West Berkshire Family Life

autumn term 2021 - baby & toddler groups and classes in west berkshire

Do you have a baby or toddler at home? Are you looking for a class or group to take them to? With the schools returning for the Autumn term, most toddler groups and classes are starting up again. These groups are great for meeting other parents and bonding with your little ones, they can also help in other ways such as building your child’s confidence, communication and social skills. We are very lucky here in West Berkshire as we have lots of different groups to choose from. We’ve rounded up the groups that are open again so you can have a look to see if there is anything you would like to try. Most of these groups will require you to pre-book but some will operate on a drop in or pay as you go basis.

If you run a group or activity and would like it added to the list or if you know of anything that we’ve missed then please get in touch.

Please check that all details are correct and up to date before going along to any groups or activities that are listed below, this guide is a starting point only – contact providers directly. Some activities will require you to book in advance.


These magical music & sensory classes for babies, pre-schoolers and toddlers are back on 13th September! Sessions take place on Mondays at the Old Bluecoat School in Thatcham, Wednesdays at Newbury Rugby Club and Thursdays at Thatcham Parish Hall. Classes are divided into different age groups (Baby Bells for newborn to sitting, Baby Beebs for sitting to toddling and Happy House for walkers and their siblings). Many of these sessions are fully booked but you can add yourself to the waiting list. Book or add yourself to a waiting list here. Visit the Hartbeeps Newbury & Thatcham Facebook page here.

For more details contact Jo on 07919 407614 or email jo@hartbeeps.com.

Hartbeeps Newbury & Thatcham is a West Berkshire Mums Family Card partner! See details of our offer with Hartbeeps and sign up for your FREE Family Card via our membership page.

Buggyfit & Fitter Mother

Not strictly a baby & toddler activity class, these fitness sessions are run by the fabulous Fiona and are a great way to get fit whilst socialising and meeting other parents.

Buggyfit is a fun, safe and effective workout combining cardio, strength, resistance and core training. Suitable from 6 weeks postnatal onwards and for all fitness levels. Classes take place at The Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham (Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 11am), Victoria Park in Newbury (10am on Wednesdays) and Cobbs Farm in Hungerford (11.45am on Wednesdays).

For more details and booking info contact Fiona on 07919 092939 or email fionachaillier@gmail.com. Read our article about Buggyfit here. Visit the Buggyfit Newbury Facebook page here. www.fittermother.com.

With Fitter Mother, Fiona runs Circuit Mums, Mums & Tots Pilates and Fit in 15 (online).

Mums & Tots Pilates takes place at Donnington Valley Hotel on Tuesdays at 11.45am and is suitable from 6 weeks post natal onwards. Fitness Pilates applies the main principles of Pilates – breathing, centering, flow & control – but also involves more functional movement for everyday life. It will improve overall body strength with the main emphasis on your back, pelvic floor and core muscles.

Circuit Mums is a total body circuit style session for mums from approx 6 months postnatal onwards. Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are welcome. Sessions take place on Fridays at 9.30am at Chieveley Recreational Field.

Buggyfit Newbury & Hungerford and Fitter Mother are West Berkshire Mums Family Card partners! See details of our offers with them and sign up for your FREE Family Card via our membership page.

Fit with Nicci

Another fabulous family-friendly fitness instructor, Nicci runs a Legs, Bums & Tums class on Wednesday mornings at Pineapple Café in Newbury (9.15am-9.55am) and a Buggybeat class on Thursday mornings at Donnington Recreation Ground (9.45am-10.30am). Children are welcome at Nicci’s sessions (there is a great playground at Donnington Rec so they can occupy themselves while you work out) and West Berkshire Mums Family Card holders get their first session free! See more details and sign up for your FREE Family Card via our membership page. Classes start back up on 8th September.

Visit Nicci’s Facebook page here and Instagram page here.


Providing swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and children, Swimkidz classes take place at Brockhurst School in Hermitage, the Regency Hotel in Thatcham and the Hilton Hotel in Chieveley. More details on the Swimkidz website.

You can visit the Swimkidz Berks/Hants/Wilts Facebook page here. Call 07500056623 or email havefun@swimkidz.co.uk.

Swimkidz Berks/Hants/Wilts is a West Berkshire Mums Family Card partner! See details of our offer with Swimkidz and sign up for your FREE Family Card via our membership page.

Read our article about Swimkidz here.

Trainmaster Berkshire

Providing train themed play sessions, Trainmaster has events in Thatcham on 25th September and 23rd October. These are taking place at Thatcham Parish Hall. Tickets are £7 and can be bought via the website. You can also follow Trainmaster Berkshire on Facebook.

Trainmaster is a West Berkshire Mums Family Card partner! See details of our offer with Trainmaster and sign up for your FREE Family Card via our membership page. Read our article about Trainmaster here.

Baby College West Berkshire & North Reading

Baby College classes are for babies from birth and children up to the age of three. They involve a carefully designed mixture of physical, multi-sensory and cognitive games, exercises and activities including music, dancing, signing and much more – all designed to cover every aspect of your child’s development. Classes take place in Theale, Burghfield, Purley on Thames, Tilehurst, Wash Common, Inkpen, Emmer Green and Thatcham. Classes cost £8.00 each and in order for you and your child to get the most from the programme delivered, Baby College asks that you commit to the term/remainder of the term. Split payment options are available upon request. The Autumn 2021 term of classes runs from Monday 13 September to Friday 10 December. Half term is week commencing 25 Ocotber for one week. All details of classes and booking can be found via the Baby College website.

Baby College West Berkshire is a West Berkshire Mums Family Card partner! You can enjoy a 10% discount (terms apply). Email hayley@babycollege.co.uk for more details. Sign up for your free Family Card on our membership page.

West Berkshire Family Hubs

West Berkshire Family Hubs run groups and provide support for families with children up to the age of 5. The hubs are located in Thatcham (the Central Family Hub), Newbury (Family Hub West) and Calcot (Family Hub East). There is also Hungerford and Area Family Centre.

You can see which groups are running and book here.

Music with Mummy Newbury

Popular music sessions for babies and pre-schoolers, Music with Mummy classes take place at Newbury Rugby Club and the Chequers Hotel, Newbury. Find out more by visiting the Facebook page here.

Moo Music Newbury, Thatcham & Hungerford

Musical sessions for children aged 0-5. Sessions start again on 6th September and take place in Wickham, Kintbury, Thatcham, Newbury and Kingsclere. Spaces are very limited and need to be booked in advance (some sessions are fully booked). Find out more via the Facebook page.

Corn Exchange

Baby Massage

The Corn Exchange in Newbury is running a Baby Massage class starting on Monday 20th September. This is a five week course costing £48. For more details and to book, you can visit the Corn Exchange website here.

Toddler Dance

Starting Tuesday 21st September at 10.15am, for 2-4 year olds. It’s £30 for the five week course (one adult and one child). You can find out more and book here.

Rhyme & Shine

Music and movement sessions for under 2s that take place on Wednesdays at 10.15am. It’s £5 a ticket (one adult and one child) and this includes a hot drink from the Corn Exchange cafe after the session. You can find out more and book here.

Tots Create

For ages 2-4, these sessions feature music, dance, drama and crafts. They take place on Thursdays at 10.15am. £5 per ticket (one adult and one child). You can find out more and book here.

Chieveley Baby & Toddler Group

Chieveley Under 5s Baby & Toddler Group runs on Thursdays at Chieveley Village Hall from 10am-11.30am. It’s £2 for one child and £1 for each additional child. For more information or to reserve a space, you can email chieveleyunderfives@gmail.com. You can also visit the Facebook page here.

Rainbow Activity Centre

Rainbow Activity Centre is based at the Kennet Christian Centre on Enborne Road in Newbury. It currently has three different groups running:

Non-mobile baby group – Tuesdays at 10am-11.30am.

Crawlers baby group – Thursdays at 10am-11.30am

Toddler group – Tuesday & Thursday morning 10am-11.30am

The cost for all of the groups is £2.50 per adult and up to two children. You book your place online, booking links are posted on the Rainbow Activity Centre Facebook page.

There is also a Life-Bringers group for expectant parents which meets fortnightly on Wednesday mornings, 10am-11.30am. This group costs £3 per adult.

You can find more information on the groups here.

Giggles & Wiggles Toddler Group

Giggles & Wiggles takes place at Newbury Baptist Church on Friday mornings from 9.30am until 10.45am. The cost is £1.50 per family and you can book your place via the Baptist Church website, booking opens on the Wednesday before the group.

Cherubs Playgroup, Newbury

A playgroup for 0-4s that meets at Majendie Hall, St Mary’s Church, Speen on Tuesdays at 9.45am-11.15am (term time only, £2 per family. You will need to book, you can do this via the Facebook page.

St Peter’s Toddler Group, Bradfield Southend

A toddler group that meets from 9.45am until 11.30am on Fridays (starting 10th September) for a suggested donation of £1.50. For more details, you can visit the Facebook page here.

Meeting Point Group, Newbury

A parent and toddler group that usually runs at St Mary’s Church, Shaw. the group is currently meeting outdoors Tuesday mornings from 9.45am. For more details, you can join the Facebook group.

Mortimer Toddler Group

Mortimer Toddler Group meets on Tuesdays at 10am at the Methodist Hall, Mortimer Common. £2.50 per family and 50p for each additional child over 12 months. You can find all details on the Facebook page.

Ladybugs Playgroup, Hungerford

Ladybugs Playgroup meets on Fridays at Hungerford Youth and Community Centre at 9.30am-11am. You’ll find all the details via the Facebook page.

Boogie Mites West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire

Fun music making classes for babies and toddlers. Boogie Mites is holding classes at Hogan Music in Newbury, The Bowlers Arms in Wash Common, The Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham and at Croft Hall in Hungerford. Sessions also run in Wantage and Oxford. Classes are divided into Babies, Minis, Toddlers and Family. For more details email lizziel@boogiemites.co.uk and visit the Facebook page here.

Ilsley Under Fives

A group for under fives that meets at West Ilsley Village Hall on Wednesdays during term time from 10am til 11.30am. £2 per family. There is a Facebook group here.

Bucklebury Baby & Toddler Group

This group meets at Upper Bucklebury Memorial Hall on Fridays during term time at 9.30am-11am. £1 for under 6 months, £2 for an adult and 1 child, £3.50 for an adult and 2+ children. You can visit the Facebook group here.

Baby Massage Newbury

Baby Massage classes in Newbury run by Caz Campbell (starting 15th September), classes run on various days. For more information and to book you can visit the Facebook page here.

As well as teaching baby massage, Caz is an emotional coach for children, teenagers and adults and has written two guest blogs for us:

Why do our Children Behave in Certain Ways?

Exploring our Emotions – Why do we Get Anxious, Angry or Afraid?

Little Quavers Music

Music sessions for under 5s at Henwick Hockey Club in Thatcham. Sessions take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10am. £6 per child and £2 for additional children. For more details, visit the website here.

Toni’s Mini Messy Play

Messy play sessions at Woolhampton Village Hall on Mondays (9.30-10.15) & Fridays (10.15-11), for babies from sitting and children up to the age of three. There is a range of different messy activities and toys in tuff trays throughout the hall. £5 for one adult and child. £8 for two children. For more information you can visit the Facebook group here.

Yabba Dance

Dance classes for under fives at Newbury Rugby Club. They take place on Monday mornings from 9.45am-10.45am. It’s £7.50 per class, you can book an individual class, a block of five (£30) or for the half-term (£42). For more information and to book, you can visit the website here.

Waterminis at The Watermill Theatre

Creative sessions for children aged 18 months to 4 years that take place on Tuesday mornings (10am-10.45am for 18 months to 2 years and 11am-11.45am for 3-4 year olds). Children and their grown ups will play drama games, sings songs, bring stories to life and more. £62 for the term. You can find out more and book here. You can also email outreach@watermill.org.uk or call 01635 570927.

Didi Rugby

Didi Rugby sessions for ages 18 months to 6 years take place in Thatcham and Aldermaston. Free taster sessions are available, email donna.clark@didirugby.com for more details. Visit the Facebook page here and the website here.

Beale Baby and Toddlers at Beale Wildlife Park

A playgroup that takes place on Wednesdays during term time from 10am-12pm. You will need to purchase a ticket to visit the park but there is no additional charge to attend the playgroup.

Visit the Beale Park website here to purchase your entrance tickets. You can visit the Facebook page here for more details of the baby and toddler group.

KD Gymnastics

KD Gymnastics is on Bone Lane in Newbury and runs an open play gym for 0-5s on weekdays, it’s £5 per child and it runs on a drop-in basis. More information including times can be found on the website and you can also visit the Facebook page.

Mini Maestros

Lively music classes for 0-3 year olds in Burghfield, Woolhampton, Hampstead Norreys and Newbury.

For more information you can visit the website here.

Releve Dance Pre-School & Toddler Dance Classes

Pre-school dance classes at Brightwalton Village Hall and parent & toddler classes at Newbury Rugby Club. Visit the Facebook page here for more information.

Baby Ballerinas

Ballet and tap classes for children aged 2-7 that take place in Stockcross. More details and booking info can be found on the website.

Baby Sensory

Classes for babies from birth up to 13 months that take place in Thatcham. You can find more details on the website.

Toddler Sense

Classes for children aged from 13 months up the age of 4, taking place in Burghfield Common. For more details and to book, you can visit the website here.

Rugby Tots

Classes for children aged 2-7. Classes take place in Thatcham, Newbury, Hungerford, Kingsclere and Woolhampton. More details can be found via the website.

Little Kickers

Football classes for children aged 18 months to 5 years, taking place in Thatcham. More details can found via the website.

Pop Up Play Village Reading

Providing role play sessions for children up to the age of 8, there is a monthly session in Goring-on-Thames (2nd Thursday of the month) and twice monthly sessions in Sulhampstead (1st & 3rd Wednesday) and Sonning Common (1st and 3rd Thursday). Sessions are £6.50 per child and £5 per sibling. You can find more details and book tickets via the website.

Tiddlers & Toddlers

A toddler group that meets during term time at St George’s Hall, Andover Road, Newbury, RG14 6NU. The group meets on Wednesdays from 10am until 11.30am. It’s £2 per family. For more details you can call 01635 41249 or email tiddlersandtoddlers20@gmail.com.

Play & Bee Together Parent & Toddler group, Thatcham

A group for under fives that meets at Thatcham Catholic Hall on Tuesdays from 10am til 11am. £5 for one adult and one child. You need to book in advance due to limited numbers. You can join the Facebook group here.

Kintbury Stay & Play

A group for children up to the age of 4 that meets at Preston Hall on Wednesdays during term time. £3 per family. Email kintburystayandplay@gmail.com for more details.

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