Children and Youth

Biggins Nursery (Ravenstonedale) Ltd
Nursery at the old Ravenstonedale Primary School building, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4NQ.  Providing high quality childcare for the local community.
Contact: Manager – Sam Alderson
Tel 015396 23670
Email [email protected]

Brough Pre-School Nursery
Nursery at Church Brough Primary School site.  Mon-Fri 9am – 3pm, term time only.  Care and education for 2 – 4 year olds.  Ofsted registered.  Fully qualified staff.  Nursery grant provider.
Contact Barbara Wilson, Leader
Tel 07989234565 or 017683 42112
Email [email protected]

Diddy’s Rugby
Pre-schoolers rugby for all.  Sundays 9-9.30 am 2-3 year olds, 9.30-10 am 4 – 5 year olds. Kirkby Stephen Grammar School Gym.  £3 per session.  Contact Kim Balmer on 07817 359061 or email [email protected]

Dinky Dales Nursery Ltd (formerly Biggins Nursery)
Nursery at the old Ravenstonedale Primary School building, Kirkby Stephen, CA17 4NQ.  Providing high quality childcare for the local community.
Tel 015396 23670
Email [email protected]

Girlguiding Eden Valley
In Kirkby Stephen Girlguiding is for girls of 5 – 7 years – Rainbows, 7 – 10 years – Brownies, 10 – 14 years Guides.  Its primary aim is development of the girl through fun activities.
Email [email protected]

Hub Club
Youth Club for 11 – 16 year olds with music, tuck shop, table tennis, pool table, indoor hockey, football and organised games.  Fortnightly on Thursdays 7.30 – 9pm at the Methodist Church Hall, Kirkby Stephen.
Contact Cath Thwaites, Youth Leader
Tel 017683 72362
Email [email protected]

Kirkby Stephen Community Arts – Telling Tales at Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club
Mondays at 10.00am during term-time. Preschool story time and crafts session for under 5’s and their parents or carers. Run by Kirkby Stephen Community Arts and supported by Cumbria County Council. £1.50 per family, includes drink and snack plus teas and coffees for parents and carers. Let the team leaders know of any allergies or disabilities your child may have, this is a very inclusive group and we will do our very best to accommodate these needs., we want everyone to feel welcome and valued. Visit

Kirkby Stephen Scout Group
A voluntary run group, part of the international Scouts Association that aims to provide fun and structured activities to help youngsters aged 6 -14 years develop more fully as adults. Beavers – 6 to 8 years, Cubs – 8 to 10.5 years, Scouts – 10.5 to 14 years
Contact: Dave Pickersgill tel: 015396 24810, email: [email protected]

Kirkby Stephen Little Songbirds
Every Tuesday morning during term time at 9.30 am
At: Methodist Chapel.
Songs and rhymes from birth to pre-school
£2 per child or £2.50 per family £1 under 6 months.  Includes snacks for children and cuppa for adults.
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Kirkby Stephen Silver Brass Band – Beginners
Meets fortnightly at Kirkby Stephen Band Room, Riverside on Fridays from 6.30 to 8.00 pm.  £3.50 per week. Open to all young people from the age of 8. Top quality instruments provided. Learn to play, read and perform music, from scratch, with two qualified and experienced brass teachers. No experience required. Email [email protected] for more details.

Kirkby Stephen Youth Group
New in 2022.  The sessions are on Thursdays from 3.30pm to 5.00pm at the Quaker Meeting House Kirkby Stephen, and are initially aimed at Year 6 children. Toys and games are available, and permission has been received from Kirkby Stephen Primary School to use the school field next door, for outdoor activities in the summer months.   Toast, crumpets and biscuits with a selection of drinks are available. The cost is £1 per child. We aim to be fully inclusive and offer a wide range of activities to suit all needs and abilities. There will be times that we will offer trips and some fundraising will be required for these. The sessions will involve some community and faith based work, social action and team challenges, hopefully having a lot of fun along the way. For more information contact Rachel Milburn on 07920186673  or email [email protected]

Loki Explorer Scout Unit
A voluntary run group, part of the International Scouts Association, that aims to provide fun and structured activities for youngsters aged 14-18 aimed at preparing young people with the skills they need for life.
Contact Explorer Scout Leader Andrew Wallington on 017683 74934 or email [email protected]

Platform 3 Play
Soft play 0 – 11 years, parties and function room at Station Yard, Kirkby Stephen.
Tel 017683 72363
Email [email protected]

Red Squirrels Nursery
Nursery at Warcop CofE School  site.  A fun and friendly setting with close links to the school. Excellent facilities with covered outdoor area for all weather play.
Email [email protected]

Little Squirrels Baby & Toddler Group
Little Squirrels is held in the school hall at Warcop CofE Primary School. Parents with babies, toddlers and pre-school children meet every Wednesday morning, during term time at 10.30am – 12noon.

Little Wriggles Baby & Toddler Group
Craft activities, story telling, snacks and toys. At Kirkby Stephen Sports and Social Club every Friday from 9.30 am to 12 noon.  £2 per family.  £1.50 for one parent with one child under 6 months.  Part of Kirkby Stephen Community Arts.

Warcop Children’s Club
Warcop CofE Primary School has wrap around care every school day at Warcop Children’s Club for children aged between 3 and 11 years of age.  Breakfast club runs from 8.00am every morning and a free nutritional breakfast is available to all who attend at no extra cost.  After school club runs until 5.00pm or 5.30pm with one week’s notice.
Tel. 017683 41471 Visit

2192 Appleby ATC
D of E. Adventure Training – activities include shooting and flying. Male & Female aged 12 – 18 years. Meet in own premises, rear of Appleby Grammar School,  Wednesday & Friday 19.00 – 21.30.
Contact Sgt. Rob Stokes, OC
Tel. 07799646285
Email [email protected]