PLEASE NOTE WE OPEN from 9am every morning and until 3pm every day apart from 9- 5pm Wednesdays & Saturdays. We have paddling pools out every day, placed under a shady gazebo.

After 1.30pm on weekdays, it is just £1 entry. More money for our delicious food……. Our upstairs is not open for Play until 1pm on Tuesdays due to Boogiewoogies being so popular, so we will now have it across the floor. Childminders on proof of their  registration will receive a 20% discount for them and their children on food, drink & entry.

All Animal events are listed here.

Please note the maximum age is always 5 – pre-schoolers, even in school holidays, as the toys are not built for older kids or rough play.

Dates for your Diary. Here are our dates for our 4th outdoor festival BARNFEST this year for babies and toddlers. Live music, cardboard box modelling, miniature pony grooming, animal petting, free face painting, ceramics plus lots more.
All Sundays 10-2. August 12 and September 2. Tickets are now available here but be quick as this is a sell out event.

The Nurture Barn is an award winning clean and calming, upmarket indoor and outdoor play venue, opened in August 2014.Our customers have rated us 4.6 out of 5 as an average. 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. We also have a permanent area for new crawlers with lots of cushions downstairs.

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, sandpits and a sensory grass area with lots of hidden windy paths.

  • 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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