Playgroups and classes

Scarborough & Whitby 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 here. Basic listings are free. ’Featured’ listings are £10 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.

In line with Government guidance on COVID-19, please be aware of any restrictions that remain in place.

I am endeavouring to keep the listings as up to date as possible but please check with venues first, thanks for your understanding at this crazy time, Team Mumbler.

Join Kathy for a session of musical fun perfect for babies and children up to 6 years of age.

Kathy’s Fun Music classes are returning from Monday 17th January 2022 – You can choose between Baby Fun Music for babies up to 14 months OR Family Fun Music for both toddlers and babies up to 4 years old.

Fun Music sessions last around 50 minutes during which time there will be nursery rhymes, new and traditional songs, dancing and movement to music, often with props and scarves, and there’s always a chance to play on different percussion instruments.

As a special treat, Kathy always plays her flute, piccolo or saxophone in the sessions, either for jamming along to or for listening time. The children love hearing and seeing these wind instruments, and so the Fun Music sessions just fly by!

MONDAYS 10am Family Fun Music and 11.30am Baby Fun Music at Emmanuel St John’s Church Hall on St John’s Road.

TUESDAYS 10.30am Family Fun Music at Scarborough College Prep School hall, Deepdale Avenue

Just click on your chosen class and date below to book your place!
NB. If you book 6 classes at once, you will only be charged for 5 – this discount is applied automatically


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Scarborough Strollers

Any parents are welcome to join us for the opportunity to meet new friends whilst getting out for a walk around our wonderful town!

Children are welcome, with or without a pram, but please read the route and see if the length of each walk is suitable for your little one to manage on foot.

Alternate weeks the walk will be kept around the Marine Drive to try and keep central for those who don’t drive or can’t access walks further away, the in between weeks will be walks in the surrounding area of Scarborough, somewhere different every week to discover new areas and keep it fresh for the children! All walks will be pushchair friendly 😊

Keep an eye on the Facebook Page here

Starting Wednesday 8th September 2021 – Like pre-Covid – all kinds of great things available for our under 5’s and their carers. Start time 9.15am – 10.45am, Wednesday’s during term time.

Please do book a space via

Baby Massage Course – Happy Sleepy Baby

Baby massage course running over 4 weeks, beginning Monday 24th January 2022 at 10am. Come and enjoy some bonding time with your baby learn skills to settle and soothe your baby and opportunity to chat with parents too.

BeYou Studio, Desapline Martial Arts Studio, Barry’s Lane, Scarborough.
07709 117341

Benson Stage Academy Dance

Dance classes for girls and boys from beginners to advances, starting at 2 years old:

  • Monday – Modern from 4pm
  • Tuesday – Tap from 4pm
  • Wednesday – Ballet from 4pm
  • Thursday – Acro from 4p
  • Friday – Cheer from 4pm
  • Saturday – Freestyle from 9.30am

Benson Stage Academy, Commercial Street Scarborough
07749 377598

Derwent Ducklings – Ayton Methodist Church

Mondays 9.30am – 11.15am (term time only)

A friendly group for children aged 0 – 5 years and their parents, grandparents and carers. Join us for free play, sensory play. stories and rhymes. £1.50 per child plus 50p for additional siblings (over 6 months). Includes a healthy snack, drink for little ones and a hot drink for grown ups

Ayton Methodist Church Hall, Pickering Road, West Ayton. YO13 9JE

Evolution Martial Arts Academy

Martial Arts Classes in Whitby.

Lil Ninjas: Age 4 – 6 years Mon & Wed, 4.00 to 4.30pm, Sat 9.30am to 10am
Combat Kids: Age 6 – 9 years Mon & Wed 4.45 to 5.30pm, Sat 10.15 to 11am
Combat Kids: Age 9 – 14 years Mon & Wed 5.40 to 6.30pm, Sat 10.15 to 11am

Green Lane Centre, Green Lane, Whitby, YO22 4EH
Contact James 07889 797147

Music Tots – Flowergate Hall

Monday 9.30-11.30am

Early years Music session for 0-5 years. £3 per session.

Whitby YO21 3BA

Ninja Play and Ninja Tots – The Rising Sun Association

Both classes, £4 per child:

  • Ninja Play, Monday & Friday 10am-12pm – Drop in Playgroup, 18months to 4 years.
  • Ninja Tots, Saturday 10-11am – Lesson with trained teacher, 2 to 4 years.
The Rising Sun Association Dojo, Unit 4 Depot Lane, Scarborough YO12 4EB
07858 944598

Pinecones and Puddles – Thwing

Mondays 10am – 12pm (closed for Winter, will re-open in Spring 2022)

A special session aimed specifically for the little ones. An activity will be provided but you may just want to make use of the mud kitchen, have some sensory play or just socialise with other families of young children in a safe outdoor space. £2.50 per child for children of walking age up to 5 years. Babes in arms free of charge.

Based in a 2 acre field just outside the tiny village of Thwing on the Yorkshire Wolds. Call 07432 736226 for more info.

If you are coming from Scarborough, take the A64 to Staxton and drive up Staxton Hill to Foxholes. Turn left to Wold Newton. At the Duckpond, turn right and drive up the hill to Thwing. At the crossroads in Thwing, turn right. The field is approximately one mile further down a small lane, on your left. Approx drive time 30 minutes

If you are coming from Driffield, take the B1249 through Langtoft to Octon and turn right at the roundabout by the crematorium. Thwing will be signposted on your left about 1 mile later. At the crossroads in the centre of the village turn left. The field is approximately one mile further down a small lane, on your left. Approx drive time 20 minutes

Sewerby Squirrels – Sewerby Hall

Monday 10 – 11.30am. Weekly sessions for Under 5s in the Orangery.

Sewerby Hall & Gardens, Bridlington YO15 1ED 01262 673769

Studio 3 – Dance, Drama & Acro Lessons

Lessons in Freestyle, Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Disco, Commercial, Street, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Song & Dance, Drama, Acro & Show Work. Private Tuition is also available. Ages start at 18months.

35 Durham St, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO12 7PT
07967 375534

Swim Tots at Alpamare

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 10am – 12pm
Come and meet other parents and let the little ones enjoy some splash time. 🌊
£10 1 x adult 1 x toddler
Term time only.
None of the large slides are available.
No bookings required.

Tennis with Jake

Tennis coaching for all ages and abilities across Scarborough

Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall, YO13 0HJ

  • Monday – NEW TOTS SESSION, 10-11am for children aged 2-4 yrs.
  • Monday, 4-5.30pm (2 sessions), 5-8 yrs
  • Tuesday, 4pm 5-8 yrs, 5pm 10-11yrs
  • Saturday, 8.30am 5-8 yrs, 9.15am 8-10yrs

Scalby Tennis Club, YO13 0PU

  • Monday, 5.45pm 8-10yrs, 6.30pm 10-17 yrs
  • Saturday, 10.30am 10-11yrs, 11.15am 11-17 yrs

Hackness and Scarborough Tennis Club, YO13 0BJ

  • Sunday, 9am 5-8 yrs, 9.45am 8-10 yrs.

Contact Jake to book a session 07928752833

The Beacon Playgroup – St Andrew’s Church

Monday 10am – 11.30am. A range of stimulating activities and play experiences for babies and children from birth to 5 years old. Everybody is welcome! £2 per family.

St Andrews Church, Ramshill, Scarborough YO11 2LN

Toddler Sessions & Kidz Club – The Secret Realm

Kid’s sessions at The Secret Realm:

  • Toddler sessions – Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9.15 – 11.00am. Toast, juice, and a tea or coffee for the accompanying adult. £4.95 per toddler.
  • Kidz Club – Monday to Friday 3.45pm – 5.30pm (term time only). Kidz meal for free, Over 1’s Play Session, £7.95, Under 1’s, £1.95, Adults, £1.95.

The Secret Realm, 5-8 Newchase Court, Scarborough YO11 3YS
01723 583788

Twilight Productions – Dance Clubs and Classes

Clubs (both £4 each):

  • Family Fun Club, Monday to Thursday 10 – 11.30am – Music, Movement & Games for parents and children 0-5 years.
  • Boogie Beat Club, Saturday 9.30 – 10.30am – Dance and singing to help with speech and language for children 2-5 years.


  • Tumble and play, 3-6 years, Tuesday 4-5pm – gymnastics based play.
  • Mini Dance 4-6 years, Tuesday, 5-6pm
  • Mini Tap 3-6 years, Wednesday 5-6pm
  • Hip Hop Tots 4-6 years, Thursday, 4-5pm

Twilight Productions Roscoe Studios, Roscoe Street, Scarborough Yo12 7BY
07538 728766

Twinkles Pre School Gym – Scarborough Gymnastics Academy

Mondays, 9.10-9.55am – 18 months to 3 years, and 10.00-10.45am – 4 years, (earlier by invitation).

Scarborough Gymnastics Academy, Unit 1, Barrys Lane Leisure Complex, Barrys Lane, Scarborough, YO12 4HA
Telephone: 01723 366271

Yorkshire Coast Football Academy

Regular sessions at various locations across Scarborough:

  • Monday – Mini Ballers, ages 3 to 5 years, 5 – 6pm at Scarborough Sports Village
  • Monday – Pre Academy, School Years 1 and 2, 6 – 7pm at Scarborough Sports Village
  • Tuesday – Girls Academy/Wild Cats
  • Wednesday – Leeds United Development Centre
  • Thursday – Come and Play (from Year 2 to 7) 5.30 – 6.30pm at Pindar Leisure Centre

Mark – 07533 753948
Tony – 07793 662152