What’s On: 4 to 11 – Classses & Activities

It’s amazing how school can stimulate new interests in our children, from cadets to karate, guiding to gymnastics. If you’re looking for something to keep them entertained after school – and stop them nagging you for screen time(!) – check out this enormous collection of activities designed especially for them.

Listings marked with a “P” also host birthday parties!

Children's Hairdressers

BossCut Barbers & Hair Salon – Children’s Sensory Room & Child’s Car Chair

BossCut Barbers & Hair Salon have created something very special for local families, & designed some spaces just for children. There’s a super cool sit in ‘car chair’, where they can feel they’re in the driving seat while getting their hair cut. For those children who find the whole experience too overwhelming, they’ve created friendly, welcoming & peaceful sensory rooms. You’ll find equipment which is quieter & less scary, as well as staff who will cater to their needs & go at their pace. If they would find it helpful, you can always bring them in to spend time in the space before you book an appointment.

Watch our little video to see what we’ve created

PHONE: 07368 528792



Portishead Chess Club

A friendly all inclusive chess club – our current regular players range from 4 years old to well into retirement age

We meet every Friday at Redcliffe Bay Hall, Newhaven Rd, Portishead, Bristol BS20 8LH.

currently FREE for all under 18 playersFor over 18’s we ask for a small donation if you can & we do have membership options too

6pm-7pm we have a Junior Club open to anyone under the age of 18 (parents and guardians too!)

7pm-9pm the club is open to all ages (including juniors)for Social Chess. We provide opportunities to learn, play casual games, or have a serious game. You get to socialise and receive coaching too. 

During the summer the club often meets outside by the Marina where passersby are welcome to join in. We also plan to have permanent chess tables installed around Portishead for use by the public and introduce chess boards and sets into some of the local cafes – coming soon!

We also organise rated competitions and have a team playing in the Bristol & District Chess League. We have just run our 1st Junior Tournament (Jan 24) & are already planning more across the year.There’s something for everyone, so come along!The club was set up in 2023 as a relaxed & social space for the community to enjoy chess together. We now have lots of exciting things planned to encourage everyone in the community to join in.

Catch up with us on Facebook or over on our Website

Football & Rugby

First Steps Soccer

Gordano Rugby Football Club

North Somerset Regional Talent Centre

Portishead Town Junior Football Club

Portishead Junior FC

Rugby Tots



Stepping Stones School of Dance

At Stepping Stones we have a range of classes in Portishead and Clevedon suitable for all children aged 18 months onwards.
We offer a fun and friendly dance environment where children can develop their confidence at their own pace. We offer exams in Ballet, tap and Acrobatic Arts once students reach school age.

Here at Stepping Stones we believe that all children, no matter how shy, should have the opportunity to dance, so our aim is to give all our children an introduction to the wonderful world of dance and graduate with a strong foundation and passion for the art.


Ballet – Tap – Modern – ACRO – Street Dance & Flexibility
(for adults we offer Ballet Bums classes – for preschoolers we offer Discobabies & Fairytale Ballet)

Tap dance over to our website   Dance over to see us on Facebook

 Ann Marie’s School of Funk

From popping to locking and breaking to krumpin’come down and have a go! Learn funky routines to your favourite songs and work towards performances with local dance troop Audacity!

Click Here for all the information

Adele Stitch School of Dance (Easton-in-Gordano)

Aspire School of Dance

AStar Dance Company

Ballet Ballet (dance wear)

Footlights Performance Academy

Georgina Florey’s Ballet School

Gravity Supreme Cheerleading Academy

Just Dance Company

Rebecca Florey School of Dance

The Bristol School of Dancing (Portishead Ballet Centre)

The McClennan Academy of Irish Dancing

The School of Dance


Now Hear This

Youth Band – For children in KS2!

We begin with some time for exploration & play, before we start the formal coaching

You’ll find out more by visiting the website. Click Here for the website

Email:  [email protected]Phone: 07746 785726


JMA Singing

Lions Brass 4 Youth  – www.lionsbrass4youth.weebly.com

Liz Tedbury – fiddle & violin tutor

Music Education Partnership: North Somerset – www.nsmusic4you.org.uk

Portishead Drum Lessons

The Rock Project

Vibe Generation – choir


Water Babies

If you’ve not enjoyed swimming with us since they were a baby, then there’s still time to enjoy Water Babies with our lessons for 3 to 5 year olds.

For over 20 years we’ve been providing highly trained teachers and expertly developed swim programmes for babies and young children, supporting families of all shapes and sizes. Now we’re moving things to the next level – evolving the traditional concept of swimming classes into something that feels even more rewarding. ⁠

This is ‘Oceans of Imagination’ – where fantastical islands and dynamic characters will take little ones on a vibrant and stimulating learning journey. Using tried and tested techniques, we’ve created an experience where learners will unlock new challenges as their skills develop and uncover missions around core aquatic skills, swimming strokes, and water safety.

Facebook – Water BabiesInstagram – Water BabiesVisit our Website

Aquatic Harmony

Established in 2011 Aquatic Harmony provide a range of classes:

  • Aqua Natal
  • Baby to Pre-school
  • Swim Academy (ages 4 to 9 years)
  • Adult BeginnersWe hold our swimming lessons in warm pools and teach children from newborn to 9 years old, as well as Aqua natal classes & Adult beginners. You can swim with us in Bradley Stoke, Bedminster, Calne and Wraxall (in North Somerset). Our preschool to primary programme blends water safety, confidence, swimming technique and skills and of course lots of fun! Our teachers are expert at tailoring our classes to fit each individual child so they get the most out of their lessons. Whether your child is a total beginner to independent swimming or looking to progress their swim skills.

Click Here for full detail on our website

Swim Academy

“Swimming is a journey, not a destination and here at Swim Academy, we learn and have fun all the way!”

For children ages 4-10 years – Brought to you by the experts at Puddle Ducks.

We run Swim Academy classes from level 1 – 6 at hand-picked pools across Bristol, Wiltshire, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire.

Our close-knit class sizes mean all children get the right level of support to suit their age. We strive to instil water-confidence in our swimmers giving them the courage to be fearless, make friends, swim strongly and have fun!

Our programmes have been running for over 10 years and our lesson plans are accredited by the leading international swimming body, STA. Find out more about our available programmes at: swim-academy/programmes

Swim Academy programmes are local to you – Join us at any time!

Find out where we swim and book a trial lesson! Call our friendly team on 0117 971 7165 or visit: puddleducks.com/bb/our-pools-classes to discover more. 

Parish Wharf Leisure Centre

Portishead Open Air Pool

Crockerne Community Pool

Backwell Leisure Centre

Strode Leisure Centre

Esther Swanton

Little Fish

Speech, Language & Drama

Enjoy singing, dancing & theatre skills with us. For young people age 10 to 18. We currently have a waiting list, but please get in touch if you’d like to join us. Portishead Young Players

Helen O’Grady Drama Academy

MultiStory Drama


Portishead Linguamore French Classes


Rhubarb Speech & Drama


The Story Cellar – Youth Theatre

Mindfulness, Yoga & Pilates

The Mindful Bee

English, Maths & Specialised Tuition

Katheryn Cockerton – maths tutor

Kumon North Somerset

Step Up


Specialist Support

** For more local & national support services, visit the Support page **


Forest School - Outdoor Play

At Play in the Woods P

Bristol Forest School P

JC Adventures P

My Green World P

Play Wild P

Wild Foresters P

Martial Arts

Edge Kickboxing

Epic Martial Arts

Goju Karate

Imperial South West Karate Club

Portishead Karate Academy

Portishead Tae Kwon Do

Senshi Judo Club


Art & Cake Decoration

Icing on the Cake
Popular Pots

Scouting, Guiding & Sea Cadets

Make sure you register your child on the appropriate website below as soon as you realise you would like them to attend, as waiting lists are long.  It’s never too early to register.

The Scout Association (www.scouts.org.uk)

1st Portishead – Station Road

2nd Portishead – 5a Forrester Road

Age 6-8 = Beavers
Age 8-10 & a half = Cubs
Age 10 & a half – 14 = Scouts

Girlguiding (www.girlguiding.org.uk)

Church Road North

North Weston Village Hall

Trinity School

Redcliffe Bay Hall

Redcliffe Bay Methodist Church

Age 5-7 = Rainbows
Age 7-10 = Brownies
Age 10-14 = Guides

Sea Cadets, Avonmouth  – www.sea-cadets.org/avonmouth
Age 10-12 = Junior Cadets

Water Sports

Portishead Yacht & Sailing Club www.pysc.org.uk Age 8 min = PYSC Cadets

Clevedon Sailing Club www.clevedon-sailing-club.co.uk

Clevedon Canoe Club www.clevedoncanoeclub.org.uk

Clevedon Marine Active

South Avon Canoe Club www.sacc.co.uk – includes indoor sessions during the winter months

Sea Cadets, Avonmouth www.sea-cadets.org/avonmouth

Horse Riding

Clevedon Riding School and Stables

other Sports

Crossfit MPG 

Fox Cycling

North Somerset Tennis Academy

Portishead Cricket Club U7 (must be 6 at start of season – mid April)

Portishead Lawn Tennis Club

Portishead Table Tennis Club

The Academy of Gymnastics P

Other Clubs & Organisations

Youth Club www.portisheadyouthcentre.co.uk  Age 8-11 years= Junior Youth Club

Llads Age 0-7years 2nd Saturday of the month 10.30 – 12.00 @ Portishead Childrens Centre –  Facebook: Llads at St. Barnabas, Portishead

Junior Youth Cafe www.portisheadmethodistchurch.co.uk Primary school ages – Once per month, on a Friday evening. Fun, games & tuck shop!


For When They Are Older

Police Cadets

Air Cadets

Army Cadets