Local Children's Groups and Activities

This page was created at the suggestion of Paula, a regular visitor to the site, who had a baby in early 2001 and had been looking for this kind of information in a number of places. It is compiled from information within the public domain.

Special thanks to Marple Library for help setting this page up and to all the local mums who have helped to keep it up-to-date by advising me of changes and additions.

If you are aware of any details that are incorrect or out of date, please get in touch. If you are involved with an organisation that you think should appear in this list, please get in touch too.

For more information on registered childcare, toddler groups, support groups and self help in the Stockport area, visit Family Info Link:

Visit the Family info Link web site

1st Marple Bridge Rainbows Contact:
1st Marple Bridge Rainbows meet at Marple Bridge United Reformed Church, Hollins Lane, Marple Bridge on Friday during school terms from 5:15pm to 6:30pm.

To join fill out the online application form form or ring Amanda on 07974645312 or Julie on 07779551976.

All Saints Marple Contact:
All Saints Nursery & Pre-School
Monday - Friday 9.15am-12noon

KIDS' CHURCH - 0-11's (more information).

Dawn Carroll (Manager)

Tel: 0161 449 5293 (MORNINGS ONLY)


Phil Alston - Tel: 0161 406 6110

Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and Postnatal Yoga Contact:
Baby Massage, Baby Yoga and Postnatal Yoga at Marple Library's Family Room...
POSTNATAL YOGA - Monday's 1pm-2pm - for mummies after 6-week postnatal check - Bring baby with you or come alone for some well deserved me time.
BABY MASSAGE - Friday's 12.30-1.30pm - for newborns to crawling.
BABY YOGA - Friday's 1.30pm-2.30pm - for babies from 10-weeks to 12 months (older babies welcome).
Friday classes start 6th May 2016. Monday classes start 9th May 2016.
Baby Massage is a 4 week course costing £40.
Postnatal Yoga and Baby Yoga run each week, costing £6.50 per class or £55 for 10 weeks (can be taken over 12 weeks).
To book your place call/text Suzanne on 07980 969424 

or email

Baby Sensory - Precious Early Learning for Babies Contact:
Baby Sensory provide parent and baby classes specifically designed for babies aged from birth-13 months. Activities include: light shows, baby signing, massage, movement and exercise, scent and texture exploration, musical instruments, bonding activities, calming techniques, ideas for play at home, plus much more. Every week is different and every activity is research based in order to aid and promote development in a warm and fun environment. Baby Sensory have just been voted as ‘Favourite Preschool Class’ in East Cheshire on Netmums!

Local classes are held every Monday at The Hatherlow Sunday School on Otterspool road. We would love to welcome you and your little one!

Becky Campbell 07503 547 083

Baby Splash Contact:
Baby Splash at Life Leisure Marple, Stockport Road (Marple Swimming Pool).

Mondays 1.15pm, Tuesday 2pm.

Call reception 0161 427 7070 to book and for more information.
Bloom Baby and Toddler Classes  Contact:
Classes term-time every Friday morning:

09.30am - 10.15am Busy Bees
10.30am - 11.15am Tree House
11.30am -12.15pm Caterpillar Club

Contact 07966 087963 or 07447 014445
Boogie Beat - Music & Movement Contact:
Boogie Beat music and movement classes run at Rough n Tumble Play Centre in the Goyt Mill every Monday at 10.30am to 11.10am.

Boogie Beat uses imagination and active fun to bring to life traditional stories and themes in a fun and interactive way for children ages y months to 5 years. We use lovely puppets, props and instruments in our lively and active classes. The class is included in the play centre's £3.00 entrance fee.

For more details please contact Tracy
Telephone: 0161 483 1746 or 07799 627778
Child-minding Coordinator Contact:
Vacancy list coordinator for Marple, Marple Bridge and High Lane areas. Lesley Millington 427 1660

or Janet McMurdock 483 6784

Craft Table Toddler Group Contact:
Term time only on Thursdays at Mellor Parish Centre, Church Road.

10am - 11.30am. Supervised craft table, toys, sing-song and refreshments.

£2 per adult. 

Contact: Alison 077483 41075

Parish Centre: 0161 484 5079

Footytotz Contact:
Footytotz is a unique play programme aimed at 2-5 year old boys and girls helping to develop balance, co-ordination and control of a football. Also enhancing their social skills and confidence through specially designed sessions that tie in with the younger years curriculum. The programme has NHS and Surestart backing and is fast becoming the leading provider of football for tots.

Marple PUBLIC Classes are all at Marple Cricket Club each Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. Class times are as follows: Saturday: 09:15, 10:00 & 11:00 Sunday: 09:15, 10:00 & 11:00 Wednesday: 09:45.

Chris - 07921557344

Fun Sign Fun Time Contact:

Fun Sign Fun Time Makaton friendly group sessions. Everyone is welcome so please come along and join in with the fun! Children and parents are encouraged to interact with the magical story! Group sessions are held weekly on Saturday at Marple Library, SK6 6BA (next to Memorial Park). 

Times: Under 2s and children with SEND 9:30 - 10:00am
For all ages and siblings (can be a noisier group!) 10:15 - 10:45am 
Adults and Children with SEND 11:00 - 11:30am 
These times are a guide only to control group size.

Costs: £4.00 plus £1.00 for each additional sibling. It is a drop in session! Babies under 5 months go free.

Contact Danielle via funsignfuntime.co.uk/
Goyt District Scout Council Contact:
District Commissioner for Bredbury & Marple. Ms V. Tipler,
District Commissioner,
24 Catherine Road,
Girl Guides Goyt Division Contact:
Covering Marple and Mellor Districts.

For enquires into Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section.

Brownie Waiting List Contact:
Clare Manley
07588 555 685

For all other enquires:
Stella Olliver, Marple District Commissioner 0161 427 5750

High Lane Baby and Toddler Group Contact:
Term time only in High Lane Village Hall.

Mondays 9.30am - 11.30am

Sarah on 01625 268301
High Lane Youth Club Contact:
To provide the youth in High Lane through a considered programme of social education and activities. Mrs. Lynn Marshall - Leader,
High Lane Library Building,
High Lane,
01663 763125
Hollins Wood Childcare Contact:
A unique day care facility for 0-5 year olds with a qualified Pre-School Teacher, limited term time places available.

Fantastic spacious building with superb indoor/outdoor play areas. Open 7.30am to 6.00pm daily

Qualified caring staff, shift work patterns and same day emergency bookings catered for.

Stephen McMylor
Hollins Wood Childcare
Hollins Lane
Marple Bridge
Tel: 0161 449 8800
Jubilee Youth Club Contact:
JYC Youth club for Juniors (7 to 11) and Seniors (11 to 14). Events usually on Saturday evenings around 6.30pm-9.30pm but times vary. Occasional Sunday events and outings. Jill Turner 0161 2853747
 Kids Disco Classes Contact:

Wednesday Evenings

Marple Conservative Club, Church Lane.

5.00pm - 6.00pm (Under 10's class)

6.00pm - 10.00pm (over 10's class)

£3.00 per class, ring for more details.

01254 872036
07711 565732.
Little Monkeys Club Contact:
Little Monkeys is a Pre-school gym club for toddlers, from walking to 5 years of age and helps in the development of your child’s physical and social skills as well as building confidence.

During well structured sessions, your child will work towards a badge scheme using a variety of gym equipment eg. climbing frames, benches, balance beams, soft play, hoops, balls, shape sorters and lots more, followed by a short circle time of music & movement, singing and games. It’s great fun!

Sessions at: Brabyns Recreation Centre, Brabyns Park, Marple Bridge (TERM TIME ONLY)
Tuesday mornings: 9.30am - 10.30am and 10.30am - 11.30am

Karen Brook A.I.D.T.A 07986 182884

 Little Stars - Parent, Baby and Toddler Group Contact:
Brabyns' Parent, Baby & Toddler Group, Little Stars, has become so popular that we now have two weekly groups.

Tuesdays: 9:45 - 10:45am
Just turn up on the day
£1.50 per session

Fridays: 9:00 - 10:30am
Fixed price per half term, depending on the number of sessions 

Supervised by qualified staff, Little Stars offers an engaging and friendly environment for children from newborn to 3½ years to develop their social skills, whilst having fun and taking part in a range of play-based activities.

For more details visit: Little Stars at Brabyns Preparatory School

0161 427 2395

Marple and District Twins Club Contact:
Aims to offer support and advice to parent / expectant parents of twins, triplets or more. Regular meetings, social events, clothes and equipment held.
Meetings: 2nd & 4th Fridays of every month at the Mellor Parish Centre, Church Road, Mellor 10-11.30 am. £2 per family.
Social: several family events each year and quarterly Mum's Nights Out.
Sue Garrone,
Marple & Marple Bridge URC Contact:
Strictly Come Craft - A new way of being church for children & their families
Craft activities followed by short informal worship & a meal
4pm - 6pm usually the third Saturday in the month at Marple URC.
Contact Church Office 0161 449 5370
Strictly Come Together - every Wednesday 10.30am- 12 noon at Marple URC
Pop in or stay as long as you want
coffee morning with organised activities, talks & presentations. Suitable for all ages.
Contact Jenny Austen 0161 427 9456
Marple Methodist Church Toddler Group Contact:
Meet at Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple. 

Term tine only on Tuesday mornings 9.30am-11.00am

£2 per family.

Mrs. Ann Lally,
18 Kayswood Road,
449 9088
Marple Swimming Club Contact:
Marple Swimming Club offers swimming lessons from beginners through to competition level for both children and adults. For more information and to book your lessons please contact Libby Reeve using the details opposite. Libby Reeve
0161 427 4998

Alternatively please visit our website www.marplesc.com

 Music & Movement Classes Contact:
This is a music and movement class, designed for pre-school children. It is held at the Scout Hut, Memorial Park Marple, during the following sessions

Monday 10am - 11.15am
Wednesday 10am - 11.15am
Friday 10am - 11.15am

The session comprises time on gym equipment, followed by activities with balls, hoops, games, dance, song and action. The cost is £3.00 per session (and mums get a hot drink !)

Contact Jean on 01663 765859.

National Childbirth Trust Contact:
National Childbirth Trust: Marple Bumps and Babies is a small, friendly group providing the opportunity for new parents and parents-to-be to meet on a regular basis to socialise and meet new friends. If you are pregnant or have a baby under 12 months (older siblings are welcome too) you are warmly welcome to join us!

The group is open to all parents/carers - you don’t have to be a member of the NCT and it is free to attend. The group meets on a regular basis around Marple.

No contact details available. Can you provide an update on this group?
North East Cheshire Society for Mencaps Contact:
Activities for people with a mental handicap. Volunteers always welcome, especially for youth club.

Monday & Thursday. Youth Club Tuesday 7.30pm-9.30pm at Glengarth, Station Road, Marple.
Phone 427 7355

Caroll Battersby and Phil McFall

427 7355

Nurture Nursery & Pre-school  Contact:
Nurture is an under 5s Early Learning and Day-Care Centre, situated on Station Road in the centre of Marple catering for children from 3 months to 4 years.
pen 7:30 til 6:30, five days a week, 50 weeks of the year.

Baby & Toddler Group Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9.30-11.30am
£3 per child or £5 per family.  Refreshments included.
Come and explore our fantastic environment and resources.

0161 427 9891
Rhythm Time Classes Contact:
Rhythm Time Classes at Rough and Tumble every Thursday.

Kimberley Walker

01625 533510

Rose Hill School Nursery Contact:
Playgroup & pre school run in a classroom of Rose Hill school, for children from 2 yrs 6 months until school entry age. Children can be accommodated full days in some instances and sessions can be mix and matched.

We are open 8.45am until 3.15pm.
Session times are 8.45 - 11.45 and 12.15 - 3.15

Rose Hill Primary School
Elmfield Drive
Marple, Stockport,SK6 6DW

Telephone number: 0161 427 9168

Rough 'N' Tumble Toddler Time Contact:
Term time only. Rough 'N' Tumble Goyt Mill.

Every week day 10am - 3pm 1-4 year olds.

£2.50 per child including cordial and biscuit.

0161 427 0007 for more information.
Singsong singing classes Contact:
Singsong singing classes for toddlers and pre-schoolers, with parents/carers.

Term-time Friday mornings - 10am
at The St Christopher Centre, behind the church, 52 Barrack Hill, Romiley, SK6 3BA.

Contact Eibhlin (Eileen) Boydell on 07779 341565 or email for more info.

Facebook: /Singsongclass Twitter @Singsongclass

St Sebastian's Nursery Class Contact:
Friendly and welcoming childcare for 2 – 5 year olds in Marple Bridge.
9 am to 3 pm, Monday-Friday (term time).
  • FREE* places currently available
  • OFSTED: Good with outstanding qualities
  • Fantastic new OUTSIDE space

*All 3-4 year olds and some 2 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education 38 weeks of the year. See www.gov.uk/free-early-education for details.

Ofsted Registration No: 307185   Registered Charity No: 520082

T: 0161 427 8208
T: 07909 770614

United Reform Church,
Hollins Lane,
Marple Bridge.

Scout Association - Marple Contact:
Beavers - Tuesday
Cubs - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Scouts - Tuesday & Thursday
Ventures - Friday

Annual bonfire, fireworks and BBQ nearest Saturday to 5 November in Brabyns Park. 

Mr. M H Spreckley,
Scout HQ,
Memorial Park,

427 2598

Scout Assoc. - Mellor & Marple Bridge Contact:
Beavers (4.45 pm) - (Mellor HQ) - Monday
Cubs (8-11) -  (Mellor HQ) - Wednesday (6.45 pm)
Scouts (11-14) - (Mellor HQ) - Wednesday (6.45 pm).
Contact Mr. A. Burton
 Scout HQ
Moorend Road
Tel 427 2863
St Paul's Compstall Church Baby & Toddler Group Contact:
St Paul's Compstall Church Baby and Toddler group is held on Monday afternoons 1.15 - 2.45 in the Sunday School hall (term time only). There is a craft table, paint or play dough, jigsaws, role play areas and other toys for the children to choose from. There is also a soft mat area with toys for babies.

£1.30 for adult with one child, £1.50 for two children or more.

Tea/juice and biscuits included.

Contact: Lisa on 0161 427 7829

St Paul's Church
Compstall Brow

Story Time at Marple Library Contact:
Every Tuesday 2pm - 2.30pm

Marple Library.

Contact: 0161 217 6009
Thulamama - come and sing with your baby! Contact:

Thula mama is a relaxed and informal singing group for mums with bumps and pre-crawling babies. We learn simple songs from around the world – lullabies, nursery songs, chants - in beautiful a-cappella harmony. No experience necessary.

Wednesday mornings in my Disley living room. 10am – 11.30am £5 drop in or £20 for a block of five sessions. There will be tea and homemade cake!

Contact: Vic 07794545195
Toddler Group "Coffee Break" Contact:
Tuesdays (term time only) 9.15am-11.15am approx. We ask for £1.50 per adult.

Pre-school children are welcome here. Children can play with assortment of toys, playdoh, jigsaws, books, games etc. There are soft toys for babies and play mats.

We sing with the children which is followed by refreshments (tea, coffee and fruit loaf/biscuits for adults, drinks, fruit and biscuits for kids). After this we do some craft.

Evangelical Church,
Queen Street,

Alexandra Hall tel. 07521 094 282

 Toddler Group Contact:
Term time only on Tuesdays 9.30am - 11am. 

Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane.

£2 per family.

Contact: Anne - 0161 449 9088
 Toddler and Baby Group Contact:
Brookside Primary School, High Lane on Wednesdays in Term time only 9.15am - 11am.

£2 for one adult and child, £1 per extra child, price includes a snack.

Contact: 01663 308 008
 Toddler Group Contact:
At All Saints Church, Marple on Wednesdays in Term time only 1.30pm-3.00pm.

£1.50 per family. Drinks and biscuits plus singing for the children.

All Saints Church, Marple.
Totally Kids Pre-School Circuits Contact:
Watch your little one grow in physical confidence! Mini action stations and gymnastic skills to challenge your child's movement, recognition and balance skills. Structured classes guided by exercise professionals in a fun and friendly environment. Try for free.

Held each Thursday at Marple Cricket & Squash Club,
Bowden Lane, SK6 6ND
9.30-10.00: Assisted walking to age 2 - £2 per session
10.15-10.45:  2 to 3 year olds - £3.00 per session

Naomi Fulwood / Vicky Owen (Instructors)

0772 4887772 0r 0161 6886281


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