Local Group ServicesLocal Group Services

The Luton directory has information on wider community groups running in Luton: https://directory.luton.gov.uk/kb5/luton/directory/home.page

Those services we have heard that are back up and running are listed below. Please note we are not officially ‘recommending’ any of these as we are not involved in the content/running of the sessions. Please note some will have a cost.

FREE COMMUNITY GROUPS

  • Budding MindsThree mornings of stories, songs and natural play for pre-schoolers aged 2-5 yrs in Wardown Park Arboretum. Tuesday 19 April, 26 April and 3 May from 10am to 11.30am. To book or find out more email parksvolunteers@luton.gov.uk

  • Happy Baby Group– New mums with baby’s under 1 year- FREE drop in on Wednesday mornings from 9.30am to 11am at Luton Central Library (LU1 2NG) or Wednesday afternoons from 1.30pm to 3pm at Marsh Farm Library (LU3 3TL) Contact linda.howell@lutonlibraries.co.uk for more information

  • Pushchairs in the Park with Rhymetime– FREE led walk around Wardown Park (LU2 7HA) every Wednesday 10am to 11am until Autumn- Meet at the playground area- no need to book. Ends with a Rhymetime session.

  • Groundwork’s wild play – FREE sessions to teach families how to use the outdoors to play and learn- different locations in Luton on Thursdays 10am to 11am May- October- Contact 07702941445, email molly.rice@groundwork.org.uk or visit their Website
  • Groundwork’s Baby Grow in the Garden – FREE group to support the mental and physical wellbeing of parents and their babies through outdoor activities in the community garden. Book here: https://babygrowinthegarden.eventbrite.co.uk or contact 07736134135 or email rosie.cliffe@groundwork.org.uk
  • 4th Trimester- parenting support group for those with bumps or babies up to four(ish) months of age- 6 week cycle/term for parents and their partners or significant caregivers. There is a strong focus on evidence-based information and support. Visit their Website
  • Thriving Communities Luton– a series of arts, culture, health and wellbeing, physical and outdoor activities in your local community. Most activities are FREE or low cost, and are designed to improve wellbeing- visit www.activeluton.co.uk/thriving-communities-luton
  • Luton Central Library Fun Time – Simple crafts and colouring fun for all the family to enjoy. No need to book , just turn up on the last Sunday of every month from 2pm to 3.30pm (24/4, 29/5, 26/6, 31/7, 28/8)
  • Luton Central Library Story time – FREE Stories for 5-8 years at Luton Central Library (St Georges Square, LU1 2NG) Tuesdays 4.15pm to 4.45pm
  • Leagrave Library Story time- FREE stories and rhymes for families with 2-5 year olds at Leagrave Library (LU3 2NL) Tuesday 9.30-10am Contact: 01582 556650
  • Rhyme Time at ALL Luton LibrariesFor babies, toddlers and grown-ups to enjoy rhymes, songs and stories together:

  1. Luton Central Library (LU1 2NG): Tuesday 10am-10:30am, Thursday 10am-10:30am and Sunday 11:30am-12pm Contact: 01582547418.
  2. Lewsey Library (LU4 0SW) Tuesday 2:15pm-2:45pm Contact: 01582696094
  3. Leagrave Library (LU3 2NL) Wednesday 9:30am-10:00am, Wednesday 10:30am-11:00am Contact: 01582556650
  4. Stopsley Library (LU2 7UN) Wednesday 2:00pm-2:30pm, Thursday 2:00pm-2:30pm Contact: 01582706368
  5. Marsh Farm Library (LU3 3TL) Thursday 10am-10:30am Contact: 01582574803

  • The Library Games- Play traditional games like Snap and Frustration, build something amazing from LEGO or try your hand at Coding. Suitable for 8+ Booking is not required
  1. Luton Central Library (LU1 2NG): Monday 4pm to 4.45pm
  2. Stopsley Library (LU2 7UN) Tuesday 4pm to 4.45pm
  3. Lewsey Library (LU4 0SW) Wednesday 4pm to 4.45pm
  4. Leagrave Library (LU3 2NL) Thursday 4pm to 4.45pm
  5. Marsh Farm Library (LU3 3TL) Friday 4pm to 4.45pm
  • The Library also has free activities for Adults (Knit and Natter/ Colouring/ Reading Groups) find out more here
  • Foodcycle Luton- Free meals on Tuesdays at 5.30pm (starting 21st June 2022) at Luton Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church (LU2 7QD)
  • Chantry Primary School Stay and Play– Tomlinson Avenue (LU4 0QP) Wednesdays 9am to 10.15am, contact 01582706500 for more information

PAID FOR GROUPS

Under £5/Session

  • Stay & Play at Pastures Way Nursery School (LU4 0PE)- Mondays 9.30am to 10.30am. £1 per family. Contact 01582 600691
  • Stay & Play at Rothesay Nursery School (LU1 1RB)- for children aged 0-3yrs. Tuesday 1pm-3pm and Thursday 9am-11am. Craft activities, Messy Play, Games, Puzzles, Soft Play, Snack time and songs and rhymes. £1 per family and includes the children’s snack. Contact 01582 726966
  • Stay & Play at Hart Hill Nursery School (LU2 0JS)– Wednesdays 10.30am to 12pm. £3 per family. Contact 01582 731701
  • Stay & Play at Chapel Street Nursery School (LU1 5EA)– Wednesdays 1.15pm to 2.45pm. £1 per family. Contact 01582 413552
  • Stay & Play at Gill Blowers Leabank Nursery School (LU3 3LW)– Thursdays 9am to 10am. £1 per family. Contact 01582 587350
  • Stay & Play at Gill Blowers Mossdale Nursery School (LU4 9JL)- Thursdays 12.30pm to 1.30pm. £1 per family. Contact 01582 575100
  • Stay & Play at Grasmere Nursery School- Fridays 10am to 11am. £1 per family. Contact 01582 593426
  • The Olive Tree Church Stay and Play – Stay and Play for under 5s at The Olive Tree Church (LU3 1HB) on Mondays 1.15pm to 2.45pm (£1.50) Contact 01582 278842 or email olivetreechurch2020@gmail.com
  • Luton Irish Forum Baby & Toddler Group – Baby & Toddler Group at Luton Irish Forum (LU2 0ES) on Fridays 9.30am to 11am (£1.50) Contact 01582 720 447 or visit their Website
  • Tiddlers Toddlers – Toddler Group at St Hughes Church (LU4 0ND) on Thursdays 9.45am to 11.30am (£1.50) Contact 01582 664433 or visit their Website
  • Gill Blowers Lea Bank Nursery – they run a Stay and Play, you will need to call for more details – 01582 565797
  • Bush Babies – Stay and Play for Under 5s at the Bushmead Hub (LU2 7SF) on Thursdays 10am to 11.30am (£2.50) Contact 01582 422818, email team@bushmeadhub.co.uk or visit their Website
  • The REAL Play Experience – Rhyme Times for under 4 years at Priory Church Hall in Dunstable on selected Wednesday/Thursday mornings (£1) Contact Tammy on 07506154289, email tammytherealplay@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page / Website
  • Hullaballoo (0-4 years) and Babybaloo (under 1s) Stay and Play/ Baby Group at Stopsley Baptist Church at various days/times (£3.50) Contact 01582 727352, email julie.young@stopsley.net or visit their Facebook
  • Active Luton Sessions for Under 5s– Aqua Babies/Totz (£4.30) or Mini-nastics Softplay for under 4s (£3.70) Contact 01582400272 or email communities@activeluton.co.uk or visit their Website
  • Active Luton Soft Play with Arts & Crafts at Hart Hill Community Centre (LU2 0FN) on Tuesdays, 10-11:30am (term-time only) £3
  • Bright Beginnings Stay and Play– At Ferrars Infant School (LU4 0LL)- contact Marie on 01582 573641
  • Baby Massage at Pastures Way Nursery- 5 Week IAM baby massage course for £5. To find out more and/or book a place please contact Maria the family worker at Pastures Way on 01582 600691

£5 and over/ Session or Unknown

  • Ragdolly Annas– High Energy Music and Rhyme sessions supported by Props, Parachute and Bubbles at Lyons Community Centre (LU1 4FG) on Wednesdays 10am (£5 for 45 min group) Contact 07989 713745, email info@ragdollyannas.com or visit their Website
  • Jolly Beans – Music & Rhyme Time, Musical Movers and Baby Music at various locations (Limbury, Bushmead, Stopsley, Wigmore, Caddington) Monday to Friday (£5 for 40 min group) Contact 07918 32450, email jollybeansgroups@gmail.com or visit their Facebook
  • Babylosophy Baby Massage – Baby Massage Contact 07743557488, email Babylosophy.luton@gmail.com or visit their Website
  • Tini-Totts Baby Massage – Baby Massage (£50 for 5 week course) Contact Tinitotts@yahoo.com or visit their Website
  • The REAL Play Baby Massage– 5 WEEK COURSE £50 Including baby massage oil and booklet. Perfect for babies from birth to 6 months. Call or text Tammy on 07506154289 or email on tammytherealplay@gmail.com

  • Dance upon a Star – Ballet, Tap, Modern and Acro classes in Bedfordshire for the under 6 age group- Free trial, £5.50 usually. Contact Emily on 07944 875448, email emily@emilyhancockdanceacademy.co.uk or visit their Facebook / Website

  • Trinity Community Centre – Stay and Play – call for more info – 01582 563871
  • Fun Factory futures House – Stay and Play – Wednesdays from 9.45 – 11.45 from 10th December Contact 01582 512 555 or email info@marshfarmfutures.co.uk
  • SALTO Gym Soft Play– Mon, Wed and Fri from 9.30am to 11.30am (£6 per child, £3 under 6months) To book please email Reception@saltogym.org or call 01582 495953
  • Gravity Trampoline Park– Parent and Toddler Session (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 10am and Saturday at 9am) £6 per toddler. SEN Sessions (Monday at 7pm, Tuesday at 10am and Thursday at 1pm and 4:30pm) Contact 03301595815 or visit gravity-uk.com
  • Luton Grappling Club– Grappling/Self defence classes for boys in Luton from ages 4 to 14. FREE trial available. Details here: www.lutongrapplingclub.co.uk

OTHER KEY SERVICES:

If you have a health related concern for your child then please contact the Luton Health Visiting Service https://www.cambscommunityservices.nhs.uk/luton/childrens or ring the Help Line 0300 555 0606 They can also be contacted through Parentline – a confidential advice and support text messaging service for Luton parents and carers of children aged 0-19 years – 07507 331886

If you are concerned about the welfare of a child (0 to 18 years old) please call the MASH on 01582 547653. For out of normal working hours emergencies please call 0300 300 8123