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.
Home groups also available (Min number of bookings=6, Max 10)
Classes are held by me a Practising Midwife & a Qualified Nurse, whereby I specialised in A&E.
It is essential, as a parent or guardian of children, you are able to care for your baby in an emergency. By attending the course, you will gain confidence & awareness of how to treat your baby quickly in the event of an emergency. You will learn skills to care for your baby who suddenly becomes unwell or injured.
Limited time only – 10% discount for couple (mum & dad) bookings available!
Advanced booking essential.
Paediatric First Aid Made Easy Paperback included per person/couple RRP £5.99.
Practice CPR techniques on manikins
Limited class numbers
First Aid course content:
Basic Life Support – baby & child
Choking baby & child
Recovery position for baby & child
Bumps, sprains, broken bones
Febrile Convulsion (fitting)
Signs of Meningitis
Swallowing harmful substances
First Aid ie. bandaging, stopping bleeding etc
Annie Robinson, Blooming Babies
Chatsworth Dance believe our combination of expertise and enthusiasm provides top quality tuition and facilities.
We hold over 70 classes a week in 2 dedicated studios as well as additional classes at Harrogate Gymnastics at Hornbeam park with 8 qualified teachers teaching over 500 students (Girls, boys & ladies)
Classes start from 18 months upwards (no upper limit!) there is something for everyone including Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Musical Theatre
Born to Dance (baby ballet age 18 months to 3 years) This class is for babies/toddlers and a parent/guardian. Designed to introduce boys and girls to movement, rhythm and co-ordination through music (accompanied by an adult).
Pre-School Dance (ages 3 and 4) A class devised especially for boys and girls aged 3 years to school age. The emphasis is on freedom of movement, development of co-ordination and building confidence.
Ballet (IDTA syllabus) Still as popular as ever – indeed we currently have over 140 students coming to ballet classes every week! Ballet has a technique which is the foundation of all dance. We currently run 16 classes per week covering 10 different grades/standards
Tap (IDTA syllabus) Popular with teachers as well as students, tap spans many diverse musical styles and is enjoying an increasing popularity amongst our students. Beginners through to Seniors.
Modern Jazz (IDTA syllabus) Modern Jazz is designed to be a combination of structure and fun – principally geared to demonstrate emotion through interpretation of any musical genre. Beginners through to Seniors.
Freestyle & Boys Dance (IDTA syllabus) Our freestyle classes are very popular and very energetic. Covering age ranges from 6+ to 17+.
Musical Theatre & Theatrecraft For those who aspire to emulate the stars of “Mamma Mia” or even the “X” Factor, our Musical Theatre classes give the opportunity for students to exercise their vocal talents as well as their dancing skills.
Zumba Fitness® & Zumba Gold® is the only Latin-inspired dance-fitness program that blends red-hot international music, created by Grammy Award-winning producers, and contagious steps to form a “fitness-party” that is downright addictive. Zumba Gold® is the low impact version.
Adult Tap & Ballet We run a number of classes both adults returning to dance and beginners
Discofit A unique exercise and fitness programme for all levels based on ever-popular disco classics!
For the current timetable visit chatsworthdance.co.uk/timetable
Tel 01423 522322 or visit chatsworthdance.co.uk
CJMAA are a full-time Martial Arts Academy based in Knaresborough. With classes running 6 days a week for both children & adults, Chris and his team of instructors have been teaching in the area, full-time, for nearly 15 years. In 2013, CJMAA were themselves winner of a Mumbler award in recognition of their popular children’s classes.
At CJMAA their goal is to make Martial Arts accessible to all with class types ranging from pre-school parent & child classes to adult kickboxing and ladies only sessions. Home to multiple World, European and National champions, CJMAA is also a great place for students who wish to take their training to the next level.
Their center based on Park Avenue, just of Boroughbridge Road, is custom fitted with all the required safety equipment and holds a 5 star CMAA Kite Mark rating.
Please feel free to stop by our Facebook group for more of an idea on what we do
A weekly class for 4-7 year olds teaching cricket skills to develop hand eye co-ordination and movement skills. Classes held across the Harrogate district, see website for details.
Mini Tykes 3-4 year olds
Mighty Tykes 4-7 year olds
Fridays 1.30-2.25pm Bilton Sports & Social Hub
Saturdays 9.30-11.00am Rossett Sports Centre
Further dates announced shortly
For more info and to book visit our website
Enjoy-a-Ball is a multi sports coaching programme for girls and boys aged between three and nine. All lessons are taught in a caring, positive, fun-filled environment and there are never more than 12 children in a class. Our objective is to make children’s first experiences in a sports coaching environment happy and memorable.
Our structured pre-school sessions are fun and energetic sessions designed to help little ones find their confidence in a class setting whilst exploring the equipment. Our fun sessions help improve agility, balance, coordination, and other fundamental movement skills.
For those who want to explore and play on their own terms, we have our drop in sessions which run several times during the week – these sessions are also great as there is no booking required just turn up on the day!
The drop in sessions are £6 per child, and more information can be found on our website: harrogategymnastics.co.uk/classes/pre-school/ or you can call our reception team on 01423 874793 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Magic Hours are available every weekend. If your little one is itching to get onto 2 wheels be it balancing and or pedaling, now’s your chance! If they are already riding and need to brush up on their skills/got a new bike, then an hours 1:1 tuition is perfect too
Everything about the 1:1 Magic Hour can be found here..
Take a peek at the dates on our website here and if they work then let’s do it!
Cant balance? Wont balance? Fret no more…the Strider balance bikes have landed!
We have 5 x 12″ wheeled Strider Sport balance bikes for our 2-5yr olds and 5 x 16″ wheeled Strider Sport balance bikes for our 6-12 yr olds. Whether its a 1:1 or as a group of up to 5 budding cycling superstars, Dave can get your little ones up and balancing in no time at all, in readiness for the transition to a two wheeled pedal bike
With prices starting at as little as £5 per child for a group lesson, Dave can light that bicycling fire and get your little ones itching to be playing out on their bikes (rather than staring at the latest computer gizmo thingymajig!)
With a full, enhanced DBS, fully British Cycling Insured and a First Aid certificate, Dave can come to your school and take the weight off your hands for maybe an hour or two and have a stack of fun with your pre-school and reception children teaching them the art of balance and giving them the confidence to ride a bike in the future and it doesnt stop there, Dave can teach balance all the way through to Year 6… and beyond if necessary!
For more information visit iwanttoridemybike.co.uk/bike-tykes-the-balance-bike-sessions/
Jump into swimming lessons with our Learn to Swim programme. Children can learn to swim at the Hydro, Starbeck Baths and Knaresborough pool. Lessons are taught by our friendly and fully-qualified instructors and we follow the Swim England learn-to-swim framework. They run seven days a week, all year round (including school holidays, but not over Christmas and New Year).
We help your child improve their skills in the water and use different colour bands (red to gold) to represent increasing ability levels. These combine stroke technique, water safety and stamina.
We also run one of the most successful disability swimming programmes in the UK. Swimming lessons for children with special educational needs, disabilities or who find mainstream provision too challenging run at the Hydro every Sunday. They can progress through our star scheme into our hot shot swim squad, and in partnership with Harrogate District Swimming Club are able to take part in a range of competitive opportunities.
Alternatively speak to our staff at your preferred pool
• The Hydro, Jenny Field Drive, Harrogate, HG1 2RP | 01423 556768 | email@example.com
• Knaresborough Pool, King James Road, Knaresborough, HG5 8EB | 01423 860011 | firstname.lastname@example.org
• Starbeck Baths, Spa Lane, Harrogate, HG2 7JF | 01423 883155 | email@example.com
Your little one will gain water confidence, have fun and play in our Rain Drops and Rain Tots lessons at the Hydro, Starbeck Baths and Knaresborough Pool.
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 www.harrogate.gov.uk/swimminglessons
For lesson times and class availability please contact our swimming pools directly:
· The Hydro, Jenny Field Drive, Harrogate, HG1 2RP Tel: 01423 556768 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· Knaresborough Pool, King James Road, Knaresborough, HG5 8EB Tel: 01423 860011 Email: email@example.com
· Starbeck Baths, Spa Lane, Harrogate, HG2 7JF Tel: 01423 883155 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent and Pre-schooler Yoga at Go Yoga, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate HG2 8QT
Thursdays 2.00 – 2.30pm
Time for yoga with your child, for 2-5 year olds. Try acro-yoga, breath work and games to relax, stretch and practise yoga with your children. Bookable as a 4 week course. £20
Teen Yoga at Go Yoga, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate HG2 8QT
Thursdays 4.30 – 5.15pm
Teen Yoga, learn to relax, centre, get to where you want to be. Live, Love, Laugh, Stretch, Breathe, and Challenge. This fun class will teach teens asanas and breathwork to help them cope with the unique issues they face day to day. Bookable as a 4 week course £20
Family Yoga Workshops
These fun Family Yoga workshops are a great way to spend time together discovering yoga. We use acro-yoga, breath work, games and relaxation to create a special time for you and your children. Why not make it a family event and bring all the family! Check out our workshop page for our next scheduled workshops
Pregnancy Yoga – Go Calm the Flow Down at Go Yoga, Hornbeam Park, Harrogate HG2 8QT
Mondays 12.15 – 1pm
Thursdays 5.15 – 6.15pm
Sometimes a little calmness is all we need to rebalance our hectic lives. In Go Calm the Flow down a slower alignment centred class will still link the breath to the movement and poses to stretch your body while calming and restoring. Each class will include centring and a deep relaxation to seal in all the benefits. You will leave feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
Suitable for all abilities including pregnancy (after first trimester).
Available to book as a half termly course or on our class pass system,
Classes in Yoga, Pilates, Hot Yoga, Beginners Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Mediation, Relaxation, Kundalini Yoga, Workshops, 1-1’s and Retreats
Locations – Go Yoga, The Zone Hornbeam Park, HG2 9NY and Go Yoga Central, Under Fit, 23 Cold Bath Rd, HG2 0NL
We have over 40 different classes on offer each week in Yoga, Pilates, Hot Yoga, Beginners Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Mediation, Relaxation, Kundalini Yoga. We also run regular workshops, courses and retreats for all abilities as well as Parent & Pre-schooler yoga and Teen Yoga. Our flexible class pass system allows you to attend any class on the timetable so you can fit your classes around your busy lives. Introductory offers for new clients. Easy hassle free booking online or via our app.
Whether you are new to yoga or a keen enthusiast, we have a class for you.
View our timetable here goyogaharrogate.com/schedule
PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy providing tuition for children and young people aged 4-18 years. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through hour-long sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Students are split into groups according to their age and are taught by some of the best industry leaders!
Our specialist modules, packed full of tips that Pauline has learnt from nearly 50 years in the business, will teach you everything you need to know to Act, Sing, Dance or Direct like a Professional!
Our Harrogate branch has been running from Harrogate Grammar School for six years, led by Principal Kellie Taylor and her team of industry professionals.
Please feel free to visit our Facebook page to see everything our students get up to at PQA.
And it doesn’t end there – why not book your child in for a FREE taster session to come along and try out all our incredible modules for themselves? To book this, simply visit our website and request your FREE Info Pack today.
Rugbytots is the world’s favourite rugby play programme. Our dynamic weekly sessions enable boys and girls aged 2-7 to develop their social and physical skills in a fun and positive environment.
St. Aidan’s School, Harrogate (Saturday and Sunday mornings)
King James School, Knaresborough (Saturday mornings)
Ripon Grammar School (Saturday mornings)
Northallerton Leisure Centre (Sunday Mornings)
Kidzplay Harrogate (Monday and Friday mornings)
Crazy Kingdom, Northallerton (Tuesday lunchtimes)
The Laughing Giraffe, Boroughbridge (Wednesday and Friday mornings)
Please contact: email@example.com or tel 0345 313 0283 to book a FREE taster or for more information
Saturday Art Club at Mercer Art Gallery is for young people aged 10 years and over who enjoy painting, drawing and making things.
Each six week course involves working with different artists, learning creative skills and experimenting with new materials. You’ll be inspired by works of art in the gallery and develop confidence in your own work.
Each six week course costs £70 inclusive of all materials and refreshments.
For further information please contact tel: 01423 556188 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 2SA
At Stagecoach Performing Arts, we promise to give our students the creative courage to embrace life and make the most of their talents and opportunities.
As a leading body in the performing arts industry, we will nurture and inspire every child who joins us.
We will keep them safe and give them the courage to be themselves.
Your child will learn how to sing, dance and act while developing a broad range of life skills.
Our students become more self-assured, expressive, sociable and imaginative and they learn how to tackle situations with resilience, creativity and courage.
Stagecoach Harrogate has been providing quality part time training in singing, dancing and acting for 17 years, firing the imagination, boosting confidence and promoting life skills.
As well as regular classes during the school term we have performed several times in the West End, have appeared with the Stagecoach North East Regional Choir at The Birmingham Symphony Hall, have performed in “Cats” at the NIA in Birmingham and have been the support act for a “Queen” tribute open air pop concert at Ripley Castle.
Now taking bookings for the September term.
Call Principal Ce on 01423 771138 e: email@example.com
? TiP Saturday Sessions are open for booking now ?
Sessions Jr (3-6 years) Saturday 9.30-10.15am
TiP Sessions (4 – 11yrs) Saturday 10:30am – 11:30am
TiP SessionsPro (8 – 13yrs) Saturday 10:30am – 12:30pm
From September Sessions will be launching in Harrogate (at Harrogate High School). If you have a 3+ curious mind and you want to join in the STEAM fun book into one of our new Sat morning clasess. Like our holiday sessions, this will be delivered through subject based learning made accessable to little hands and parents to learn together (for Sessions Jr).
Each term we will discover STEAM in an new exciting topic. Undertaking experiments, building, crafting, constructing, learning early coding and computing principles. We inspire and instill the foundations of STEAM learning; creativity, co-operation, collaboration, tenacity, problem-solving, critical thinking, whilst absorbing facts and information in an environment with a dynamic and creative approach.
To find out more about the Saturday Sessions (from September) and to book visit tip-york.class4kids.co.uk
Tennis is a great sport to play at any age. The combination of movements needed to turn, lunge, crouch and swing in order to hit the ball mean that you get a full body workout while you play. To play Tennis successfully takes balance, agility and co-ordination as well as speed, flexibility and endurance. At Tennis Tots, we’ve broken down these key skills into fun activities and games for you and your child to enjoy in class.
Spring Term 2019
Booking now live! https://tennistotsharrogate.membermeister.com/register
With a brand new coach and lots of new games and activities – we can’t wait to get started!
SATURDAYS @ Rossett Sports Centre (Indoor Gymnasium)
Term starts Saturday 12th January
8.50-9.20am Tennis Tots (2 to 3.5 years)
9.30-10.15am Tennis Champs (3.5 to 5 years)
THURSDAYS @ Westcliffe Hall, Harrogate (off Cold Bath Rd)
Term starts Thursday 10th January
10.00-10.30am Tennis Tots (2 to 3.5 years)
10.45-11.30am Tennis Champs (3.5 to 5 years)
Tennis Tots – £6.00 per class
Tennis Champs – £6.50 per class
📌 £5.00 for a trial class
📌 One-time registration fee of £13 includes a Tennis Tots T-shirt
📌 Commitment is one full term, payable by 1/2 term
To reserve your place: https://tennistotsharrogate.membermeister.com/register
For enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
We help to inspire children to explore and develop through arts and crafts. We have a programme of award winning classes, that are underpinned by the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, to give you a fun experience in a friendly, nurturing environment. From painting to gloop to clay and more, your child is sure to be engaged in our weekly sessions based on the termly topic.
We offer five types of sessions-
Baby Discover (from 5-15 months)
Wednesday 11am, Winkies Softplay, Starbeck (Including free entry to softplay)
Little Explorer (from 16 months-5 years)
Wednesday 12.30pm, Winkies Softplay, Starbeck (Including free entry to softplay)
Family Fun (from 0-11 years)
Family session that runs in the school holidays or special occasions, dates and times regularly updated on our website.
Arty Party (from 1-11 years)
Throw a party with a difference, hassle free and memorable. Packages start from £100.
Cost: Sessions are from £4.95 per class.
CLASSES, PARTIES AND CAMPS
For every stage of your child’s development – from 4 months to 12 years – The Little Gym offers a diverse line up of classes, camps and parties filled with movement, music, learning and laughter. Your little ones will make friends, reach developmental milestones and build self confidence while having Serious Fun.
Tel: 01423 701560 or email: email@example.com
1 Cardale Park, Harrogate HG3 1RY
3rd September 2018 – 21st July 2019 Class Schedule
Turtle Tots Yorkshire is a specialist baby & preschool swimming school delivering classes in the Harrogate, York and Leeds area. Our unique and fun Turtle Tots baby, toddler and pre-school swimming classes teach you how to swim with your young child, creating that special one-to-one bond and also giving you a fantastic toning workout at the same time! We are now also delivering weekend classes for school age children (up to Key Stage 2) in Harrogate, York and East Leeds.
We pride ourselves on being a very different and personable baby and pre-school swim school and our class emphasis is on nurturing the parent & baby bond. This is achieved through gentle water massage and closeness with your baby in the early stages, whilst also teaching through play and word association and assisting with post natal fitness. Our toddler and pre-school classes continue with this close nurturing, but with a lot more communication directly between the teacher and the little ones.
We teach them Water safety skills to help improve their confidence in the water, the introduction of basic stroke skills and to keep their attention span with lots of fast and fun water activity play and games, and progression onto swimming independently with and without aides at their own pace.
Our swimming classes are held in warm water pools and you can join our Aqua Natal classes at anytime during your pregnancy. Our swimming classes for babies, toddlers and kids continue right up to your little one starting school and beyond. All of our programmes are designed in conjunction with qualified aquatics specialists in baby and pre-school swimming development. In addition, Turtle Tots teachers right across the UK are fully qualified in all aspects of Swim School teaching from baby & parent through to adult tuition and they are continually developing their skills in aquatic baby and pre-school development too. As we are a national network, we are able to share valuable experiences and ideas within our teams with lots of expertise and advice on hand to share to the wider community.
We run classes on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday in the Harrogate area. Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday in York and Sunday in East Leeds, plus we offer a free taster sessions to see if you and your little one would enjoy a structured swimming class. We also offer a 10% first term discount for Harrogate, York & Leeds Mumbler members.
For further information on free taster sessions and class availability, please contact:-
Paula Stewart – Harrogate, York & Leeds North & East,
Tel: 01423 210214
Mob: 07807 127373
Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. suitable for little ones from birth up to school age. As the UK’s leading swim school, not only do we teach vital lifesaving skills but we always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy one! Our number one priority is to make sure you feel both happy and safe in the water.
Waterbabies currently hold weekly lessons sessions at Henshaws in Knaresborough on a Friday & Sunday. Please check their website here for the up-to-date timetable
Henshaws College, Bogs Lane, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 4ED
Contact 01904 607110 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Find us on facebook at facebook.com/WaterBabiesNorthYorkshire
For any Mumblers that book onto a course, just quote Harrogate Mumbler and we will send you a free Splashabout Happy Nappy (required for the lessons) with your starter pack worth £10.99!
Happy splashing x
April- August 2019
Please contact the centre to confirm that the session is running prior to travelling. www.northyorks.gov.uk
Some sessions will not run during the school holidays.
Family Classes- Martial Arts Class for ages plus, come and train with your kids, share the experience
10am – 11.30am Dad and Child Play & Learn Group
3rd Saturday of month (21st Nov; 19th Dec)
All male carers – come along with your children from birth – 5 years for fun activities
10am-11.30 Every 2nd Saturday in the month from September 2016
A new group for Dads/Grandads/male carers and their pre-school children is starting on Saturday 10 September from 10am to 11.30am and then the 2nd Saturday of every month. Toys and craft for the children. Coffee and bacon butties. Meet other Dads. Give Mum some time off!
Gracious Street Methodist Church, Knaresborough
10.30am – 12.00pm. The Harrogate Epilepsy Action group meets every 3rd Saturday at St Peter’s Church. “We’re hoping that families with young children suffering from Epilepsy are made aware of this group and to know other children and parents are in the same position and open to chatting about their experiences. We have found it a huge support and would like others to benefit from the group”
ODEON Kids screenings have been chosen especially for children and are every Saturday and Sunday mornings at pocket money prices.
Saturday: 5:30 – 7:00pm (aimed at younger, less experienced skaters)
7:30 – 9:00pm (all ages welcome but generally faster more experience skaters)
Entry per session is £5 and £1 for skate hire.
07821 148 696
Ashville College Sports Centre, Yew Tree Ln, Harrogate, HG2 9JP
10.00 – 1.00pm KISS Kids Club – Saturdays at Fairfax Community Centre.
Kids Inclusive Social Saturdays.
Open to Children in Year 1 up to 18th Birthday. The club is open to all abilities and has specialist play workers to support disabled children and those with special educational needs.
£10.00 per session
Contact Danni on (01423) 556719 or 07525 988145
Saturday Art Club at the Mercer Art Gallery
These artist-led art workshops are designed for young people aged 10 – 12 who would like to experiment and enjoy a range of new art skills. Each week we tackle a different creative challenge, often working with art from our collections. £70 for a 6 week course, 10.30 – 12.00, incl. refreshments and materials. Limited places, advance booking required.
Mercer Art Gallery, Swan Rd, Harrogate HG1 2SA
Telephone: 01423 556188
Socatots Harrogate, run by Dan Spencer
Saturday 9am, St Andrews church hall Starbeck
Brand new to Harrogate – Baby Disco for newborns to pre-walkers!
First Saturday of the month at:
Creative Dance Studio
Rear 11 Dragon Terrace
Booking is essential through Facebook or phone (call Lauren on 07972 124004) and only £6 per child.
There will be disco lights, glow sticks, pom poms, dancing and so much fun!
Trinity Methodist Church, Harrogate
First Saturday of month from 10am-11.30am
It’s all about creating space where dads and their kids can have fun together. It’s founded on the Christian principle of wanting to demonstrate God’s love to communities. We have toys, games, activities – bacon butties and coffee – relax and chat.
These are held on the first Saturday of the month at Trinity Methodist Church, Trinity Road, Harrogate HG2 9AU from 10 am until 11.30. All welcome!