We are very excited to be starting a new class at the lovely pub opposite Alexandra Park Station: THE STARTING GATE! The first session will take place on Thursday 16 March at 11.15am. There are only 14 spaces, so please make sure you book by clicking this link.

If you haven’t visited The Starting Gate yet, then I recommend you pop in – it’s a real gem! There’s more info about their menus and events on their website

We hope to seeing you Moving and Shaking at The Starting Gate next week!

New Class Starting in Myddleton Road

We are very excited to be returning to Bowes Park next week! No. 99 Myddleton Road, formerly home of some very mouldy underwear, has thankfully been beautifully refurbished into the perfect tot-friendly community space!

We are delighted to be among the first groups to use the new space, and would love to see you there: every Wednesday (starting 22nd February) at 3.30pm. Please book your place by clicking this link as places are limited.

Planning a Holiday? Here’s a SPECIAL OFFER for you!

We have a new Special Offer from local Mum and BIG Movers & Shakers fan, Rebecca Berzins. She has put her 10 years+ travel industry experience to good use and launched her own travel consultancy business from home in conjunction with Travel Counsellors.

If you want help with booking your next holiday from someone who knows what it’s like to travel with kids then do get in touch.

Mention Movers & Shakers to get £50 off your next holiday* booked by 28th Feb.
For travel inspiration and tips follow Rebecca on Facebook and Instagram @RebeccaBerzinsTC

*A holiday is classed as flights plus a minimum of 5 nights accommodation.

NB: If you have a business that you’d like to promote please drop us a line!


Welcome back to classes everyone – I hope you had a wonderfully festive couple of weeks. Did you manage to get any rest? Christmas isn’t quite the same when you have little ones to look after but hopefully you had some friends and relatives who were able to keep them entertained long enough for you to have a mince pie/glass of bubbly/nap – maybe even all three!

Classes started back today (3rd January) EXCEPT for Project Me which starts next week (Wednesday 11th) as they are still closed.

ALSO: The Woodman Pub is closed for refurbishment on Monday 9th January so no class then… but we are still running as usual at The Woodman on Thursday 5th and 12th.


We have a brand new theme this term: TRANSPORT – so we’ll be singing lots of travelling songs. Ride with us on a big red bus, take a rocket to the moon, sail on a boat or ride a bike! Every week our puppet assistant will be Coming Round The Mountain on a different vehicle so we look forward to seeing you very soon… Book here!


During the 6 week Summer Holiday (25 July to 2 September) we will be running a reduced timetable as many of our teachers are away or busy running drama clubs. These classes will still be running:

The Woodman Pub 10.30am:25 July and 1, 8 , 15 August
Earl Haig Hall 10.30am: 22nd August
Highgate Library 11.45am: 25 July and 1, 8 , 15 August

Muswell Hill Library 10am: 23, 30 August
Blend Cafe 10.30am: 16, 30 August
The Old Dairy: 16, 23, 30 August

The Children’s Hub 10am: 24, 31 August
Hornsey Library 10am and 11am: 17, 24, 31 August
Project Me 2pm: 27 July and 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 August

The Woodman Pub 10.30am: 4, 11 August and 1 September
Karamel Restaurant 11am: 25 August and 1 September
Highgate Library 11.45am: 4, 11 August and 1 September

Alexandra Park Library 10am: 29 July and 5, 12, 19, 26 August and 2 September
Victoria Stakes Pub 11.15am: 29 July and 5, 12, 19, 26 August and 2 September

All these classes are available to book by clicking here. Please book as far in advance as possible as the groups may get busier during the holidays due to our reduced number of sessions.

Fee Increase

Those of you who have been coming to Movers and Shakers for a while will know that this is the first time we have put up prices for 2 years. Unfortunately with all our costs increasing we can’t delay it any more. We pride ourselves on being cheaper than our competitors and maintaining the high quality of our classes. I hope you will agree that this is still the case!

New prices as follows:

Single session: £5.00
Pre-pay card: £25.00 (6 sessions, don’t need to be consecutive)

No change to sibling prices:

Sibling: £3 for a single session; £15 for a pre-pay card

Still free for siblings under 6 months!

Movers and Shakers moves into Wanstead

I am very excited to announce the launch of our first Movers and Shakers class in Wanstead!

It takes place on Wednesday mornings from 10–10.30am at:

Wanstead United Reformed Church
Nightingale Lane
London E11 2HD

The class will be taught by the marvellous Holly Elmes.

For now, Erica will be administering the class from her Barnet and Southgate office. However, demand in the area is high, and we plan to start classes in Woodford, Walthamstow and the surrounding area. When several classes are up and running, we will open a separate branch.

Booking for Movers and Shakers is essential. Classes fill up quickly, so don’t hesitate to reserve your child a place using our online booking system. For more information about this class or anything related to Movers and Shakers, please contact me.

Christmas Dates

We will be Moving and Shaking as usual at all venues right up until Tuesday 22nd December. Then we’ll take a break until Monday 4th January.

If you’d like to book us for a special Movers and Shakers gathering then please get in touch! We’d love to keep your little ones entertained with lots of Snowy and Festive songs…

New Thursday Morning Venue: Hello Woodman!

From this week we will be changing our Thursday morning Highgate venue from Queen’s Wood Cafe to The Woodman Pub. Although we’ve had many happy years at Queen’s Wood Cafe we wanted to find a venue that would be cosier in the winter months.

We were delighted when The Woodman Pub offered to set aside a special area for a weekly Movers and Shakers class (and even more delighted to hear that they are open for breakfast from 10am!)

Please come and find us there. You can book your place by clicking here.

Move and Shake for FREE at Highgate Newtown Community Centre

When I first set up Movers and Shakers 7 years ago, all our classes were provided free of charge to parents and carers, and funded by local Sure Start Children’s Centres! The subsequent recession put an end to that and now it is very rare for us to run any ‘funded’ sessions at all.

We do have an ‘inclusivity’ policy that means we do our best to make sure our sessions are affordable for everyone – we manage this without skimping on quality by choosing venues that charge low or no rent so we can pass on the saving to parents, and also by not making parents pay for a full term of classes. This means that parents on a budget can opt to go to one Movers and Shakers class a month, for example, rather than miss out.

I was really delighted when I received a call from Highgate Newtown Community Centre during the summer hols asking if we would run a weekly session at their lovely venue, which would be funded by the centre and offered completely free to parents and carers! Isn’t that fantastic?

The classes are going really well and there is room for more – so please come along and find us there – and let anyone you know who lives near that venue. We are there every Thursday 1 – 1.30 for babies up to 18 months old. Families are then welcome to stay for their relaxed drop in with advice from 1.30 – 3pm.

We hope to see you there soon!