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.

Hunmanby Community Centre.

Play group sessions on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays

It’s £2 per child plus £1 additional child. Sessions must be pre-booked and paid in advance.

Contact 07533 741937
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Parent and child swimming classes for babies from 12 weeks up to 4 years

Alpamare Water Park. Burniston Road, Scarborough YO11 3NU: Tuesday to Thursday mornings between 9 and 10am. New course starts Tuesday 14th, Wednesday 8th and Thursday 16th June and a 10 week course costs £90.

Call Claire on 07837472428
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Bambino Boo

Term Time Only

Monday 9.15 – 11am  – Musical Mondays with Mickey Mouse!

Tuesday 9.50am – 12.10pm – Baby & Toddler Sensory sessions

Wednesday 9.15 – 11am – Wild Wednesdays –  Toddler activities, Parachute games, Bubbles & more! Includes play in our indoor park, toast & juice snack & free cuppa for grown ups!

Thursday 9.50am – Baby Messy Play

Friday 9.15 – 11am – Fairytale Fridays – Storytime with creative activities

The Secret Realm, 5-8 Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Road, Scarborough, YO11 3YS

01723 583788

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

Hartbeeps Whitby & Cleveland


Hartbeeps sessions are interactive, musical and fun.

10am – Happy House – Children confidently walking to preschool age

11am – Baby Beeps – Babies from confidently sitting to crawling

12pm – Baby Bells – Babies from birth to sitting

WHISH HUB WhitbySt Hilda’s Business Centre , Whitby, YO22 4ET

Call Anna Watson on 07403 797796

Playsongs – The Street Community Centre

Fun Music and Storytime for children 0-4 years. Thursdays, 2 groups 10am and 11am, booked in half term blocks: £2.75 per session.

The Street, Wrea Lane, Off Dean Road, YO12 7PL
Contact Nicola on 07837128873

Scarborough Sports Village Swimming Lessons

The centre offers swimming lessons from 19 months old, 4 years+, 7 years+, and then adult lessons. These all take place across multiple days and times

Ashburn Road, Scarborough YO11 2JW

Phone Number: 01723 377500

Seamer Tots – Seamer Memorial Hall

Tots group for families with children 0-5 years, play, chat and coffee on Thursdays 9.15-11.15am. £1.50.

Seamer Memorial Hall, Main Street, Seamer, Scarborough, YO12 4QD
07747 777236

Silly Sausages Soft Play Sessions

Soft play sessions including bouncy castles, ball pools, skuttle bugs and more, suitable for babies and toddlers, aged 0-5 years. Sessions are drop in and are during term time only:

  • Monday 1.30-2.30pm – Snainton Village Hall.
  • Tuesday 1.30-2.30pm – Newby & Scalby Community Hall
  • Tuesday and Thursday 10-11.30am – Ebenezer Church Hall on Columbus Ravine, Scarborough.
  • Wednesday 10-11.30am– The Legacy Eastfield Community Centre.
  • Friday 10-11.30am – Loders Green Scout Hut, Eastfield.
Call Jeanette on 07790 219752

Silver Wolf Kickboxing

Kickboxing programs from the ages of 2 years+ up to adults, and 1-1 are available on request. Classes include, Mini Cub’s (2-4 years), Cub’s (5-7), Juniors (7-12) and Adults (13+).

  • Tuesdays from 4pm – Cubs, Juniors, Adults, & Ladies only
  • Wednesdays from 4pm – Mini Cubs, Cubs, Juniors, & Mixed Adults
  • Thursdays from 4pm – Mini Cubs, Cubs, Juniors, & Mixed Adults
  • Fridays from 4pm – Cubs, Juniors, and Mixed Adults
  • Saturdays from 8am – Ladies only, Mini Cubs, Cubs, Juniors, Training, and Sparring.

Payment is by monthly Direct Debit, contact Fabian for information on prices, and free trials sessions.

Compass Health & Fitness, Barry’s Ln, Scarborough YO12 4HA (address is due to change to Manor Road, details to follow)

Contact Fabian Burdett on 07790 815764

Sleights Toddler Group

Thursday 9.30am – 11.00am, term time only.

Lots of toys, crafts and songs. All welcome for kids aged 0-4 years. Call to book a place.

Sleights Village Hall, 53 Coach Rd, Sleights, Whitby YO22 5BT
07731 521072

St Marks Toddler Group

St. Marks Parent and Toddler group meets on Tuesday and Thursday from 10 – 11.30am, term time only. We offer lots of opportunities to learn through play. We serve refreshments at 10.30am and finish with a song time. £2.

St Marks, Coldyhill Lane, Newby, YO12 6HT
Contact 01723 376834

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

Tiny Tots Group – Gallows Close Centre

Two tots sessions at Gallows Close Centre (term time only):

  • Tiny Tots Play Group – Thursday 9.30-10.45am.
  • Messy Play – Friday 10-11.30am (Starts 4th March 2022)

Refreshments included and snacks for little ones. £2.50 per family (under 4s)

Gallows Close Centre, Nestled between Northstead, Newby and Barrowcliff off the cinder track. 01723 378102 / 07508 954244

Toddler Sessions & Kidz Club – The Secret Realm

Kid’s sessions at The Secret Realm:

  • Toddler sessions – Musical Mondays, Wild Wednesdays & Fairytale Fridays 9.15 – 11.00am. Toast, juice, and a tea or coffee for the accompanying adult. £4.95 per toddler.
  • Baby Sensory Sessions – Tuesdays 9.50, 10.40 & 11.30am.
  • Messy Play Sessions – Thursdays Baby 9.50 & 11.30am, Toddler 10.40am.

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

Yorkshire Coast School of Ballet

Tiny Dancers (for 3 to 5 year olds) are first steps towards ballet. Parents / Grandparents / Carers are encouraged to support, explore, discover and encourage dance, musicality, co-ordination, balance, motor skills. Classes are 45 minutes long.

  • Thursday and Saturday in Scarborough
  • Wednesday in East Ayton
  • Friday in Filey

They also cater for primary school children with Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary dance classes. Annual exams with Association of Russian Ballet and Theatre Arts. Boys are welcome in all classes.

Yorkshire Coast School of Ballet via the Facebook page
07759 289525