Friday 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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If you run a relevant activity or business that’s not listed yet (or if you’re a parent with a recommendation) please feel free to get in touch with details.

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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


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.


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.

Harlow Green Primary School Playgroup

Fridays 9 – 10.30am

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

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.


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 Parents & Toddlers

Mondays 9.30 – 11am
Tuesdays 1.30 – 3pm
Fridays 1.30 – 3pm

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

Sit and ride toys, tunnels, tents, home corner, baby area. Drink and snack for each child. Parties and events.


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 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 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)

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

Whickham Community Centre Playgroup

Thursdays 1.30pm
Fridays 10-10.30am

Whickham Community Centre, Front Street, Whickham, NE16 4JL
Tel: 0191 4881291