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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 - watch this space!

Timetable for the Balsam Centre

Please contact the centre for more information


Breastfeeding Support, 10.30am -12 noon

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


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

Youth Drop-In Cafe, 4pm - 6.30pm


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


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! Every other Thursday, approximately 50 minutes long, free for every child plus one adult (extra adults pay the standard entrance fee). This is a lovely way to meet other parents and carers whilst admiring the lovely Stourhead gardens (term time only)

Please register at the Balsam Centre first and pick up your ID card

Every second Thursday, 10.30am



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

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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