PLEASE NOTE WE OPEN from 9am every morning and until 3pm every day apart from 9- 5pm Wednesdays & Saturdays. After 1.30pm on weekdays, it is just £1 entry. More money for our delicious food…….

The next Miniature ponies is in Half Term on Wednesday 14th Feb and Animal Petting is Monday 12th & 16th Feb – Animal events are listed here.

We are open all Half Term for play inside and outside, please click here to see what we have on.However please note the maximum age is still 4/5 – pre-schoolers even in school holidays, as the toys are not built for older kids or rough play.

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. We are open 6 days a week and Saturdays tend to be quiet, unlike most play centres, so bring your family and eat here too. 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.

Our delicious homemade, 5* rated, healthy cafe has plenty of seating. But 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 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.

We have on lots of Activities – all held in a separate classroom, so you can join in or just keep playing. All our baby and toddler classes are ‘pay as you go weekly’ at £5 INCLUDING UNLIMITED PLAY, why lose money paying termly, or sit on a waiting list and miss out. Just call however far in advance to book and we have multiples discounts on some classes too. Wednesdays and Thursdays we put out lots of cushions downstairs for climbing crawlers.

Of course you don’t need to do any of the above but just come and play on our 2 floors – no bookings required.

And our garden is fab and safe, with dens, climbing and a sensory grass area.

  • Cafe

    Eat delicious home made food with your little ones. There are no chips here, 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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