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Bristol

Creativity, Confidence, Friendship… It all starts at Gymboree Play & Music!

Our classes utilise a unique and impressive combination of music, movement, props, imaginary play and custom-designed and patented apparatus, all to create a fun and magical world where children learn, thrive and most importantly have fun.

We are often told by parents, “You are the only class that manages to engage my child.” This is not a coincidence! It is a reflection of the fact that we are the experts in early childhood development and as such, we know children; we know what works, what engages, and what is appropriate for the many different developmental stages between birth and age 5.

Open six days a week, we are completely unique, loads of fun and importantly, you and your little one will learn lots with us!  Our popular classes are delivered by our fantastic team at our very own site in Westbury on Trym, complete with Café and Car Park. We also do amazing children’s birthday parties!

Click HERE for a link to our class request form, and we will suggest some class options for a Free trial.

As well as your weekly class booking, membership includes access to daily free play sessions and with our unlimited make ups policy if you miss a class, we offer unrivalled quality, flexibility and value for busy parents. You never have to worry about missing a class with us, if you can’t make it, book a different day, or do two classes another week!  Mix it up with an art or music class.  Equipment set ups change every 2 weeks so our little ones learn by repetition but are challenged to become confident through play.

Gymboree Play and Music has been proudly inspiring parents and children with Play, Movement and Fun for over 40 years. With classes in over 700 locations in over 40 countries, we are the global leader in early childhood development programmes. Why settle for less?

If you have any questions contact us at bristol@gymboreeclasses.co.uk or phone 0117 329 0670, or just fill out the web form and we will contact you!

Directions

You can now download directions to our site in Westbury on Trym by clicking here

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Check out the Winter timetable!  

January 2020 Timetable – PDF for download

Click HERE for a link to our class request form, and we will suggest some class options for a Free trial.

 

Gymboree Classes offer unrivalled flexibility, attend a class that works for you, at a time that works for you each week.

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Meet the team!

At Gymboree Bristol we have a super talented and dedicated team who want to make your experience the best possible.  Here is a little more about the team in their own words!

Meet Polly

I have worked at Gymboree for 2 and half years, and I absolutely love working here!

I feel so special to get to be a part of little ones’ early lives; watching them grow, learn new skills and hit new milestones is such a precious thing that I get to share with the families that come to Gymboree.

Getting to be involved in their development is such an amazing experience, from bonding with the children and grownups, to watching their personalities grow and blossom. Each day so many things amaze me, I am constantly laughing and beaming with joy at the sweet, cheeky, mischievous and curious characters that I see!

I have a BA Hons in Professional Musicianship – Song writing and love being able to bring all my Musical and Performance knowledge to my day-to-day life at Gymbo! Outside of Gymbo I run my own Music Business as a Professional Singer, Musician and Manager (I play Guitar, Ukulele, Bass and Basic Piano too!)

Some personal highlights, performing arts wise, have to be performing at Glastonbury, The Edinburgh Fringe, The National Theatre and Latitude!

I used to Teach Music at a Primary School to Reception, Year 3 and Year 4 classes, and also taught at a Performing Arts School for 4-6yrs, but Early Years is definitely where my true passion lies!

I love coming to work, for me it’s exciting when Monday morning comes around, and I’m very lucky to have such an amazing team to work with too!

Meet Abi

I have had the pleasure of being the Franchisee for Gymboree Play and Music Bristol for the last two and a half years and it’s been quite the adventure!

I am a mum to three little girls and my first Gymbo experience was 6 years ago when we came to a friends first birthday, and from that moment I knew Gymboree was the only class for us. All three of my girls have been Gymboree babies, working their way through the levels, attending baby massage courses and having so much fun. I’ve seen first hand the impact our classes can have on a child both physically and cognitively and what a safe and fun place it is to be. My second little girl has Down Syndrome and the impact Gymboree has had on her development has been amazing.

I’ve always loved working with children and before Gymboree I was a deputy head in a primary school. There are too many years to mention but during my time as a teacher I’ve taught all years from reception to year 6. It was a job I absolutely loved and never expected to leave but my whilst on maternity leave the opportunity to run Gymboree came up. It was an opportunity I could not walk away from and I’ve not looked back.  As an experienced teacher I am a huge advocate of the Gymboree early years curriculum and I especially enjoy running our school skills class!

I am very proud of our enthusiastic, talented and dedicated Bristol team who ooze all things Gymbo from every pore!  Getting to meet so many wonderful families and see their little ones develop in so many ways…first rolls, steps, claps, jumps will always be such a privilege to witness.  No day is ever the same but they are always full of smiles!

Meet Vince

I’ve worked at Gymboree for just over 5 and a half years! I absolutely love working at Gymboree and there are so many incredible parts to my job presenting challenges and rewards in equal measure. Each day and class are always full of surprises and keep me on my toes, with the children always making sure I’m ready to improvise or adapt to new suggestions and scenarios within the current theme. It’s also an absolute delight getting to know the children and families and see their incredible development throughout their membership over the months and years. To be so directly involved in such a crucial part of their development is a really amazing experience and I feel extremely lucky to be able to help them as they reach their milestones.

Outside of Gymboree I teach violin during the week and perform in my band Imprints, gigging regularly throughout the year at various festivals and venues including Glastonbury for the first time in 2019! I started my band back when I was at University in Falmouth where I earned my BA Hons in Theatre: Performance. I learnt so much during my degree, honing and perfecting my performance skills of which nearly all can be applied to my role here at Gymboree. I’d say it was a perfect fit.

It’s been such a pleasure to work at Gymboree, and here’s to many more years with Gymbo and the awesome team in Bristol!

Reviews for Gymboree Play and Music Bristol

Check out some of the reviews we have had from our lovely customers.

“I’m so so pleased I found Gymboree. My shy little 20 month old absolutely loves it there and the staff are so fantastic with him- he really is blossoming there and thoroughly enjoys classes as well as the open gym. The open gym especially has been brilliant for me whilst heavily pregnant- he can burn off some energy in a very safe environment, only 5 minutes from our house. Thank you! Especially to Vince and Polly.”

“We love our weekly classes at Gymboree and the open gym is great too! All the members of staff are lovely and the cafe is good for a nice coffee after class. There is such a welcoming environment and everyone we meet is so friendly.”

“Thank you Gymboree for my children’s birthday party yesterday. My 1 and 3 year old had the best time and all our friends and family loved it! Polly was amazing with all the children and the party tea was spot on. I cannot recommend gymboree more highly, excellent weekly classes and the perfect party venue.”

“I bring my 2.5yr old and 13 month old to Gymboree and they love it! I have a very shy older child and no fear boisterous youngest. The classes cater for both and the instructors adapt to their needs. We love dressing up for the themed parties. My girls don’t go to nursery or a childminder, so Gymboree is a fab opportunity to mix with other kids and adults. Thoroughly recommend to everyone and wish we found it sooner”

“I have been taking my son to gymboree since he was 5.5 months old. He is now almost 11 months old and we have just stopped as I am about to go back to work. My son and I have loved every minute. It has been our favourite class and we are both sad not to be able to attend anymore!

Polly and Vince are great, and my son loved them both (and gymbo of course)! The open gym sessions are brilliant, especially with a mobile baby – it certainly helps to burn off some energy. All of the parents I have encountered have been really friendly.

My son has learnt a lot from these classes and I feel it has helped him to develop and progress. I would recommend gymboree to everyone.”

 

Hoop Awards

We are so excited to announce that we are the runners up in both the “Best for Babies” and “Best for Learning” in the 2019 Hoop awards for Bristol and Bath!  Thank you for your vote!  Well done to Bristol Museum for pipping us to the top spot!

Download our Bristol Party Brochure

Click here for Party Inquiry Form

 

Check out our café set up for Party food!

Here are a few comments from parties we have hosted:-

“Simply AMAZING!”

“Thank you very much for providing entertainment for our Birthday Party! It’s been great. Kids had so much fun and we got fantastic feedback from adult guests. All saying that you did a fabulous job. So well done and thank you:)”

“I just wanted to drop you a note to say thank you for hosting such a great party for my son’s second birthday last Saturday.  Your levels of enthusiasm and energy surpassed all of my expectations and meant that all the kids were really engaged in playing.  You catered very well for the mix of ages we had, and the travel theme worked brilliantly. The venue also worked really well for our group – a great size, and excellent to be able to use the kitchen facilities to keep the tea and coffee flowing to the parents!”

Gymbo’s Play Cafe

Not only do we offer award winning classes for the 0 – 5s but we also have a fabulous child friendly café.  Play with musical instruments, books, soft play shapes and a variety of toys.

We have a scrumptious range of drinks, cakes and snacks and cater for a range of dietary requirements.  Of course you can bring your little’s one’s snacks to enjoy after class and relax with classmates.

If you need a snack we offer hot toast, crumpets, pancakes with a range of toppings, along with crisps and snack bars. If your little one needs a bite to eat we have a range of meal and fruit pouches to keep them going.

If you fancy something sweet our delicious range of cakes include brownies, flapjacks and the ever popular caramel slice.  They really are mouth watering!

And then to top it all off, all our staff are trained to make you a wonderful relaxing coffee.  From espresso to cappuccino the choice is yours.

Gymbo’s Cafe is open 10-3 Monday to Friday and 10-11:45 on Saturday.

Our cafe is open to everyone (you do not need to be a member) so if you need a place to meet where you know your little ones can play safely and where you can enjoy a drink and cake and chat with friends, look no further than Gymbo’s Café

 

Chlidren’s play area

cakes - yummy

Check out Bristol Mums visits to Gymboree Play and Music Bristol

Bristol Mum Article May 2018

Bristol Mum Article January 2018 – A hidden gem in Westbury on Trym!

 

  • New Decade January Sale – 50% off!

    New Decade January Sale – 50% off!3. January 2020

    If you’ve been wondering whether to sign up to any of our classes, now’s the time, it’s our January sale!

    To celebrate the new year, and the new decade, we have a very special offer starting on Monday 6th January 2020; we’re giving new members a huge 50% discount off their first month’s membership*.

    Gymboree Play & Music are the world leaders in early childhood development and we would love to show you why!  With classes for babies and children from newborn to age 5 we have something for everyone.

    • Sensory Baby Play- 0 – 6 months
    • Play & Learn – 6 months – 5 years
    • Gymboree Music – 6 months – 5 years
    • Gymboree Art -18 months – 5 years
    • Baby Massage courses -0 – 12 months
    • Makaton Signing for Babies courses -3 – 12 months

    (Not all branches offer all classes and courses)

    Check out what our existing customers think of our classes at Reviews.co.uk, they’ve given us 4.78 out of 5!

    If you’ve already been for a free trial get in touch with your local Gymboree Play & Music and sign up now!

    If you haven’t, just fill in the free trial enquiry form here and we’ll get back to you asap to book you in for a free trial.

    Offer ends at close of business on Friday 10th January so get in touch soon!

    50% off first month

    50% off first month

    *T&Cs apply. Sale opens 6th January 2020. Participating sites only, valid for new customers only, subject to availability, not valid in conjunction with any other offer, minimum spend may apply.

  • The Gift of Play!

    3. December 2019

    By 2050, the plastic in our landfills will reach 12 billion metric tons. This plastic inevitably ends up in our environment; either by leaching chemicals into our soil or our oceans. As a society we have moved away from the ‘make do and mend’ era and into a more consumerist extreme; ‘use once and throw away’.

    90% of the toys that are manufactured each year are made from plastic because it is cheap to produce and lightweight.  Even toys that aren’t made primarily from plastic are packaged in a multitude of single use plastic packaging, which once used for its initial purpose (housing the product) usually cannot be recycled or re-purposed for anything else. Since manufacturers have moved away from responsibly and ethically creating new toys, the responsibility has fallen onto the consumer. But what can we do if we don’t want our little ones to miss out?

    Buy an experience! Experiences can offer so much more that a plastic present: they allow us to build intellect, will, imagination, memory and perception.  They create lasting memories of positive experiences and strengthen the bond between you and your little one. In addition they improve your little one’s physical capability as they can develop their fine and gross motor skills through climbing, sliding, crawling and singing (your vocal chords are a muscle too!).

    An experience like the Gift of Play here at Gymboree Play & Music could help fast track their development by stimulating them through play. In our classes you will also be building your little one’s social life (and yours!) as they make new friends and bond with their classmates week after week. By learning through play and building lasting memories together you will be strengthening your bond with each other and fostering their learning in a safe and fun environment. With our unlimited open gyms, you can practice outside of classes as well; watching them grow and progress week by week.

    Finally, if you are a grandparent looking for an environment that’s fun, safe and educational and somewhere you can bond with your grand-children, then The Gift of Play is perfect for you too!

    Buy your little one the Gift of Play with a Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher!

    Written by Aslihan Gulen, Play & Music Teacher at Gymboree Play & Music St Albans.

     

  • Gift vouchers – Give the gift of play week after week!

    29. October 2019

    Are you wondering what to give as a gift to a new parent, child or grandchild?

    Are you keen to give a greener, ethical gift, and reduce the amount of single use plastics in the world?

    Why not give Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers which can be used towards any of our classes or parties at any of our sites across the UK?

    £50 Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher

    £50 Gymboree Play & Music gift voucher

    In our classes we use a unique and impressive combination of music, movement, props, imaginary play and custom-designed and patented apparatus, all to create a fun and magical world where children learn, thrive and most importantly have fun.

    Our gift vouchers are available in various denominations allowing you to cover the cost of classes for one or more months, or even to pay for a birthday party at your local Gymboree Play & Music.

    Buy Gymboree Play & Music gift vouchers today to give the gift of play, week after week!

    Buy now!

     

     

     

     

  • What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 – Runners Up!

    What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 – Runners Up!15. October 2019

    So this happened at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 on Friday.

    Rachel, Lucy & Natalie at the What's On 4 Kids Awards 2019

    Rachel, Lucy & Natalie at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019

    Gymboree Play & Music was awarded Highly Commended in ‘Most Loved Sport or Physical Activity – Franchisor or Independent with 10 to 29 Leaders’ at the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!

    Millions of parents have trusted What’s On 4 Kids for information and inspiration on children’s activities in the UK since 2006.  Their Awards recognise the most loved children’s activities, clubs and classes across the whole of the UK, as voted for by parents.

    We were also finalists in the Most Loved Baby Activity and Most Loved Party Activity categories, so we’re feeling very pleased with ourselves!

    We’re so grateful to all of our lovely customers for voting for us as it’s your opinion that matters the most.

    If you want to come for a free trial to see what all the fuss is about just fill in the form here.

    Thank you 😍

  • 50% off in our September Sale, 2nd – 6th September!

    50% off in our September Sale, 2nd – 6th September!27. August 2019

    Gymboree Play & Music September sale – 50% off your first month!

    New term, new activity – all this week we’re giving new members a huge 50% discount off their first month’s membership* in our September sale.

    Gymboree Play & Music are the world leaders in early childhood development programmes because

    • we’ve been around for over 40 years
    • there are branches in over 40 countries
    • classes are for babies and children from newborn to age 5
    • our customers love us – check out our 4.8/5 and 97% rating on Reviews.co.uk
    • from sensory stimulation to problem solving games and storytelling, our classes use play-based activities to stretch body and mind.

    So if you’ve already been for a free trial get in touch with your local Gymboree Play & Music and sign up now!

    But if you haven’t, just fill in the form here and we’ll get back to you asap to book you in for a free trial.

    The September sale ends at close of business on Friday 6th September so get in touch soon!

    50% off first month

    50% off first month

    *T&Cs apply. Sale opens 2nd Sept 2019. Participating sites only, valid for new customers only, subject to availability, not valid in conjunction with any other offer, minimum spend may apply.

  • We’re Finalists, What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!

    We’re Finalists, What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019!31. July 2019

    We’re super excited to announce that Gymboree Play & Music are finalists in the What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 in the following categories.

    These awards have been voted for by you; mums, dads, and grandparents of the UK, so they mean a lot to us.  What’s On 4 Kids will announce the winners on Friday 11th October at a ceremony in London.  So we’re crossing all our fingers and toes!

    Picture of girl announcing What's On 4 Kids Awards 2019 finalists

    What’s On 4 Kids Awards 2019 finalists announced!

    Thank you to everyone who voted for #gymboreeplayandmusic 😘

  • Come along to Playday 2019!

    Come along to Playday 2019!25. July 2019

    On Wednesday 7th August it’s Playday, the UK’s national day celebrating play, and this year’s theme is Play Builds Children.  At Gymboree Play & Music we know all about the benefits of play, for over 40 years we have been sparking a love of learning with millions of families around the world, with research-based play programmes designed by experts. 

    Play is critical to your child’s brain development, as well as their social and physical growth. That’s why our play programs are researched, tested and expertly executed.  

    Furthermore, our custom, innovative equipment is designed for your little one to try, learn, play, fall, and try again! We reconfigure our modular proprietary playscapes every two weeks, consistently creating new experiences and challenges. Your child is always learning in a ridiculously fun, incredibly inviting and super safe environment because of our ever-changing environment and challenging activities!

    To celebrate Playday 2019 we’re going back to the 90’s and creating our very own Gymboree Play & Music’s Fun House!  We’ll be running special Playday events with loads of music you recognise from the 90s and lots of fun play. We’d love it if your little ones (and you?!) come dressed as your favourite 90’s idol. Think Spice Girls, Telly Tubbies, Mr Motivator, Take That… above all, anything goes! 

    Get in touch with your local branch to find out more.

    (Participating sites only)

    Playday 2019

    Playday 2019, the UK’s national day of play

  • Piccolo’s new look and new launches!

    Piccolo’s new look and new launches!28. May 2019

    Continuing their mission of making 100% organic, balanced and nutritious food inspired by the Mediterranean, Piccolo’s new products are designed with busy families in mind.

    The stylish new pouch packaging design launching this month accentuates the ingredients within and clearly communicates the brand’s ethos of helping families enjoy life’s adventures to the full. The ingredients, dietary information and nutritionals are even more clearly labelled and the new packs are the first UK baby food to include a QR code, linking through to more detailed information on the Piccolo website – so parents can find out exactly where those delicious, organic ingredients come from.

    But that’s not all; Piccolo are also launching several new ranges – including a new cooking at home range featuring stock cubes and stir-in sauces, specially developed for little ones. They are low in sugar and salt, and the stir in sauces are one of your babys’ 5 a day; meaning one less thing to worry about.

    That’s not all – there’s also snacks – Piccolo’s new snacking range includes Italian inspired breadsticks and tasty teething wafer Squares handily packed in on-the-go packets.  

    Cat Gazzoli, founder of Piccolo says: “At Piccolo we are always looking at new ways to help families enjoy nutritious meals and snacks without the worry or hassle. Our new pouch meals, healthy snacks and cooking range aim to take away the stress of finding food that’s delicious and convenient for cooking at home or when you are on the go – leaving you with more time for what really matters.”

    “With balance and variety absolutely key to babies’ health and development, we’re excited to offer growing families an even wider range of ingredients, flavours and textures for their little ones to try developed by our in house infant nutritional therapist Alice Fotheringham.”

    picture of Piccolo's new design pouches

    Piccolo’s new design pouches

  • Children’s Activities Week 13-17 May 2019

    Children’s Activities Week 13-17 May 20198. May 2019

    Once again the Children’s Activities Association is working together with Caudwell Children’s charity on Children’s Activities Week to promote the crucial benefits of children’s activities, clubs and classes; as well as raise funds for both organisations. Caudwell Children transform the lives of children with autism throughout the UK by acting as a safety net for families who are unable to gain the help they need. An estimated 2.5 million people are directly affected by autism every day in the UK.

    Gymboree Play & Music members will be seeing how many bubbles they can catch in 1 minute to raise funds and win prizes!

    With your help we can provide the support children need to reach their full potential, please donate anything you can.  Thank you ❤

    https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/GymboreePlayandMusicUK

    #CAW2019

    #WatchMeFly

    Gymboree teacher playing bubbles

    Join our sponsored bubble catch to raise money for Caudwell Children

     

  • 50% off in our Spring Sale, 29th April – 3rd May!

    25. April 2019

    Now that spring is well and truly here (sunshine one minute, rain the next) why not join Gymboree Play & Music!

    Because we all know you can’t rely on the British weather, we’ve a very special offer to ensure you always have that indoor option for playtime with your little ones.  All next week we’re giving new members a huge 50% discount off their first month’s membership*.

    Gymboree Play & Music are the world leaders in early childhood development programmes because

    • we’ve been around for over 40 years
    • there are branches in over 40 countries
    • classes are for babies and children from newborn to age 5
    • our customers love us – check out our 4.78/5 and 96% rating on Reviews.co.uk
    • from sensory stimulation to problem solving games and storytelling, our classes use play-based activities to stretch body and mind.

    So if you’ve already been for a free trial get in touch with your local Gymboree Play & Music and sign up now!

    But if you haven’t, just fill in the form here and we’ll get back to you asap to book you in for a free trial.

    This offer ends at close of business on Friday 3rd May so get in touch soon!

    50% off first month

    50% off first month

    *T&Cs apply. Sale opens 29th April 2019. Participating sites only, valid for new customers only, subject to availability, not valid in conjunction with any other offer, minimum spend may apply.

 

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