Weekly Classes & Groups (0-5 years) Oxford


Have you discovered the perfect fun, friendly and musical way to start the week for you and your child? Hey Diddle Diddle is a sing-a-long and play session held weekly during term time at Oxford Playhouse.

With free tea or coffee and a chance to stay, play and meet other parents afterwards too, Hey Diddle Diddle makes for a greatly enjoyable Monday morning.

Hey Diddle Diddle runs every Monday morning at 10.30am. Tickets cost £6 (for one adult and 1 pre-school child – £2 for a second adult/child).  You can book online  or call 01865 305 305 to book your place.

Drop ins are welcome if there’s space, but booking is advisable. We can usually accommodate drop ins but can’t guarantee it every week.



Please come along to our intergenerational playgroup at the Isis Care Home on Cornwallis Road, near Florence Park in Cowley – for mingling, playing, singing and crafting! First Friday of the month (dates below) 10.30-12.

Drop-in, £1 suggested donation, for ages 0-5 and their parents/carers – all welcome! Older siblings also welcome in school holidays.

FREE tea, coffee and snacks!

Parking on the road near the home.

If you or your little ones have something contagious, please come next time instead to avoid risking passing it onto the residents – sorry and thank you!

2019 dates – the 1st FRIDAY of the month, 10-30-12:  2nd August, 6th September, 4th October, 1st November, 6th December



Allsorts Playgroup

FREE drop in session for under-5s and parents. You can bring your lunch to eat here and refreshments will be available. Thursdays 12.30-2.30.

Runs in school holidays.

Rose Hill Methodist Church, Rose Hill, OX4 4JP

SUMMER HOLIDAYS – new venue – Rose Hill Community Centre (older siblings are welcome. 50p lunch served every week day throughout school holidays)

Barton Children and Family Centre – The Roundabout Centre

Wayneflete Road, Headington, OX3 8DD


01865 323240


Play and Learn playgroup Thursdays 10.00-12.00 (includes health visitor Well Baby Clinic from 10.30am to 12.00)

Birth Baby Balance

We provide guidance, support and information through pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. We offer:

  • antenatal courses for first time parents
  • refresher courses for second time parents
  • relaxation and breathing for labour classes
  • postnatal pelvic floor work courses
  • baby massage courses
  • birth trauma workshops
  • newborn mothers courses
  • infant first aid courses
  • birth and postnatal doula support
  • placenta encapsulation services
  • bumps and babes coffee groups
  • confident weaning (onto food) courses
  • calm parenting courses

Sarah: 07909 545484 / Kirsten: 07825 727126/ Charlotte: 07920 774705

Blackbird Leys Children and Family Centre

61/63 Cuddesdon Way, Blackbird Leys, OX4 6SB


01865 328490


Play and Learn playgroup Tuesdays and Fridays 10.00-12.00

Blackbird Leys Library

Stay and Play session with Rhymetime
Thursdays 9.30-11.30
Join us for a friendly, gentle morning of playing and rhymes.
A very popular session – so you will need to book!
Playing from 9:30am-11:00am.
Rhymetime from 11:00-11:30am.

Library opening times
Monday 9am-12pm and 1.30-5pm
Tuesday 9am-12pm
Wednesday 9am-12pm and 1.30-5pm
Thursday 9am-12pm and 1.30-5pm
Friday Closed
Saturday 9.30am-12.30pm
Sunday Closed

Blackbird Leys Road, OX4 6HT
01865 770403

Botley Bridges

We’re Botley Bridges, a registered charitable company based in Botley on the outskirts of Oxford and serving the surrounding area including Cumnor, North Hinksey and West Oxford. We provide services for children up to the age of 11 and their families at the site of the former Elm’s Road Children’s Centre.

Elms Rd, Oxford OX2 9JZ



Stay & Play – Mondays 1.15-3.15pm (does not run through the summer holidays) £2 per family (plus concessions) – suitable for birth to 5

Well Baby Clinic (Health Visitor drop-in) – Wednesdays 1.00-2.30pm – FREE

Play and Learn – Fridays 9.00-11.30am (runs all year round) £2 per family (plus concessions) suitable for birth to 5 & older children welcome during the holidays

Baby Play & Learn – Fridays 1.15-3.00pm – £3 per family (concessions) suitable for non mobile babies or 0-1 year

Saturdads – first Saturday of the month 10.00-12.00 – £3 per family with £1 concessions

Bumps and Babies Coffee Group

A friendly space for people (men too!) to take themselves and their baby/babies and where you are served fresh coffee, teas, homemade biscuits, fresh fruit and other delights.

Thursdays: 10.30-12.30

Florence Park Community Centre, Cornwallis Road, Cowley, OX4 3NH

07864 028591

Cowley Church Community Baby & Toddler Stay & Play

Refreshments, toys, and story-times: a fun place to be and a break in a busy Saturday afternoon. For children aged 0-4 with their families and carers.

Now meeting on the 1st Saturday (2.00-4.00pm) of every month!

TheVenue@Cowley, 242b Barns Road, Cowley, OX4 3RQ

Cowley Library

Stay, play & learn and Rhymetime
Stay, play & learn – 9.30-10.30
Rhymetime – 10.30-11
Gentle play, books and rhymes; meet other friendly families with babies and young children. Drop-in session.

Code Club
Learn how to make cool games, animations and websites!
Saturdays 11-12
For children age 9-13. FREE but booking required – contact library

Library opening times
Monday 9.15am-5.30pm
Tuesday 9.15am-7pm
Wednesday 9.15am-7pm
Thursday Closed
Friday 9.15am-5.30pm
Saturday 9am-4.30pm
Sunday Closed

Temple Road, Cowley, OX4 2EZ
01865 777494

Dimples & Wrinkles Intergenerational Playgroup

Come and have a sing and play with the residents at Brookfields. Biscuits and tea too! Free drop in, every 2nd Tuesday of the month. 10.30 – 11.30. All family welcome.

Next dates: Tuesdays… 9th July, 13th August 2019

Brookfields Care Home, Little Bury, Greater Leys, OX4 7UY

Donnington Doorstep Family Centre

Donnington Doorstep is an independent, community-based family centre delivering a range of universal and specialist services. Set up in 1984 by local parents who knew that caring for children can be hard – we’re a home from home drop-in for children, young people and their families as well as a hub for local community activity. From our purpose-built centre in East Oxford our activities focus on play, food, support and community development.

Townsend Square, Oxford, OX4 4BB


01865 727721


Drop-in Play – Mondays and Wednesdays 10.00am-2.00pm (Doorstep Kitchen offers healthy snacks and lunches at 12 noon)

Bumps to Babies – Mondays: 10.30-12.00 – midwife drop-in including breastfeeding support. 07901707905

Baby group – Tuesdays 11.30-1.30 – lots of sensory and soft play, where mums and babies can get involved in lots of tummy time play as well have a chance to speak with family support on any support or advice they may need. There will tea, coffee and cake to buy. £1.50 suggested donation

Youth Project – Tuesdays & Wednesdays 5.30 – 7.30pm. Young people age 8-18 are welcome to drop in for play, activities and support.

Parenting Programme – we offer a regular 10 week parenting course aimed at families who feel they need some extra help to bring them together and move forwards with tough issues.

We also run a pre-school – click here for more info.

Family Craft Group Oxford

A space where parents can bring their craft projects and continue working on them in company with other families. Children can play, join in with crafts or bring their own projects.

Thursday lunchtimes once a month 12 – 2pm at Flo’s, Florence Park.

Horspath Toddler Group

A small, friendly, informal group, we have a variety of toys, craft activities and a sing song or story most weeks. Snack time around 10.30 which is usually toast and water for kids. Tea/coffee available for adults. First time is free, then £1.50 donation (+50p for additional children).

Mondays 9.15-11.15 – term-time only (Horspath School terms)

Horspath Village Hall, Oxford Road, Horspath, OX33 1RT




Jellytots is a friendly baby and toddler group and whether you are a parent of a little newborn, have an energetic toddler or you are a childminder for a whole gang – you are very welcome! We suggest a donation of £1 per family per session.

Thursdays: 10.15-11.45 (term-time)

St James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane, Cowley, OX4 3LF


Jericho Babies and Toddlers Group

Enjoy a cup of tea while your baby or toddler plays with the toys, and meet other parents and carers. Please contact Hannah to be added to the playgroup email list; a message is sent each week confirming whether the group will run.

Thursdays: 3.30-5.00

Jericho Community Centre,

Hannah – 07724 008 174

Kennington Baby and Toddler Group

A very relaxed and friendly group for children 0-5 years with their parent/carer. No need to book, just drop in. You can be assured of a warm welcome, great company, a cup of coffee, and wonderful stimulating play for your child.

Tuesdays in term-time (9:30-11:30). £2 per family, but first session is free.

Kennington Village Centre,  01865 421126

Little Chuggers

A group for children aged 0-4 and their parents and carers.

Fridays: 9.30-11.30 (term-time only)

£2 donation

Oxford Scout Hut, Fairlie Rd, Oxford, OX4 3SW

07736 831038

Little Sharks

Little Sharks is a fun play group for pre-school children and their carers in Headington.

Mondays: 9.30-11.3oam

All Saints Church Hall, New High Street, Headington, OX3 7AL

Little Stars

Little Stars is a friendly group, open to all carers and parents with their babies and toddlers.  Our sessions start with themed crafts, then we have snack time, after which the toys are put away and we have music and puppet time.

Mondays: 10.00-11.30

St Francis Church, Hollow Way, Cowley, OX3 7JE

01865 747680

Littlemore Library

Play, Stay & Learn
Thursdays 1-2.30
Join us for a friendly, gentle morning of playing & activities. Play with toys, sensory materials and books. Perfect for babies, toddlers and their families. These are free, drop-in sessions.

Library opening times
Monday 2-6pm
Tuesday 2-4.30pm
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 9.30am-12.30pm and 2-4.30pm
Friday 9.30am-12.30pm
Saturday 9.30am-1pm
Sunday Closed

Oxford Academy Campus, Sandy Lane West, Littlemore, OX4 6JZ
01865 714309

Madley Cogglets

Cogglets is a baby, toddler and carer group. We welcome all children aged 0-5 years and their parents or carers. You will be welcomed with a fresh cup of coffee or tea, a slice of home-made cake and friendly face. Drop in.

Thursdays: 1.15-2.45 (term-time only)

£1 per child

Madley Park Hall, Northfield Farm Lane, Witney, OX28 1UE

01993 779613


Marston United Reformed Church Toddler Group

Child Minders and Mothers and Toddlers: a chance to meet with others while the children play together.

Thursdays: 9.30-11.30

352 Marston Road, Marston, Oxford, OX3 0JB

01865 243885


A unique place for your child to learn through physical, imaginative and sensory play all under one roof. Every Friday 10-12pm.

Find our page on Facebook Oxsrad Tots or contact Oxsrad on 01865 741336 for more info on times, prices and upcoming events.

OXSRAD, Marsh Lane, Oxford, OX3 0NQ

SUMMER HOLIDAYS – sessions continue as usual (every Friday).

Parent & Baby Morning at Restore

A chance to meet other new mums, and dads, with their babies over a hot drink and cake.

Tuesdays 10.30-12

Restore Garden Café, Manzil Way Gardens, Oxford, OX4 1YH

Isobel 07746123076

Rainbow House Cafe and Play

This FREE drop-in centre for accompanied pre-school children offers inexpensive snacks and lunches, children’s portions, space to play, toys, books, climbing frame and baby feeding and changing facilities. Term-time only.

Wednesdays: 10.30-2.00
Thursdays: 10.30-2.00
Fridays: 10.30-2.00

Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford, OX1 2DH

01865 243216

Risinghurst and Sandhills Baby and Toddler Group

A baby and toddler group for mums, dads and carers in Risinghurst & Sandhills. We welcome children from birth to 4 years old.

Fridays: 10.00-12.00

Risinghurst Community Centre, Kiln Lane, Headington, OX3 8EY

07887 893526

Rose Hill Children and Family Centre

Ashhurst Way, Rose Hill, OX4 4UY


01865 815566


Play and Learn playgroup Tuesdays 9.30am-11.30am


You’ll discover lots of well-maintained toys and activities to keep children amused. While the children are playing parents and carers can relax over a cup of tea, coffee and other refreshments. The morning ends with a sing-song for everyone.

Tuesdays: 10-11.30

£1 per family

St James Church Centre, Beauchamp Lane, Cowley, OX4 3LF

01865 747680

Small Talk

Small Talk is our baby group that meets on Tuesday afternoons in term-time from 3pm–4.30pm in the church building. It is predominantly for parents with babies younger than 18months, but older siblings are very welcome.

We meet to sing, chat, have tea/coffee and cake. There is also a short talk from the Bible and a chance to ask any questions about Christianity.


St Ebbe’s Church, 21 Latimer Rd, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7PG

South Oxford Family Room

Whitehouse Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 4QH


01865 242900


Stay and Play
Mondays and Fridays 9.30-12 (£1.50 suggested donation for those that can afford it). Snack food supplied by Oxford Food Bank. The Story Museum will be there every other Friday!

Oxford Breastfeeding Support Stay & Play
Tuesdays 10-12 (with Well Baby Clinic health visitor drop-in 11-12)

Family fun / Saturdads session
3rd Saturday of the month 10-1 – outdoor play, messy play, snack time.

SEND Drop-in with Guest Speakers
Drop-in session for families with children with SEN. 3rd Monday of the month 12.30-2.30. Check SOFR Facebook page for details of sessions.

Young Parents drop-in session
Second and fourth Fridays of the month 12.30-2.30.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS – sessions running as normal except: no session on Tuesday 30th July or Tuesday 27th August and closed for Bank Holiday Monday 26th August.

Splat! Messy Play Toddler Group

Join us for some singing, a short Christian talk, craft, cakes and a lot of mess.

Wednesdays: 10.00-12.00

£2 per adult, £1 per child, under 18 months free, no more than £4 per family

St Ebbes Church, Lime Walk, Headington, OX3 7AE


St Andrew’s Church Little Fishes

A FREE pre-school group for children aged 0-4 years. We offer a relaxed environment, plenty of space to play, and a warm welcome from the St Andrew’s volunteers. Join us for tea/ coffee, snacks for the children, toys and books, story-time and singing.

Thursdays: 9.30-12.00 (term-time only)

St Andrew’s Church,St Andrew’s Road, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DL

01865 769023

St Clements Toddler Group

You are very welcome to come along with your children under 4 years for fun, songs, refreshments for adults and children – and to have some time to meet other parents and carers and make new friends, as the children have time with theirs.

Thursdays: 9.30-11.30

St Clements Family Centre, Cross Street, Oxford, OX4 1DA

01865 595610


St Luke’s Babymania Parent and Toddler Group

Warm welcome, plenty of toys, crafts, songs and story time for ages 0-4. Also with a simple healthy lunch for those who wish to stay on.

Mondays and Wednesdays: 10am-1.30pm

01865 251616

St Michael’s Baby and Toddler Group

The group takes place in the church, lots of space for trikes and toddle trucks, plus quieter area for babies and children’s toys. We run through the holidays as well as in term time.

Tuesdays: 10.00-12.00

£1.50 per family

St Michael & All Angels, Lonsdale Road, Summertown, OX2 7ES

01865 556079


St Nicholas Church Marston Baby and Toddler Group

This FREE warm and welcoming group is for parents and carers with babies and young children (up to school age). We have a big collection of toys, books and activities and when the weather is good we can play in the enclosed yard. Tea, coffee, and biscuits are provided.

Wednesdays: 9.30-11.30 (term-time only)

Marston Vicarage, Elsfield Rd, Oxford, OX3 0PR

01865 248260

Stepping Stones Toddler Group

Toddler group for ages 0-5.

Thursdays: 10.00-12.00 (term-time only)

Woodstock Road Baptist Church, Woodstock Road, Summertown, OX2 7NQ

01865 873592

Summertown Library

Stay, Play & Learn
Tuesdays 1.30-2.30
Join us for a friendly, gentle morning of playing and activities. Play with toys, sensory materials and books. Perfect for babies, toddlers and their families. These are free, drop-in sessions.

Thursdays 11-11.30
Join us for songs, rhymes, instruments and puppets! Perfect for babies, toddlers and children under 5. Free, drop in.

Spanish Rhymetime
Fridays 10.30-11
Join in with songs, rhymes and stories in Spanish!
Free, drop in session.

Library opening times
Monday 9.30am-5pm (unstaffed 6-11.30pm)
Tuesdays 9.30am-6.30pm (unstaffed 7.30-11.30pm)
Wednesday (unstaffed 9.30-11.30am)
Thursday 9.30am-6.30pm (unstaffed 7.30-11.30pm)
Friday 9.30am-5pm (unstaffed 6-11.30pm)
Saturday 9am-4pm (unstaffed -11.530pm)
Sunday (unstaffed 10am-11.30pm)

South Parade, Summertown, OX2 7JN
01865 558290


Sunflowers Baby and Toddler Drop-In

A friendly session with brilliant toys, fun crafts and of course delicious cakes… and not forgetting the comfy sofas! Suitable for 0-4 year olds. No need to book, just turn up!

Tuesdays: 10.00-12.00. Term-time (restarts 24th Sept 2019)

£2.00 per family

Old Schoolhouse near Hertford Street in East Oxford

Sunflowers also run a drop-in session on the first Saturday of every month (10.00-12.00). Enjoy toys, a bouncy castle, toast and drinks… with the Saturday papers and bacon butties for us grown-ups. £2 per family.

Sunnymead Minnows

We are a Cutteslowe Community Association and Cutteslowe Primary School joint venture, providing fun groups, activities and support for children under 5 and their families. Sunnymead Minnows is committed to the continuation of free open access Children’s Services in North Oxford, based in the Cutteslowe area, following the closure of the North Oxford Children’s Centre (NOCC).

We now provide 5 drop-in groups:

Rhyme Time for under 5s – Mondays 9.00-9.30
Aquarium Room at Cutteslowe Primary School. Term-time only.

Bumps to Babies – Mondays 9.30-11.00
A FREE interactive session for expectant parents and under 1s. Term time only.
Aquarium Room at Cutteslowe Primary School

Stay & Play with hot lunch – Thursdays from 9.45am
FREE drop-in Stay & Play for under 5s, followed by singing and a hot lunch (small charge for lunch). Operates through the school holidays.
Cutteslowe Community Association, 31 Wren Road, OX2 7SX

Messy Minnows – Fridays 10.00-12.00
A FREE messy and active play session for under 5s. Drop-in session. Term time only.
The Pavilion in Cutteslowe Park (next to San Remo Café)

Family Fun – 3rd Saturday of the month, 10.00-12.00
A monthly family group with toys and activities – older siblings welcome. Drop in.
Cutteslowe Community Association, 31 Wren Road, OX2 7SX

01865 311172

The Maple Tree Children and Family Centre

Littleworth Road, Wheatley, OX33 1NW


01865 236700


Wheatley Babies & Toddlers
Mondays 09:30 – 11:30

Once Upon a RhymeTime
Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:30

Maple Tree Twins Group
Tuesdays 13:00 – 14:30 (every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month)

Well Baby Clinic
Wednesdays 09:30 – 10:45

Wheatley Sling Library
Wednesdays 09:30 – 11:00 (every other Wednesday)

Expectant Mums Group
Wednesdays 09:30 – 11:00 (every 2nd Wednesday of the month)

Stay & Play
Thursdays 09:15 – 11:30

Maple Babies
Thursdays 1.00-2.30 This is a group for babies under 1 year (unfortunately we do not have facilities for older siblings during this group)

Stay & Play – Outside Inside
Fridays 10:00 – 12:00

Toddler Time

We are a friendly group for young children with their parents or carers to enjoy songs, stories and play together. We are free, but provide refreshments at a recovery cost. We have a singing circle the last 15 minutes – come request songs and have fun!

Wednesdays 10.30-12.00 (term-time only)

Summertown URC, 294A Banbury Road, Summertown, OX2 7HN

07931 305 803