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.

Lego Church is starting on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5.15pm in term time at Westborough Methodist Church.

It is open for all ages – children must be accompanied by an adult.

Entry is free and includes hot food.

At Lego church we encourage play, learn some of the greatest stories of all time and share food together.

More details are on our Facebook page

Westborough, Scarborough YO11 1TS

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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

Waiting list in operation – 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

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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An exciting theatre class for ages 4 – 7 where they can play, create and have a ridiculous amount of fun!

Wednesdays 4 – 5.15pm 
£40 (10 sessions)

There are only 15 places for the term so please make sure you book in advance.

SJT OutReach Rooms, STEPHEN JOSEPH THEATRE, Westborough, Scarborough, YO11 1JW


01723 370541


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Water Babies is the world’s leading Baby and Toddler swim school, swimming over 50,000 babies per week.

We’ll teach you to teach your little one to swim, from lesson one we’ll get your little one used to the sensation of water, developing their natural instincts and transforming these into core aquatic skills. Throughout our programme we use lots of song, games, toys and sensory activities suitable to each child’s stage of development, ensuring both you and your little one are having lots of fun whilst having precious time together and developing new skills.  Swimming offers precious one to one time for you and your little one, whilst also offering the opportunity to meet lots of other parents and children in a relaxed and friendly environment.

By the end of our programme your little one will be swimming freely using different strokes and be able to keep themselves safe in and around water.

We work closely with Swim England, the governing body and we’ve woven their learn to swim framework through our programme. So you’ll be simply amazed at the progress your little one makes. And not only will they be able to swim independently and have learnt a skill for life – they will have grown in confidence too.

Tuesdays: 10:30 – 12:00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ

Wednesdays: 10:00 – 12:00 Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ

Friday mornings: 0 – 4 years – Braeburn Primary & Nursery Academy Eastfield Scarborough. YO11 3LG

PLUS NEW SESSIONS for 4 years plus at Palm Leisure Club, Carnaby, Bridlington, YO16 4UJ

Mondays: 16:00 – 18:00
Wednesdays: 16:00 – 18:00
Thursdays: 17:00 – 18:00


01423 457000
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Babysongs at The Street

Wednesdays 11am, for mums with babies up to 14 months.

  • A fantastic fun baby music time led by Nicola.
  • Chatting with other mums, plus tea, coffee & cake!
  • Babychat: 5 min thought for the day!

Please message Nicola to reserve a place: 07837128873. You can choose to:
Book a place for the half term block:  6 weeks = £15.00
Book your first week only: £2.50

Unit 27 (Level 2 – Access via lift)
The Street, Lower Clark Street, Scarborough, North Yorkshire YO12 7PW


Bambino Boo

Sensory Sessions (0 – walking): Tuesday 10am – 10.40am – The Secret Realm, 5-8 Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Road, Scarborough, YO11 3YS
Wednesday 10am – 10.40am – Sherburn Sports Club, Sherburn YO17 5PN

Messy Play (under 3s) – Thursday 10am – The Secret Realm, 5-8 Newchase Court, Hopper Hill Road, Scarborough, YO11 3YS

07875 675860

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

Burniston & Cloughton Parent & Toddlers

Wednesdays, 10-11.30am. An hour of unstructured free play with craft activities, then a healthy drink and snack followed by a story and singing. Everyone with pre-school children are more than welcome. Free.

Burniston Methodist Church, Burniston, Scarborough YO13 0HJ
To book, message Laura on 07586 080504

Chatty Play – St John The Baptist Church

Wednesdays, 10am (2nd and 4th of month). A friendly group for Mums, Dads, Grandparents or Carers to bring along children under school age to have a drink & chat whilst the children play.

Main Street, East Ayton, YO13 9HL
01723 866284

Derwent Valley Library Storytime

Wednesdays, 1.45-2.45pm. Happy hour is a friendly session at the library for under 5s and their grown ups. Come along to meet other families and share stories, songs and crafts. £1 per session.

3 Pickering Road, West Ayton, Scarborough YO13 9JE
01723 863052

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

Little Lambs Tots Group – Eastfield

Wednesday 10.30am – 12pm. We are a relaxed and friendly tots group for Eastfield, all welcome! If you are a carer or childminder you are very welcome to bring your tots. Suggested donation £1 per group. Free refreshments.

Holy Nativity Church, Eastfield, Scarborough.

MESH Ballet

Children’s Ballet, Tap and Contemporary Dance for kids aged 4 and above:

  • Monday & Thursday – Fylingdale Village Hall, Robin Hoods Bay YO22 4RA
  • Wednesday – Lythe Village Hall, Lythe YO21 3RT

They also do Diddy Dance for children 2.5 yrs on Wednesdays, 4pm at Lythe Village Hall.

All levels catered for. For more information contact Su on 07968 273468

More Than Books Preschool Sessions

Activities for pre-school children at Eastfield More Than Books Library:

  • Tuesday 10.30- 11.15am. Stories and songs with Lesley. Children under 5 will love listening to the stories and joining in with their favourite parts. Lesley loves to read books selected by the children and always welcomes new faces. Pop along and join in the fun!
  • Wednesday 11.30am-12pm. Mini Computer Club for under 5s. Followed by juice, biscuits and free play with games & toys. Spaces limited so do book.
  • Friday 10-10.30am. Bounce and Rhyme, songs, rhymes and sensory toys.
  • Friday 10.30am. Jumbo Lego Sessions.

More than Books, Eastfield Library, High St, Scarborough YO11 3LL
01609 536606

Playtime & Storytime at Newby & Scalby Library

Weekly free sessions for children under 5 during term time only:

  • Norman Bear’s Playtime – Tuesday, 10.30am–12 noon
  • Norman Bear’s Storytime – Wednesday, 10.15–10.45am

450 Scalby Rd, Scarborough YO12 6EE
01609 534059

Rockdown Babies – Ebenezer Church

If you had a baby in lockdown, come along and meet with others in the same boat! We’ve got baby toys, high chairs, and simple snacks. Maybe you or someone you know might be interested in coming with their baby to the Drop in? Open Wednesdays from 10-11.30am starting 29th September 2021.

Ebenezer Baptist Church, Colombus Ravine, Scarborough YO12 7QZ

Scarborough Library Weekly Activities

Weekly sessions for children at Scarborough Library:

  • Monday 11am – Storytime for under 5s
  • Wednesday 11am – Rhymetime for under 5s (starts end of Feb 2022)
  • Friday 11am – Stay and Play for under 5s (starts end of Feb 2022)
  • Saturday 11am – 2pm. Lego club suitable for all ages.

Scarborough Library, Vernon Road, Scarborough. YO11 2NN
01609 536602

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 must be booked in advance 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

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.

Swimming Lessons at Scarborough Sports Village

Swimming lessons for children from 4 months to 16 years. Adults lessons are also available. Students are assessed regularly and moved up as soon as they are ready for the next stage.

Ashburn Road, Off Valley Road, Scarborough YO11 2JW
01723 377500

The Story Garden – Filey

Wednesdays, 10 – 11am. A Parent’s and Tot’s Outdoor Playgroup, every session begins with a children’s story which then leads on to numerous free flow activities based around the book. Some main areas include tuff trays, a sand pit, a mud kitchen and the learning log. Come in your wellies. Please enquire through The Story Garden Facebook Page.

Gristhorpe, Filey

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