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If you have a baby, toddler or pre-schooler at home then you might be looking for activities to do with them; luckily we have lots of choice when it comes to pre-school activity classes in West Berkshire. Sessions like these can be lots of fun and they can sometimes be a good way of meeting other parents if you’re new to the area or if you’ve recently had a little one. We’ve put together a list of activity classes and sessions that take place in the area which we have divided into different categories (Music, Dance & Sensory, Baby Massage, Baby Signing, Baby Yoga, Arts & Crafts/Messy Play, Swimming, Sport, Drama and Other Activities). We have included pricing information where available. This list is very much just a starting point; we have included links so that you can look into the activities in more detail if something is of interest to you. You may also be interested in our Events Calendar and our Playgroup Directory.

If you know of anything that we’ve missed or if you run sessions that you would like us to add, please get in touch. We are also working on a list of after school activities and clubs for older children so please let us know if you’re aware of any sessions that would be able to go on this list.

Most of these sessions will require advance booking and we would advise checking that all details are up to date before going along to an activity.

Music, Dance & Sensory

Hartbeeps

Hartbeeps offers fun multi sensory classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Featuring puppets, props, funky music, lights and more! Weekly term time sessions are currently held at Eddie Catz in Newbury on Wednesdays and sessions also take place on Mondays at Old Bluecoat School in Thatcham. It costs £5.50 per child per session, £2 for siblings aged over 12 months. Places need to be booked in advance, you can also make a block booking. Visit the Hartbeeps booking page to book or visit the website here.

Hartbeeps is a West Berkshire Mums card partner! See our membership page for more details and to sign up for your free card, read our article about Hartbeeps here.

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Boogie Mites

Boogie Mites sessions are fun & interactive music & movement classes. Sessions run in Cold Ash on Thursday mornings. There is Boogie Mites Minis for 1-3 year olds (10am-11am) and Boogie Mites Babies for babies from birth to crawling (11.30am-12.15pm). It costs £33.50 for a 6 week course or £7 per sessions on a pay as you go basis. For more information you can visit the Facebook page here and the website here.

Boogie Mites sessions for under 5s also take place at Cobbs Play Barn in Hungerford on Monday mornings from 9.30am-10.15am. Sessions cost £6 per child and this includes squash and a play in the Play Barn after the session. You will need to contact Cobbs to book: call 01488 686770 ext 6 or email play@cobbsplaybarn.co.uk.

Boogie Mites is a West Berkshire Mums card partner! See our membership page for more details and read our article about Boogie Mites here.

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Diddi Dance

Diddi Dance offers classes for children aged 18 months -4.5 years in Newbury, Sulhamstead, Tilehurst & Pangbourne. It costs £36 for a 6 week term of classes, payable in advance. Visit the Diddi Dance website for more information.

Diddi Dance West Berkshire, South Oxfordshire, Marlow & Tadley is a West Berkshire Mums card partner! See our membership page for details of its latest offer and to sign up for your free card. Read our article about Diddi Dance here.

Monkey Music

Monkey Music runs classes every weekday at various venues throughout the area for babies, toddlers & pre-schoolers. Venues include Cobbs Play Barn in Hungerford and Eddie Catz in Newbury. Visit the website for more information.

Moo Music

Classes run on Tuesdays (Wickham Village Hall), Wednesdays (Thatcham Family Wellbeing Hub) and Thursdays (Kingslere Village Club) for babies and children aged up to 5. Sessions cost £5 per child, £3 for siblings. You can also book three taster sessions for £10. Visit the website for more information.

Music with Mummy

Music classes for babies and children aged up to 4. Classes run in Thatcham and Kintbury on Mondays, Newbury on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and in Hungerford on Thursdays. See the website for more information.

Imagine More

Music & movement classes for children aged 0-3 at Harriet House School on Tuesdays. There are also sessions for 2-5 year olds in Curridge on Thursdays. It costs £5 per class, £3 for siblings. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Twinkle Stars Ballet with Dance Fusion

Ballet classes for toddlers that take place at Eddie Catz on Mondays. See the Facebook page for more information.

Toddler Dance at the Corn Exchange, Newbury

Classes for children aged 2-4 that take place on Wednesday mornings at the Corn Exchange’s learning centre. It costs £36 for a six week course. See the website for more information.

Baby Ballerinas

Ballet classes for children aged 2-7. Classes take place on Tuesdays & Saturdays at Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa and on Fridays at Sutton Hall, Stockcross and Thatcham Catholic Hall. See the website for more information.

Turn to Dance

Dance classes for pre-schoolers and older children in Newbury. See the website for more information.

Kids Kan Dance

Kids Kan Dance offers one class at Riverside Community Centre in Newbury on Monday afternoons: Prima Preschoolers for children aged 3-4. Classes also take place in Basingstoke, see the Kids Kan Dance website for more information.

Little Quavers

Little Quavers sessions are informal ‘drop in’ music classes for 0-5s that run on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Fridays at Newbury & Thatcham Hockey Club, Henwick Lane, Thatcham. Costs £5 per child and £2 for additional children. Visit the Facebook page here.

Allstar Dance

A theatre academy that runs ballet & street dance classes for children aged 2 and over (and adults) in Burghfield Common, Mortimer, Silchester, Tadley and Earley. Visit the website here for more information

Mixed Motion

Ballet, Contemporary, Tap, Street and Jazz dance classes for children aged 3 and above (and adults) at various locations (Thatcham, Tadley & Bishop’s Green). See the website for more information.

Sway Dance

Dance classes for children aged 3 and above. Classes take place in Newbury, Hungerford, Lambourn, Tilehurst and Thatcham. See the Facebook page for more information.

Street Feet Dance

Classes for children aged 3-15 in Tilehurst. Visit the website for more information.

Baby Sensory

Sensory development & learning sessions for babies from birth to 13 months. Sessions take place in Newbury, Thatcham, Brimpton & Burghfield. Costs from £7.50 per baby per session (payable termly in advance). Visit the website for more information.

Toddler Sense

Sensory classes for children aged 12 months – 4 years. Sessions take place in Burghfield and Theale (also in Woodley and Reading). Costs £75 per toddler for a 10 week term. Visit the website for more information.

Rhyme & Shine at The Corn Exchange

Singing sessions for under 2s that take place on Tuesday mornings at the Corn Exchange in Newbury. Costs £3.50 per family. For more information you can visit the website here.

Sensory Stories at The Corn Exchange

Sensory stories, songs & rhymes for under 5s at the Corn Exchange in Newbury, sessions take place on Thursday mornings and it costs £30 per child for a 5 week course. For more information you can visit the website here.

Baby Signing

TinyTalk

TinyTalk signing classes are for babies and toddlers. Classes run at Eddie Catz in Newbury on Monday mornings, at Thatcham Baptist Church on Friday mornings and at Tadley Scout Hall on Thursday mornings. It costs £6 per family per class. For more information you can visit the website here.

Sing & Sign

Baby signing classes for babies from birth to 2 years. Classes take place in Andover (costing £65 or £68.75) and Swallowfield, Reading (£70). Visit the website for more information.

Baby Massage

Baby Sensations

Baby Sensations runs baby massage and reflexology classes in the Newbury area. Baby massage classes are £50 and reflexology classes are £40. For more information you can visit the website here.

Baby Sensations is a West Berkshire Mums card partner! For more details and to apply for your free card, please see our membership page. Read our article here.

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Little Munchkins

Little Munchkins runs 5 week baby massage courses at Eddie Catz in Newbury, it costs £45 for the course. The course is suitable for babies from birth. Visit the website for more information.

Bibble & Bubble

Baby Yoga & Massage courses that take place at Riverside Community Centre in Newbury on Sundays. You can visit the Facebook page and website for more information.

Bibble & Bubble Newbury is a West Berkshire Mums card partner! See our membership page for more details and to sign up for your free card. Read our article about Bibble & Bubble here.

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Baby Gentle Touch

A 5 week baby massage class in Burghfield Common. If you would like further information you can email babygentletouch@gmail.com.

GroYoga

GroYoga runs a 5 week baby massage course on Tuesday mornings at Chieveley Village Hall. Costs £50 for the course. 1:1 and small group classes are also available by prior arrangement at The Wellbeing Centre in Newbury. For more information visit the Facebook page.

Baby massage class at the Corn Exchange, Newbury

A 4 week baby massage course from Baby Massage Newbury at the Corn Exchange’s learning centre that is suitable for babies up to crawling and costs £40. Visit the Corn Exchange website for more information.

Baby Massage Newbury

5 week baby massage course held at Greenham in Newbury. Email cazncampbell@gmail.com for more information or you can visit the Facebook page here.

Yoga

GroYoga

GroYoga runs Post Natal Yoga classes that you can do with baby. Classes run on Tuesday mornings at Chieveley Village Hall and it costs £8.50 if you drop-in or £35 for a block of 5 classes. 1:1 and small group classes are also available by prior arrangement at The Wellbeing Centre in Newbury. For more information visit the Facebook page.

NCT Mother & Baby Yoga

Mother & baby yoga classes that run on Mondays in Hungerford and on Tuesdays in Kintbury. Visit the Facebook page for more information.

Arts & Crafts and Messy Play

The Creation Station

Arts & crafts sessions for babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and older children. Regular sessions are held at The Corn Exchange in Newbury on Friday mornings and at Cobbs Play Barn in Hungerford on Tuesday mornings. There are also ‘ad hoc’ sessions at venues around Berkshire, including weekend family sessions and adult only craft sessions. For more information visit the website here. The Corn Exchange sessions can be booked via its website.

Mess Around

Messy Play sessions that run at various venues throughout the region including Eddie Catz in Newbury, Thatcham Catholic Hall and Pangbourne Village Hall. Suitable for children aged 6 months – 5 years. Costs from £7.50 per child and £4 for siblings. For more information visit the website here.

Splat Messy Play

Splat Messy Play sessions run at the Cornwell Centre in Tilehurst and also in Woodley. It costs £5.50 per class when making a block booking or £6.50 if you book a single class. For more information visit the website here or the Facebook page here.

Swimming

Swimkidz Berks/Hants/Wilts

Swimkidz classes are suitable for babies and children aged up to 10. Classes currently run in Newbury, Thatcham and Hermitage. It costs £130 for a 10 week course. For more information you can visit the website here.

Swimkidz Berks/Hants/Wilts is a West Berkshire Mums card partner! See our membership page for more details and to apply for your free card. Read our article about Swimkidz here.

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Hydrokidz

Swimming lessons for children aged 3 and above. Lessons take place at Mary Hare School in Newbury on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Lessons are also available at Reading Blue Coat School. It costs £195 for a block of 15 lessons. For more information visit the website here.

Aqua Blue Swim School

Aqua Blue Swim School runs lessons for children aged 4 and above at the Downs School in Compton near Newbury on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It costs £120 per child for a 12 week course. For more information visit the website here.

Waterworld Swim School

Swimming lessons at Brockhurst & Marlston House school near Hermitage. Costs £100 per term. For more information you can visit the website here.

Puddle Ducks

Swimming lessons for babies and children aged up to 10. Classes take place in Tilehurst and also in Caversham and Yateley. Costs from £13.50-£14 per lesson. For more information visit the website here.

Baby Splash

Swimming lessons for babies and children aged up to 6. Classes run in Thatcham, Reading and Southcote. Visit the website for more information.

Sport

Rugbytots

A rugby play programme for children aged 2-7. Sessions run on Saturdays and Sundays in Newbury, Thatcham, Kintbury & Tilehurst. There are sessions at Eddie Catz in Newbury on Thursday mornings. It costs £6.50 or £7.50 per session (depending on location), you can also make block bookings. Sessions also take place in Caversham and Woodley. For more information you can visit the website here.

Little Kickers

Football based sessions for children aged 18 months to 7 years. Classes take place in Mortimer on Fridays, Thatcham on Saturdays and Newbury & Tilehurst on Wednesdays. There are also sessions at various locations in Reading, Oxfordshire and Hampshire. It costs £49.50 for 6 sessions or £92 for 12 sessions plus a £20 membership fee. For more information you can visit the website here.

KD Gymnastics

KD Gymnastics in Newbury runs ‘Open Play Gym’ sessions for under 5s every weekday morning from 9.30am-11am. It costs £5 per child, £4 for siblings. Babies under 12 months are £2 when accompanied by a sibling. For more information you can visit the website here.

Other Activities

Mini Professors

Mini Professors is a fun & interactive programme of science classes for children aged 2-5. Sessions currently run at Eddie Catz in Newbury on Mondays and Thursdays, including after school sessions on Mondays. For more information you can visit the website here or the Facebook page here.

Mini Professors is a West Berkshire Mums card partner! See our membership page for details of its latest offer and to sign up for your free card. Read our article about Mini Professors here.

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Pop Up Play Village

Pop Up Play Village is a role play experience for children aged up to 8 that ‘pops up’ at various venues around Berkshire. It is a portable play village featuring a supermarket, hospital, nursery, construction site, art studio, outdoor explorers’ area (nature hunting fun), vets and a cafe. It costs £6.50 per child, £5 for siblings. For more information you can visit the website here.

Pop Up Play Village is a West Berkshire Mums card partner! See our membership page for details of its latest offer and to sign up for your free card.

Drama

Ragtime Theatre School

Ragtime Theatre School in Newbury offers professional training in musical theatre for children aged 4-12; the school runs on Saturdays. Fees for the Main School (7-12 year olds) are £250 per term; for the Mini School (4-6 year olds) it is £80 per term. For more information you can visit the website here.

Ragtime Theatre School is a West Berkshire Mums card partner! See our membership page for details of its latest offer and to sign up for your free card. Read our article here.

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Razzamataz

Dance, drama & singing classes for children aged 2 to 18. Classes take place in Newbury and Reading on Saturday. It costs from £36 to £235 a term depending on location and your child’s age & stage. For more information you can visit the website here.

Waterminis at The Watermill Theatre, Newbury

Waterminis is a group for children aged 20 months to 4 years and their parents & carers that meets on Wednesday mornings. It costs £42 per term to attend the group. For more information you can visit the website here.

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