All Playgroups

COVID-19 UPDATE (March 2021):  You can find a ‘rough guide’ of baby to pre-school classes here. The info in the Weekly Activities sections will be updated in due course as playgroups re-open and classes return to normal.

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Tuesdays 9.15am to 11.15am 
Thursdays 12.45pm to 3pm
Fridays 9.15am to 11.15am
Term-time only

St Alban’s Centre, Garvey Villas, Windy Nook, Gateshead NE10 9SU
Tel: 0191 4694234

Come and join us at St. Alban’s Toddler Group. There is a variety of toys and activities for children aged 0 to 4.

Price is £1.50 (extra 50p charge per sibling).
– which includes a hot drink for the adult and juice and a biscuit for the child. Additional hot drinks can be purchased for 30p.

0191 469 4234


Beacon Lough Baptist Church Parents and Toddlers

Wednesdays 1 – 3pm
Term-time only

Beacon Lough Baptist Church, Southend Road, NE9 6XS
Tel: 07974 394 621

A friendly and welcoming group, plenty of toys and books, storytime, song and craft sessions, refreshments and usually a party or outing each term.

£1.50 per family, 50p each extra adult.

Bill Quay Methodist Church Playgroup

Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am
(term time only)

Methodist Church, Station Road, Bill Quay, Gateshead NE10 0UH

All welcome. Friendly atmosphere. Toast, fruit and juice. Free play as well as messy and creative play. Baby corner. Usually songs to end the session.

£1.50 (£2 for 2 or more children). Newborns – 4 year olds.


Birtley Community Centre Parent & Toddler Group

Thursdays 9.30 – 11am
Term time only

Ravensworth Road, Birtley, Gateshead, DH3 1EN
Tel: 0191 410 2343

Small toys and ride on toys, light breakfast is provided for child and one adult.

£1.50 per child

Birtley Methodist Church Playgroup

Tuesdays 10 – 11.30am
Term-time only

Birtley Methodist Church, Station Lane, Birtley, DH3 1DG
Tel: 07895 800 542

Lots of toys suitable for all ages, crafts, song time, snacks, tea/coffee and a chance for mums, dads, grandparents or carers to get together.

£1.50 Babies – pre school age.

Blackhall Mill Community Centre Playgroup

Fridays 9.30-11.30am

Blackhall Mill Community Centre, River View, Blackhall Mill, Gateshead, NE177TQ

£2. Pop along to The Mill for lots of fun activities.

Bumble Bees Pre-School Playgroup

Thursdays 9.30am

Birtley Community Centre, Ravensworth Road, Birtley, Gateshead, DH3 1EN
Tel: 07928 995 470

Chopwell Community Centre Toddler Group

Tuesdays 9.30 – 11.30am
Term-time only

Chopwell Community Centre, Derwent St, Chopwell, NE17 7HS
Tel: 01207 562462

Play, dance and soft play equipment to stimulate and engage children. Why not bring your toddler along and make some new friends.

The fee is a donation. All are welcome.

Chowdene Children’s Centre Parents & Toddler Group

Wednesdays 9.30 – 11am
Runs selected dates in school holidays (including Feb half term)

Chowdene Children’s Centre, Waverley Road, Chowdene, Gateshead, NE9 7TU
Tel: 0191 433 5100

Volunteer led parent and toddler groups provide an opportunity for parents/carers to spend quality time with their toddlers. The sessions include songs, rhymes, crafts and messy play.

£1 per session (50p siblings), drop-in.
Birth – five years old.

Dunston Activity Centre Playgroup

Tuesdays 9 – 11am
Term-time only

Dunston Activity Centre, Ellison Road, Gateshead, NE11 9SS
Tel: 0191 425 2222

Providing a safe and friendly environment for youngsters to play and learn. Children are encouraged to play, participate in craft activities, interact with one another and sing along at music time. There is a safe outdoor area to play in during fine weather.

£2 per child.

Dunston Community Centre Monkey Madness

Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.30am
Thursdays 9.30 – 11.30am
(term time only)

Dunston Community Centre, Collingwood Terrace, Gateshead, NE11 9EB

Soft play, messy play, arts and crafts, song time, Snacks

£2 per child. Just come along!

Harlow Green Primary School Playgroup

Fridays 9 – 10.30am

Harlow Green Community Primary School, Harlow Green Lane, Gateshead, NE9 7TB

Kibblesworth Village Millennium Centre Playgroup

Mondays 9-11am
Thursdays 9-11am
Term-time only

Kibblesworth Village Millennium Centre, Grange Terrace, Kibblesworth, Gateshead, NE11 0XN
Tel: 0191 411 1193


Leam Lane Little Treasures Playgroup

Thursdays 1 – 2.30pm
Term time only, from 5th Sep

Leam Lane Community Centre, 129 Cotemede, Leam Lane, Gateshead, NE10 8QH

Our playgroup for birth to pre-school age, provides an opportunity for parents and carers to spend quality time with their children in a fun environment. Sessions will include toys and games, books, songs, crafts and messy play and a snack.

£1.50, drop-in.

Marley Hill Community Centre Noah’s Ark

Tuesdays 9.30 – 11.30am
Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.30am
Fridays 9.30 – 11.30am
Term-time only

Marley Hill Community Centre, Church Street, Marley Hill, NE16 5DW
Tel: 07973836295

A wide range of toys – ride on toys, prams, dolls, slides, see-saw, tent, role plays, arts and crafts, duplo, bricks, train sets, cars, jigsaws and books. Also snack time.


Riverside Primary Academy Toddler Group

Tuesdays 9.30 – 11am
Wednesdays 9.30 – 11am
Term-time only

Riverside Primary Academy, Colliery Road, Dunston, Gateshead, NE11 9DX
Tel: 0191 460 1918

There are plenty toys, games, and activities to keep little ones occupied. Come along and enjoy time with friends in a relaxed environment. Juice and biscuits are provided for the children and tea and coffee for the adults.

£1.00. No booking necessary.

Salvation Army Community Church Little Treasures

Thursdays 9.30 – 11.30am
Term-time only

Salvation Army Community Church, Sunderland Road, Gateshead, NE8 3EY
Tel: 0191 478 1314

A friendly playgroup in a fully accessible building with a great selection of play things for all toddlers.

£1 per child including snack.

Sheriff Hill Methodist Church Playgroup

Tuesdays 9.30 – 11.30am
Fridays 9.30 – 11.30am

Sheriff Hill Methodist Church, ​Gateshead NE9 5SD
Tel: 0191 469 2788

£2.50, coffee and snack included.

Springwell Village Community Venue Twins & Multiples

Fridays 10am – 12pm

Fell Rd, Springwell Village, Gateshead, NE9 7RP
Tel: 0191 416 2630

Twins & multiple birth playgroup, everyone welcome. Sit and ride toys, tunnels, tents, home corner, baby area.


St Chad’s Community Project Learning Through Play

Fridays 9.15am – 11.15am
Term-time only

St Chad’s Community Project, 21 Liddell Terrace, Gateshead, NE8 1YN
Tel: 0191 490 1032

The group offers children the opportunity to play with other children of the same age, giving them the experience of learning to mix, share and take turns. It gives parents the chance to meet and share experiences and make new friends.


St Chad’s Parent and Toddler Group

Wednesdays 9.30 – 11am (term time only)

St Chad’s Community Project, 21 Liddell Terrace, Gateshead, NE8 1YN
Tel: 0191 490 1032

A pre-school play group for children and adults to attend. This group supports children’s learning through play.


St George’s Church Tots and Toddlers

Thursdays 10 – 11.30am (term time only)

St George’s Church, 1-9 Inskip Terrace, Gateshead, NE8 4AJ
Tel: 0191 340 4844

A space for parents and carers to bring their little ones. We have free play, snack, songs and an area for babies. It’s a friendly and welcoming environment.

50p per child

St Helen’s Church Playgroup

Fridays 1-3pm

St Helen’s Church, Bell Vue Bank, Low Fell, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE9 6BQ
Tel: 0191 491 1317

Lovely group with lots of baby toys. Come for as long or short as you like. Tea, coffee and biscuits. Free.

St John’s Church Playgroup

Mondays 9.15-11.30am
Term-time only

St John’s Church, Church Rd, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 5RD
Tel: 07880741654

Interactive play with creative/craft area. Song time, drink and snack for toddlers. Small friendly group run by volunteers. New toddlers always welcome however we do have a waiting list. If you are interested please contact Cath on 07504512918.

£2 (+50p siblings).
Birth – 3 years.

St Joseph’s Infant School Toddler Group

Thursdays 9—10.30am
Term time only

Birtley St Joseph’s Infant School, Mitchell Street, Birtley, DH3 1LU
Tel: 0191 4102324

Come along for a cuppa, a chat and a chance for you and  your child to make new friends.
Fruit snack & drink provided.

£1 for first child, 50p extra child.

St Marys Heworth Treasure Tots

Fridays 9.30 – 11.30am
All year round

St Mary’s Heworth, Heworth, NE10 0UT (opposite Metro)
Tel: 0191 469 6211

Toys & books for babies and toddlers (bumps welcome too!). Coffee & company for mums, dads, grandparents and carers. Snack provided.

£1 a child (50p siblings)

St Mary’s Toddler Group

Tuesdays & Fridays, 9.30 – 11.30am
Term time only

Heron House, Scout Hut, Park Drive, Whickham, NE16 4SP

Activities and toys range from crafts, painting, musical toys, book-corner, jig-saws, tabletop-activities, kitchen, baby-corner, etc to song-time and ride – on large toys. Snacks for children and coffee/tea for adults are provided.

£2 per child (Under 6 months & first session free)

St. Ninian’s Church Baby & Toddler Group

Tuesdays 9:30- 11.30am

St. Ninian’s Church Hall, Ivy Lane, Gateshead, NE9 6QD
Tel: 07970392203

Activities include: Craft time, snack time (fruit, biscuits, water), play time (home corner, cars, dolls, dressing up, construction toys, puzzles, etc), physical play (slide, bikes, cars, ride-ons, etc), song time.

£2. Please note there may be a short waiting list to join

Stargate & Crookhill Centre Stay & Play

Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am

Stargate & Crookhill Comunity Centre, Stargate Lane, Crookhill, Ryton, NE40 3DX
Tel: 07505275837

Light snack and juice for children included.

Age 1 and over: £2
Under 1 year/siblings: £1


The Grove Pre-School Toddler Group

Thursdays 12.30 – 2.30pm

Harras Bank, Birtley, Chester-le-Street, DH3 2LN
Tel: 0191 410 2011


Wesley Church Childminder Group

Mondays 3.30pm
Tuesdays 3.30pm
Wednesdays 3.30pm
Thursdays 3.30pm
Fridays 3.30pm

Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, The Crescent, 557 Durham Rd , Low Fell, NE9 5EY

Whitehills Community Centre Playgroup

Mondays 9.30 – 11.30am
Wednesdays 9.30 – 11.30am
Closed from 25th Feb 2020 for building maintenance, re-opens 9th March 

The Whitehills Centre, Whitehills Drive, Whitehills, Gateshead, NE10 8XU
Tel: 07736036547

From arts and craft to story time, our parent and toddler group is well a established group run by a team of local volunteers. Parents are welcome to come along with children from 0-4 years and enjoy a playful and exciting morning.

£1.50 (+50p siblings)

Willows Mini Montessori Parent & Toddler Group

Mondays 9.45 – 11.30am
Term-time only

Main Hall, Ryton Community Centre, Old Ryton Village, Ryton, NE40 3QP
Tel: 0191 413 1929

Mini Montessori is a Montessori inspired parent, baby and toddler group for 0 – 4 year olds. We offer a range of Montessori activities, messy play, song time and a cosy baby section.

£2 per child 6 months – 4 years.
£1 per additional child.
Under 6 months free.


Winlaton Mill Village Hall Playgroup

Thursdays 10 – 12pm
Runs selected dates in school holidays (including Feb half term)

Winlaton Mill Village Hall, May Avenue, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon on Tyne, NE21 6SF

Includes: playtime, craft activity most weeks, drink, crisps and biscuits for the children, tea/coffee and biscuits for the adults.

£1.50 (50p siblings), drop in.

Wrekenton Hub Toddler Time

Mondays 1.30 – 2.30pm
Term time only, from 6th Jan

Wrekenton Hub, High Street, Wrekenton, Gateshead, NE9 7JR
Tel: 0191 433 6300

An opportunity for parents/carers to spend quality time with their toddlers, including songs, stories, rhymes, crafts and messy play.

Free but booking recommended.
Suitable from walking to starting nursery.