Playgroups & Pre-School Classes Wharfedale & Craven

Wednesday Pre-School: Wharfedale

Playgroups and Pre-School classes

Wharfedale & Craven 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.

Baby Sensory

Sneak a peek, it’s all amazing! Our multi-award winning classes will introduce you and your baby (or babies) to a world of sensory delights, where you can relax, spend quality time with each other and enjoy meeting other new parents.   Specifically designed from birth, to aid your child’s development, the classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and more – plus you’ll never experience the same class twice.

  • Thursday 10:15 – 11:15 am: Birth to 13 months
  • Thursday 11:30 – 12:30 am: Birth to 13 months
  • Thursday 12:45 – 13:45 am: Birth to 13 months


Toddler Sense

At Toddler Sense, we have a different adventure each week.  This national award-winning programme has been written by early years experts to aid development in all key areas as well as being fantastic fun.  Imagine climbing a snowy mountain, exploring space with aliens and throwing a tea party for Mother’s Day.  There are bouncy castles, soft play, ball pools, ride-on’s, tents, tunnels and more – all followed by sensory activities to make you shout “Wow!”.  Sibling discounts are available.

  • Wednesday 09:30 – 10:20 am: 13 months to 2 years 6 months
  • Wednesday 10:30 – 11:20 am: 2 years  to 4 years

Summer Term (younger siblings welcome)



Your little one’s confidence, creativity and co-ordination will flourish with our fun, quality music sessions.

“The best music class in town” as quoted by our mums! Our classes will help to nurture and enhance  EVERY child’s development and innate musical ability.

At a critical time in your child’s formative years, Rhythm Time offers a wide variety of activities. These activities help brain development, balance, concentration, listening skills and language which in turn help with reading, writing, maths, co-ordination and socialising.

Rhythm Time also helps stimulate your child’s imagination and also develops specific musical concepts such as rhythm, pitch and listening. It’s the perfect foundation for school and future music making!

Rhythm Time’s baby classes and Young Baby Courses will help the development of your baby from birth+.

Our Young Baby Courses have been created specifically for very young babies from birth to 6 months.  These focus on developmental and multi-sensory activities specifically designed for very young babies and their early development.

We are founding members of the Children’s Activities Association which means that you can be confident that our classes are some of the best available for parents and carers.


Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley LS29 9LW

10.00-10.30 Pre-school
10.45-11.15 Toddler
11.30-12.00 Baby
12.15 – 12.45 Baby/Young Baby


Burley in Wharfedale

Queens Hall, Main St, Burley in Wharfedale, LS29 7DT

10.45 – 11.15 Baby



Otley Courthouse, Courthouse St, Otley LS21 3AN

10.00-10.30 Toddler
10.45-11.15 Toddler
11.30-12.00 Baby
12.15 – 12.45 Baby/Young Baby



Guiseley Theatre, The Green, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 9BT

10.00-10.30 Toddler
10.45-11.15 Baby
11.30-12.00 Baby/Young Baby



Baildon Community Link, 35 Cliffe Ave, Baildon, Shipley BD17 6NX

10.00-10.30 Toddler
10.45-11.15 Baby
11.30-12.00 Baby


Musical fun for preschoolers!

Singing, percussion, movement & games.

Wednesday (Term time only) 10 – 11 am

£3 per family

For children from 0-4 years.

01943 607285


Baby Massage

Baby Massage Class

@ Guiseley Children’s Centre

Wednesday 12.30 for 5 weeks £40. Must be booked.

Baby Rascals, Otley

1.00-3.00 Term Time.

£1 per family. 0-1 years (or walking).

Otley Parish Church.

A lovely group at the Parish Church. Hot Tea & Coffee with great biscuits & plenty of surrogate Granny’s to coo over the babies whilst you enjoy them & chat with the other new Mums!




Baby Shed at The Potting Shed – Guiseley

From Monday 4th March 2019

Monday & Wednesday from 10 am – 12

A warm, friendly space for families with young children!

Children’s television, plenty of toys & a FREE CAKE with your first drink. If you decide to stay for lunch, we’ll knock 10% off your food bill.

The event will be upstairs in our carpeted Gin Parlour… now our part-time Baby Parlour. Suitable for children up to 3 years old.

The Potting Shed – Guiseley, Oxford Road, LS20 8AA Guiseley

CATs, Bramhope

9.30-11.30 Term Time & not the 1st Wednesday of the month.

£2.00 per family.

Bramhope St Giles Church.

A wonderful group based in Bramhope, very welcoming with a café area at the rear to sit & chat while watching the kids play. Snack & juice included in the price.


Childminder’s Group

9.00-11.30 Term Time

Guiseley Children’s Center. Guiseley Primary School.



Cook Stars Minis, Ilkley

Cook Stars Minis! Fun cooking class for children age 2-4. The children make a variety of different dishes weekly, everything is provided.
Wednesdays 9.30-10.45pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Queens Road, Ilkley
Tel Jane 07484 789712

Little Rainbows Messy Play at Never Enough Thyme, Yeadon

Wednesday 11 am

We are a messy play session which allows your children to discover new textures and experiences each week.

We aim to provide homemade natural materials, taste and textures each week with singing and crafts.

Aimed at babies & children 4months – 4years

£20.00 for 4week course. Pre-booking in advance is essential as places are limited to 12 per session. Term starts 4/9/19-25/9/19

Call 07932489147

Little Rascals, Otley

9.30-11.15 Term Time

£1.00 per family

Otley Parish Church

A lovely group at the Parish Church, has a loads to entertain a toddler and a small baby area so you don’t need to worry about entertaining younger siblings. Hot Tea & Coffee available alongside juice and a biscuit for the kiddies. Weekly craft table and rounded off with a sing song!


Mother’s of Otley

9.30-11.00 Term Time

Women only.

Otley Children’s Center.


Otley Library Story Time

Otley Library & Tourist Information Centre, Nelson St, Otley LS21 1EZ, UK

Wednesday 10:30 – 11:00

Free event for under 5’s – a fun session of sharing stories and more in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. A great opportunity to meet other parents and carers.

Pop Goes The Story

An interactive storytelling class where children see books come to life. Each week explore a different book through sensory activities, messy play, puppets, singing and dancing.

Suitable from 9 months – 5 years old.

Younger children welcome to attend, the stories are all suitable for under 5’s.

Wednesday 1.30 – 2.15 pm at Kids About Tarn Yeadon.

Call 07762 518906


Sign up to Scientots, 6 weeks of Crazy Colour Chemistry, every Wednesday 2-3pm Westville House School, £5 per session. Starts 3 Oct.

Open to all!

To book call 01943 608053.

Splat Messy Play Classes

Create, learn, discover, explore! Splat Messy Play classes are coming to Baildon, Guiseley and Otley from January. Suitable for 6 months to 5 years. Call Alison on 07834 179861 to find out more and book your place.

Wednesdays at Fisical Sports in Baildon
Thursdays at the Potting Shed in Guiseley
Fridays at the Parish Church Scout Hut in Otley, 9.30 -10.30 am.

Story Time Ilkley

Storytime for the under 5’s!

Wednesday 2.15pm.

Ilkley Library

Tadpoles, Yeadon

9.30-11.00 Term time

75p per adult & child

Yeadon Methodist Church. Contact Jacqui Askham 07823490135

A friendly group based at Yeadon Methodist Church. Go along and enjoy a chat and a cuppa.

The Creation Station, Yeadon

Whatever age you are; creative activities are great for confidence, hand and eye co-ordination, social skills, wellbeing and positive mental health and much more. And as if that wasn’t enough, being imaginative and getting involved in creative arts and crafts activities is great fun!

Family Fun creative classes from 1 year – 11 years

@ The Barn, Yeadon 10.30-11.30

The Story Makers, Burley in Wharfedale

The Story Makers – from 5th November 2018

at St Mary’s Parish Centre, Burley-in-Wharfedale.

Mondays and Wednesdays – 9.30 to 11.30 (term time only)

Story sessions with themed arts and crafts. A group for pre-school children aged 2.5 to 5 years! Book now. Call Nerys on 07812780417.

Tiny Toes, Ben Rhydding

TinyToes ballet offers award winning ballet and dance classes for children from 18months to 4 years. Our syllabus is a progressive, educational and fun experience focused on learning through dance. Our classes are a fantastic introduction to dance, music and rhythm.

Ben Rhydding Scout Hut


Twinkle Toes 18m – 2.5 years 10.40-11.25am

Talent Toes 2.5-4 years 11.30-12.15pm



Call Louise on 07954951678 for more information.



Toddle Up And Sign

Toddle up & sign are interactive baby sign classes based on songs & stories. For 6months+

  • Mon: Bramble Bakehouse Guiseley. 9.30-10am. Drop in
  • Wed: Being Better, Newmarket Street, Skipton. 1 pm. Must book.
  • Saturday 10-11 Glusburn Arts Institute, Sutton in Craven (No need to book but please check beforehand as classes run in terms)

Please contact Liz to book a place on 07533887649.

Tots Group, Guiseley

10.00-11.30 Term time.

£2 annual membership fee and £2 per session payable in advance each half term.

Guiseley Methodist Church.


A friendly group to make new friends and have fun together! With lots of toys, craft activities, snacks and songs. Come and play!


You Are My Sunshine Baby Massage


Classes starting every 5 weeks at Menston Children’s Centre on a Wednesday 10:30 am – 12 pm.

Suitable for babies 8 weeks – 6 months (pre-crawlers).

£40 for 5 classes – mats, towels, oils and refreshments provided.

Infant massage promotes bonding, helps us to understand our baby, can help to relieve conditions such as colic and teething pain.

For more info or to book contact Holly:
Tel: 07841 835462