Classes & Playgroups (0-5 years) Norwich


Playgroups and classes

Norwich and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on  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.

FOOTBALL FUN FACTORY IS HERE and making football fun and accessible to all is what we do best. The Football Fun Factory was designed to provide a safe, fun and thrilling environment in which children can develop their physical, social and cognitive skills at their own pace without any pressure what so ever.

We use the nations love for football to help and aid children’s development. Our environments are designed so that the children feel no pressure what so ever at all of our sessions. The only pressure is on the coaches to ensure that your children go away with big smiles on their faces.

Not only do we believe but we know that the best way to help children develop these skills is to make sure they have fun. Because without fun and enjoyment children will not want to remember or retain these skills.

We offer a multitude of opportunities which include our two weekly sessions, Football Fun and Development (Ages 5-12) and our Tots Football Fun (Ages 2-5). We also run our Football Fun camps during every school holidays and also do birthday parties and events.

Football Fun and Development (ages 5-12)
Mondays at Hellesdon High School or Lyng Playing Fields or Long Stratton Leisure Centre
Tuesdays at Sewell Park Academy NR3
Wednesdays Easton College or Kett’s Park
Thursdays at Long Stratton Leisure Centre
Fridays at Open Academy Heartsease or Longdale 3G Drayton
Tots sessions (ages 2-5) 
Saturdays at Sewell Park Academy NR3 or Easton College
Sundays Wymondham Leisure Centre

For more information on our session locations in Norfolk and for general enquiries please email Mark.
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At Kixx our goal is simple:
To have a positive impact on every child at every opportunity.

We do this through an innovative programme which offers a high energy, fun, age-appropriate introduction to physical activity through football.

Our programme has been carefully designed for both boys and girls between the ages of 2 and 9 years of age.

Kixx Academies
Our academies are 40 minute sessions run weekly. We do a block of 8 weeks, then a 1 week break, then another block and so on. You pay a one-off membership fee of £23.95  which covers your child’s football kit (shirt, shorts, socks) and then a direct debit of £30 per month. In effect it works out at around £6 per session. The bookings have a full money back guarantee – if after your first session you think it really isn’t for you, then you can get a full refund, plus your child keeps the football kit as a “thank you” for trying us.

Our Venues

We are adding more venues all the time. Currently we have academies at:
Loddon Jubilee Hall
NR14 6NB
Goals (Hall Road)

Poringland Primary School and Nursery

NR14 7RFFor more info and bookings visit our website. To contact us, just send us a message on Facebook. We look forward to welcoming you to the Kixx family!

01302 618080
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Thorpe St Andrew School, Laundry Lane, NR7 OXS

Saturday: Early Stages (4-6 years)

  • 9-10.30
  • 11-12.30
  • 1.15-2.45

Early Stages classes run alongside the main Stagecoach schools, where young people learn skills in each of the three Musical Theatre disciplines of singing, dancing and drama,

Email Principal Hannah or call to book your place.

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City Academy, Norwich, NR4 7LP

The Workshop Studios is an artistic training venue offering high quality Dance and Theatre education for Pre-School to Pre-Vocational. Our all-round training includes class work, performance opportunities, choreographic projects, guest workshops and exams.

Our Tiddlywinks (3-4yrs) and Pre-Primary (4yrs+) classes encourage confidence, independent thinking and important development skills for our youngest dancers through dance, music, storytelling and adventure. It’s truly magical watching their imaginations blossom.
For ages 5-18 we have a wide range of classes including Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Technique and Tumbling and Singing. We also offer guidance and mentoring for students and their parents who are preparing for auditions and applying to vocational colleges.
We are proud to be home to the award winning all male dance company LEGACY, who provide not only training for boys and young men age 4-21 but also a place of inspiration and brotherhood.
It’s not all about the children – we offer fabulously fun Adult Tap classes from beginner level to advanced. Perfect for those who want to get moving and practise their Fred Astaire moves.
Our main aim is to nurture and support every student to reach their own potential whilst making life long friends.
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Avian Dance Studios

Avian Dance Studios, Unit 1D, Vulcan Road North, NR6 6AQ

A dance and performing arts school based in Norwich offering a wide range of dance and performance classes to suit all age ranges and abilities including ballet, baton twirling, acro and street dance. Classes begin from age 2+. Various sessions throughout the week.

Check their website for more information.

Updated 05/02/24

Babyballet Norfolk

Mondays: Hethersett Village Hall NR9 3JJ 11.10-11.40am
Tuesdays: Cringleford Willow Centre NR4 7JJ 11.05-11.35am
Thursdays: Mulbarton Scout HQ NR14 8AE 11.30-12pm

Mondays: Hethersett Village Hall NR9 3JJ 9.25-10am
Tuesdays: Cringleford Willow Centre NR4 7JJ 9.20-9.55am
Wednesdays: Queen’s Hill Community Centre NR8 5BP 9.30-10.05am and 11.20-11.55am
Thursdays: Mulbarton Scout HQ NR14 8AE 10.45am-11.20am
Fridays: Barford Village Hall NR9 4AB 9.30am-10.05am
Saturdays: Cringleford Willow Centre NR4 7JJ 9.15-9.50am

Mondays: Hethersett Village Hall NR9 3JJ 10.15-10.55am
Tuesdays: Cringleford Willow Centre NR4 7JJ 10.10-10.50am
Wednesdays: Queen’s Hill Community Centre NR8 5BP 10.20-10.50am
Thursdays: Mulbarton Scout HQ NR14 8AE 9.30-10.10am
Fridays: Barford Village Hall NR9 4AB 10.20-11am
Saturdays: Cringleford Willow Centre NR4 7JJ 10.05-10.45am & 12.15-12.55pm

Saturdays: Cringleford Willow Centre NR4 7JJ 11-11.45am

Babyballet Norfolk Central offer fun, award-winning pre-school dance classes for children from 6 months to 6 years.

Call 07368 519637 for more info and to book.

Updated 15/01/24

Bounce and Rhyme

Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Millennium Plain, NR2 1AW

Tuesdays 2-2.30pm, Babytime, aimed at babies aged 0 -18 months

Fridays 10.30-11am Storytime at Millennium Library, aimed at children aged 3-5 years

Saturdays Bounce & Rhyme 10.30am- 11am. Suitable for children aged 0-5 and their families.

No need to book this is a drop in session, space is limited so staff will manage capacity on the day.

01603 774777

Most other branch libraries offer a drop in session. Check the Facebook Norfolk Families for Libraries page for more info.

Direct Dance

Monday & Thursday: The Willow Centre, Roundhouse Park, Cringleford, NR4 7JJ, varying times by age group

Saturday: Eaton Park Primary School, Duverlin Close, Norwich NR4 6HS , varying times by age group

Children’s dance classes covering Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz and Acrobatics

Contact Julie Gibbon 01603 261769 or Debbie Hawkins 01603 819036 to find out more.

Updated 15/04/24


Lakenheath Primary School, Mill Road, Lakenheath, IP27 9DU

Saturdays: First Saturday of every month, EPIC Dad Fun Club at 10am to 12noon (including games, crafts, toys, refreshments and lots more!)

Forthcoming Dates
Saturday 6th April (including Easter Egg Hunt)
Saturday 4th May (Star Wars Day Event)
No Club on Saturday 1st June
Forest School Event on Saturday 15th June at 2 to 4pm at Brandon Country Park

Sporty Tots

Sprowston Community Academy, Cannerby Lane, Norwich, NR7 8NE

Saturday: 9am – 10am, Sporty Tots is a fun introduction to sport for two to four-year-olds that develops balance, co-ordination, sending, receiving and striking skills. During the indoor weekly sessions, coaches use a variety of games and activities to engage the children, while parents are also encouraged to join in. Price £114 (£4.75 per session)

Visit the community sports foundation website for more information and to book.

Updated 15/02/2024


GMOTFW Lego Club

The GMOTFW Hub, Hewett Academy, Hall Road, Norwich NR1 2PL

Saturdays: Fortnightly between 10-12pm at Heather Room, Join ambassadors Gemma and Miranda for a free fun morning. Please note our playroom will not be open during this session. Refreshments provided.

Updated 15/02/24

Gravity Trampoline Park

Parent & Toddler sessions held every morning. For children aged 18 months – under 5 years. Must be accompanied by an adult.

SEN sessions held at various times.

Gravity Trampoline Park, Riverside Entertainment Centre, Wherry Road, Norwich, NR1 1WX

Contact 01603 964949 for more information or look at their website for latest sessions.

Guildhall School of Dancing Norwich

The Spinney, City Academy, Earlham Rd, Norwich NR4 7LP

As the oldest dance school and only ISTD Approved Dance Centre in Norfolk we have some of the most experienced, highly qualified teachers and fantastic facilities next to UEA.

Classes in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Street, Singing, Contemporary, Musical Theatre

Visit website for timetable, classes Tuesday-Saturday


Updated 04/03/24

Gymboree Play and Music

Sessions every week day. Times vary.

Notcutts Garden Centre, Daniels Road, Norwich , NR4 6QP

Gymboree Play & Music Norwich offer sensory classes for babies, as well as Play & Learn for little ones who are on the move.

Contact 01603 250585 to book or for more information.

Updated 15/04/24

Hellesdon Library

Wood View Rd, Norwich NR6 5QB

Mondays: Stay & Play, 1.30-3pm. Free drop-in session with toys and craft for the children and a friendly space to chat and enjoy a hot drink for the grown ups. Suitable for under 5’s and parents/carers

Tuesdays: Bounce & Rhyme 1030 – 11am, Drop in for songs and music for pre-school children and parents or carers. Suitable for children aged 0 to 5

Fridays: Bedtime Stories 5.30pm

Saturdays: Lego Club 10.30-3.30pm & Lego Club 2 – 3.30pm, Come along and get creative building our weekly theme or your own creation. Suitable for all ages Duplo and Lego available. Children under 8 years of age must be supervised by a parent/carer

Check Facebook page for details

*Updated 28th February 2024

High Altitude Parent and Tots bounce

High Altitude Trampoline Park, 91 Whiffler Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 2AW


Tuesdays: 1pm – 2pm (£5.50 per toddler and £2.50 per adult)

Thursday & Friday: 10am – 1pm (Jump n Lunch, £7.95 per person for 3 hours bouncing & lunch)

Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 10am

School Holidays

Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 10am

Contact 01603 567200 for more information.

Updated 15/01/24


Hugo’s Norfolk

The Long Barn, Elm Farm Business Park, Wymondham, NR18 0SW

Monday to Saturday: 1.5 hours, times vary, therefore, please refer to the booking calendar to check our availability.

Hugo’s is a high quality, educational, indoor play space based in Wymondham, Norfolk, where children can take part in unstructured play. Up to 6 years old.

Standard Sessions: Birth to 12 months £5.00 / 13-18 months £6.00 / 19 months to 6 years £7.00 / Adult £2.50 – Max 2
Themed Sessions: Birth to 12 months £7.50 / 13-18 months £8.50 / 19 months to 6 years £9.50 / Adult £2.50 – Max 2

01603 213 642

Jolly Gymnastics

Avian Dance Studio, Vulcan Road North, Norwich, NR6 6AQ

Monday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday.

Jolly Gymnastics offer fun and friendly gymnastics classes for little ones from walking to school year 1. Classes vary depending on your child’s age and stage.

Contact 0776528118 to book or for more information.

Updated 15/01/24


Little Mess Norwich

Owen Barnes Room at Breckland Hall, Breckland Road, Norwich NR5 0RW

Monthly on Saturdays , 10:15am – 11:15am

Suitable from around 6 months/sitting unaided to 5 years. A craft table is available on request for older 6-10 years paying siblings.

Upcoming 2024 Themes: January Mythical Mess, February Farmyard  Frolics, March Eggstra Big Mess, April Mini Beasts, May Outer Space, June Messy Circus, July Jungle Explorers, August Under The Sea, September Little Diggers, October Fangtastic Mess, November Tyrannosaurus Mess and December Messy Christmas

Please wear clothes you don’t mind getting messy! We recommend a change of clothes for little ones and please bring a towel.

From £4.75 – £9.50, Book ahead via website, maximum 2 adults per paying child.



Little Springers Gymnastics

Hewett School, Hall Road, Norwich, NR1 2PW

Little Springers Structured (Parent & Toddler)
A 45 minute structured class for both parent and child, led by a qualified pre-school coach.

  • Mondays – 10.30 to 11.15pm
  • Tuesdays – 10.30 to 11.15pm
  • Fridays – 12.00 – 12.45pm

Little Springers Independent (3+ years)
A 45 minute structured class for children aged 3-5 years which is led by a qualified pre-school coach.

  • Mondays – 11.30 to 12.15pm
  • Tuesdays – 11.30 to 12.15pm
  • Fridays – 12.45-1.30pm

Little Springers Free Play
A 45 minute free play class for both parent and child to explore the gym and play on the gymnastics equipment. Parents are fully in charge of their child/children throughout the session with coaches overseeing the session.

  • Mondays – 9.30am to 10.15am
  • Tuesdays – 9.30am to 10.15am

Spring Gymnastics, Long Stratton Leisure Centre, Swan Lane, Long Stratton, Norwich, NR15 2UY

Pre-school gymnastics at Spring Long Stratton*
Our ‘Little Springers’ classes are designed for children from 1 year old to school age and aim to develop their balance, co-ordination, gross and fine motor skills, special awareness, body control as well as prompting social interaction, all in a safe and fun environment.

Saturdays: 8.00 – 8.45am Little Springers Play
A 45 minute free play class for both parent and child to explore the gym and play on the gymnastics equipment. Parents are fully in charge of their child/children throughout the session with coaches overseeing the session.

Contact Heidi Palmer on 07895725610 or visit their website for more information.

Updated 15/01/24



Norwich City Community Sports Foundation

Weekly, term-time and holiday football courses for ages 2-11 at venues across Norwich.

Disability football, water exercise and dance courses also available.

Call 01603 984000 to find out more and book.

Oak Circus Centre

St Michael Coslany Church, Oak St, Norwich NR3 3AE

Improve your child’s confidence and coordination in a non-competitive environment. We offer classes from ages 3 – 18 for all levels and include performance opportunities in our yearly program.
Saturday: Circus Tots – 3-5yrs 10am, Youth Circus – Acorns – 6-10yrs 11.15am, Youth Circus – Saplings – 8-12yrs 1pm

4.30pm: Youth Beginners Class 6-16 years

4.30pm C.A.N Plus Circus Academy Norfolk 8-20 years

5pm: Youth Circus Improvers and Pre C.A.N Circus Academy Norfolk 6-16 years

10am: Circus Tots 3-5 years
11.15am: Youth Circus Acorns 6-10 years
1pm Youth Circus, Saplings 8-12 years
2.45pm Youth Circus Oaks 11-16 years

12.30pm: SEN Friendly Circus Class 8-15 years
2pm: SEN Friendly Circus Class 8-15 years
3.30pm: TWINKLE SEN Circus Class 7-15 years

01603 568634

Updated 15/02/24

Rugby Tots

Hellesdon High School, Norwich, NR6 5SB

Saturdays: 9-9.30am & 9.40-10.10am (2-3.5 years), 10.20-11.05am & 11.15-12pm (3.5-5 years)

Framingham High School, NR14 7QP

Sundays: 9-9.30am & 9.40-10.10am (2-3.5 years), 10.20-11.05am (3.5-5 years)

Morley Village Hall, Golf Links Road, Morley, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 9SU

Saturdays: 9-9.30am & 9.40-10.10am (2-3.5 years), 10.20-11.05am(3.5-5 years)

Weekly sessions for boys and girls to develop their social and physical skills in a fun, positive environment.

Visit website for more information.

Updated 15/02/24

Taverham Library

9 Sandy Ln, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6JR

Tuesdays: Autism Friendly After School Lego Club 3.15 – 4.15pm

Wednesdays: Bounce & Rhyme 1030 – 11am

Thursdays: Stay, Play & Chat, 1.30-2.30pm

Fridays: Under 5 Story Time 2 – 3pm

Saturdays: Board Game Saturday 10.30-3.30pm & Lego Club 2 – 3.30pm

Check Facebook page for details

*Updated 11th January 2024*

The Playroom

11 Riverside Walk, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 2BB

Open everyday with morning (10-12pm) and afternoon (12.30-2.30pm) sessions. £10 per ticket

A world of sensory, imaginative and creative indoor play. Come and explore our natural, open-ended resources to inspire your children’s big imaginations. An inclusive place welcoming children aged 0-7 with their adults.

Book via website.

Tiny Soccerstars

Hethersett Junior School, Queens Rd. NR9 3DB
Saturdays: varying times for twinkling stars (1-2yrs), Shining Stars (2-3yrs) and Shooting Stars (3-6yrs)

Thorpe Marriott Village Hall, The Square. NR8 2UT
Saturdays: varying times for twinkling stars (1-2yrs), Shining Stars (2-3yrs) and Shooting Stars (3-6yrs)

Wymondham Abbey Hall, Church Street. NR18 0PH
Mondays: varying times for twinkling stars (1-2yrs), Shining Stars (2-3yrs) and Shooting Stars (3-6yrs)

Thorpe St Andrew Village Hall, Yarmouth Rd. NR7 0QF
Tuesdays: varying times for twinkling stars (1-2yrs), Shining Stars (2-3yrs) and Shooting Stars (3-6yrs)

Sprowston Sports and Social Club, Blue Boar Lane. NR7 8RJ
Wednesdays: varying times for twinkling stars (1-2yrs), Shining Stars (2-3yrs) and Shooting Stars (3-6yrs)

Sessions fees are £7 each, payable half-termly in advance. Siblings attending in same session will receive a 50% session fee discount.

Updated 15/01/24

Contact Jo Marchant on 07821 030106 for more information.


World of Play

17 High Street, Ixworth, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 2HH

Weekday Term-Time Sessions: 9.30-11.30 (Monday-Friday), 12.30-2.30pm (Tuesday-Friday) or Play all Day 9.30-2.30pm (Wednesdays)

Weekend / School Holiday Specials: 9.30-11.30am & 12.30-2.30pm

No child too small, or imagination too big.
Explore, play and create!
Including sensory, messy, imaginative and outdoor play using open-ended resources.

Prices from £11.50 per child, under 6 months free with a paying child. Visit website for details.

Updated 15/01/24