The Nurture Barn is a very clean and calming, upmarket indoor and outdoor play venue, opened in August 2014, having been awarded Runner Up for the best day out by Essex Mums 2015 and 2016. No bookings required or maximum stay, for babies and toddlers under 5 only, filled with wooden, inspirational toys to fire up their imagination with a great baby and toddler friendly café in Great Bardfield, same turning as The Blue Egg - postcode CM7 4PY. Please note our café tables inside and out, are provided for our café guests to eat our food only - not picnics. That way we can endeavor to stop any allergy contamination and it is only courtesy to paying guests.Please see our menus for what we offer.

We are open 7 days a week and weekends tend to be very calm and quiet, unlike most play centres, so bring your family and eat here too. Take advantage of our Glastonbabies Brunches.

We have a party room to hire which is also used as a private dining room for meetups with kids. We hold 1 year old birthdays parties downstairs. We have on lots of Activities - all kids classes are 'pay as you go weekly', just call us that week and most cost £5 and included in your entry: Dance, Barn Owl music classes, animal petting, miniature pony riding (£3.50 extra), breast feeding advice, baby led weaning fun teas, antenatal breast feeding preparation, dance, nursery rhymes, arts and crafts, mini football, mummy fitness, keepsake ceramics with Painted Peppermint etc.. Don't forget our weekend musical brunches with Glastonbabies and Breakfast with Father Christmas and our Halloween Disco and Pumpkin Carving and also Scarecrow Making during Half Term. All listed.


  • Cafe

    Eat delicious home made food with your little ones. There are no chips here I am afraid – just good cakes, quiches, salads, soups and sandwiches.

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  • Parties

    Our interior designed Moroccan party room is bright and fun and can be hired in 2 hour slots 7 days a week

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  • Activities

    We want your babies and toddlers to have the best choice of indoor and outdoor activities in a really fun and high quality environment.  

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