Weekly Classes & Groups (0-5 years) Calderdale

Drop-in Playgroups

Playgroups for babies, toddlers and young children in Halifax and Calderdale.

***Although many classes are starting to get back to normal, some have changed days and venues to fit in with new regulations regarding COVID-19, and some have not yet reopened. We strive to keep details up-to-date, but PLEASE CHECK with organisers before setting off to a class/playgroup.***

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.

Featured Listing

Sowerby Bridge Parents and Toddler Group

Come along and join us in the church hall underneath the Methodist Church. We have fun every week, a great selection of toys, ride ons, craft and art activities plus chat and support for the grownups. We start with a playtime, pause with a snack and drink, continue to play and do crafts and we end with a sing song.

Sowerby Bridge Methodist Church, Wednesdays (term time only), 9.30am – 11am. 75p for everyone aged over six months, drinks and snacks for all. From birth to aged five. Visit the Methodist Church website here www.stpaulssowerbybridge.com or email coffee@sowerbybridge.com

Babies & Toddler Group – Brighouse

Babies and toddler group at Clifton Methodist Church, Brighouse. Lots of toys and activities for the children and hot drinks for the parents.

Lovely social group, which also runs during school holidays (where activities for older children are provided) but not bank holidays. Mondays, 9am – 11am, 50p per child, free children’s drinks and snacks. £1 for hot drinks (free refills). Contact Pippa Lupton, 07903 884342.



Baby Buddies

Free parent and baby group for babies aged 0-1 at Innovations Children’s Centre.

Exciting activities such as Sign and Sign and Baby Massage, as well as helpful tips around teething, sleeping and more.

  • Wednesdays, 1.30-2.45pm. Innovations Children’s Centre, Cousin Lane, Halifax. 01422 248222.

Baby Stay & Play, Hebden Bridge

Weekly group for parents, carers and younger babies (not walking). Safe activities for babies and a chance to chat with other parents. Monday, 12.30pm – 2pm, Central Streets Infants School, Hebden Bridge. Call 01422 842784

Barkisland Baby & Toddler Group

This group meets every Wednesday in term time at Barkisland Cricket Club, from 9.30am-11.30am. New members are always welcome. £2 per child.

Barkisland Baby & Toddler Group, Wednesdays, 9.30am. Barkisland Cricket Club. Contact 07725 484526.

Beenies – Southowram

Beenies is a group for parents/carers with children from birth to aged two (siblings welcome). There will be lots of fun activities to support your child to learn to play and explore.  Thursdays, 9am – 10.30am

Southowram Surestart Centre, Withinfields, Southowram. 01422 395501.

Boothtown Children’s Centre – Breastfeeding Group

Friendly and supportive group for breastfeeding mums and their families.

Held in a relaxed setting, it’s hosted by peer supporters and there are activities provided for older siblings.

Free tea and coffee!

For more information, contact the Children’s Centre on 01422 250365 or ask your health visitor or midwife.

  • Mondays, 1.30-3pm. Boothtown Children’s Centre, Rawson Street North, Halifax. HX3 6PU.

Childminder Network Group – Hebden Bridge

A group for local childminders and their minded children to meet up and play. Tuesday, term time only, 9.45am – 11.45am. Dodnaze Community Centre.

Christ Church Centre Baby & Toddler Group – Lightcliffe

Propel your pushchair to Christ Church! Babies, toddlers and their carers are invited to join in a social activity morning each Monday and Friday, 10am – noon in the large hall in the Christ Church Centre, Lightcliffe.

Cliffe Hill Baby & Toddler Group – Lightcliffe

Free group for children under five, offering messy fun, sensory experiences, musical instruments and much more. No need to book, just turn up on the day.

Thursday, term time only, 1.45pm – 2.45pm. Cliffe Hill Primary School, Lightcliffe.

Coley Tots

Friendly and relaxed playgroup for parents, grandparents and carers with babies and children of pre-school age. Tea, coffee, juice, water, toast and biscuits all provided. Free play and crafts, songs and story time.

Tuesday mornings, 9.30am – 11.30am, Coley Church Hall. Term time only.


Dads and Male Carers Group

Fun activities for children up to age 8 and their dads, male carers, granddads, uncles and stepdads.

For information, call Todmorden Children’s Centre on 01706 399970 or Jubilee Children’s Centre on 01422 434971.

  • Dads and Male Carers Group. Third Saturday of each month, 10am to noon. Halifax Fire Station, King Cross. HX1 3JF.

Go Bananas Parent and Toddler Group – Elland

A small, friendly group in Elland offering play, craft, activity, snack and sing song. Wednesdays during term time. £2 per child, includes a healthy snack and a drink.

Go Bananas Parent and Toddler Group, Bankfield Social Club, Elland. Wednesdays, 9.40am-11.40am. Contact 01422 251152.

Greetland Parent and Toddler Group

Parent and toddler group in Greetland. £1.50 per adult and one child, includes refreshments. Open throughout the school holidays.

Greetland Parent and Toddler Group, Greetland Community Centre, Tuesdays, 9.30am-11.30am. Contact 07713 581384.

Hove Edge Toddler Group

Friendly group with lots of toys, a weekly craft activity and singing. Thursdays during term time, 9.30am-11am. £2 per family, includes drink and a biscuit.

Hove Edge Toddler Group, Thursdays, 9.30am-11am. Hove Edge Working Men’s Club. Contact Lucy, 07766 101658.

Luddenden Valley Stay and Play

Playgroup for 0-5-year-olds that meets every Tuesday and Friday morning in the basement at Luddenfoot Civic Centre.

Come and join us for a friendly, informal environment with a large range of toys and activities for the kids, including a large ball pool and a craft area.

Tea and coffee for parents/carers.

Luddenden Valley Stay and Play, Luddendenfoot Civic Centre, Station Road. Tuesdays and Fridays, 9.15am-11.15am. Contact 07901 748024.

Sowood Parent & Toddler Group

Small, friendly group with a baby play area and soft play toys. Wednesdays during term time.

Sowood Parent & Toddler Group, Sowood Community Centre, Wednesdays, 9.15am-10.45am, Contact 01422 374367.

St John’s Parent & Toddlers, Rastrick

Held in the church hall, the group boasts a sand pit, slide, various ride-on toys, building blocks, a home corner and two craft tables. Admission includes drinks and snacks. Thursdays, 9.45am-11.15am, term time only.

St John’s Parent & Toddlers, Church Hall, Thursdays, 9.45am. Contact Mandy on 07760 217116.

St Jude’s Tiddlers

Thriving group for babies, toddlers and their parents and carers at St Jude’s Church, Halifax, in the church hall. Thursdays, 9am-11am, term time only. Contact Rosslynn Gowers: 01422 321573/07951 115333

St Matthew’s Baby & Toddler Group, Rastrick

The St Matthew’s Baby & Toddler Group invites all parents with young children to join them in the Parish Centre for fun and games on Thursday mornings from 9.30am-11am.

St Matthew’s Baby & Toddler Group, Parish Centre, Rastrick. Thursdays, 9.30am. Contact Michelle, 07926 460958.

Stay and Play – Southowram

Stay and Play for parents with children from birth to aged five. Every six weeks there will be a different programme of fun activities to help your child to learn, play and explore. Tuesdays, 9am – 10.30am, term time only.

Southowram Surestart Centre, Withinfields, Southowram. 01422 395501.

Stay & Play, Hebden Bridge

A group for parents and children aged 0-4 years. Every six weeks there will be a different programme of themed activities to get you and your child exploring different types of creative ways of learning. Come along and join the fun. Wednesdays, 10am – 11.30am, term time only. St James Church, Hebden Bridge. Entrance at the back of the church.

Stay & Play, Sowerby Bridge

Fun drop-in group for parents and children aged 0-5 during term time.

Every six weeks there will be a different programme of themed activities to get you and your child exploring different types of creative ways of learning. Run by the Children’s Centre.

  • Tuesdays, 9.30-11am. St Pauls Methodist Church, Sowerby Bridge.


Sure Start Sessions – Face to Face & Virtual

Sessions are starting again at some Sure Start centres and the North Halifax Partnership is offering a free, 6-week programme of events. Face-to-face and virtual sessions are available and more information about both will be available at launch events in October 2020.

At the launch event you can also register for the sessions, and find out how to confidently access the virtual sessions.
To book a place at the launch event for the below venues, call 01422 252209.
Creations Children’s Centre: Tuesday October 13, 10am-noon
Kevin Pearce Children’s Centre: Wednesday October 14, 9.30-11.30am
Ash Green Children’s Centre: Thursday October 15, 9.30-11.30am
Illingworth Children’s Centre: Friday October 16, 9.30-11.30am
To book a place at the launch event for the below venues, call 01422 266197.
Wellholme Children’s Centre: Tuesday October 13, 9am-4pm
Elland Children’s Centre: Wednesday October 14, 1-4pm
  • Updated October 2020

YMCA Parent & Toddler Group

Warm and friendly group for local families with children aged under five to come and make friends.

Mondays and Friday mornings, 9.30am – noon.

  • Halifax YMCA, 13 Crossley Street. Admission £2 one adult and one child. Includes a hot drink for adults and cold drinks and snacks for your child.