Dorking Playgroups

Playgroups are a good opportunity to get out of the house and meet other mums. There are playgroups on throughout the week in Dorking. Here is our pick of the best groups on offer


North Holmwood Village Hall 
Tuesdays and Fridays 11 till 12.45 for under 3s 

A wonderful early introduction to the Montessori Method for children as well as their parents/carers.

We are excited to be able to finally open up and our first session will now be on Tuesday April 13th.

£6 per child, 2nd child £3. Maximum 15 adults for now.

During the Easter holidays, we will be having an additional session on April 13th and 16th from 10-11.15 but not after that, as there is a class already booked in that slot.

Whatsapp/call Martina: 07557649165

Butterhill Playgroup
Friends Meeting House, South St

Tues- Fri 9.30-12.15 with an optional lunch club until 1pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Butterhill Playgroup is a small friendly parent led playgroup. It provides a relaxed environment for play and activities both inside and out.
Please contact Dan Or Manda
Tel: 07967 858 810

Dorking Sure Start Children's Centre
West Street, Dorking, Surrey. RH4 1BY
Tel/Fax: 01306 882397
Open for advice and information 9.00am - 4.00pm (Monday to Friday, 48 weeks of the year).

Groups for children, parents and carers

'Stay and Play' Groups

We run 'Stay and Play' groups at both our centres and out in the community for parents or carers and their children.  Please come along if you are interested.  You will find:

  • a wide range of activities for the children
  • support and information from experienced staff
  • no booking required
  • a request for £1.25 per session per family towards the cost of activities and/or a snack

These groups are for parents or carers and their children under three, run on a weekly basis, term time only on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 9.30am to 11.15am and Wednesday afternoons from 1pm to 2.45pm. 

Dorking Nursery School Sure Start Children's Centre sessions are on Wednesdays 9.30 -11.15 and 1.00 - 2.45 and on Thursdays 9.30 - 11.15.

'Stay and Play' Groups at Dorking Rural Children's Centre

The groups here are for children under the age of 5 with their parents or carers, run on a weekly basis, term time only on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10.00am to 12.00 noon. On Wednesday there is a toy library available from 11.00am to 12.00 noon. 

'Stay and Play' Groups at Beare Green

This group is for parents or carers with their children under five, runs term time only on Wednesday mornings from 10.00am to 11.30am and is held at Beare Green Village Hall, Merebank, Surrrey RH5 4RD.

Kickers and Crawlers

A baby group for parents/ carers and their children under 1. Come along and meet other mums and have a play with your baby in a baby friendly environment. No pre-booking needed.  One group meets at Dorking Nursery School Children’s Centre every Thursday (note new day from Sept '11) from 1.00pm to 3.00pm term-time only.  Another group meets at Dorking Rural Children's Centre every Thursday from 1.00pm to 3.00pm all year round. (This group runs at the same time as the baby clinic held by the health visitors.)

Twins' Group

For parents of twins and multiple births and their children under 5, Fridays, term-time only, at Dorking Nursery School Children's Centre (please call for times). Please note we will no longer be running the Twins' Group from September 2012, but you are welcome to attend one of our regular Under 3s Stay & Play groups - see above).

Dads' and Kids' Group

A group for dads/male carers and their children 0-8 year olds, running all year round. Come along and meet other dads the SECOND Saturday each month, 10.00am - 12.00 noon.  This group meets at Dorking Rural Children's Centre.

Young Parents' Group

An exciting mix of stay and play sessions for young parents and their children, with advice & support about child development coupled with adult learning opportunities and pampering courses for the parents with a creche provided for the children. Tuesday afternoons from 1.00pm to 3.00pm at Dorking Rural Children's Centre, all year round.

Childminders' Group

Every Tuesday during term time from 9.30am to 11.30am there is a drop-in 'Stay and Play' session for all local registered childminders at Dorking Nursery School Children's Centre.  All local registered childminders are welcome to attend.  The group provides fun and stimulating activities for the children in their care.  It also enables childminders to share best practice and to support each other. 

There is a noticeboard for both parents and childminders, including information for parents on how to choose a childminder, future group activities for childminders and childminding training opportunities as well as a vacancy list for childminders to advertise their availability to new parents and carers. For a list of local childminders or help in finding one, contact Judith Barnes, the Childminders Group representative, by email - more information about becoming a childminder or finding a childminder, you may find this website useful: Surrey County Council Childminding Association:

Leatherhead Lodge,
1 Leatherhead Road, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 8ST.
Tel: 01372 385437
Tues & Thurs afternoons only: 1.45 - 3.15 pm

Tots in tune
Downsend School, Ashtead Lodge,
22 Oakfield Road, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 2RE.
Tel: 01372 385439
Tues & Thurs mornings: 9.45 - 11.15 am and afternoons: 1.45 - 3.15 pm. A small and very friendly group. If you prefer a quieter session for your child or if they are very young, the afternoons would be adviseable. All ages from birth to pre-school are welcome. Opportunity for children to get to know Ashtead Lodge if you are thinking of Downsend for your little one.

Redlands Community Playlink
Goodwyns Road, Dorking, Surrey RH4 2LR
Tel: 01306 740095

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