Playgroups York

Monday Playgroups

A support network including facebook group and free playgroup for parents aged 21 and under with pre-school children and/or bumps!

Whether you’re winning at life or crying in a corner, we’re here any time!

Playgroup every other Monday 12 – 1.30pm

Q Church, Priory Street, York, YO1 6ET




Monday 10.00am-11.30am, Knavesmire Childrens Centre (Term time only)

Free Play, snack, craft, story & songs for 0-5s. Drop in any time.

‘Allsorts at the knavesmire is great and its free to pop along to no need to book so doesn’t matter if you can’t make it one week. The ladies who run it voluntarily are lovely too.’

RS, June 2019

T: 01904 555255

Bishopthorpe Pre-School Playgroup – Tiny Tots

Birth – 3years
Mondays & Fridays 10.00am – 11.30am, Term time only, Drop in sessions – no need to book
£3.50 per child over 1 year, £2.00 per child under 1 year
Includes craft/playdough/baby corner/books/puzzles/creative play/large apparatus/sit’n’rides/refreshments/singing circle

‘My daughters been going since she was around 4/5 months and love it! Lots of different age appropriate areas to play, snack at 11:15 which is milk or water and some banana,bread and Cheerios and then song time until half past! She benefits from every part of the group and I love how it has a little routine that all the kids get used to.’

KB, Feb 2018

Bishopthorpe Village Hall, Main Street, Bishopthorpe, York, YO23 2RA (Parking available right outside or you can catch the no 11 bus)

T: 07949 785461 (Jennie)

Copmanthorpe Sticky Mitts and Tiny Tots Stay and Play

Monday, Wednesday Term time 9.15-11.15am
Methodist Church Main Street YO23 3SU

Informal Drop in session for babies and toddlers (0-5yrs). Refreshments for adults. Opportunities to meet/socialise with other parent/carers EY Qualified staff – Toys, craft activities, song time, healthy snack £3 for first child. £1 for second. New mums and tiny babies will be made especially welcome. Quiet area with baby weighing scales.

‘It’s a lovely group. You get a brew and baby’s can have a snack aswell.’

SW, Feb 2018

T: 07743 848541

Heslington Pre-School Toddler group

Mondays 9am-11am
Drop-in, term-time only
£2 per family, first attendance free
Crafts/activities – Free play – Snacks – Story time and songs
Held at the community rooms in heslington church which is opposite lord Deramores school.
There is parking on-site at the church.
We look forward to meeting you.

T: 07708 155484

Knitting Mums – Acomb Library

10am – 12pm Acomb Explore Library Garden Room.

Free Entry. Lovely big room for mums of under 3’s to sit and have a knit and chat (or crochet, sew, card making, whatever your chosen craft is!) whilst little ones can have a run around in the beautiful library garden. Yummy coffee and cakes available from the library cafe. Bring a toy or two to share, and your knitting!

Little Angels Baby & Toddler Group

Monday 9.30-11.30
At Holy Redeemer church on Boroughbridge Road. New theme letter each week.
£1.50 snack & drink for little ones. Tea / Coffee for grown ups.

Come & join us for a fun & friendly atmosphere.

T: 07908862418 (Sam)

Little Teds

Mondays 10.00 – 12.00 term time only.
For pre-school children and their parent/carer. This involves a short service, time for play , chat and drinks.

‘Little Teds is nice, lots of toys and activities and singing, and biscuits and drinks for the kids and tea & coffee for the parents!’

AH, Jan 2018

‘One of my favourite groups.’

RS, Jan 2019

St Edward the Confessor Church, 304 Tadcaster Rd York, York YO24 1HE
T: 01904 709111

Monday Monkeys

Mondays (Term Time) – 10-11.30am  £1/child

A baby and toddler group led by volunteers. Lots of activities for the babies and children in various rooms. When you first arrive a volunteer will show you round.  Tea/Coffee, juice and biscuits for children and adults. Mums, Dads, Grandparents and carers all welcome.  The building in fully accessible.

‘I 2nd Monday monkeys, really lovely friendly group xx’

ND, August 2018

‘We went to Monday monkeys in haxby and my little girl (3) loved it, so much for them to do and all for £1. We will definitely go back again x’

SY, March 2019

Haxby and Wigginton Methodist Church, The Village, Haxby, York, YO32 2JJ

T: 01904 760592 (Sarah)

NCT Coffee Morning – Fulford & Fishergate

Mondays 10:30-11:45am in Fulford.
We are a friendly group of local parents who meet weekly at each other’s houses for a chat & coffee!
Please visit our Facebook page for details on where to meet each week – ‘NCT Fulford & Fishergate’.
It’s competely free and you don’t need to be an NCT member to come along.


Monday at 9.15am – 11am (term time only)
A group for parents, carers, babies and toddlers (0-3). A place to meet friends and make new ones.
We offer: space to play, talk, enjoy a drink/snack, followed by a time to listen to a story/Bible story, singing and a short prayer.

‘A really nice little group.’

JR, Jan 2019

‘A nice playgroup with crafts, singing, snacks etc.’

DH, Sept 2018

Clifton Methodist Church, York, YO30 6AL

T: 07931154561

Ready Steady Mums

RSM York is a free walking group for mums and their babies. Pregnant ladies also very welcome.

Monday at 10.30am Millennium Bridge entrance of Rowntree Park
Tuesday at 10.30am Tang Hall Explore Library YO31 0HA
Term Time only

It’s a great chance to meet other new mums and chat about what’s been happening with your little people whilst getting some fresh air and gentle exercise. We’re a really friendly bunch and it’s a great way to start the week!
We’re completely volunteer led so if anyone has any free time and a heart to support other mums whilst enjoying some fresh air yourself then we’d love to hear from you or just pop along on a Monday morning!

Ready steady mums have a walk from millennium bridge. Worth a meet up with them.’

CS, April 2019

Ready Steady Mums walking groups are great.’

HG, June 2019

Find us on Facebook at Ready Steady Mums York

Rufforth Rascals

09:30-11:30 every term time Monday.
Rufforth Institute, Wetherby Road, York, YO23 3QB

Meet and make new friends over coffee while your children (0-5) play, sing and make their own friends in a safe environment. Dedicated baby area, lots of toddler activities and toys!

Only £2 (£1 for additional siblings).

‘Very friendly and lots of baby equipment, and most importantly, good coffee xx’

JM, March 2019

‘ Rufforth Rascals is a lovely little group.’

AS, Jan 2019

T: 07999557171

St Chads Playgroup

9.30-11.30 Monday & Tuesdays
£5.50 per session 2-4 year olds, parents free to leave their children at these sessions to have fun in a safe environment.

‘St Chads by the racecourse is fantastic.’

VH, Jan 2019

‘St Chad’s is brilliant for two and three year olds. And they have excellent cake.’

LG, Sept 2018

St Chad’s Church, YO23 1EY

T: 07720377838 (Deborah Willits)

St Pauls Toddler Group

Mondays 9.30am – 11am
£1 with drink and snack included for adult and child.
Find the Group on Facebook

‘It’s a lovely group. Lots of toys for the little ones. Snack and singing time and a cuppa and biscuit for the grown ups!’

JE, Feb 2019

‘It’s lovely.’

HR, Feb 2019

St Pauls Church, Holgate (By the Iron Bridge)
T: 01904 658820

Stamford Bridge Pre School Playgroup

This welcoming and sociable group runs on Mondays in term time from 1-3pm.

£2.50 per family which includes a hot drink for adults and a drink and snack for children. We have an amazing space for under 5’s to come to explore and play with rotating toys and activities. We finish the session with a song or story time.

‘Coffee for adults and snacks for the little ones. I really like it and think everyone talks to everyone. Very friendly and relaxed.’

SDM, Jan 2019

‘I used to go to the one at Stamford Bridge Village Hall on Monday afternoons and it was lovely. It’s run by the PreSchool and the staff would spot anyone new and introduce them to other mums. Definitely worth a try.’

KF, Jan 2019

Stamford Bridge Village Hall, Low Catton Road, Stamford Bridge, YO41 1DZ.

T: 07736 877139

Story time and Rhymetimes at York’s Libraries

For more details about the sessions and libraries below see our post HERE

Thursdays 10.30am – 11am

Thursdays 10.30am – 11am

Tuesdays 10.30am -11am
Fridays 10.30am – 11am
Under 5’s Play morning: Wednesday 10am – 11am

Thursdays 10.30am – 11am

Thursdays 11am – 11.30am
Saturdays 11am – 11.30am
Duplo play session every Saturday morning from 10-11am

Thursdays 2.15pm – 2.45pm

Tuesdays 2.30pm – 3pm
Saturdays (University term time only) 11 – 11.30

Fridays 2.30 – 3pm

Thursdays from 2.15-2.45pm

New Earswick
Tuesdays 10am – 10.30am

Fridays 2.30pm – 3pm

Tuesday from 11-11.30am

Tang Hall
Story and Rhyme times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 10.30 – 11 am
Playtimes: Tuesday and Thursday 10.30 – 11 am
Playdough sessions: Every weekday morning 11am – 12 noon in the Cafe.

Story and Play: Monday 10am-10.45am
Storytimes: Tuesday 10.30am-11am, Thursday 1.30pm-2pm
Rhymetimes: Wednesday 1.30pm-2pm, Friday 10.30am-11am

Tea & Tots in Wheldrake

Tea & Tots runs during term time on a Monday from 10 till 11.30, at Wheldrake Village Hall.

It’s suitable for newborns up to children aged 4. Toys, crafts, singing & access to outdoor play. £2.50 and 50p for siblings. The price also includes a warm drink for the parent/ carer & snacks for the children.

T: 01904 448796

Thornton Le Clay Village Hall Community Coffee Morning

Every Monday 09:00 am – 11:00 am

A get together for young and old and those in-between! Pop in for chat, cuppa & snacks, and we have a box of toys for little ones 😊 Proceeds will benefit our Village Hall. Tasty Treats available!

Thornton Le Clay Village Hall, Low Street, Thornton Le Clay
T: Ness: 07968 390509 Su 07889524526

Toddlers at Christ Church

Your first visit is free and we ask for a voluntary contribution of £1 per family.
Hot drinks and cake are provided and for the little ones we have fruit and juice/water
After snack time we break for singing and have a story.
We have lots of different toys and a space for little ones, toddlers is for preschool children.
We run term time only

‘My two love it. Includes a fruit snack for the children, squash or water and a cuppa and sweet treat for parents x’

CP, June 2019

‘Would also recommend Christ church toddlers.’

SS, Jan 2019

1.30pm – 2.45pm Christ Church, Stockton Lane
T: 01904 422882 (Rosemary) or 01904 425046 (Anne)

York Steiner School Parent & Toddler Groups

Weekdays 9.30 – 11.30 am

For children up to 3½ years and their carers.
Come together for a relaxing time in a friendly and supportive environment.
We provide natural play materials that nurture the child’s senses and stimulate creativity.
Groups are run by experienced members of our Early Years staff.

‘The parent and toddler groups at the Steiner school in Fulford are lovely! Small groups, free play for the toddlers, craft for the adults and toddlers sometimes too, snack for everyone and then ring time songs and story.’

AH, Jan 2019

The York Steiner School, Danesmead, Fulford Cross, Fulford, York, YO10 4PB
T: 01904 654 983 (Book your first free taster session)