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Activities for Children and Teenagers

From breastfeeding support groups, to young mums, bumps and babies, toddler groups, and teenage cafes, we are either running the groups or they are currently in the planning - scroll down for our current timetable.

Timetable for the Balsam Centre


Breastfeeding Support, 10.30am -12 noon

Healthy Child Clinic, MILBORNE PORT SURGERY, 1st and 3rd Monday of the month, 1.00pm - 2.30pm


Familiy Morning for the Under 5s, 9am - 11am

Wincanton Buggy Walks, 1.30pm from the Centre, every Tuesday - PLEASE REGISTER FIRST

Healthy Child Clinic, BRUTON GP SURGERY, 2nd Tuesday of the month, 2.00pm - 3.30pm

Youth Drop-In Cafe, 4pm - 6.30pm


HUB2 Coffee Morning, 8.45am - 10.45am (finishing at 10am on the 1st Wednesday of the month)

Healthy Child Clinic, The Balsam Centre, 10.30am - 12 noon (BUT 1st Wednesday of the month is a Weaning Group - invite only)

Happy Feet Toddler Group, HENSTRIDGE VILLAGE HALL, 1st Wednesday of the month,1pm - 2pm

Balsam Multiples, 1pm - 2.30pm EVERY 1ST WEDNESDAY of the month

Familiy Afternoon for the Under 5s, 1.30 - 3pm STARTING 6th DECEMBER


Healthy Child Clinic, DAISY CHAIN, TEMPLECOMBE VILLAGE HALL, 1ST THURSDAY of the month, 9.30am - 10.30am

Buggy Walks, 10.30am Stourhead, every other Thursday - PLEASE REGISTER FIRST

Bumps and Babies, 10am - 11.30am

Healthy Child Clinic, QUEEN CAMEL SURGERY, 1ST and 3RD THURSDAY of the month, 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Healthy Child Clinic, MILLBROOK SURGERY, CASTLE CARY, 2nd and 4th THURSDAY of the month, 11.00am - 12.30pm



Swimming, 10am - 11am

Midwives Clinic, 1pm - 3pm

breastfeeding support

Breastfeeding Support

A support group for breastfeeding mums. Come and share any tips to help other mothers and talk through any problems. Trained breastfeeding peer supporter volenteers run these sessions in the Veronica Room.

More tips and advice on the NHS website.

Every Monday, at The Balsam Centre, 10.30 - 12 noon.

buggy walks

Buggy Walks

Our Buggy Walks are back! Stourhead - every other Thursday, 10.30am, for a walk around the gardens, and starting again in April 2018, Wincanton Buggy Walks, every Tuesday, 1.30pm, from The Balsam Centre, walking through Wincanton.
Please register at the Balsam Centre first.

Stourhead, every other Thursday, 10.30am

Wincanton, every Tuesday, 1.30pm FROM APRIL 2018



Come along to this informal friendly swimming session. This is a wonderful opportunity to introduce your child to swimming and gain water confidence.

Meet at Wincanton Sports Centre.

No need to book; just pay the receptionist £2.50 per adult for a Children’s centre swim.

Every Friday, 10am - 11am

bumps and babies group

Bumps and Babies

Many new parents have no family living near by, and if you're new to the area you might not have your friends here either. Making friends with other parents and having a support group is invaluable!

Come along and meet other new mums and mums-to-be for supportive advice and a chance to chat.

Every Thursday morning, 10am - 11.30am during term time.


Midwives Clinic

The Midwives now run a clinic from The Balsam Centre.

If you would like to talk to a midwife or make an appointment, call 01935 384449

Every Friday, 1pm - 3pm at the Balsam Centre

multiples group

Balsam Multiples

Do you have twins, triplets or more?

Join us for a chat, support, advice and time to relax. Meet other parents who understand.

For more information call Emily on 07514268567

First Wednesday of the month, 1pm - 2.30pm

Family group

Tuesday Family Morning for Under Fives

Come and play together every Tuesday, 9am - 11am!

The cost is £1 for your first child, 50p for extra children.

Wednesday Family Afternoon for Under Fives

Starting 6th December

Come and play together every Wednesday, 1.30pm - 3pm!

The cost is £1 for your first child, 50p for extra children.

Family group

Family group


Friendly playgroups for your children and a great opportunity to meet and chat to other parents and carers - for you and your child to make new friends.

For more information, please contact Nicola 01963 31842

Parents/guardians are required to stay with their children and help them to have fun with games, arts, crafts and toys. Parents and guardians are responsible for their children at all times.

Coffee morning

HUB2 Coffee Morning at The Balsam Centre

Every Wednesday, come along to our weekly Coffee Morning for cake, coffee and a chat!

Now in large room next to reception -The Shed - where the Health Visitors will run their clinic so you can have your baby weighed at the same time!

8.45am - 10.45am, (finishing at 10am on the first Wednesday of the month)

Tea/coffee and biscuits, 50p

All welcome! You can bring children too - toys will be provided.


Young People

- Drop-In Cafe -

- at The Balsam Centre, Tuesdays 4pm - 6.30pm

- or in the Camelot Room, Milborne Port Village Hall, Thursdays 3.30pm - 6.30pm

A social cafe for all teenagers!

Not interested in the outdoor activities? Then step inside and join the Youth Cafe

This is a social group for teenagers to get involved with activities like Graffiti Art and games.

If you are interested in taking part, contact Claire 07484174675 for more information


- Life Skills -

Enabling young people to learn more about the life after school and how to live a happy and healthy life

Cooking - come and learn how to cook basic meals that are quick and on budget

Budgeting - find out how to budget and keep on top of bills and spending

Personal items and personal hygiene - how DO you use a washing machine - do you know what the labels on clothes mean?

Cleaning - keeping your home clean and safe

For more information, contact Claire at The Balsam Centre 01963 31842 or 07484174675.


Healthy Child Clinics

Run by the Health Visitors based at the Balsam Centre, here you can talk to someone about developmental stages and the health of your baby in a friendly, relaxed and informal session.

1st and 3rd Monday of the month, Milborne Port Surgery, Gainsborough, Milborne Port, 1.00pm - 2.30pm.

2nd Tuesday of the month, Bruton GP surgery, 2.00pm to 3.30pm.

Every Wednesday, at The Balsam Centre, 10.30am to 12 noon but the first Wednesday of the month - Weaning Group - invite only.

1st Wednesday of the month, Happy Feet Toddler Group, Henstridge Village Hall, 1pm - 2pm.

1st Thursday of the month, Daisy Chain, Templecombe Village Hall, 9.30pm - 10.30am.

1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, Queen Camel Surgery, West Camel Road, Queen Camel, 1.30pm - 2.30pm

2nd and 4th Thursday of the month, Millbrook Surgery, Castle Cary, 11am - 12.30pm

Support Us!

The Balsam Centre is an independent charity set up by local people for local people.

Whilst the work of the Centre is long term, funding for its projects and services is all too frequently short term.

It is largely thanks to help from a fund created by a legacy left by one person, that the Balsam Centre has been able to continue its mental health work over the last few years. The help that this has given hundreds of people is a permanent and living memorial to that person’s generosity.

If you are thinking of donating, have you considered becoming a Friend of the Balsam Centre? This is a commitment to regular giving of any amount, at any interval, by standing order, and even better, if you are a UK tax payer and you ‘tick’ to say so, we can claim another 25% on top of your donation to support the work of the Centre. Become a Friend here!


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