Friday

Baby and toddler groups in the Stroud area on a Friday

As always, do let me know if there are any new groups or if there are any mistakes in the information below. Find Toddle Along on Facebook for other events and information in the area.

6th April : I hope you’re all surviving at the moment. I’ve made a few new pages, so we can all find some decent things to do online. I’ve become a bit overwhelmed with how much is popping up, so I thought it might help to have a few in one place!

Be safe, take care of yourselves, and feel free to contact me with any information or suggestions.


♥ Nice for Newborns 
All of the groups will welcome babies of any age but I understand that mums with very little babies might like something quieter, and with other newborns around. So I’ve put this symbol () next to ones that are more focused towards newborns (also sometimes called babes in arms, pre-crawling, not yet mobile).

 Classes and groups meets through the holidays
◊ Classes and groups meet through some of the holiday dates

Not all parents / carers run on school holiday timetable so it’s good to know what is available outside of term time. Not all have been marked as the website is still being updated, so please let us know if any of the classes and groups run through the holidays or not that don’t already say.


9am-11am

Jellytots (Term Time)
at Brimscombe Primary School

We offer a comprehensive range of activities for children from birth to 5 that are stimulating and fun and provide opportunities for you to spend quality time with your child. We always offer a craft activity – (sometimes quite messy!), a tactile area and encourage physical and imaginative play. We have a designated baby area and facilities for baby changing.  We have healthy snack time and end our sessions with interactive stories and songs. We are a parent run group and any help you can offer during the session with jobs like tidying up and snack time is always greatly appreciated, as long as your child is happily occupied.

Classes are £2.50 per family.

Brimscombe Hill, Stroud, Glos. GL5 2QR.
Tel. 01453 882474
Jellytots website


9am-11am (Term Time)

Little Tots Baby and Toddler Group
at Nailsworth Primary School

We are a very friendly baby and toddler group who meet on a Friday morning. Price is £2.00 per child which includes a drink and snack as well as fresh coffee or tea for the grown ups (and home made cake if you strike it lucky!), a different craft each week and a sing along. Come along and give us a try!

All babies and toddlers age 0-4 welcome. You can find us in the Nursery Terrapin at Nailsworth Primary School. Park on road and enter through main gates, keep walking along play ground with school on your left, we’re in terrapin at end. If gates are shut phone Laura on 07519 745370 to be let in.

Price is £2.00 per child

For more information, contact Julie Heavisides through Phoenix Playmates Nursery 01453 833511 or phoenixplaymates@hotmail.co.uk

Nympsfield Rd, Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucestershire. GL6 0ET.


9am-11:30am

Zebedee Nursery School Toddler Group
at Zebedee Nursery School, Tetbury Upton

We have sensory play, small world, role play , funky finger exercises, art, play dough etc. During the Monday class we have Tappy Toes dancing. The sessions are £3 a child.

Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9am-11.30am
On Tuesday 2-4 we have a baby group

www.zebedeenurseryschools.co.uk/web

Zebedee Nursery School, The stables, Upton Grove, Tetbury Upton GL88LR


9.15am-11am (term time)

Just Jane Arts / Tiny Tunes Music
at Cranham Village Hall

Every week we have either Just Jane arts and crafts or Tiny Tunes Music with also lots of toys, sand play, bike and Trikes, a designated baby area home made cakes and more.
The cost is £3 per family


9.30am

Little Angels Church Service
at St George’s Church in Nailsworth

For toddlers, mums, dads and carers, at St George’s Church in Nailsworth. With simple songs, a story, and a few prayers followed by refreshments and a chance to play or talk. Anyone is welcome to come with their baby or child.

Information from the St Georges Church website and Tiddlywinks website


9.30-11.30am

Haresfield Baby and Toddler Group
at Haresfield Village Hall

We have a lovely outdoor space, wide range of equipment, craft activities, snack time and singing. £2 for first child over 1, £1 for each subsequent child, under 1 free.

Contact Information : nikola@sixeyed.com

Visit the Haresfield Toddlers Facebook page for more information.


9.30am-12.30pm

Family Friday
at GL11 in Cam

£3 per family – which includes lunch. Stay and play session within the creche, playroom and garden, activities suited for under 5s, followed by lunch in the hub cafe. Term time only.

www.gl11.org.uk


9.40-10.20am

Moo Music Stroud
at Stroud Scout Hut

Friday’s 9.40-10.20 0-5 year olds Mixed Moo ( term time only) at Stroud Scout Hut in Chapel Street.

Booking is essential £5 PAYG or termly bookings available with discount. Siblings 1/2 price.

Website  : www.moo-music.co.uk/stroud

Email: moomusicstroud@hotmail.com


9.45 – 10:15 am

Music with Mummy
at Stonehouse Community Centre

9:45 Music with parents/grandparents/carer (for 15month – 3 year olds)
♥ 10:30 Jolly Babies (from birth – 15 months, or walking)
♥ 11:15 Jolly Babies (from birth – 15 months, or walking)

Music with Mummy Each half term, the children are introduced to a different learning concept, such as fast/slow or loud/soft, through a new theme (colours, transport and pets are all examples) in the use of fun songs, games, percussion and activities. This allows basic aspects of music to be taught to young children whilst they have fun!

Jolly Babies It is astonishing how much fun we can have in half an hour! We will wave and clap, sing and dance. Simple percussion will become a favourite, as will the bouncing songs and bubbles. This is a wonderful opportunity to bond with your baby, to make new friends and to have FUN!

Free trial class then £4 per class afterwards.

Contact Helen before the class to check there’s a space in the class via email helen.musicwithmummy@gmail.com 07807 068979

Music with Mummy on Facebook Stonehouse & Stroud
Music with Mummy website

Stonehouse Community Centre, Laburnum Walk, Stonehouse, GL10 2NS

Also at Stroud Rugby Club on Thursdays 10am, 10:45 & 11:30am


9.45-10.35am (starting October)

Toddler, pre-schooler and Parent Yoga, with Apricot Yoga
at Eastington Community Hall

Toddlers and parents are invited to join an exciting new yoga class, starting October 2019. Wednesdays at Selsley Scout Hut, and Fridays at Eastington Community Hall.
Each week we have lots of fun exploring yoga postures through the telling of a story. During each term we will also practice mindfulness activities. Parents and toddlers both practice so come in loose comfortable clothing / sports wear. This class is a really lovely way to bond and have fun with your toddler! You’ll be surprised how quickly they can learn the postures!
For more information please visit Facebook @Apricotyoga and www.jessicabloomfield.com or email hello@jessicabloomfield.com

9.45am-10.45am, and 11am

Playcircle Music and Story Sessions
at Nailsworth Town Hall

Musical storytime, sensory sing along for babies and toddlers. Live music, ribbons, parachutes, scarves, birds, stars and all number of other lovely things, with guitar, piano, accordian, violin and anything else we can think of! Songs you know and songs you don’t.

A creative session of singing, movement and storytelling. Learn new songs and poems, enjoy singing as part of a group and help create adventurous play with your little ones.

Please pre-book Playcircle@live.com

All Playcircle Sessions:
Story Sessions
Monday 9.45-10.45 & 11-12 Nailsworth Town Hall
Thursdays at 9.45-10.45 & 11-12 at The Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud
Friday 9.45-10.45  Nailsworth Town Hall
(book in advance, free taster available)
Natural Play Space
Wednesday from 9.45-11.45 Nailsworth Town Hall
(drop in sessions, no need to book)
Peek-a-Boo! (under 12 months)

Wednesdays 1.45-2.45pm Nailsworth Town Hall (book in advance, free taster available)

Messy Play (ages 2-4)
Mondays 1.15-2.30pm, Nailsworth Town Hall (book in advance, free taster available)


9.45am-11am (Term Time)

Sticky Fingers Toddler Group
Randwick Village Hall

Children aged from 0-3 are very welcome. Charge £2.00 per family.

We are a friendly and lively toddler group in a beautiful setting.  We start with free play including an art activity. Dough, paint, glue, rocker, slide, home corner, dolls house, train track, sandpit, puzzles and baby toys are all regularly available.

Next is snack time which is fruit and toast for toddlers and tea and biscuits for the grownups, followed by story time and then music, singing, parachute and bubbles.

 for more info, email Anousia email: stickyfingers@randwick.org.uk
Sticky fingers website
Randwick Sticky Fingers Facebook


9.45am-11.45am (Term Time)

Parent and Toddler Forest School Play Group
at Hawkwood College, Stroud

Parent and Toddler Woodland Play Group throughout June and July 2019. Free-play, woodland crafts, swings and balancing, mud-kitchen and exploring nature. £7.50 for one child, £12 for 2.
Email Matt Meadows : admin@intothegreen.co.uk

Hawkwood College, Painswick Rd, Stroud. GL6 8QW.

Also on Tuesdays 9.45-11.45 at Breakheart Community Project, Dursley. GL11 6ER

About ‘Into The Green’ : We offer weekly sessions for toddlers and parents to meet and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere, surrounded by nature.  Join us for free-flow activities including: free play, exploration, art and crafts – all out in the woods. There is, of course, tea, coffee and biscuits for grown-ups!  Second children come at a discount rate.

Find In the Green on Facebook

www.intothegreen.co.uk

www.intothegreen.co.uk/booking-calendar

Summer Holidays – Forest School Based in woodlands of Breakheart Community Project, nr Dursley GL11 6ER

  • Parent, Toddlers and siblings Woodland Play Group : Tuesday mornings 9.45-11.45 23rd, 30th July and 6th, 27th August – from £7.50
  • Drop your older children off for Wild Summer Days in the woods. For 5 -11 year olds Weds and Thurs: 24th, 25th, 31st July & 1st, 7th, 8th, 28, 29th August 9.15am-3.15pm – £25. Please contact for options for earlier/later drop off/pick up with an extra charge.

◊ ♥ 10am (16m+)

TinyTalk Toddler Talking Classes
at The Q Club Quedgeley (booking required)

Supporting your toddler’s development of communication skills and broaden their horizons through these fun, active and education classes. We use song, stories books, games and play supported by signs so your toddlers can see and feel the words as well as hear them! Without realising they’re also practicing their social skills- sharing, turn taking, listening….

Cost: £6 per class per family (siblings welcome), Book here bookwhen.com/tinytalkglos

Claire: 07525 443999
www.tinytalk.co.uk/claireo
Email : claireo@tinytalk.co.uk
Facebook page

ALL CLASSES

Wednesdays 10.15am, Rodborough Tabernacle

Thursdays  Cheltenham The Hive 10.15am


◊ 10am-11am

FunkyMunky Music
The Pavilion, Stroud Cricket Club, Ryeford Industrial Estate

FunkyMunky music sessions are toddler/pre-school music/singing, movement and rhythm classes. (Babies will also enjoy the classes)

Each session will be different, but all will include a mixture of props – rhythm sticks, finger puppets, bunny ears, scarecrow hats, wiggly woos, percussion, parachute, bubbles, etc.

The entrance price includes a variety of hot drinks and homemade cake for mummies/daddies/grannies/carers, and juice/water and homemade cake / healthy snacks for the children.  Each child can also take home a picture to colour, with a ‘prize’ box to choose from for returning a coloured-in picture at a later session.

Currently all our sessions are drop-in, and our sessions often run through some or all of the school holidays.  (But please check our FB page for full details). There is plenty of off-road parking.   For more details please check our Facebook page or our website (links below).  Alternatively contact Mrs Dale Hunter on 0791 287 2221.

All of the FunkyMunky sessions in the area are as follows:

Tuesday 10-11am The Pavilion, Stroud Cricket Club, Ryeford Industrial Estate

Thursday 10-11 am Eastcombe Scout Hut, Eastcombe

Friday 10-11am The Pavilion, Stroud Cricket Club, Ryeford Industrial Estate

FunkyMunky Music Website

FunkyMunky Music on Facebook


10am-11.30am

Little Giants
at Cashes Green Community Centre

2nd and 4th Friday of the month, term time only, at Cashes Green Community Centre 10-11.30am, but you can come after school drop off if you want. Christian based toddler group with healthy snack, story and crafts included. £2 on the door.


10am-11.30am

Chalford Vale Toddler Group
Chalford Village Hall on the A419

With plastic animals, wooden animals, plastic food, real food, ride ons and play dough; we hope we can please your toddler and look forward to meeting you.
We provide healthy snacks for the toddlers and teas and coffees (and less healthy biscuits) for the adults.

Runs all year round bar Good Friday and Christmas
We’ve had newborn babies and children up to school age, everyone is welcome
First week is free and then it’s £2 and 50p for an extra child over 1yr.

For more information, contact Emily Coward 07843096510 or Emilycoward1@gmail.com

(not to be confused with Chalford Hill Baby & Toddler Group which runs on Wednesdays)

Chalford village hall, London rd/A419, Chalford, Stroud, Gloucestershire , GL6 8PP


10am-11.30am (Term Time)

Goldfish Toddler Group
Stonehouse Baptist Church

Goldfish toddler group meets in the Baptist church building on Gloucester Road every Friday in school term time. We have a good mix of parents, grandparents and carers who bring along preschool age children.

There are plenty of toys, books and play dough, as well as a weekly craft activity where the adults join in as much as the children! We have drinks and home-made biscuits for everyone and finish the morning with a singing session.

As we don’t want to prevent anyone from being able to come along and join us we do not charge for anything. Feel free to pop in for all or part of a session to see if it’s what you’re looking for.

For queries/further information, contact Catherine Thompson on 01453 823349 or Angie Wilson on 01453 884402.

Goldfish Webpage


10am-12pm
Mothers Who Make
at Stroud Valleys Artspace

Mothers Who Make is a monthly peer support group for mothers who are artists & makers, in any discipline and at any stage on their creative paths. The group meets in the upstairs room at SVA, on the last Friday of the month. We ask for donations to support SVA and the use of the room. You can order food and drinks from the cafe/bar and there is a lift for buggies to get up the stairs. All age children welcome.

MWM is facilitated by Rebecca Stapleford and WAAS (the Woman’s Art Activation System)

Rebecca Stapleford, project manager of the Creative Carers Project.
Creativecarersproject@gmail.com
Tel: 07828432074

£3/£5 (suggested cash contribution)

Sept 27th, Oct 25th, Nov 29th, Dec 13th.

For more information please visit: motherswhomake.org


10am-2pm

Family Friday
at GL11 Community Hub, Cam

With activities designed for families with children under 5, there is plenty for everyone to do. Children under 5 can let off steam in the garden and creche rooms at our Stay & Play session.

11am-12noon we also have a designated Baby Hour, offering sensory play and messy time for babies who are not yet on the move. Baby hour has a free crèche alongside for older siblings, allowing parents and babies to share some special time together, which we all know can be hard to find in everyday life.

Once a month, Family Friday also offers a ‘What’s Up’ session, with a trained team on-hand to answer any questions, big or small, about your little one.

Family Friday offers everything under one roof – including drinks and a hot lunch in our community café for you and your children at the cost of just £3 per family. No need to worry about a packed lunch, or rushing home for feeding time!

www.gl11.org.uk/children-and-families
www.facebook.com/pg/gl11communityhub

01453 548530
GL11 Community Hub, Fairmead, Cam, Gloucestershire, GL11 5JS


10:30 – 11am

 Jolly Babies
at Stonehouse Community Centre

9:45 Music with parents/grandparents/carer (for 15month – 3 year olds)
♥ 10:30 Jolly Babies (from birth – 15 months, or walking)
♥ 11:15 Jolly Babies (from birth – 15 months, or walking)

Music with Mummy Each half term, the children are introduced to a different learning concept, such as fast/slow or loud/soft, through a new theme (colours, transport and pets are all examples) in the use of fun songs, games, percussion and activities. This allows basic aspects of music to be taught to young children whilst they have fun!

Jolly Babies It is astonishing how much fun we can have in half an hour! We will wave and clap, sing and dance. Simple percussion will become a favourite, as will the bouncing songs and bubbles. This is a wonderful opportunity to bond with your baby, to make new friends and to have FUN!

Free trial class then £4 per class afterwards.

Contact Helen before the class to check there’s a space in the class via email helen.musicwithmummy@gmail.com 07807 068979

Music with Mummy on Facebook Stonehouse & Stroud
Music with Mummy website

Stonehouse Community Centre, Laburnum Walk, Stonehouse, GL10 2NS

Also at Stroud Rugby Club on Thursdays 10am, 10:45 & 11:30am


10.30-11.30am

BadAssMamas Circuit Session
at France Lynch Pleasure Ground

Circuit class for pre and post natal ladies, where children are welcome to come along too, on Fridays at France Lynch Pleasure Ground.

First session free, then £5 per session (pay as you go) or £25 for 6 sessions.
All abilities very welcome.

Complete Fitness by Roberta : Levels 3 Personal Trainer, providing home and outdoors bespoke training. Experience circuit trainer, nutritional adviser and fitness enthusiast!

Find Roberta on Facebook

Or email Roberta : robertainglispt@yahoo.com

France Lynch Pleasure Ground is situated between Chalford Hill and France Lynch.  For small children there is a play area with swings and roundabout on the Burcombe Way side of the grounds, while the older children’s play area is on the France Lynch side, with slide, climbing frame and swings.

 France Lynch Pleasure Ground, France LynchStroudGL6 8LL.


♥  11am-12noon

Baby Massage with Kath
at Studio 1, Stroud Yoga Space

5 week course of baby massage with Kath from tender-touch.

Come along and learn so much more than just a massage routine! The comprehensive IAIM baby massage curriculum covers touch, movement, relaxation, interaction and communication.
Enjoy some wonderful 1:1 time with your baby where you can truly get to know each other and share loving touch.
£50.

Contact Kath Thomas www.tender-touch.net
kathryn@tender-touch.net
07851603121

Stroud Yoga Space, 26 Nelson Street, Stroud, GL5 2HH


♥ 11am-12pm

Baby Hour
at GL11 Community Hub, Cam

As part of Family Fridays have a designated Baby Hour, offering sensory play and messy time for babies who are not yet on the move. Baby hour has a free crèche alongside for older siblings, allowing parents and babies to share some special time together, which we all know can be hard to find in everyday life.

10am-2pm we run activities designed for families with children under 5, there is plenty for everyone to do. Children under 5 can let off steam in the garden and creche rooms at our Stay & Play session.

Once a month, Family Friday also offers a ‘What’s Up’ session, with a trained team on-hand to answer any questions, big or small, about your little one.

Family Friday offers everything under one roof – including drinks and a hot lunch in our community café for you and your children at the cost of just £3 per family. No need to worry about a packed lunch, or rushing home for feeding time!

www.gl11.org.uk/children-and-families
www.facebook.com/pg/gl11communityhub

01453 548530
GL11 Community Hub, Fairmead, Cam, Gloucestershire, GL11 5JS


11am-12pm

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at Rush Skatepark in Brimscombe

We hold a skatepark toddle session every Wednesday and Friday from 11-12 midday. It is £3.00 per child but we do concessionary rates for childminders. It is proving to be a great success and is certainly very busy during school holidays – a little quieter during term time.

Children can bring any play equipment e.g. scooters, balance bikes, sit on play equipment. The session is open to under 5s pre-school children.

For more information phone 01453 889457, email Michelle at michelle@rushskatepark.co.uk or visit www.rushskatepark.co.uk


◊ 11am 

“The Big Push” – A walking group
at Halfway Cafe, Minchinhampton

“The Big Push” is a walking group for families with babies and/or young children. Join me for a sociable and gentle walk with your little one(s). An opportunity to get out of the house for some fresh air and meet other families.

We meet at 11am at the Halfway Cafe for coffee and cake, then have a gentle pram friendly walk around Box village. All welcome.

Halfway Cafe, Common Rd, Minchinhampton, Stroud GL6 9AG.

Join the Stroud Valleys NCT – Groups & Activities Facebook page (any parents with their babies welcolm) for meeting points and any other changes each week.

For more information, please contact Sarah at Branch.StroudValleys@nct.org.uk


11:15 am – 11:45 am

Jolly Babies
at Stonehouse Community Centre

9:45 Music with parents/grandparents/carer (for 15month – 3 year olds)
♥ 10:30 Jolly Babies (from birth – 15 months, or walking)
♥ 11:15 Jolly Babies (from birth – 15 months, or walking)

Music with Mummy Each half term, the children are introduced to a different learning concept, such as fast/slow or loud/soft, through a new theme (colours, transport and pets are all examples) in the use of fun songs, games, percussion and activities. This allows basic aspects of music to be taught to young children whilst they have fun!

Jolly Babies It is astonishing how much fun we can have in half an hour! We will wave and clap, sing and dance. Simple percussion will become a favourite, as will the bouncing songs and bubbles. This is a wonderful opportunity to bond with your baby, to make new friends and to have FUN!

Free trial class then £4 per class afterwards.

Contact Helen before the class to check there’s a space in the class via email helen.musicwithmummy@gmail.com 07807 068979

Music with Mummy on Facebook Stonehouse & Stroud
Music with Mummy website

Stonehouse Community Centre, Laburnum Walk, Stonehouse, GL10 2NS

Also at Stroud Rugby Club on Thursdays 10am, 10:45 & 11:30am


11:30am-1:30pm

ADoorables Young Parents group
at Stroud Town Youth Centre in Stroud

Parents aged up to 25 years are welcome to go to the group and meet other young mothers and fathers to get support from youth workers and community family workers.

There are toys, music, fun and games for the children and parents.

The group is held at Stroud Town Youth Centre Stroud every Friday between 11:30am-1.30pm.

There is also an ADoorables group in Dursley on a Thursday.

If you would like more information about this group contact The Door on 01453 756745 or email becky@thedoor.org.uk  or  john@thedoor.org.uk
Stroud Young Parents Facebook


♥ 12pm-1pm

Well Baby Hub 
at Beeches Green Health Centre, Stroud

Free drop in group with to put your questions to nursery nurses, weigh baby and meet other new parents. Free parking if attending a session by entering car registration at the session.

Please call the health visitors to find out about specific Weening or Sleep workshops on 03004218967

Beeches Green Health Centre, Beeches Green, Stroud GL5 4BH


1pm-3pm

Uplands Toddler Group
next to Uplands School

Next to Uplands School, in Thompson Road, Stroud, GL5 1TE

A friendly baby and toddler session every Friday afternoon. Indoor and outdoor activities and play, crafts and a snack. Only £2 per family.

Our playground is being newly renovated over the half term hols and will be worth a visit !

01453 762205
E mail  uplandsplaygroup@eygloucestershire.co.uk
www.facebook.com/Uplands.Playgroup.Stroud


1.30-2.20pm

Spanish Classes with Lingotot
at Rodborough Hall, Rodborough

This is a fun, interactive and fast paced session with singing, dancing, games, crafts, a story and more…all in Spanish.

Why not bring your Little Lingotot along? Suitable for under 5s. Tea, coffee and biscuits provided. £37.50 in total (per child) for the 6 sessions, starting 13th September.

Book at www.lingotot.com

Rodborough Hall, Butterow West, Rodborough, Stroud, GL5 3TZ


1.30-3pm

Woodchester baby and toddler group
at Woodchester Playgroup

Come and have some fun, drinks and snacks provided.

Church Road, North Woodchester, Stroud, GL5 5PD.

For more information email Cherril at woodchesterplaygroup@eygloucestershire.co.uk or take a look at the Woodchester baby and toddler group Facebook group.


2-3pm 
Mini Art Adventurers
at Horsley Village Hall (starting September 2019)
mini art adventurers at horsley flyer and informationA fun new preschool adventure in art and craft.
Horsley Village Hall on Fridays (term time) 2.00pm-3.00pm, £5 per family.
Term 1 starts on Friday 6th September for 8 weeks.
There will be a focus on fine motor skills, the freedom to explore a wide range of materials, fun activities and creating fabulous art with friends!
Please contact Elizabeth at artadventurersfun@gmail.com or on 07719440450.
Instagram – artadventurersfun

2-3pm

Under 5’s Swim
at Stratford Park Swimming Pool, Stroud

Not a class or group, but the Leisure Centre heat up the indoor pool 2-3pm so your little ones can swim without being too cold.

www.everyoneactive.com/activity/swimming

Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stratford Rd, Stroud GL5 4AF


If you know if a group that’s not on here please contact me with all the details so I can add it to the timetable. Equally, if you know of one that’s not running anymore please let me know so that I can take it off immediately to prevent someone turning up to find no-one there!