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The best places to meet other parents and carers in Hitchin...as recommended by you!


Last year I had a message from a lady whose daughter had moved to Hitchin with her 1 year old, asking for suggestions of where she could go to meet other parents.

I’m sure many of you have been in a similar position, and having myself been a new mum in a town I didn’t grow up in, I thought it would be a great opportunity to get your suggestions on the best places to go to meet others in Hitchin and nearby.

I know I wouldn’t have got through the early years without the amazing support network I’ve picked up along the way. There’s nothing more reassuring than finding a place or group where you’re able to just rant away about lack of sleep, moan about tantrumming toddlers, or share your birth story in graphic detail with someone you’ve only just met…and know they just get it.

We’re so lucky to have lots of great playgroups, classes, parks and cafés in Hitchin, but where are the real gems for meeting likeminded parents?

I was inundated with recommendations following posts on social media to ask for your recommendations, so below are all the suggestions that were given.

Don’t forget, if you’re new to Hitchin, there’s a Facilities and Services page with lots of local information.


The Café at the Schools Museum

“Lovely friendly cafe with a play area for toddlers and babies. I’ve met so many mums in there and struck up a conversation! “
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Mama Baby Play

“I always ended ip chatting with other mums there when my oldest was a baby.”
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Little Rascals
“I’ve always had lovely chats with parents at little rascals!”
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Chapel Tea Rooms, Pirton
“Open in Pirton on a Friday and Saturday with a small toy section for toddlers and lots of lovely walks around the village.”
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Groups and Classes

Baby Rhyme Time and Story Time Sessions at Hitchin Library

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“Lovely classes , I always loved chatting with other mums there too”
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The Signing Company – Hitchin and Letchworth
“Would thoroughly recommend these classes. Amazing for development, lots of fun and a lovely way to meet other parents.”
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Baby Massage Baldock
“We've met a lovely group through Baby Massage Baldock , the follow on sessions have been really great. It’s nice if you’re new to the area because it’s a small group, opportunity to socialise after and it’s a really interesting course where I also bonded with my baby.”
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The Music Train
“Super friendly and because there is a focus of music, it’s not clicky or intimidating as a newbie.”
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Sing and Sign
“I met my crew at a baby massage course and then we all went on to do Sing and Sign North Herts”
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Mama Baby Bliss
“The best classes ever and lifelong friends”
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St Ippolyts Tiny Tots
“On Tuesdays is a very friendly place. No booking, just drop in.”
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Christchurch Hitchin Baby and Toddler Group

“So friendly & relaxed. Loads of mums, babies, tea & biscuits! What more could you want!”
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St Katharine’s Tots Group
“Really friendly and relaxed.  It's a small group and not at all cliquey.”
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Other Places

The Angels
“Lovely pub food with soft play - close enough to sit and be able to see them playing”
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Howard Gardens Park, Letchworth
“Not Hitchin but in Letchworth I’ve had many chats with lovely local mums in Howard gardens play park”
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If you have more to add, please let me know here.

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