Wednesday 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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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.

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 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!

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.

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.


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


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)