Baby and Toddler Playgroups and Activities Stratford-upon-Avon

Friday 0-4yrs

Stratford and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place to bring up children and there is plenty going on for both pre-schoolers and over 4’s.

Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.

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Monkey Music

Monkey MusicWeekly music classes running throughout the county. Over the past 15 years we have nurtured 100’s of little people in our award winning music groups.  All our teachers are musicians and performers!  *SPECIAL OFFER membership for only £1 instead of £18 please quote “MUMBLER”*

Rock n Roll – babies from 3 months
Heigh Ho – toddlers from 12 months
Jiggety Jig – children from 2 & 3 years
Ding Dong – pre-schoolers 3 & 4 years

Vibrant classes with 30 minutes of structured music using a significant degree of originally composed music as well as familiar nursery rhymes. The music arranged to suit the development needs of the children in the different aged classes.  Wonderful music kit of instruments sufficient for every child, things to bang, scratch, shake and jingle.  A class that is FUN for both parent/carer and child

Mondays at The Malt House, The Rookery, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7QP and The Octagon, St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Vicarage Road, Lillington, Leamington Spa CV32 7RH

Tuesdays at Wellesbourne Sport and Community Gym, Loxley Close, Wellesbourne CV35 9RU and Warwick Gates Community Centre, Cressida Close, Warwick CV34 6DZ

Wednesdays at Rosebird Community Hall, 110 Shipston Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LR and Studley Garden Centre, Henley Road, Mappleborough Green, Studley B80 7DR

Thursdays at The Malt House, The Rookery, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7QP and Kenilworth Youth Centre, Abbey End Car Park, Abbey End, Kenilworth CV8 1QJ

Fridays at Chase Meadow, Warwick CV34 6BT

Tel: 01789 720289 or 07771641712



Aqua Beans Swimming and Aqua Natal Yoga

Aqua Beans is a specialist baby and toddler swim school for little ones aged 0-4 years.  We offer baby and toddler swimming each Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon at the Croft House Pool in Stratford-upon-Avon, plus Warwick, Leamington and Barford:

Mondays 12.45-3.15pm at Oddfellows (Leamington)

Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am at Croft House (Stratford) and 4-5pm at Ridgeway (Warwick)

Thursdays 1-3pm at Glebe Hotel (Barford)

Fridays 1.30-3.30pm at Croft House (Stratford)

Saturdays 11am-1pm at Glebe Hotel (Barford)


Thursdays 6-7.30pm Aqua Natal Yoga for expectant mums – great for ladies from 14 weeks to birth.

Where: Croft House Pool, Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7NF

Tel: Claire 07984 620246

The Barn Stay and Play

For mums, babies and pre-school children: a time for Mums to chat and have coffee while the children play. In the main hall at the Barn.  All free, weekly, term time only.

Thursdays: 1pm to 2:30pm

Fridays: 9:30am to 11am and (starting 20th April 2018) 11:15am to 12:30pm

When: The Barn, Waterloo Road, Bidford-on-Avon, B50 4JN

Tel: 01789 772615


Bridge Pre-school (The)

Pre-school at Bridgetown Primary School, a not for profit organisation.  8am to 6pm term-time.

Where: Byron Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7JP

Tel: Shelly 01789 264745

OFFER: Free taster session on Friday afternoons 1:30pm to 3pm

Broom Swim School

Indoor, bespoke, ASA registered swim school based in the private gardens of The Grange in the village of Broom

– 9:00am-10:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9.00am-6pm Saturday (closed Sundays).

– Structured adult participation sessions to introduce young children to water.
– Classes run in the mornings on Monday to Friday dependent on age group.

– Aimed at 3 and 4 year olds.
– The year before a child starts full time school is a fantastic opportunity to teach swimming and basic water safety skills.

Where: The Grange, Mill Lane, Broom, Alcester, B50 4HS

Tel: 01789 772249

Bunkers Hill Swimming

Child lessons every school night from 3:15pm to 7:15pm and Saturdays 9am to 12 noon; also preschool froglets and parent & baby; aquanatal on Fridays.  Private lessons also available.

Where: Bunkers Hill Swimming, Barton Road, Welford Upon Avon, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8HQ

Tel: 01789 751016

Caterpillar Cafe

Stratford-upon-Avon’s first dedicated family friendly cafe and indoor play zone, based at Tyler House Hub on Fridays.

Stay and play session every Friday from 10am-2pm for parents to sit and relax while little caterpillars expand their minds and abilities playing with our toys, doing crafts and making their own snacks.

Come and discover our:
– regular visits from child-centred professionals to offer support, advice and local classes
– specially designed play zone for babies to Year 2 aged children
– monthly theme to inspire little minds
– themed craft corner
– cookery nook where children can make their own themed snack
– drinks, snacks and cold lunches for big and little caterpillars at reasonable prices
and much more!

When: Every Friday 10am until 2pm

Where: Caterpillar Cafe, Tyler House Hub, Tyler Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6TY

Children’s Centre Playgroups

ChildrensCentreThe Children’s Centres hold various playgroups throughout the week, including baby play, baby massage, toddler chatter and music & movement.

For example, meet & play Mondays 10am to 11:30am at Stratford Children’s Centre on Drayton Avenue.

Click here for more information and the latest timetable

Croft House Pool Swimming

Private swimming pool located just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon. Heated to 32.6°C. The pool is 10m x 5.5m with a depth 1m which gradually deepens to 2m. Host to Swim Schools; Flippers, Water Babies, Turtle Tots, Puddle Ducks, Aqua Beans. Lessons available for all ages from babies to adults.

Aqua fit, Aqua Natal classes and Private Pool Hire sessions are also available.

Where: Croft House Pool, Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7NF

Tel: 01789 295885 or 07791 554013

Dandy Development

Dandy Development is the award winning new baby and toddler development class that combines baby sign, music and sensory fun. Join in the fun with DandyLion to develop language and communication skills, listening skills, social and emotional skills, confidence and co-ordination and to stimulate the senses and imagination.

Dandy is split into two stages so that learning can be tailored specifically to developmental mile stones and needs. The classes are of a similar structure so that children know to expect fun but are different enough so that every lesson is a new and exciting learning experience. Each class teaches parents/carers simple signs and one skill or technique to encourage language and communication development. Supporting information is provided after each class to consolidate what has been learnt.

When: Classes every day of the week

Where: Leamington Spa

Tel: 07890 241 301


Featherbed Stables

Children’s lessons, kids club and pony parties.  Lessons include: weekday tots rides and Sunday morning tots and beginners sessions.

Where: Featherbed Lane, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9UN

Tel: 07974 374854

Jaykays Dance Company

Our fabulous “MUMMY & ME” dance class is returning in 2018!

Every Friday morning from 9.45-10.30am at The Brunswick Hub, Leamington. PAYG £6 per class, term-time only. Suitable for confident walkers – 3yrs. Starting Friday 12th January 2018!

It’s time to dance together with the little person in your life!

When: Fridays 9:45am

Where: The Brunswick Hub, Leamington Spa, CV31 3BD

Tel: 07738 954258

JNB Gymnastics Academy

Sessions for toddlers, juniors, 11+ and beyond.

The MUM & ME preschool sessions run 7 days per week, 50 weeks per year (closed during the two weeks over Christmas and all bank holidays).

Where: Unit 5 Featherbed Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0ER

Tel: 07776 373471

Jump In

Exhilarating trampoline experiences for fun-loving people of all ages, as well as kids parties.

Toddler Time sessions are on Mondays to Fridays 10am to 12pm

Where: Jump In Trampoline Arena, Hermes Close, Warwick, CV34 6NW


Playbox Theatre

Our weekly workshops offer a variety of creative and imaginative ways for younger children to engage with theatre; developing confidence, imagination, physical awareness and motor skills.

Stratford ArtsHouse, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6LU

Early Stagers      3-4 years             Thursday at 1.30pm

Apple Club          5-7 years             Thursday at 4.30pm

Apple Club          5-7 years             Saturday at 9.30am

The Dream Factory, Stratford Road, Warwick, CV34 6LE

Early Stagers      3-4 years             Wednesday at 1.45pm

Early Stagers      3-4 years             Thursday at 1.30pm

Circus Club          3-4 years            Tuesday at 3.45pm (45 mins)

Dinky Designers 3-4 years            Thursday at 11.15am

Magic Carpet     2+ years               Thursday at 12.30pm

Magic Carpet     2+ years               Friday at 12.30pm

*Our Magic Carpet takes flight at 12:30pm every Thursday and Friday in term-time! Stories, songs, craft and a delicious lunchbox with the Playbox Team…no need to book in advance. Everyone welcome!

Tel: 01926 419555

Rhythm Time

Rhythm Time are passionate about music and the amazing developmental benefits it has on young children. Come and join in the award winning, multi sensory, fun and educational music classes for babies, toddlers and pre schoolers.

Classes are at the following times:

Toddlers 9.30am
Toddlers 10.10am
Tiny toddlers 11 -15 months 10.50am
Baby 0-13 months 11.40am

Our classes are a fun half hour of singing, dancing, listening, rhymes, and actions for you to enjoy with your child. We use a variety of activities all musically based to help your childs development.

Children move between classes once they are ready and not at a specific age.

When: Fridays

Where: St Peter’s Mission, Manor Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7EA

Tel: 07469 186042

Stratford upon Avon Library

FREE storytime sessions at Stratford Library!

Tuesdays at 11am Rhyme Time – Songs and rhymes for 0-2 year olds and parents and carers

Fridays at 11am Story Stomp – Fun session with stories and rhymes for 2-4 year olds and their parents and carers

Where: 12 Henley Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6PZ

Tel: 0300 5558171



Swimplicity is a brand new swim school with Teacher Nin (short for Janine!) who has 12 years’ experience, specialising in teaching babies and toddlers from only 8 weeks old.  We regularly hear from amazed parents, “I can’t believe my baby can swim so young!”

We have a lovely warm and clean pool at St Greg’s, with exclusive use during our sessions.  The water is only waist height, so it’s perfect for baby and toddler swimming lessons and for parents or carers who are less confident in the water.

Class sizes are kept small so that you can get the attention your little one deserves…. and most of all have fun together! Our classes are great value at £10.50 per session – ring now to book a FREE trial

When: 9:30am to 12noon every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday

Where: Swimplicity, St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, Avenue Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6UZ

Tel: 07539034267

Water Babies

**Saturday morning classes at The Croft Prep School pool starting Sat 3rd March 2018!**
We have classes for Babies from birth to 4 years of age, initial class offering is as follows;
9:30am – Chapter 1 (Birth – 12mths)
10:00am – Chapter 1 (Birth – 12mths)
10:30am – Chapter 6 (12 – 24mths)

Water Babies teaches babies and toddlers to swim from newborn baby up to 4 years of age. 

Mondays at The Croft House Pool, Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7NF

Fridays and Saturdays at The Croft Preparatory School, Loxley Road, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7RL

Tel: 01905 745 505 or 07494 408585

When you start your splashy journey with us you will receive:

★ 9 or 10 of our carefully structured and award winning classes with our world class extended diploma qualified Water Babies instructors
★ A complimentary place on our fantastic Underwater Photo Shoot at the end of this Autumn term. (Spaces are limited, if Autumn photo shoot is full you will receive a complimentary space for the following Winter term. Products/images are available to purchase)
★ Your very own ‘Magical Water Babies Story’ keepsake book to help chart your little one’s swimming adventures
★ A celebratory cloth badge at the end of each term for your little one to collect along the way
★ An exclusive Water Babies Car Window Blind
★ A lovely Twinkle Twinkle gift (currently a handy Bubba bath thermometer)
★ Access to ‘Treats’ & MyWaterWorld which offers exclusive discounts and offers for national brands and deals!!

Wesley’s Baby and Toddler Group

Playing, singing, crafts and snacks. Come along and join us!  A fenced outdoor play area, with adventure equipment and shock absorbent rubber flooring is available, weather permitting.

When: Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:30am to 11:30am.

Where: Stratford Methodist Church, Old Town, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BG