Playgroups & Classes Crawley


Playgroups and classes

Crawley and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on for pre-school age children.

Below is a list of all the local playgroups and drop in clinics throughout the week and also details of all the children’s activities classes available across our area. Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.

If you know of any other classes or groups which are not already listed, then please contact us here. Basic listings are free. ’Featured’ listings are £15 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.

Featured Listing

Water Babies

As well as teaching potentially lifesaving skills, baby swimming is the perfect exercise for little ones, since water allows muscles to move freely while being supported by its buoyancy. It also develops learning skills, boosts confidence, improves co-ordination and enhances wellbeing. And with NHS guidelines saying that babies don’t need to have had their vaccinations before they can swim, it’s the only structured activity you can do together from birth.

Since we opened our doors to our first water babies in 2002, we’ve taught over a quarter of a million babies and toddlers to swim, and we’ve scooped lots of awards for what we do. What’s more, Water Babies teachers are among the highest-trained baby swimming teachers in the world. So it’s safe to say that you and your little one will be in the best possible hands with us.

Through our carefully structured training, babies grow familiar with what it feels like to fall into water, so that should they ever accidentally fall in they are far less likely to panic and drown.

And our results speak for themselves: more than a dozen Water Babies have used their skills to survive after accidentally falling into water, even though they were very young at the time.

Times and locations:
Crawley – Saturday from 9am – 1pm and Sunday from 2pm – 4pm
Reigate – Tuesdays from 4pm – 5pm, Wednesdays 9:30am – 11:30am, Thursdays from 9:30am – 11:30am & 4pm – 5pm, Saturdays from 8:30am – 12:30pm and Sundays 9am – 1pm
Other locations across East Surrey also available

Tel: 01293 279229

Cheneler School of Dance

Welcome to The Cheneler School of Dance. We teach Ballet, Modern Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Performance, Contemporary, Street Dance, Pointe and Pilates. Classes from 18 months to adults (term time only) in the Crawley, Horsham and Horley areas.

Try your first class for FREE!

Where: Numerous locations including Holy Trinity School, Gossops Green; Albert Rooms, Horley; St Leonard’s Church, Horsham; and Leechpool Primary School, Horsham

Tel: Hayley Cheneler on 07803 923439


Crawley Town Mini Reds

Come along to our Crawley Town FC Mini Reds session, for children aged 6 and under. Sessions are structured to introduce fundamental skills, movemnts and technique to improve their agility, balance and coordination.

Run by experienced and FA qualified coaches.

£3.50 per session on the day or you can block book to be eligible for DISCOUNTS!

When: Saturdays 9:00-10:00am

Where: We are located on the 3G pitch behind The Checkatrade Stadium, Winfield Way, Crawley, RH11 9RX

Tel: 01293 410 000 option 4


Desire2Dance is a small, friendly ISTD Dance school based in Crawley, founded in 2016. We currently offer dance lessons for boys and girls in ISTD Ballet, Modern and Tap as well as Adult classes in Tap.


Parent & Toddler (up to 2.5 years): Fridays 9.30-10.30am & 10.45-11.45am
Pre-Primary Ballet & Modern (2.5-4 years): Saturdays 10.30-11.30am
Primary Ballet, Modern & Tap: Monday & Tuesday afternoon and Saturday mornings
Adult Tap & Ballet: Tuesday & Wednesday evenings
Zumba: Fridays 7.00-8.00pm

Where: Bewbush Barn Church, Francis Edwards Way, Bewbush, RH11 8GG

Tel: 07546 943788

Inspire Academy of Dance

Inspire offers a wide variety of classes to suit every age, interest and ability.

When: Saturday mornings

9:30-10:00am Ballet Babes
10:00-10:45am Pre-Primary Ballet & Primary Modern
10:45-11:30am Grade 1 Ballet & Grade 2 Modern
11:30am-12:15pm Primary Ballet & Grade 1 Modern

Where: Copthorne Community & Sports Association, Copthorne Jubilee Pavilion, Copthorne Bank, Copthorne, RH10 3JF

Tel: Jo on 07518 758843

Jellyfish Swim School

Jellyfish swim school has been operating for over 15 years and has developed a system of teaching which has consistently achieved great results for children all over Sussex.

We specialise in teaching novice swimmers from age 3 years and ensure that the basics are taught correctly. Parent and baby/toddler classes also available from 3 months to 3 years.

When: All sessions Saturdays 8:30am-5:00pm and Sundays 9:00-11:30am

Where: Copthorne Preparatory School, Effingham Lane, Copthorne, RH10 3HR

Tel: 07950 127517


Kicks Dance

Children love music and they love to dance. At Kicks we believe dance is a great way to develop self-confidence in your little people, who then grow into confident adults. What better way to have fun, gain self-esteem and get fit at the same time?

At Kicks we dance to music the children love. There is no pressure, with no exams or competitions – we just like having lots of fun!!

When & Where:

Tuesdays: 9:20-9:50am @ Maidenbower Pavillion (18-35 months);  3:30-4:30pm @ Maidenbower Infant School (Y1+2)

Wednesdays: 2.00-2.30pm @ Maidenbower Community Centre (3-4 years – PAYG); 3:30-4:15pm @ Maidenbower Infant School (Reception)

Saturdays: 9:00-9:30am (18-35 months);  9:45-10:15am (3-4 years);  10:15-11:15am (5-11 years);  11:15am-12:00pm (Reception)
Maidenbower Community Centre

Tel: Amelia Russell on 07722 826162


Library Multi-Sensory Story Magic Time

Join a multi-sensory story time session especially for children and young people with additional needs.

When: first Saturday of the month 2:30-3:15pm

Where: Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG

Tel: 01293 651751


Little Dancers

Little Dancers, big performers!  Classes in Ballet, Freestyle/Street and Jazz/Tap for children from 18 months.

3:30-4:00pm – Freestyle Fusion Disco Duck (18 months – 4 years)
4:00-4:45pm – Freestyle Fusion Minis (5-10 years)
4:30-5:15pm – Freestyle Fusion Juniors (11+)

3:30-4:00pm – Pre-school Ballet (2-4 years)
4:00-4:45pm – Mini Ballet (5-7 years)
4:30-5:15pm – Junior Ballet (8-10 years)
5:00-5:45pm – Intermediate Ballet (11+)

9:30-10:00am – Jazz/Tap Theatre Babes (3-5 years)
10:00-10:45am – Mini Jazz/Tap (6-10 years)
10:45-11:30am – Junior Jazz/Tap (11+)

Where: Bewbush Centre, Dorsten Square, Crawley, RH11 8XW

Tel: 07747 720612

Little Kickers

Join the UK’s top football training programme for kids!

We have four different football classes each tailored to a different age group.

  • Little Kicks – 1½ – 2yrs 3 mths
  • Junior Kickers – 2 – 3½ yrs
  • Mighty Kickers – 3½- 5th birthday
  • Mega Kickers – 5 – 7th b’day


Thursday am & Friday pm @ K2 Sports Centre, Pease Pottage Hill, Crawley, RH11 9BQ
Friday pm @ Maidenbower Community Centre, Harvest Road, Crawley, RH10 7QH
Friday after school club @ Maidenbower Pavilion, Maidenbower Drive, Crawley, RH10 7HG
Saturday @ Oriel High School, Maidenbower Lane, Crawley, RH10 7XW
Sunday @ Horley Leisure Centre, Anderson Way, Horley, RH6 8SP
Sunday @ Hazelwick School, Hazelwick Mill Lane, Crawley, RH10 1SX

Tel: 01293 226201

Little Sparks Dance Academy

My aim is to create a knockout little crew with big personality, who adore performing and want to share their dancing talent with the world street style!

When: Saturday mornings
Tiny Sparks (3-4yrs) – 9:00-9:30am £3
Little Sparks (5-8yrs) – 9:30-10:30am £6
Junior Sparks (9-16yrs) – 10:30-11:30am £6

Where: Hut 15 The Dojo, Tilgate Park, RH10 5PH


Musical Hands

We offer classes for babies from 6 weeks old upwards, toddlers from walking, pre-school from 2.5 years and school age, currently from 4-14 years.

Babies – Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Music & Signing
Toddlers – Dance, Movement & Signing
Pre-School – Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern Jazz, Dance
School Age – Ballet, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern Jazz, Singing, Drama, Street, & Cheerleeding

When & Where:
Monday and Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings @ Maidenbower Pavilion (child only classes)
Tuesday and Friday mornings @ Maidenbower Community Centre (parent & child classes)
Wednesday afternoons @ Maidenbower Junior School (school age)

Tel: Karen on 01293 201042

Puffins Swim School

Puffins has two private heated pools in Turners Hill and offers swimming classes to babies, toddlers, pre-school, children, and adults.

Parent and Child (baby/toddler) and Child (age 3+): Monday to Friday 9.00am – 3.00pm; Saturday 11.00am – 12.00pm

Adults: Monday to Friday 8am to 3.00pm

Aqua Aerobics: Tuesday am

ASA 1-6: Monday to Friday 3.30pm-6.30pm; Saturday 8.00am to 3.00pm

Please contact us for more information.
Tel: 01342 859 199

Library Rhyme Time for Dads

Meet up with other dads by taking your under 5 along to a library rhyme time session.

Join in the fun anytime. It’s FREE!

10:30-11:00am – Saturdays
Broadfield Library, Broadfield Barton, Broadfield, RH11 9BA
01293 543298

11:00-11:30am (Singalong) – last Saturday of the month
Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG
01293 651751



Providing recreational sporting activities for children and adults of all ages and abilities, predominantly in the fields of gymnastics and trampolining.

Booking essential.

When & Where:

Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday afternoons at Copthorne Parish Hub, RH10 3ZQ

Wednesday/Thursday/Friday evenings and Saturday/Sunday mornings at Oakwood Sports Centre, RH6 9AB

Friday evening and Saturday morning at Hazelwick School, RH10 1SX

Tel: 0203 4780203

Library Storytime (Bookworms)

Stories and activities for children aged 3-6

Join in with the fun anytime -it’s FREE!

When: Tuesdays 4:00-4:30pm (term-time only)
Saturdays 9:45-10:15am

Where: Crawley Library, Southgate Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6HG

Tel: 01293 651751


Sway Dance Studio

Our children’s classes are extremely popular, with something for youngsters of all ages to enjoy, from 3 year old upwards.

Whether you are looking to learn something new or just have fun, these sessions are a fantastic opportunity for children to develop new skills, while gaining in confidence and making new friends.

Where: The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley, RH10 6YZ

The Vincent Martin Company of Dance and Musical Theatre

We provide dance, singing and acting training for students aged 2 – 18 yrs. Classes are active, fun and educational.

We offer a multitude of classes in various theatrical disciplines displaying both performance and technical skills. These include a variety of dance, singing, acting styles along with stage presence qualities.

Contact us today to book your free class trial.

Tel: Vince on 07581 229887