Our brilliant 3rd Year Outdoor festival Barnfest, headlined by Glastonbabies, is now selling and you can buy through the link on this website. 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 7 days a week and weekends 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 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:

-Barn Owl music classes
-Jenny Jones rhyme and dance
-BoogieWoogies (music, movement and sensory for babies under 2)*
-Stories Alive with Andrea*
-Buggy Fitness
-Pregnancy Fitness (from 2nd trimester)

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 also host the Monday Bardfield toddler group where everyone is welcome to join in and sing nursery rhymes. Thursdays we put out lots of cushions for climbing crawlers.

For live music fans, don’t forget our Glastonbabies shows, details are shown here Pirates & Dinosaurs on April 15th and of course our 4 summer Barnfests, second Sunday in May, June, July, August. Warmer weather brings animal petting and miniature pony riding (both cost extra).

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

  • 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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