The Nurture Barn – Stylish Play for Babies & Toddlers.

Barnfest Saturday 13th JULY is SOLD OUT.
The Barn will be closed for nomal business that day.


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You want the cleanest, safest environment for your child to help them develop and have fun. We offer a high quality drop in centre, with no bookings required. High quality wooden toys across 2 floors and our large fenced in garden is open all year round and boasts mud kitchens, tyres, huts and paddling pools when warm.


With a wide range of weekly Pay As you Go activities including Music, Sensory, Communication, Science, Breast Feeding and Weaning Counselling, Sling Advice, Baby Massage, Mummy Massage, Weigh Ins, Miniature Ponies, Animal Petting, Character Appearances. All teachers have been hand picked to educate and engage with your children. Must Book.


Our 5* restaurant has been built by parents who know how important mealtimes are. Our delicious Homemade food for you and them, is lovingly prepared by experienced Chefs including many allergy options. Remain seated if you wish and let them go and play, as you will always be able to see them.


Our Funky Party Room has the Wow Factor. No minimum amount of kids needed. You can spend on child guests at £12 a head and include adults food and drinks to get to the £120 minimum spend. Invites, hot and cold food and quality party bags included plus 2 hours in the party room. Stay on longer in the Barn as unlimited play included.


A weekly Drop in Breastfeeding session, Baby Led Weaning Theory, Fussy Toddlers, Sling Libraries, Montessori Parenting, First Aid, Antenatal Classes and Indulgent Massages for MUMS.


If you are expecting your baby, then it is time to meet The Nurture Barn. Get a group of you together to try it out or check out our What’s On for Due Date meet ups.

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Christine Orrin

Our first visit today with my daughter and grandson. What a lovely safe space for children to play and explore in, we all really enjoyed it. Everyone so friendly and helpful. Lots of lovely toys indoors as well as a great outside play space. We...

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Dee Haldane

Amazing fun! It was more than I expected, so much to play with and very friendly. Our little boy was kept very well entertained. I think we’ll be back each week. Thank you!

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Emmeline Marlow

Been here a couple of times now. It’s excellent for allergy sufferers.. my daughter is egg and dairy free and there’s even a cake she can eat here. Takes the stress out of eating out and worrying about ingredients etc. The adults food is really...

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Sarah Weston Bradley

Had a wonderful first visit today - the play areas inside & out are great, food was fantastic & all the staff were really welcoming & helpful. Will definitely be back soon

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Lana Wright

Amazing staff that bend over backwards for their customers. Friendly and calm atmosphere with plenty to do with the little ones. I felt safe to let the kids wonder and explore. I would definitely go again. Great day out !

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Holly Revell

We visited for the first time today and wow! The kids were in their element and we could relax watching them knowing they were in a safe space. There’s so much to do there we didn’t even get a chance to do everything. I think...

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Sammii Radford

Had a lovely afternoon in such a friendly and welcoming environment. My little one is 15 months old and it was perfect for me to let him have free reign and enjoy all the wonderful toys they have there. The garden space is huge and...

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LC Fayers

Visited The Nurture Barn today, was a fantastic experience and would definitely recommend for parents with babies and toddlers. The place is so clean, food was amazing (especially the cake), staff so friendly - nothing was too much trouble and the toys and environment were...

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Emma Murphy

Great food and amazing staff who take the time to come and talk to you and make you feel welcome.
The outside area is great for toddlers to run around and explore

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About The Nurture Barn

I remember when my daughter Olivia started crawling and exploring but I still wanted to meet friends, with or without kids, for good coffee and healthy food in stylish places with lots of natural light and an outdoors when warm.

It was just impossible when she started wriggling we often felt a nuisance to others’ enjoyment, if they were without kids. I didn’t like leaving her in the car seat as there was nowhere to lay her down, or imprisoning her in a high chair while we chatted, giving her menus/spoons to keep her busy for 2 secs. so we could have a long awaited catch up together.

I had a lot of experience with babies and toddlers, I chaired a large NCT branch and it kept coming back to the fact that something was missing locally.

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Approx Drive Times in Minutes

Braintree - 17, Dunmow 13, Saffron Walden 22, Haverhill 21, Bishops Stortford 30, Chelmsford 32, Sudbury 32, Colchester 38, Billericay 46, Loughton 46, Cambridge 48, Brentwood 49, Buckhurt Hill 50

Our Results Speak for themsleves!

We take great pride in feeding you and your little one delicious, homemade food, but in preparing it in a safe and clean kitchens. For our efforts, we are proud to have been awarded a 5* rating in Food & Hygeine after visits by Braintree District Council.


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Some of the fun to be had......

From the moment you walk in, you can let them roam. even little Hoodins, as the only way in and out of The Nurture Barn is through the safely gated front door you just came in. Our garden is only accessible through our cafe and is fenced and locked. Next to our Cafe, we have our lovely, calm Baby Area with fake sensory grass, soft climbing shapes out for climbing and tumbling, books, sofas to read with them and a low slide and climbing frame plus many puzzles and toys, all wooden.

Upstairs though the child friendly gate, is where the toddlers love to go. A den up a ladder,  spider web cimbing frame, a home and kitchen, a gas station, ride ons, trains, building blocks, a giant dolls house, fancy dress and a stage is part of our simple, wooden play. Feel free to play upstairs and us shout you when lunch is ready. Outside has a Den on stilts with a slide, little huts, tyres, sandpits and a secret walkway through glorious trees we planted in 2015. Warm weather brings out paddling pools daily too.

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Our wooden climbing frame and slide are such a hit with little ones. Low but big enough for them to think they are high up. Upstairs is a raised den and also a climbing frame for the more adventurous.

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Baby Den

This safe area is fenced off to keep it calm and contained. Wooden toys only for development, you can get in with them or leave them playing whilst you sit nearby and have a coffee.

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Our secure, fenced garden has shady gazebos with paddling pools out in warm weather. Tyres, mini huts, climbing frames and sandpits keep them busy.

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Dressing Up

Princesses, Doctors, Builders, Knights, Hats, Bags, Fairy Wings are all there for them to help themselves to. Plus our stage means they can show you a performance!

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Role Play

A wooden Kitchen, Shop, Petrol Station, House keep them very busy upstairs. Play supermarkets with wooden food and mini baskets and get into their world.

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Our Cafe has enough seating for everyone, inside and outide and flooded with natural light. We have over 20 highchairs and plastic plates, cutlery and cups for them. Don’t worry about the mess or chaos we are used to it.