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Extra curriculum activities for children in Cheshire

Unbelievably the school summer holidays are almost over and before we know it the much-anticipated first day of school doorstep photos will be dominating our social media accounts!  But we’re all very well aware that creating a confident, well-rounded young person is about so much more than just their timetabled lessons at school.  As parents we focus a great deal of time, energy, and money cultivating their wider interests.  But it can be a daunting task trying to find just the right class or club that will suit your child.  So here at Rickitt Partnership we have done our best to help, we have put together our top picks of clubs and classes for kids in Cheshire – we’re sure you’ll find something for just about everyone – the creative types, the sporty types, the techy types and the outdoorsy ones! Happy club seeking!

For the arty and creative types

Little voices

Fun & inspiring drama & singing lessons for children aged 4 – 18 years

The multi-award winning drama & singing classes at Little Voices grow confidence, build vital life skills, and nurture talent in young people

Lessons take place mid-week after school and your child will work towards LAMDA exams and qualifications, which will help boost their confidence and communication skills, as well as develop their musical and acting abilities.

Northwich, Chester and Whitchurch

The Chester Art Bus

Huntington, Chester

How about a fun filled morning of art and pottery…. On a bus!!  The Art Bus runs Saturday morning art clubs in Huntington village which are open to any children of primary school age. These are mixed classes exploring art and pottery and they run from 9 am-12 pm in term time.


Creation Station Little Explorers


Your child’s natural curiosity will be sparked with fun, hands-on art and crafts through the creative Little Explorer classes.  Your child can join in at a pace that suits them in a safe social, educational and fun environment


For the sporty types

Today’s kids are spoilt for choice with sporting opportunities, classes and teams for all ages – even tiny tots are catered for, with a range of sporting activities like baby gymnastics and toddler soccer.

There’s a huge spectrum of sports clubs and lessons for older children, too, such as swimming, football, cricket and netball, whether your child is a complete beginner or an experienced athlete.

Here is a small sample of some of the clubs in our local area

Puddle Ducks Swimming Lessons Mid Cheshire

Puddle Duck kids swimming lessons

Barons Quay

Unique, fun and suitable for babies from a few days old to children aged 10, these very popular swimming lessons are run throughout the week. Book here

Little Gymnasts – Chester

 Queen’s Park Road, Handbridge, Chester


Little Gymnasts have been delivering weekly recreational gymnastics classes for primary aged children since 2013. Their team of fully qualified, enthusiastic and experienced coaches provide engaging and varied sessions with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment. They cover all the core skills of gymnastics and also use lots of apparatus such as vault, airtracks, trampettes, beams, benches and bars. Every few months children will get the chance to work towards the awards scheme.

Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Junior Golf Academy at Runcorn Golf Club

runcorn junior golf academy

image credit – Runcorn golf club

Runcorn Golf Club , Runcorn, WA7 4TD

On Sundays the resident PGA Professional, Kevin, runs a junior golf academy for those avid aficionados of the sport.  And your child would certainly be in good company – did you know that golf is the tenth most popular sport in the world? – wow!

The Chester Girls Football League 

Sunday Term time only.

The Chester Girls Football League provides greater accessibility for girls in the area to play football in a quality competitive structure. In light of the Lionesses brilliant performance at the World Cup and the ever increasing popularity of the women’s game, what a great way to inspire your daughter to be the very best version of herself.

Northwich rowing club

Northwich rowing club junior intake starts at 13 years old.  The number of training sessions each week depends on age and experience but a reasonable amount of commitment is expected from Juniors.  Being part of the Junior squad helps build confidence and self-esteem. It also helps to cultivate a sense of commitment and responsibility as well as  good organisational skills. 

For the tech-savy types

Science Whiz 

Science Whiz is a live, interactive, extracurricular science club for kids at Key Stages 2 and 3 that supports and expands on the science taught in school.  A Science Whiz session is accessible from anywhere in the World and can easily be joined from home. All you need is access to the Zoom meeting and the basic kitchen-cupboard items that Science Whiz lists out for you. Sessions are currently on Thursday evenings and on Saturdays at midday.

Inventors & Makers 

Inventors and Makers aims to make engineering accessible to children in primary schools. Inventors & Makers was set up by a former primary teacher, the clubs run online and can be accessed from home to give children the chance to learn about engineering. Every session includes a progressive teaching element followed by hands-on application of the concepts as children investigate, create and problem solve.

For the outdoorsy types

Or for everything under one roof!

Every Saturday Play Club

Simms Cross Primary School Kingsway, Widnes, WA8 7QS

This is a free open access play club for children aged 5 to 12 years. Children have the opportunity to get involved with Arts & Crafts, board games, outdoor play, and sport.

Saturday 12.30-3.30

Wild Things Outdoor Playgroup

Beechwood Farm Nursery, Dutton La, Northwich CW8 2TN

There are undoubtedly many benefits to spending time exploring, learning and playing whilst being surrounded by nature. Wild Things is an early years outdoor playgroup held in woodlands at the Forest Scout Camp, Sandiway, Cheshire. The playgroup is for 1-3 year olds, and is run by Claire, an Early Years trained teacher. It aims to let children explore nature, with the emphasis on child-led play letting them explore and get dirty!!
Friday morning 10am – 11.30am

Riding lessons

If your child has a love of both the great outdoors and of animals then why not consider getting them started with riding lessons.  Check out the BHS  website for approved centres near you.  But be warned, from a lifelong devotee of horses – if they get the bug, you will never have any time or money ever again!

We do hope we have given you and your little ones some food for thought.  We would love to hear  from you so do let us know which classes you opted for and which are your kids favourites. Let’s see if we can find the most unusual ones!



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