Classes and playgroups
Norwich and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on for pre-school age children.
Below is a list of all the local playgroups throughout the week and also details of all the children’s activities and classes available across our district. 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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*suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers
*a lively mixture of singing, dancing, playing percussion instruments, exploring props and sensory free play
*a mixture of structure and free play
*an aide to your child’s development
*a parent child interactive class
*great value for money
*lots of fun
Classes in Dereham, Lowestoft, Salhouse, Spixworth, Wymondham, Belton, Gorleston, Beccles, East Harling and Long Stratton. See our full timetable here: https://beebops.class4kids.co.uk/
JUMP ’N’ LUNCH
Every Thursday and Friday 11am-2pm (Term time)
Arrive anytime during the session and stay until 2pm
Trampoline court can be accessed anytime during the session and toys will be on court
Craft activities including messy play will be available throughout the session
Free use of soft play facility
ONLY £12 for 2 people: includes trampolining, activities and lunch for toddler and parent
Not eating? No problem, standard rates of £5 per toddler & £2 per adult for 1 hour still available.
Call 01603 567200 or visit https://highaltitudepk.co.uk/booking/ to make a booking
Tea or Coffee with a choice of one of the following:
Jacket potato and beans
Homemade pizza with garlic bread
Cheese and onion/tomato panini
Slice of cake or muffin
Beans on toast & Squash OR
Sandwich with: ham/cheese spread/strawberry jam
Pom Bear crisps, Cucumber sticks or grapes
Orange or black currant squash
Mondays – The Belvedere Centre, Belvoir Street, Norwich, NR2 3AZ
9:30am Mixed Monkeys (6 mths-5 yrs)
10:30am Mixed Monkeys (6 mths-5 yrs)
Tuesday – Swanton Morley Village Hall, Manns Lane, Swanton Morley, Norfolk, NR20 4NP
10:30am Mixed Monkeys (6 mths-5 yrs)
11:30am Funky Monkeys (3-5 yrs)
Wednesday – Taverham Scout Hut, Sandy Lane, Taverham, NR8 6JR
10:00am Cheeky Monkeys (18 mths-3 yrs)
11:00am Little Monkeys (6-18 mths)
Thursday – Eaton Park Community Centre, South Park Avenue, Norwich, NR4 7AZ
10:00am Cheeky Monkeys (18 mths-3 yrs)
11:00am Little Monkeys (6-18 mths)
Friday – Roxley Village Hall, Yarmouth Road (close to Thunder Lane) Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0QF
9:30am Little Monkeys (6-18 mths)
10:30am Cheeky Monkeys (18 mths-3 yrs)
11:30am Funky Monkeys (3-5 yrs)
We are physical play, sensory and music rolled into one… At Mini Monkey Gym we have unique soft obstacle courses to explore which support a weekly movement theme and physical skill. Mini monkeys enjoy jumping off blocks, balancing on beams, crawling through tunnels, rolling down slopes and sliding! We use different sensory and musical props each week to compliment the movement theme such as, ribbons, beanbags, hula hoops, scarves, maracas and bells.
Mini Monkey Gym classes follow the same structure each week. This promotes recognition for your child and builds their confidence to join in with the circle time activities, songs and parachute play. Our circle times are full of fun active songs and rhymes, utilising sensory and musical props. These engage your child and develop their language skills, sense of rhythm and movement. Our sensory movement activities encourage exploration, creativity and self awareness.
Our classes are very relaxed and friendly so children join in when they are ready and are free to explore in their own way! Our classes are fun and social; offering parents a wonderful opportunity for special one-on-one time with their child and a chance to meet other like-minded families. Classes are £7 each, paid termly
Music Bugs Norwich recently won the Loved By Parents Platinum award in the Best Baby/Toddler class category. We provide sensory, play-based music and singing classes for children aged newborn to 4 years of age. Classes feature traditional nursery rhymes, silly songs, action songs, knee bouncers, finger play rhymes and wonderful sensory play for babies.
Puppets, pom-poms, scarves, rhythm sticks, parachutes, balls, bubbles, hobby horses and lots of wonderful percussion instruments are available for the children to play with and many of the sessions are themed. Our classes encourage many important skills for children of preschool age including numeracy, language and literacy, fine and gross motor control as well as social skills and independence.
Music Bugs also provide birthday party entertainment for children aged 1-5.
Contact Michelle Bircham via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or contact the Facebook page. If you are new to Music Bugs you are welcome to book either 3 consecutive classes for £12 or a one-off trial session for £5. You can view the class schedule on the website.
St Francis Church, Rider Haggard Road, Norwich, NR7 9UQ
Babblers Parent & Toddler Group- 1 month to 5 years
9.30am-11am. Term time only.
Contact 01603 434753 for more information.
St Catherine’s Church Hall, Aylsham Road, Norwich, NR3 2RJ
Baby Sensory- Thursday
12.00pm – 12.50pm Birth to 13 months
Contact Suzy on 07813 978370 for more information.
St Cuthbert’s Centre @ St Cuthbert’s Church, Wroxham Road, Sprowston NR7 8TZ
£1.50 per child
Refreshments and craft activities included in the price.
Contact Claire Akrill on 01603 482360 for more information.
Limelight Studios, 113 Aylsham Road, Norwich, NR3 2HY
Baby Yoga (2-9months)
Active Baby Yoga (9-18months)
6 week courses
Contact 07501 303546 for more information.
BookStart Toddler Time
Norfolk and Norwich Millennium Library, The Forum, Norwich NR2 1AW
10.30am-11am. Term-time only.
Rhymes, songs and book aimed at toddlers from 15 – 30 months.
Contact 01603 774774 for more information.
Norwich Central Baptist Church, Duke Street , Norwich, NR3 3AP
Wednesday & Thursday 10am-12pm (term time)
Welcome to Cafe Tots at NCBC. Come and enjoy watching the kids play and meet new parents and grandparents. £1.50 per family.
Contact 01603 760497 for more information.
Cantley Village Hall 9-11.30am.
£2 per family of 2 children, 50p extra child. Unlimited tea and coffee for adults and fruit snack time for children.
Contact Becci Cook 07920422151 for more information.
Mulbarton Scout Hut, Mulbarton, Norwich NR14 8AE
10.30am- 12 noon 8 months -5 years
A messy play and sensory experience for babies, toddlers and children. With a different theme each week and over 10 activities for your little tinker to explore. From jelly play to shaving foam car washes, dinosaur small worlds to waterwalls your child will be able to play, imagine and create in a completely new experience.
£4.50 per child, £1.50 for siblings, babes in arms free of charge.
Contact 07931 657120 for more information.
Cringleford Church Hall, Newmarket Road, Cringleford , Norwich, NR4 6UE
We are a friendly group for parents, carers and pre-school children run jointly by our members and St Peter’s Church. £2 per family.
Contact St Peter’s Parish Office. Phone 01603 259138 for more information.
The Willow Centre, Roundhouse Park, Cringleford, NR4 7JJ
4pm – 4.45pm Beginners: age 3 – 5 years
4pm – 5.00pm Improvers (Debbie’s Class)
4.45pm – 5.45pm Juvenile B: age 7 – 9 years
5.45pm – 7pm Juvenile A: age 9 – 11 years
Colman Infant School, Norwich, NR4 7AQ
5.30pm – 7.00pm Juniors: age 11 – 15 years
7.00pm – 8.55pm Intermediates: age 15 – 16 years
7.00pm – 8.55pm Seniors/Students: age 17 + years
Contact Julie Gibbon 01603 261769 or Debbie Hawkins 01603 819036
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Notcutts Garden Centre, Daniels Road, Norwich , NR4 6QPOpen every day
At Gymboree Norwich we have fantastic play & learn and sensory baby play classes for under 5s and we are open every day at our brilliant location at Notcutts garden centre.
Contact 01603 250585 for more information.
High Altitude Parent and Tots bounce session (cafe with free soft play available after session)
91 Whiffler Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 2AW
Timetable subject to change regularly, please check ahead.
Parent and tot: Tuesday 1-2pm
Jump and Lunch: Thursday and Friday 11-1pm
Special needs sessions: Tuesday 10.15 – 1pm and Saturday 5-6pm
Bounce and Tone Fitness: (trampoline creche available) Tuesday 9.30-10.15am – additional £2 for creche if required.
Contact 01603 567200 for more information.
(Listing checked August 2019)
Rackheath Village Hall, Green Ln W, Rackheath, Norwich NR13
9.30, 10.30 and 11.30am
1.00 and 2.00pm
Margaret Harker Hall, Yarmouth Rd, Blofield, Norwich NR13 4LE
9.30, 10.30 and 11.30am
Jumping Jacks is a pre-school gym club for children aged 18 months to school age. Dawn is a qualified coach and has been running the club since 1990.
Each session is planned and structured, starting on various apparatus, building their confidence as they complete many gymnastic skills. Followed by 10 minutes ‘free time’ where they can choose to continue on the apparatus or play with ‘bats and balls’ etc. We finish the class with a range of activities where your child will have fun learning to listen and follow instructions in a group situation.
Classes cost £4.90, payable half termly. There are no joining fees.
For more information or to book, please call Dawn on 07799053140 or 01603 436764
Learn Play Grow is a unique, fun fitness programme exclusively designed to encourage your little ones to have fun getting fit and healthy and confident.
Wymondham Leisure Centre, Norwich Rd, Wymondham, NR18 0NT
Family sessions: 1-2pm 0-2 years
2-3pm 3-5 years
3.30-4.30pm 5-7 years
4-5pm As above
Hayman Lodge, South Lodge, Oak Ln, Norwich, NR6 7DB
9.30-10.30am, 2-5 years. Siblings welcome, under 1’s FREE.
£5 a session.
Parties- Our LPG parties our designed to guarantee that every child taking part has a day to remember. Each of our LPG activities have been effectively advanced to have a special party touch.
Dussindale Community Centre, Pound Lane, Norwich, NR7 0SR
Monday 9.30 & 10.15 (term-time)
Lingwood Village Hall, Station Road, Norwich, NR13 4AZ
Wednesday, 10.30m-11.10am (term-time)
White House Farm
Thursday, 9.30 & 10.15
‘Little Feets’ 40min class in Norwich, will warm up your toddlers and get them moving to familiar nursery rhymes and fun action songs. Musical instruments will help with coordination and developing their motor skills. £5. First lesson free.
Contact Philippa on 07837 967908 for more information.
Belvedere Centre, Belvoir St (off Dereham Rd ) NR2 3AZ
Tuesday 10.15 – over 1’s
Thursday and Friday 9.30 – over 1’s
Eaton Park Community Centre
Wednesday 10am – over 1’s
11am – 0-12 months
Contact Mary on 07913 911310 for more information.
1st Norwich Sea Scout Hall, 13 Old Lakenham Hall Drive, Old Lakenham, Norwich, NR12NW
A community group of like minded parents who follow a more child-led approach to raising their children, chatting about babywearing, cloth nappies, gentle discipline, elimination communication, breastfeeding, co-sleeping, bedsharing etc.
Meeting once a month, every 2nd Thursday of the month.
Oak Grove Community Church, Catton Grove Road, Norwich, NR3 3NT
9.30am-12pm. 1 month – 3 years.
Call 01603 403388 for more information.
Salhouse Jubilee hall, Lower Street, Salhouse, Norwich, NR13 6RH
Activities include a bouncy castle, painting, playdough, outside play area, lots of toys, book corner and there is also snack time for the children with healthy snacks and a tea/coffee for parent/carer.
£1.50 per adult and £1 per child
Contact Clair Hurd on 07786830742
Thursdays 10am-11am, once a fortnight
Sew Tired welcomes creative parents (with or without their little ones) who don’t have the time/opportunity at home to indulge themselves. An hour with like minded souls and coffee and cake. Bring your own craft or empty hands & I’ll get you started on something.
Contact Zoe on 07889699406 for venue details (texts are fine – I’m a Mum so feel free to call but if I don’t answer, leave a message and I’ll get back to you) or request to join facebook group Sew Tired.
Stay & Play Together Parent & Toddler Group, Owen Barnes Room, Breckland Road, Norwich, NR5 0RNB
Breckland Babes is open so that parent and carers can meet others, while their children can play in a safe environment. £2.50, additional child 50p.
Contact 01603 749901 for more information.
Taverham Village Hall, Sandy Ln, Taverham, Norwich NR8 6JR
Thurdsday 0-3 years.
1pm-2.30pm. Term time only.
TEC Toddlers is a great place to bring your little ones for a fun-filled afternoon with lots of toys, games and songs.
£1.50 per week, which includes coffee/tea and biscuits.
Contact Gill Ready on 01603 860192 for more information.
Come and join us every Thursday 11-2:30 The Willow Centre (Cringleford, NR4) for a chat and a chill 💘
We’ve got you and your little people covered with toys a plenty, high chairs, baby change, coffee, tea, cold drinks, cake, BLW snacks, ciabattas and a WHOLE LOTTA LOVE
The Hamlet Charity – Little Bees (play and stay sessions)
All our stay and play sessions are FREE of charge. Donations are very welcome, especially for tea and coffee.
Our Morning Stay and Play Sessions (Term time only):
Monday 10-11am Outdoor Bees
Explore the big outdoors and nature in this fun session for pre-school aged children aged 2 and upwards, but will be suitable for younger children’s parents/carers to participate in if they so wish.
Including the use of our fully accessible sensory garden, activities will include bug hotel making, nature trails and den building! Sessions will be aimed at all abilities and made adaptable to suit individual needs.
Tuesday 10.30-11.30am Sensory Bees
Sticky, crunchy, sparkly and sometimes messy play is on offer! Stay and play in our fantastic sensory room and play activities! Explore sensory stimulation through specialist equipment as well as displaying ways to create sensory experiences at homes with everyday household items.
Wednesday 10.30-11.45am Nurture Group
This supportive group for families with babies discharged from the NICU until they are 6 months old. We provide the opportunity for parents to meet others who have experienced a similar journey, reducing feelings of isolation. Working together with health professionals offering parents and carers a nurturing environment filled with opportunities.
Thursday 10-11am Active Bees
Play and pursue physical strengths through rocking, rolling, climbing and jumping – our activities help develop balance and coordination! The sessions are exciting and high energy with soft play and climbing equipment available each week. We have a ball pool to create fun and opportunities to throw into targets. We offer priority to children who have suspected or a diagnosis of Autism or ADHD, but we also welcome children who have lots of energy or are active!
Friday 10-11am Sing, Shake and Sign
Play and explore movement and music through signalong in this vibrant stay and play group. These sessions will explore communication through the use of singing and dance in a fun and creative way. Children and their families will be supported by our experienced staff to access our excellent sensory room and play resources.
For more information about any of our Little Bees services please contact The Hamlet, Johnson Place on 01603 766566 or email email@example.com
Contact 07803 363675 for more information.
Long Stratton Village Hall, Ipswich Road, NR15 2TA
Thursday, 10-11.30am (including holidays)
For children ages 0-8 years. £3 per family (adult and child, 50p per extra child), including drinks and snacks, toys, messy play and creative activities.
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TinyTalk Norwich (North)
Baby signing classes for babies up to 2yrs with classes for crawlers/walkers or pre-movers
Drayton- Mondays 09:45/11:00
Sprowston- Tuesdays 09:30/10:45
Queens Hills- Thursdays 09:45/11:00
Old Catton- Fridays 10:00
Contact Leigh 07538238975
Bowthorpe Church Centre, Bowthorpe Hall Road, Bowthorpe, Norwich, NR5 9AA
Tots on Thursday
10am-11.30am. Term time only.
50p per family, inc refreshments.
Contact the Church Centre on 01603 749614 for more information.
Station court, 4 Station Ln, Hethersett, Norwich, NR9 3AY.
Believable play for Under 7’s- open all week.
75 minute sessions.
Child (walking, 1+yrs) £5.75. 1 free adult per paying child.
Additional adult: £2.50
Bring/wear socks or tights. Booking essential.
Contact: 01603 928080 for more information.
Garvestone & Thuxton Village Hall, Norwich, NR9 4AD
Walking to 2 years- 10am
2-3 years- 11am
Contact Toni Tinker on 07754 180253 for more information.
Trinity Church Centre, The Square, Thorpe Marriott, NR8 6XE
Tuesday & Thursday
10am-11am. Term-time only.
Contact Christine on 01603 868234 for more information.