For all you amazing mother’s in Swindon!

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This is a blog for any family who is struggling to find things to do with their newborns and toddlers around Swindon.

Being a first-time mum can be very daunting, especially if you’ve had a very active social life previously and you’re now sat at home while all of your friends are at work or out…I know, I’ve been there.

Having your second child just takes you down the same path, but by this point, you’re hopefully a little more aware of all of the amazing groups in or around Swindon. But, just in case, I have compiled a list of great groups and places that you can go with your little ones, in the hope that I can help you to gain new mummy friends 🙂

I haven’t included any timings as these do tend to change. Some of these are paid groups and some are free. Please click the heading of each for more information.

Sling Swing Swindon

This is a brilliant way to get out there, meet other like-minded parents, have a dance and generally have fun! 
The class is run by the lovely Amy Owens. For more information, please check out her facebook page. 

Bookworms and Bubbles

This another brilliant group, also run by Amy.
Bookworms and bubbles is a brand new business, aimed at encouraging children to love books from a very young age and beyond, into their teens. We also have a mums book club. 

Baby sensory classes at the wow centre

Baby sensory is an amazing baby development class for babies from 0-13 months. Every week is a new experience with your baby for a whole year. We’ve done the research, so you can enjoy the fun!

Beanie Boppers Swindon

Beanie Boppers is a multi-sensory movement to music class for little ones from when they can walk, up to 5 years old. We use a variety of props, including Pom poms, bells, ribbons, hoops, shakers, plus a parachute, We always end the class with bubbles.

Sing and Sign

Baby signing is an amazing journey to go on with your baby. Little ones have so much to say before they can talk. Learn how with the award winning sing and sign baby signing programme.

Purton baby and toddlers, Purton village hall

We are a very friendly baby and toddler group who meet during term time. Join us for a cuppa and a chance for the little ones to play. £2.50/family.

Swindon breastmates

To help women and their families have a positive breastfeeding experience. They are not associated with the council or NHS. The key workers here are incredibly friendly and helpful. 
I honestly couldn’t have got as far with my daughter, had it not been for their amazing support.

Teapots and tots

A church based cadres, babies and tot group. Playtime with toys, snack time, a story and songs

Seedlings toddler group

Seedlings is a toddler group run by Upper Stratton Baptist Church. We welcome all children under school age, along with their parents or carer, to come and have fun in a safe and well equipped environment.

We have four zones/areas that children can choose and freely move between:
Craft zone
Ride-on’s zone (outside when the weather is dry)
Toy zone, including a baby area
Messy play zone
We also have snack time and end the morning with a circle time of singing.

Music bugs Swindon

Suitable for ages 6 months to 4 years. Each 40 minute class is full of fun and excitement as we sing, clap and play instruments to our favourite songs. Children (and adults!) who attend our sessions also love the selection of props that we bring to each class. These can be anything from hobby horses to finger puppets, floaty scarves or Pom poms. 

Rhyme time for toddlers at Royal Wootton Bassett Library

Action songs, stories, clapping and colouring for walkers over 1.
Join us for nursery rhymes, jumping, clapping and action songs for toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Rhyme time is a fun group singing session for toddlers & pre-schoolers and their parents/carers.
Singing together and repeating rhymes helps your child develop listening, visual and memory skills, which will help them all the way through school. Rhyme time sessions also encourage good social skills helping your child become comfortable in groups of other children.
Free and no need to book!

Stratton St Margret’s baby and toddler groups

welcome all parents and toddlers from all walks of life and look forward to meeting new members who are looking for a social meeting place with other parents and a social safe play environment for their children.

Swindon and Devizes sling library

The sling library hold free-to-attend sling meets, where mums (and dads) can have help using their own slings, try out the library’s slings and socialise with other parents.

Nature Tots

Nature Tots Tuesday and Thursdays 1030-1200 at the Richard Jefferies Museum.
Come along to our drop-in, all weather indoor and outdoor 0-5s group. We will have lots of different crafts and arts activities, songs, stories and wellie walks. Inside we have Duplo and train sets for little engineers and builders. We will have activities inside and outside depending on the weather.
Plus extensive gardens to play in, we also have friendly chickens who often rove around the gardens. There is a museum cafe available selling hot drinks and delicious cakes for adults and children.

Butterflies Family Centre

The Butterfly Centre holds various baby and toddler activities throughout the year. Please take a look at their timetable for more information.

Mum 2 Mum breastfeeding support group – Malmesbury

We are a local mum2mum breastfeeding support group. We run a weekly group at the riverside centre, next to the big Co-op every Thursday morning. If you’re pregnant and thinking about breastfeeding, come along!

Shine PND support

This is a support group for mums who are struggling with Post Natal Depression. We offer a nurturing environment, relaxing activities and a chance to meet other mums.

Fox & Kit Cafe

This is an amazing parent friendly cafe that has recently opened up in Bath. It is completely geared around you and your family, so that you can relax while your little ones play.
If you’re venturing into Bath soon, I would highly recommend popping in for a coffee.
They also hold events, such as baby nutrition and weaning, which is incredibly useful.

Lawn Kiddie Cafe

Every Tuesday 10am-12pm £1/family

Bright Lights Parent and Toddler Group

Mondays 1.30 – 3pm
Community Centre @ Christ Church
Great toys, lots of activities and a chance to make new friends
Birth to school age
£2 per family – no need to book
Grandparents welcome

Jack and Jill Toddler Group

Jack and Jill’s is a lively toddler group run by volunteers with a history of over 20 years! It’s open to everyone with children from 0-5yrs. There are weekly craft activities, lots of toys and we always wrap up with a fun rhyme time! Its a group for parents/carers as much as it is for little ones. Meet other parents, make new friends or just have a chat and relax with a cuppa while your kids enjoy themselves! There is toast and biscuits for little ones too. We are located in Savernake Street Community Hall and run on Mondays (9.30- 11.30am) and Wednesdays (10-12pm) Term time only. For more information please get in touch with us at jackandjillstoddlergroup@hotmail.co.uk

As you can see, there are quite a few things to do in and around Swindon. But, if you’re reading this and can think of any more groups, please let me know and I will add them to the list 🙂

P.s, A photographer friend of mine, Kirsty has also written a blog post this week about her favourite suppliers. She does newborn photography in Fife. Go and check out where she gets her gorgeous props from.


21 Comments

Marie · 30/10/2019 at 9:30 pm

Wow, there is so much to do in Swindon. Lovely blog, thanks for sharing.

Jay Saunders · 30/10/2019 at 9:33 pm

what a lovely idea to bring all this information together

Claire Butler · 30/10/2019 at 10:37 pm

The mummies are spoilt for choice in Swindon. There is so much on. Great read.

Brooke · 31/10/2019 at 6:26 am

Very helpful information

Nicole · 31/10/2019 at 7:13 am

Thanks for sharing. So many great places x

Emma Sohl · 01/11/2019 at 12:53 am

Wow – so much on offer! Thanks for the info

Kathryn · 01/11/2019 at 11:28 am

Bookworms & Bubbles sounds great!

Sarah Osborne · 01/11/2019 at 11:52 am

Wow theres lots for new mums in swindon x

Jill Twigge · 01/11/2019 at 3:09 pm

So much to do! Thank you for all your ideas.

Carli · 02/11/2019 at 5:47 pm

Wow, what a supportive community

jill · 02/11/2019 at 6:44 pm

So much to do – its a fab list, thank you

Andrea · 02/11/2019 at 7:00 pm

Brilliant information

Hannah Willis · 03/11/2019 at 9:13 am

This is brilliant to get out of the house and mix with other mums ❤️

Louise · 03/11/2019 at 10:45 pm

This is a great read. So much for new parents to do with their littlies

Natalie Moss · 04/11/2019 at 2:40 pm

Lots of fantastic things to do. What a great blog with some really useful information

kirsty · 04/11/2019 at 6:47 pm

So many ideas <3

Amy · 05/11/2019 at 3:18 pm

Wow theres so much choice!

Clare Perry · 05/11/2019 at 4:16 pm

So much going on for littles!! So helpful to have a list!

Lisa · 05/11/2019 at 11:28 pm

Great information for new mums

Joanne · 06/11/2019 at 10:13 pm

What a wonderful resource for swindon mums x

Mya · 14/11/2019 at 11:03 pm

So many ideas!

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