What is 123 Soleil?

We are a parent, baby and toddler group whose aim is to maintain the French culture and language amongst French speaking families far away from their countries of origin.

The playgroup is for children from birth to 5 years of age.

We are also happy to help families settle in who have recently moved to the area.

Who is 123 Soleil for?

123 Soleil is open to any family linked in some way to the Francophone culture.

We provide a meeting point for French speaking people and allow them to recreate and enjoy French traditions so that their children get familiar and feel connected to the French culture.

How do we bring the French culture to life in Cambridge?

We have created a library of over 500 French books (more about the 123 Soleil Library).

We introduce the children to a Francophone environment where it is easy to speak French.

We facilitate the meeting of French-speaking families.

We organise themed activities led by the parents (stories, songs, nursery rhymes, games, art & crafts…). These activities reflect the French traditions throughout the year and encourage children to feel rooted in the French culture.

We celebrate our traditional Christmas, Galette des rois, Shrove Tuesday, Easter, and more…

When and where is 123 Soleil?

Every Monday morning from 10am till noon at Mill Rd Baptist Church (Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3LP). Sessions run during term time (not during school holidays, half-term or bank holidays).

Coming from the City Centre you will find the Church about 100 metres on the right hand side after the railway bridge. Follow the map to Mill Road Baptist Church.

There is sheltered bicycle parking next to the church for those of you arriving by bike.

Otherwise, the Stagecoach Citi 2 bus passes the door of the church. (See Citi 2 timetable and route map). You should disembark at the stop called “The Broadway”, which is on Mill Road.

If you arrive by car you can park on the church parking or for free in all the streets around the church.


Each family attending a session is kindly requested to contribute £2.50 per session towards the fresh fruit snack and the rent of the hall. This contribution also allows you to borrow books from the 123 Soleil library.

Alternatively you can join 123 Soleil for the whole term for £18 for one child (£20 for families with more than one child). This includes the use of the 123 Soleil library.