if you or anyone in your household has displayed symptoms of Covid-19 in the past 14 days. We ask that you follow relevant Government advice on quarantining before attending.

Please book here.

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Stay and Play is a fun parent and toddler group for preschool children hosted at Jennyfield Styan Community Centre and Knaresborough Community Centre.

There’s lots of exciting things going on to entertain your little one including toys, bikes, bouncy castle and games.

Everyone is welcome. It costs just £2.50 per child and £1 for each additional child (includes snack and drink).

Stay and Play at Jennyfield Styan Community Centre
Fridays 9.30am – 11.30am (term time only)
Tel 01423 521667
Find us at Grantley Drive (next to the Co-op), Harrogate HG3 2XU


Busy Bees Baby Group

Every Wednesday 9.30am – 10.30am.

All sessions are free

Busy Bee Nursery, Hookstone Road

Call Helen on 01423 815990

DOE: Mother and Baby Mornings

Every Wednesday 10am-11am



FEEL Harrogate

Fridays 9.30am @ The Green Hut, Harlow Avenue.

A nurturing, relaxed group focused on social and emotional well being of both parent, carer and child!  Plus there’s cake!

Hampsthwaite baby & toddler group.

9.15 – 11am Thursdays in Hampsthwaite memorial hall. £2.50 per family.

Harrogate Monday Monkeys Playgroup

We are a friendly Playgroup at Christchurch Harrogate every Monday in term time 9:30 -11am

Little Beans

There is a new parents starting at Harlow Hill Methodist Church, on Wednesdays from 10-12. A very informal, drop in session which is non-profit, non-religious, just a space for parents of young children to get together for a hot drink and a chat.

Little Fishes at St Lukes

50p donation for a drink and biscuit for mum and children.

It’s run by two lovely ladies from the church. Very friendly and welcoming.

Little Fishes Tots Group

Friendly stay and playgroup in Darley, Nidderdale. Ran by Niddedale Community Church. We have a baby corner, messy play station, variety of free play toys and an activity table. Each session includes toast and drink for little ones and homemade cake for adults. Sessions finish with storytelling from the Bible and a sing song. £2 per family, 9.30-11 term time.

Little Oats Playgroup

Little Oats Playgroup is a great place to have fun and build friendships. Open to all babies, toddlers and children under the age of five. We have a large range of toys including a weekly craft corner and monthly messy play session.

We offer refreshments for parents, carers and children.

We are located at Oatlands Pre-School, Mount Street, HG2 8DQ (the little white church just behind Sainsbury’s Local on Leeds Road).

Wednesdays (Term-time) 09:45 – 11:15am
Little Oats Playgroup, Mount Street, Harrogate, HG2 8DQ


Pannal Puddleducks Playgroup

Re-opening from Monday 13th September 2021

10-11.30am stay & play session. £2.50 per family. Parents, carers & grandparents all welcome. Bring your own refreshments.

Raindrops Toddler Groups

Mondays, 9.30am to 11.30amBilton Area Methodist ChurchParking at the rear, off Robert’s CrescentLots of toys, books crafts, singing and snacks£1 per child over 1 year old

St John’s Baptist Church Stay and Play

Stay and Play playgroup at the Hub (St John the Baptist Church Knaresborough).

It’s on 10:00-11:30am every Thursday at the Hub. £1.50 per child (50p for any additional children). Thank you!

St. Mark’s Toddler Groups

St. Mark’s Toddler Groups: Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10am-11.30am. St. Mark’s Church, Leeds Rd, Harrogate. All families must pre-register.


01423 544528

Talking Tots

Talking Tots classes combine fun interactive games, songs, activities and stories to build on those vital early skills needed to communicate effectively. The sessions promote speaking, listening, attention, sharing, cooperation, confidence, self-esteem and phonological awareness

call Ruth on 07984327465

Tea & Tots at St James Church Boroughbridge

Starting 8th September 2021

1.30-2.30pm every Wednesday during term time. Ride-ons, slide, toys, colouring & refreshments.

0-5 yrs old £1 first child, 50p additional child/ren

St James Church, Church Lane, Boroughbridge YO51 9BA

The Harrogate Cookie Co: Tots Monday

Come along anytime on a Monday with a tot and you’ll recieve

  • Adults 10% off full prices items
  • FREE Babychinno for tots
  • Free quarter of a cookie for tots

We’ve also got colouring pads, books, toys, high chairs and a stocked up baby changer in our toilet.

Toddler Praise

St Mark’s Church Toddler Praise group. Wed 10am Leeds Road

Tots and Toys Toddler Group

9.30-10.30am Wednesdays (term time) Tots and Toys Toddler Group at Mowbray Community Church Westmoreland Street Harrogate HG1 5AT

Trinity Tots

Trinity Tots at Trinity Methodist Church.

Fridays in termtime, 10am-12pm, starting 24th September 2021. £1, which includes refreshments.


Westcliffe Baby and Toddler Group

Re-opening Tuesday 27th April 2021 for Westcliffe Play Hour – one hour of up to 12 adults with socially distanced toys and equipment, lots of cleaning and ventilation! £2 per family.

2 Harlow Terrace, Harrogate HG2 0PN