Fire your little one’s imaginations!

 Award winning weekly storytelling and drama classes in York – for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

iHoglets - Hoglets classes now LIVE online

HOGLETS classes are now LIVE ONLINE!

Get your fix of Hoglets games, storytelling, songs and fun beamed right into your home – live online and free – at the usual class times.

Important update:
Hoglets physical classes have been paused for the time being in light of the current situation.
Find out more and read a message from Gemma >

Hoglets Storytelling and Drama classes - for babies and toddlers.

Hoglets classes are drama and storytelling adventures, bringing imaginations to life. This is no simple reading from a book, but an involving, immersive and enchanting experience for little minds.

We run classes at venues across York, for two age groups:

  • Little Hoglets – for ages 0 (literally – our youngest has been 4 days) to walking.
  • Big Hoglets – for kids who are walking up to primary age.

What’s in a Hoglets class?

  • Story of the week performance 
    Gemma learns and performs a classic/new/awesome story each week and brings it to life
  • Take off on an adventure
    We use the setting for the story to set off on an amazing trip to discover new lands and exciting adventures
  • Games, Songs and Music
    We’ll bring the elements of the story to life with fun drama games, noisy songs and music
  • Making and Crafting
    Each week there’s a new craft to let our little ones express themselves and explore the story further
  • Bring it all home
    Little adventurers are brought back from their journey, minds bustling with ideas, sounds and sights to continue the adventures long after the class has finished.

How much is it?

You can Pay-As-You-Go for £5 per session, or block book a term at a reduced rate.

And it’s no problem joining mid-term, or if you know you’re only available some dates – speak to us and we’ll sort it out.

To book a place or find out more:

We’ve a class near you!


Askham Bar, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1LW

Every Monday

1.15pmBig Hoglets (Walking+)

TESCO Community Room – if you sign in at the Customer Services desk then you can park for free over the usual 3 hours.


Trafalgar street, York, YO23 1HY.

Every Tuesday

9.15amLittle Hoglets (Birth to walking)
10.00amBig Hoglets 1 (Walking+)
11.00amBig Hoglets 1 (Walking+)

The Children’s Centre free car park is only small, but there are lots of free on-street parking spaces nearby.


Church St, Dunnington, York YO19 5PW

Every Wednesday

9.45amLittle Hoglets (Birth to walking)
10.45amBig Hoglets (Walking+)

There is free parking to the rear of the Reading Rooms, plus lots of free on-street parking nearby.

Mumbler Approved 2018/2019
Little Vikings Awards - Highly Commended 4 years running
Hoglets Spring Term

Our stories this Winter 2019 include:

Our SPRING 2020 term runs from 24th Feb – 1st April 2020

It’s jam-packed with amazing adventures:

  • Tiger who came to Tea – Judith Kerr

  • The Gruffalo + Gruffalo Child DOUBLE BILL! – Julia McDonaldson

  • Elmer – David McKee

  • Hairy McClairy – Lynley Dodd

  • Jack and the flum flum tree – Julia Donaldson

  • The Way Back Home – Oliver Jeffers

To book your little one’s place – get in touch now.

"Our favourite baby class! Gemma leads the classes brilliantly, always with so much enthusiasm. She has the baby X-Factor!"

Just some of our parent reviews...

  • positive review  Well planned, excellently organised, interested and funny classes. We love them!

    Anna Daria Avatar Anna Daria

    5 star review  We loved the story making class and the puppet making! Lottie hasn’t stopped talking about how much she enjoyed herself! �

    Louise Bright Avatar Louise Bright

    5 star review  Took my kids to see The Sleep Pirates today, we all loved it! Perfectly aimed at little people and was exactly the right length of time to hold their attention. Well done Hoglets, can’t wait for the next one!

    Jan Darcy Avatar Jan Darcy

    5 star review  First session this afternoon. It was lots of fun for both mums and babies! Looking forward to returning next week. Thanks Gemma x

    Jessica Brudenell Avatar Jessica Brudenell
  • 5 star review  Our favourite baby class! Gemma leads the classes brilliantly, always with so much enthusiasm. She has the baby X-Factor!

    Ema Havercroft Avatar Ema Havercroft

    5 star review  Awesome!

    Sarah Roberts Avatar Sarah Roberts

Hoglets classes frequently asked questions

We run classes for both babies (from birth to walking) and toddlers (walking upwards). The record for the youngest little one we’ve had is just 4 days!

We have little ones who are super outgoing, but just as many who are naturally a bit more shy. And that’s no problem at all. We don’t pressure anyone to do anything, and some new attendees like to just watch and listen. 

But we have seen some wonderful transformations, with initially timid little ones gaining confidence and coming out of their shells. 

One of the most gratifying things about running Hoglets is hearing stories from parents telling us they’ve seen a real difference in their child’s confidence since attending.

Yup! Every single week, for over 5 years now, Gemma has committed a new story to memory and performed it without book, complete with silly voices, movement and energy. This means Gemma has learnt over 270 stories since Hoglets began!

Whilst we love reading, we know from experience the difference it makes to public storytelling to be ‘off book’, look your audience in the eye and take them on the journey with you.

“Hoglet” is the word for a baby hedgehog. CUTE!

Before founding Hoglets, Gemma was a founding member of ‘grown-up’ touring theatre company Hedgepig Theatre. Hedgepig took it’s name from the line from MacBeth “Thrice and once the Hedgepig whined.” Hedgepig is an old English word for… you guessed it – Hedgehog. 

So when it came to naming the kids theatre offshoot from Hedgepig – Hoglets was the only real choice!

Depending on the venue, here’s the parking intel:

  • TESCO Community Room – if you sign in at the Customer Services desk then you can park for free over the usual 3 hours.
  • Knavesmire CC – limited parking onsite but loads of free on-street parking nearby.
  • Dunnington Reading Rooms – lots of onsite parking behind the Rooms plus free on-street nearby.