Baby Groups in the Forest of Dean

After the success of my ‘Baby classes in Cheltenham and Gloucester‘ article, I thought I’d get started with some new posts helping families to find activities here in Gloucestershire. This is your list of baby groups available to you in the Forest of Dean. This page is currently under construction, so if you would like to add a group, please let me know

Lydney Groups


Baby Sensory

Classes contain a variety of different sensory activities, that you can do with your baby which are great for bonding and enhancing their learning and development. Activities include music, singing, puppet shows, baby signing, bubbles, light shows, the list goes on!

Days: Mondays 10.00-10.55am (Birth-13months), 11:30am-12:25pm (Birth-7months), 1-1:55pm (Birth-13months)

Price: £8.25 each

Location: Lydney Town Hall, High Street, Lydney, GL15 5DY

Age range: Birth – 13 months.

Booking info: Via the website.

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Bream Early Learners

The informal setting allows parents/carers to meet whilst their children play together.

Days: Thursdays 9.00-11.00am

Price: £2.50

Location: West Dean Centre, High Street, Bream, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 6JW

Age range: Babies and toddlers

Booking info: Drop in

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Forest of Dean Slings

Baby wearing support and Social group

Days: 1st Thursday of the Month, 10-11.30am in Lydney. 3rd Thursday of the month, 10:30am-12:30pm in Cinderford.

Price: £3

Location: Lydney Community Centre, Naas Lane, GL15 5AT, Forest Humbugs Baby Group, Forest Community Church, Parragate Road, GL14 2LY

Age range: From birth

Booking info: Book via the website for Lydney / website for Cinderford

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This is an opportunity to make new friends and meet with old ones over tea or coffee. Parents, grandparents and carers bring their little ones for a time of play, music and singing, stories and other activities, also enjoying a mid-morning snack time together.

Days: Thursdays 9.30-11.30am, term time only.

Price: Donations welcomed.

Location: Holy Trinity Church, Primrose Hill, Lydney, Gloucestershire, GL15 5SL

Age range: Birth to pre-school

Booking info: Drop in



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Aylburton Acorns

Offers a fun, caring and stimulating environment for young ones. The group are always happy to listen to ideas! 

Days: Fridays 9.30-11.00am

Price: £1.50 donations welcomed.

Location: Aylburton Memorial Hall, High Street, Aylburton, Lydney GL15 6DL

Age range: Birth to pre-school

Booking info: Drop in

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Sing & Sign

Learn baby signing in Britain’s longest running baby signing programme.

Days: Mondays (Pembroke Nursery) under 6 months: 1:45pm, Tuesdays (Lydney Community Centre) under 6 months: 12pm, 6-14 months: 10am, 14-24 months 11am.

Price: £70 per term for under 6 months, £83 per term for 6-24 months.

Location: Pembroke Primary School (Nursery room), 8 Fairfield Rd, Bulwark, Chepstow,NP16 5JP, Lydney Community Centre, 2 Naas Lane, Lydney GL15 5UB

Age range: From birth to 24 months.

Booking info: Book on the website

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Coleford Groups


Mini Angels

A group for babies up to 12 months old and their parents/carers. Freeplay, messy play, song and storytime with refreshments for adults.

Days: Every other Monday: 10.00-11:15am

Price: Donations welcomed

Location: Mount of Olives Church, Eastborne Crescent, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8BS

Age range: Up to 12 months old.

Booking info: Drop in

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Muddy Angels

Free play with lots of toys including jigsaws, small world toys, prams and toy kitchen! Ride ons, Baby corner, Book corner, Role play, Snack time for little ones and grown ups, Song & Bible storytime

Days: Every other Monday: 10.00-11:45am

Price: £2

Location: Mount of Olives Church, Eastborne Crescent, Coleford, Gloucestershire, GL16 8BS

Age range: Babies and toddlers/pre-schoolers

Booking info: Drop in

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Stay and Play at The Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre

Various activities are available, such as messy play including water and sand, painting, playdough, gluing and sticking. Some weeks there may be a tray containing pasta/baked beans/jelly/custard/rice pudding for a  sensory experience without the mess in your own home! Other activities available are a multi-sensory room, well equipped covered outdoor play area, plus many more indoor and outdoor fun activities. Each session finishes with song time.

Days: Wednesdays 1.00-2:30pm

Price: £2.50 per child, which includes a drink and snack.

Location: The Forest of Dean Children’s Opportunity Centre, Bowens Hill Road, Coleford GL16 8DU

Age range: Babies and toddlers

Booking info: Call the Centre on 01594 837552

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