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If you’re a new parent or new to the area then playgroups can be a good way of meeting other parents and getting your children socialising. There are many playgroups in the West Berkshire area and we’ve put together a handy guide below. If you attend or run a group that is missing from this list then please get in touch with us. We have taken great care in preparing this guide and checking that we have up to date information but days, times and venues can change so we would advise contacting the groups directly if you’re planning a visit.

Most groups have toys for the little ones, refreshments (hot drinks for the adults, a snack/biscuit and a drink for the little ones) and craft activities. Playgroups are usually for children aged 0-5; sometimes slightly older children can attend if the group runs during the school holidays but it’s best to check with the group organiser. The groups are normally run on a ‘drop in’ basis meaning there is no need to book, just go along!

West Berkshire’s Family Wellbeing Hubs also run several groups, for more information on these you can read our directory here, view our article here or visit the West Berkshire Council website here. Most groups are also listed on our What’s On section. You may also be interested in our Baby, Toddler & Pre-School Activity Classes guide and our Baby Group guide.

Monday

9.30am-11amWoolhampton Baby & Todder Group at Woolhampton Village Hall, Bath Road, Woolhampton, RG7 5RE. £2 per family.

9.30am-11.15 am Buttercups Toddler Group at Frank Hutchings Hall, Bradley-Moore Square, Thatcham, RG18 4QH. Term time only, £2 per family. Frank Hutchings Hall has a car park.

9.30am-11.30am Panda Club at Boxford Village Hall, Rood Hill, Boxford, RG20 8DD. Term time only, £2.50 per family. Read our article about Panda Club here.

9.30am-11.30am Great Shefford Under 5s at Great Shefford Village Hall, Station Road, Great Shefford, RG17 7DR. Term time only, £3 per family.

9.45am-11.45am Chuckles Baby & Toddler Group at Hampstead Norreys Village Hall, Newbury Hill, Hampstead Norreys, RG18 0TR. Term time only, £2.50 per family. The village hall has a car park.

10am-11.30am Tots@TMC at Tilehurst Methodist Church Hall, 26 School Road, Tilehurst, RG31 5AN. Term time only, for under 2s. £2.50 to attend and £1 for each additional child. There is parking available opposite the church hall.

10am-11.45am Lambourn Lambs at St Michael’s Church, Parsonage Lane, Lambourn, RG17 8PA. Term time only, £2 to attend.

1.30pm-3pm Tiddlers & Toddlers Playgroup at St George’s Hall, St George’s Church, Andover Road, Wash Common, Newbury, RG14 6NU. Term time only, £2 per family. There is car parking outside the hall and the church.

Tuesday

9am-11am Kingsclere Village Bunnies at Kingsclere Village Club, 35 George Street, Kingsclere, RG20 5NH. Runs every Tuesday, first visit is free then £2 to attend.

9am-10.45am Brickleton Babes at Brightwalton Village Hall, Common Lane, Brightwalton, RG20 7BN. Term time only, £2.50 per family.

9.30am-11.15am St John’s Baby & Toddler Group at Parish Room, St John’s Church, St John’s Road, Newbury, RG14 7PY. Term time only, £1 per family. The church has a small car park.

9.45am-11.15am Meeting Point at St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Shaw, Newbury, RG14 2DR. Runs during term time and the holidays. Costs 50p. Car parking is available opposite the church.

9.45am-11.15am Purley Tots at St Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s Avenue, Purley On Thames, RG8 8BJ. Term time only, first visit free. For 0-3 year olds.

9.45am-11.15am Cherubs Playgroup at Majendie Hall, St Mary’s Church, Church Lane, Speen, Newbury, RG14 2DR. Term time only, £1.50 per adult and child. Additional children are 50p each.

10am-11.30am Mortimer Toddlers at Mortimer Methodist Church, 17 West End Road, Mortimer, RG7 3TB. Term time only, £2 to attend.

10am-12pm Aldermaston Toddlers at Aldermaston Parish Hall, The Street, Aldermaston, RG7 4LN. Term time only, £2 for the first child and £1 per each additional child.

10am-12pm Valley Under 5s at The Lambourn Centre, Close End, Lambourn, RG17 8NJ. Runs during term time and the holidays (it closes for two weeks at Christmas). Costs from £1.20 to £4 depending on age of child(ren) attending and whether you have a West Berkshire card (you can apply for a West Berkshire card here: https://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=28034)

10am-12.30pm Cornwell 0-5 years Parent & Toddler Group at The Cornwell Centre, Homecroft, Clements Mead, Tilehurst, RG31 5WJ. Term time only, £2 per family.

Wednesday

9.30am-11am Riverside Babies & Toddlers at the Riverside Community Centre, Rosemoor Gardens, Curling Way, Newbury, RG14 2FG. Runs during term time and the holidays, £1.50 per adult and child, additional people are 50p each. The community centre has car parking.

9.30am-1.30pm The Well at Thatcham Methodist Church, Chapel Street, Thatcham, RG18 4QL. Runs every Wednesday, £1 per family.

9.45am-11.15am Ilsley Under 5s at West Ilsley Village Hall, Main Street, West Ilsley, RG20 7AJ. Term time only, £2 to attend, first time is free.

9.45am-11.15am Purley Tots at St Mary’s Church, St. Mary’s Avenue, Purley On Thames, RG8 8BJ. Term time only, first visit free. For 0-3 year olds.

10am-11.30am Tiddly Winks at Holy Trinity Church, Marlston Road, Hermitage, RG18 9ST. Term time only, no charge to attend but donations are welcomed.

10am-11.30am Pebbles Stay & Play at The Salvation Army, Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1BU. Term time only, £1 per family (one adult and three children), £2 for childminders and 25p per extra person.

10am-11.30am Aldworth Toddler Group at Aldworth Village Hall, Bell Lane, Aldworth, RG8 9SE. Term time only, £2 per child, 50p for each additional child.

10am-11.15am Daybreak at St Nicolas Church Hall, West Mills, Newbury, RG14 5HG. Term time only, £1.50 per family. The church does not have a car park but there are several town centre car parks close by. Read our article about Daybreak here.

10am-12pm Bubble Club at the Mencap Centre, Enborne Gate, Enborne Road, Newbury, RG14 6AT. A group for pre-school age children who have additional needs and their parents/carers. Runs during term time and is £1.50 per child, refreshments are 50p. You will need to register for the group prior to visiting, you can do this by calling Mencap on 01635 41464.

10.30am-12pm ABC at St Mary’s Church, Church Gate, Thatcham, RG19 3PN. Runs during term time and the holidays, there is no charge to attend. St Mary’s does not have a car park but there is limited parking available on the road. Car parks are available in Thatcham town centre and it’s just a short walk to the church.

2pm-3pm (1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month) Burghfield Toy Library at Mrs Bland’s Infant School, Burghfield Common, RG7 3LP. £1 to attend, toy loans from 25p-£1 a month.

Thursday

9.30am-11.30am Chieveley Under 5s at Chieveley Village Hall, High Street, Chieveley, RG20 8TE. Term time only, £1 to attend.

10am-11.30am TBC Toddlers at Thatcham Baptist Church, Wheelers Green Way, Thatcham, RG19 4YF. Term time only, £1 per family.  Two hours free parking is available at the Burdwood Centre near the Baptist Church but make sure you get a ticket!

10am-12pm Valley Under 5s at The Lambourn Centre, Close End, Lambourn, RG17 8NJ. Runs during term time and the holidays (it closes for two weeks at Christmas). Costs from £1.20 to £4 depending on age of child(ren) attending and whether you have a West Berkshire card (you can apply for a West Berkshire card here: https://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=28034)

Friday

9am-12pm Stay & Play at The Cabin at Harriet House School, The Walled Garden, Frilsham, RG18 0XX. Term time only, £2.50 per session, for 0-4 year olds.

9.30am-11am Giggles & Wiggles at Newbury Baptist Church, Cheap Street, Newbury, RG14 5DD. Term time only, £1.50 per family. Giggles & Wiggles takes place in the hall next door to the main church; there is a very small car park with limited parking available.

9.30am-11am Burghfield Common Toddler Group at Burghfield Common Village Hall, Recreation Road, Burghfield Common, RG7 3EN. Term time only, £2 per family.

9.30-11.30am Ladybugs at John O’ Gaunt Community Centre, Priory Road, Hungerford, RG17 0AN. Runs during term time, £2 per family.

9.30am-11.30am URC Toddlers at the British School, United Reformed Church, Church Lane, Thatcham, RG19 3JL. Term time only, £1 per family.

9.30am-11.3a0m SUN Playgroup at Sulhamstead Village Hall, Sulhamstead Hill, Sulhamstead, RG7 4DD. Term time only, £2.50 per family.

10am-11.30am Pebbles Stay & Play at The Salvation Army, Northcroft Lane, Newbury, RG14 1BU. Term time only, £1 per family (one adult and three children), £2 for childminders and 25p per extra person.

10am-12pm Valley Under 5s at The Lambourn Centre, Close End, Lambourn, RG17 8NJ. Runs during term time and the holidays (it closes for two weeks at Christmas). Costs from £1.20 to £4 depending on age of child(ren) attending and whether you have a West Berkshire card (you can apply for a West Berkshire card here: https://www.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=28034)

10am-12pm Bucklebury Toddlers at Bucklebury Memorial Hall, Broad Lane, Upper Bucklebury, RG7 6QH. £1.50 per child, extra children are 50p each. Read our article about Bucklebury Toddlers here.

Monday to Friday

9.30am-11.30am Rainbow Activity Centre at the Kennet Christian Centre, 12 Enborne Road, Newbury, RG14 6AH. A baby and toddler group that is open every weekday during term time and the holidays (it is closed for two weeks at Christmas). Cost is £2.50 per adult and child (over 12 months), £1 per adult and child (under 12 months). Additional children are £1 each and additional adults are 50p each. The Kennet Christian Centre has a small car park.

Tuesday-Friday

9.45am-11.30am Tots@TMC at Tilehurst Methodist Church Hall, 26 School Road, Tilehurst, RG31 5AN. Term time only, for 0-4 year olds. £3 to attend and £1 for each additional child over 12 months. There is parking available opposite the church hall.

If you’re interested in us coming to visit your playgroup and having a short feature about it on our website, please get in touch, we would love to hear from you!

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6 Comments

  • Hi there, Purley Tots is missing from the list. It runs on Tues & Wed 9.45-11.15 in St Mary’s Church, Purley on Thames. Toddler group 0-3, first session free, v friendly group, tea/coffee/biscuit for carers & healthy snack for Tots :) Thanks, Charlotte

    • Hi Charlotte
      Thank you for your comment, we have added Purley Tots to the directory. If you could let us know how much it costs to attend the group after the first visit we will add that to the listing too. Thanks

  • Tilehurst Methodist Church Hall is home to a 0-2 on Monday 9.45-11.30 and 0-5 every other day 9.45-11.40 £2.75 per session. Parking opposite church hall and the play group is located in the building round the back decorated with bright coloured animals.

  • Hi, can you edit Mortimer Toddlers please? It is now on Tuesdays, 10- 11:30 at the Methodist church, 17 West End Road, Mortimer, RG7 3TB. Still £2 a session. Thank you!

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