PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOW CLOSED ALL DAY SUNDAY (other than 26/11 & 17/12 with miniature pony rides) BUT OPEN AS USUAL THE REST OF THE WEEK. Our last working day is Friday 22nd December and we will reopen on Tuesday 2nd January after the Christmas Break.

The next Miniature ponies and animal petting events are listed here. Our Christmas events are here and we are open all October half term with lots of events on including a Halloween Science event and one for 6+ too!

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:

-BoogieWoogies * (2 classes of music, movement and sensory for a/walkers and under 3’s and b/babies and crawlers -Spanishtastic* (music and sensory with foreign words thrown in)
-Frenchtastic* (music and sensory with foreign words thrown in)

-Rainbow Preschool Phonics ( 2 classes for a/over 3’s and b/under 3’s)

– Arts and Crafts and Nature

For new mums or mums to be, we offer the following specialist sessions:-

-Breast feeding advice, baby led weaning fun teas, antenatal breast feeding preparation
-Keepsake Ceramics with Painted Peppermint (of course all ages are welcome)
-Basking Babies Massage

We do Baby Led Weaning and Fussy Toddler classes too – details here.

 

Thursdays we put out lots of cushions 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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