Pls note we close at 1pm on Sunday 26th February for our Glastonbabies event and all day Sunday 5th March. Open in school holidays, but our age limit is still preschoolers pls. The Nurture Barn is an award winning 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 endeavour to stop any allergy contamination and it is only courtesy to paying guests. There is no need to even bring baby food as we serve homemade daily purees and weaning boxes. 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 events too.

We have a party room to hire for birthdays with small wooden tables and chairs and plenty of highchairs to start from 1st birthdays, or NCT reunions for example. parties downstairs. We have on lots of Activities - all kids classes are 'pay as you go weekly' at £5 INCLUDIMG UNLIMITED PLAY, just call however far in advance to book and most cost £5 and included in your entry, we have multiples discount too: Barn Owl music classes, breast feeding advice, baby led weaning fun teas, antenatal breast feeding preparation, Jenny Jones dance, BoogieWoogies (music, movement and sensory for babies under 2), Bardfield Toddler Group Nursery Rhymes, Mini Assault Course for Climbing Crawlers, Music and Movement, Cheeky Chimps, Stories Alive with Andrea, Basking Babies Massage, Keepsake Ceramics with Painted Peppermint etc.. Don't forget our Glastonbabies shows: Pirates & Dinosaurs in March. Warmer weather brings animal petting and miniature pony riding (£3.50 extra). Everything we do is listed on the ACTIVITIES page.


  • 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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