Please contact groups prior to visiting to ensure that they are running that day.


Sing and Sign: Horfield Methodist Church
Developed with the help of speech and language professionals and recommended by experts, Sing and Sign is the original British baby signing programme.

Babies use all kinds of signs and gestures as a natural part of learning to talk. Encouraging your baby with extra signs like milk, more, change nappy or tired will help your baby communicate! Baby signing with Sing and Sign is easy and fun and over the course your baby will learn around 150 signs. Your baby will recognise important words sooner and can use the signs to “talk” to you before speech.


  • 9.45am stage 2 (for approx. 16-24 mths), 10.45pm and 1.15pm Stage 1 (for approx. 6 – 15 mths), 11.45am Babes (2-6 mths)
  • Pre-booking on a term-time basis is required
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Playful Café
A community hub in the heart of Bishopston which offers a relaxed and friendly family play cafe, community support groups, classes and workshops and children’s parties. The play café is open 5 days a week – all welcome. It offers fresh coffee and delicious snacks and lunches, freshly prepared and cooked on the premises.

Great facilities and toys including: pirate ship and castle multi-level play structures, DUPLO area, playhouses and role-play zones, dressing-up area, train tables, library corner, baby lounge and more.
Opening times:
Monday: 08.45 – 15.30
Tuesday: 08.45 – 15.00
Wednesday: 08.45 – 15.00
Thursday: 08.45 – 15.30
Friday: 08.45 – 15.30
Saturday: closed for private hire
Sunday: closed for private hire
  • Non-members – £4 per child, £1 per sibling, free for siblings under 1 year / Members – £8 per month
  • Playful Cafe, Fenton Court, Bishopston, BS7 8ND
  • Contact: / 0117 239 2613
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diddi dance: Horfield Baptist Church
Funky pre-school dance classes suitable for both boys and girls aged 18 months upwards, however, lots of younger children join in too.


Cairns Road Café: Cairns Road Baptist Church

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Drop-in playgroup and café. Play area for under-5s always available. Supporting Fair Trade. Home made cakes and freshly made sandwiches and snacks. Promoting healthy eating for children, children’s lunchbox available – select 5 healthy items for £1.50.

Ardagh Toddlers

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Drop-in Playgroup for babies and young children aged 0 – 3 years. Toys, puzzles, craft activities, outdoor area and more. Refreshments for parents/carers and children.

Horfield ‘Toddling Wellies’ Parent & Toddler Group
A parent/toddler group for babies and young children aged 0-4 years. Each session typically includes toys, puzzles, craft activities, singing and a large garden in which to play.

Meet family support workers as well as socialise with others from the community. Refreshments for parents/carers and children provided. Waiting list at present.

Baby Bounce & Rhyme at Horfield Library
Nursery rhymes and songs for very young children.


Preschool Gymnastics: Bristol School of Gymnastics
Gymnastics classes suitable for children aged over 3 which are designed to give a wide physical education. There are a maximum of 15 children in a class with 3 coaches. Children stay on their own – parents are able to watch the the last session of each course.

The classes are based on themes. There is a group activity at the start, then the children are split into 3 groups to work on the apparatus. They then have time to play and finish with a song.

Children are all provided with a drink and biscuit before they go home.