Over the past few months most baby & toddler classes either stopped completely or moved online. As we start to return to some form of normality some classes and groups are coming back (with a few changes to make sure they’re compliant with Covid guidelines). We’ve rounded up some of these below and have included links and contact details if you would like to find out more about booking. We have also added details of some groups for older children. If you’re aware of anything that we’ve missed or if you have a class that you would like us to add please get in touch.

Please check that all details are correct and up to date before going along to an activity that is listed below.


Buggyfit Newbury & Hungerford is running outdoor fitness classes for mums and little ones. This 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) and at Victoria Park in Newbury (10am 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.

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Fitter Mother

Another fantastic local business run by the lovely Fiona from Buggyfit, Fitter Mother runs Fitness Pilates and Circuit Mums classes.

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. Classes are held outdoors on Tuesdays (8pm, East Ilsley Recreational Field) and Wednesdays (11.15am, Victoria Park, Newbury).

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 10am at Chieveley Recreational Field.

Fitter Mother is also continuing to run a Virtual Studio consisting of two workouts a week plus mini workouts and a back catalogue of over 60 workouts. Access is £20 a month.

For more details and booking info contact Fiona on 07919 092939 or email fionachaillier@gmail.com. Visit the Fitter Mother Facebook page here.

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Hartbeeps Newbury & Thatcham

These magical music & sensory classes for babies, pre-schoolers and toddlers are back on 14th September! Sessions take place on Mondays at Old Bluecoat School in Thatcham, on 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.

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Swimkidz Berks/Hants/Wilts

Providing swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and children, Swimkidz classes are starting up again at Brockhurst School in Hermitage on 8th September. 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.

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Trainmaster Berkshire

Providing train themed play sessions, Trainmaster has events in Thatcham on 10th October, 21st November and 19th December. 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.

Music with Mummy Newbury

Music sessions for babies and pre-schoolers, Music with Mummy is now taking bookings for September. 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 15th September and take place in Wickham, Kintbury and Kingsclere. Spaces are limited and need to be booked in advance (some sessions are fully booked). Find out more via the Facebook page.

West Berkshire Family Hubs

West Berkshire Family Hubs run groups and provide support for families with children up to the age of 5. They are hoping to reopen for groups at some point in September and are currently still running groups online. For more details you can follow their Facebook pages:

Central Family Hub (Thatcham)

East Family Hub (Calcot)

West Family Hub (Newbury)

Hungerford and Area Family Centre

You can also find out more about the Family Hubs via the West Berkshire Council website.

East Ilsley Under 5s

This local toddler group usually meets in a village hall but due to the Covid situation it is focussing on outdoor learning and doing a variety of activities at different locations throughout the area. You can view the Autumn 2020 rota below. There is no charge to attend these sessions unless the visit is to a location that charges admission (e.g. The Living Rainforest). If you would like any more information about the group you can contact Ellie Blyth via Facebook Messenger.

Relevé Dance

Dance classes for pre-school, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 at Brightwalton Village Hall and Woolhampton Village Hall. More details via the Facebook page. You can also call 07554 435737 or email katherine@relevedance.co.uk.

Baby Sensory

Baby Sensory South Reading is bringing classes for babies from birth to 13 months to Burghfield Community Sports Association. More details via the website. You can also call 07855324495 or email southreading@babysensory.co.uk.

Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange is still running some online sessions (see below) but has also brought back some ‘in person’ events.

Special Screenings: Parents & Babies

Special cinema screenings for parents & carers with babies under 18 months. Take place every Tuesday & Wednesday at 11am and tickets are £5.50. More details and booking via the Corn Exchange website.

Little Artists After School Club

Taking place at The Base, Greenham, this after school club is for children aged 7-11 and costs £55 for a 10 week term. Starts on Thursday 1st October at 4.15pm. More details and booking via the Corn Exchange website.

Online Sessions

Junior Dance

Dance sessions for children aged 8-11. Take place on Tuesdays at 4.45pm (starting 22nd September). Costs £60 for the 11 week term. More details and booking here.

Dance Yourself Fit

An online fitness class for those with babies aged 1 and under. Takes place on Wednesdays at 9.45am (starting 23rd September). Costs £4 a session. More details and booking here.

Toddler Dance

A dance group for toddlers aged 2-4. Takes place on Wednesdays at 10.30am (starting 23rd September). Costs £4 a session. More details and booking here.

Tots Create

Sessions for children aged 5 and under where they will explore and create through music, drama, dance and crafts. Takes place on Thursdays at 10.30am (starting 24th September). More details and booking here.

Makaton Rhymetime Online

A monthly group suitable for all ages where families will learn to sign and sing a song using Makaton. Takes place on Friday 25th September, 23rd October and 27th November. £1.50 a session. More details and booking here.

Little Story Sundays

Suitable for children aged 6 and under and their families, sessions include singing and craft activities. Takes place on Sunday 27th September and 22nd November. £1.50 a session. More details and booking here.

Caterpillar Music Newbury & Thatcham

Caterpillar Music provides music sessions for babies and children under 5. The Newbury & Thatcham branch is currently looking for a new franchisee so has no plans to bring face to face classes back for now but current owner Nicky is running some online sessions! There will be 6 weeks of sessions starting on 7th September with two sessions a week (one live and one recorded). Costs £18 per term. For more details and to book you can contact Nicky via the Facebook page.

Boogie Mites Newbury & Hungerford

Fun music making classes babies. Boogie Mites is holding classes at Hogan Music in Newbury on Mondays & Tuesdays starting on 14th September. Classes are divided into ‘Babies’ (for birth to pre-crawling) and ‘Minis’ (for crawlers and those up to 18 months). Booking is in 6 weeks blocks. For more details email lizziel@boogiemites.co.uk and visit the Facebook page here.

KD Gymnastics

KD Gymnastic is on Hambridge Road in Newbury and runs an open play gym for 0-5s on weekday mornings. More information can be found the Facebook page and you can visit the website here.

didi rugby

did rugby is running some free taster sessions at Henwick Worthy in Thatcham on Friday 11th, 18th and 25th September. These are suitable for children aged 18 months and above, email donna.clark@didirugby.com for more details. Visit the Facebook page here and the website here.

Mini Maestros

Lively music classes for 0-3 year olds in Lambourn (at the Memorial Hall on Tuesdays), Hampstead Norreys (at the Village Hall on Wednesdays) and Woolhampton (at the Village Hall on Fridays).

Classes run in small groups, will be socially distanced and are all fully risk assessed. The baby classes (up to 12 months) have plenty of space currently so would be ideal for groups of friends (NCT groups or similar) to join together, and the toddler/preschool groups (age 1 to 3) have a few spaces in each (as of September 2020). For more information you can visit the website here.

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