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Burley Babies and Tots

Anna Bedford Collins – 07968047209
St Mary’s Parish Centre – Mondays 1pm  to 2:30pm.
Friendly parent-led playground for babies and toddlers. The session enables new dads/mums to make friends while babies and tots have floor play and singing. Mums-to-be are welcome.
Donation of £1 towards tea/coffee and treats.

Rugby Tots

Venue: Queen’s Hall, Burley (Fridays)
Time: 9:25am for ages 2 to 3.5 –  10am for ages 3.5 to 5
Venue: Moorfield Primary School (Saturdays)
Time: 9am for ages 2 to 3.5 –  10:10am for ages 3.5 to 5
Venue: Prince Henrys Grammar School, Otley (Sundays)
Times: 9:55am for ages 2 to 3.5 –  10:30am for ages 3.5 to 5
Our fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.

sweaty mama

Contact: Lynsey Love
Telephone: 07945 931193
Venue: Queen’s Hall. Time: Wednesday 9:30am
Sweaty Mama class is a unique and effective way to exercise with your child.
No need to organise childcare, Sweaty Mama allows you to bond with your child whilst you undertake the workout, utilising their weight to intensify the exercise.

story bees

Contact: Maddie
Telephone: 07920 013954
Venue: Salem Church Hall
Time: Mondays 9:30am and 11:15am (term time only)
Story Bees uses quality children’s books as a stimulus for imaginative, creative and sensory play for 0-5 year olds. Booking Essential.
For more info check the Facebook page ‘Story Bees’, or the website.

tiny rhymers

Venue: Burley Library (Term Time Only).
Rhymetime for babies from 2:15 pm onwards.

Tuneful Tuesdays

Venue: Burley library
Time: Tuesdays 1.45pm to 2.45pm (term times only).
Storytime / Rhymetime / Crafts for under 5s and their carers.

village friendship group

Venue: Salem Church Hall
Time: Wednesday 10:00 am to11.30 am
(Term time only)
Contact: Karen Rose
Telephone: 865116
Friendship Group for mother and toddlers. Everyone welcome.

Bradford toy library

Telephone: 01274 365463
Email: thebradfordtoylibrary@

The Toy Library is a registered charity offering a free loan service of specialist toys and play equipment to children with special needs.

Telephone: 01274 365463
Email: thebradfordtoylibrary@
The Toy Library is a registered charity offering a free loan service of specialist toys and play equipment to children with special needs.



Telephone: 0800 1111
Free confidential helpline for children and young people in the UK.

Computer Facilities

Venue: Burley Library. Telephone: 01943 863714
5 computers with free access to the internet and the Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Powerpoint, Excel and Publisher.
A4 black and white printing – 10p per sheet. Free wi-fi in the building.
Free access to the sites Ancestry (Library Edition) and Findmypast within the library building. Customers can use their own USB memory sticks to save files.

cyber cafe

Contact: Angus MacIntosh. Telephone: 01943 862750
Email: macintoshfamily247@
Venue: Methodist Church
Times: Years 5 & 6, 3:30pm to 5pm on Thursdays.
A varied programme of activities for young people, including table tennis, pool/table football, Xbox, Playstation 2, Wii, craft/art sessions and quiet periods of discussion.

dance and drama

bonds theatre school

Principal: Emily Bond. Telephone: 07486 100530
Venue: Salem Hall & Queen’s Hall
Times: Tuesday to Friday, 4pm to 9pm
Saturday 9am to 6:30pm.
Theatre dance school specialising in ballet, tap, modern, street, acro, gymnastics, freestyle, jazz and cheerleading for children. Also singing lessons, adult dance classes and preschool & baby/toddler music sessions.

northern dance centre

Contact: Amy Addison
Venue: St Mary’s Parish Centre
Times: Mondays 3:30pm until 6:45pm.
Ballet classes for girls and boys aged 2+.

performance drama school (est 2003)

Contact: Susan Hughes Telephone: 0780 664 0661
Venue: St Mary’s Parish Centre & Queen’s Hall
Times: Thursday evenings
We provide excellent classes and holiday workshops for children age 4 years – 16 years. We provide plenty of opportunities for children to perform. Free trial classes available. Please contact Sue 0780 664 0661 for further information.

stage 84

Telephone: 01274 611984. Email:
Venue: Queen’s Hall
Times: Saturday mornings.
High quality, Saturday morning Drama Workshop classes for children aged 7+, offering tuition in all aspects of acting for stage and screen.


Hopscotch Baby/Toddler Music Class

Contact: Bonds Theatre School
Telephone: 07486 100530. Email:
Venue: Salem Hall & Parish Rooms
Times: Wednesdays 12:15pm & Thursdays 9:30am
Our classes are suitable for newborns through to 3yr olds. We use fun props, instruments, parachute, bubbles etc. We also have Little Starz Preschool Dance for ages 3-5yrs on Saturday mornings.

Ilkley Music Centre

Venue: Ilkley Grammar School, Cowpasture Road, LS29 8TR.
Times: Saturdays 9:00 am to 11:00 am – Term time only.
For young people up to the age of 18.

Kangaroo Choir

Venue: St Mary’s Parish Centre
Times: Tuesdays
Contact: Tom Clegg
Telephone: 07931 313893. Email:
A mother-baby choir. Dads also welcome! No singing experience necessary. We sing calming songs in simple two-part harmony. Please contact Tom for more details.

St Mary’s Church Choir

Contact: Peter Collins, Music Director
Telephone: 07976 722707
There are great opportunities for boys and girls to take part in services throughout the year.

National Childbirth Trust

Wharfedale Branch

Contact: Julia Whelan
Telephone: 0844 243 6853
Web: Here
NCT offers support in pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. The local branch organises nights out, walks, coffees and activities for children. Also on offer are antenatal classes, postnatal support, a sympathetic ear and practical help.


Burley Nursery School

Contact: Joanne Hanbidge. Telephone: 01943 864909
48 Station Road, Burley in Wharfedale.
Times: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
Established in 1982, Burley Nursery School has achieved an enviable reputation for providing high quality care of children aged 3 months to 5 years. With use of Montessori and Sensory rooms and a high emphasis on outdoor play, our team of highly qualified staff ensure that every child’s needs are met within our secure, happy and healthy environment.

Cliffe House Day Nursery

Contact: Hazel Earley or Sarah Ridley
Telephone: 01943 865007
Address: Main Street, Burley in Wharfedale, LS29 7DG
Times: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
Based in a beautiful listed building in the picturesque village of Burley in Wharfedale. Registered for 70 children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years. The nursery utilises 4 very large and airy rooms that are well planned, carefully organised and fully equipped, designed to stimulate and encourage children’s natural child development within 4 age groups.

Esscroft Private Nursery

Contact: Samantha Wilkes. Telephone: 01943 864174
Esscroft, Ilkley Road, Burley in Wharfedale
Times: Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm.
Esscroft Private Nursery is a distinctive Victorian country residence set in 2.5 acres of parkland, the main building consists of four rooms with a further two rooms positioned within the grounds. The grounds also provide a large play area, tennis court, carousel and woodland for the children to explore.

Jolly Tots

Contact: Ginny Jowett/Caley Hughes
Telephone: 01943 862727
Venue: Queen’s Hall Cottage, Main Street
Times: Monday to Friday 7:45am to 6pm.
For children aged 0-5 years. Caring, nurturing environment where the safety, security and happiness of children is paramount.

Pre-School Groups

Jolly Tots

Contact: Ginny Jowett / Caley Hughes
Telephone: 01943 862727
Address: Queen’s Hall Cottage, Main Street
Times: Monday to Friday 7:45 am to 6:00 pm
Offering full time or part time day care sessions for pre-school children. An invaluable experience making the transition into full time education a natural progression.

Red Brick Pre-School Playgroup

Telephone: 07971 407768
Venue: Catholic Church Hall, Bradford Road
Times: Monday to Friday 9:15 am to 12.15 pm, with a flexible lunch club each day from 12:15 pm to 1:15 pm. Just bring a packed lunch when and if you need the lunch club.
Telephone: 07971 407768

Registered Childcare &  Education Providers

Bradford Families Information Centre

Telephone: 01274 437503

Royal Air Force

Air Cadets – 1224 (Wharfedale) Squadron

Contact: Flt Lt Wayne Yeadon. Phone: 01943 604796
Venue: The Cadet Centre, Ashlands Road, Ilkley, LS29 8JT.
Times: Parade nights: Monday and Thursday 7pm to 9:30pm
For girls and boys from 12 (in year 8) to 18 years.

Scouts & Guides Group


Beavers: boys & girls aged 6 – 8 years
Cubs: boys & girls aged 8 – 10 years
Scouts : boys & girls aged 10 -14 years
Explorer Scouts: boys & girls aged 14+
Contact: Angela Hewett Phone: 07817 225892
Venue: Scout & Guide HQ, Peel Place
Times: Various


Rainbows: girls aged 5 to 7
Brownies: girls aged 7 to 10
Guides: girls aged 10 to 14
Rangers: girls aged 14 +
Contact: Sue Vint
Phone: 01943 864515
Venue: Scout & Guide Hut, Peel Place.
Times: Various

Youth Groups

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Venue: Queen’s Hall
Contact: Burley Parish Council
Phone: 01943 864728
Times: Mondays 7pm to 9:30pm.

Revelation (REV)

Telephone: 01943 863216 (Vicar)
07874 226690 (Becky Berry, Vicar’s PA)
Venue: Parish Centre, Burley
Time: Fridays 6:30 pm to 8:30pm (term time only).
St Mary’s youth group meets monthly on Fridays during term time.


YouthQuake is aimed at 11 to 14 year olds and features weekly sessions led by young people, and supported by residents, organisations, and Bradford Youth Service.
Please contact for more details:  

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