The Nurture Barn – Stylish Play for Babies & Toddlers

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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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Nicky Powell

After hearing lots of positive things about the Nurture Barn, I decided to give it a try for myself yesterday with my two children aged 1 and 3. What a wonderful place! Both of my children were immediately off exploring and playing with the lovely...

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Amy Sutton

We had a great day here today! So clean, welcoming & full of toys to keep children of different ages entertained. We loved it & will definitely be back! Also enjoyed a mixed age sensory class with my two little ones- so nice to find...

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Heidi Ruth

Loved it! Lovely food, lovely space, great class,
My 5 month old loved it 😍😍

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Carla Siobahan Pillow

Lovely friendly helpful hosts, great secure, stress free environment for kids and adults alike. The food was lovely too! Great selection and well priced, we'll be back! 🙂

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Anita Thomas

Visited for the first time and we absolutely loved it! What a hidden gem! I cannot recommend this place enough. I loved how the toys cater for all ages and so many of them had lots of different levels of playing. The cafe caters for...

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Carly Louise Crossley

Went to the Nurture Barn for the first time yesterday with my 9 month old and husband and it was fantastic !! So lovely to be able
to visit somewhere with a spacious , clean play area as well as having a cafe that...

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Claire Lucas

Had such fun yesterday! Delicious food, gorgeous weather, and a lovely, welcoming environment. Come in, shoes off, have fun. 40 minutes drive for us South Cambridge but worth the journey if you have little ones with lots of energy! 🙂

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Jan Timms

Great friendly place staff are amazing. So much for children to go. Good selection of food. Reasonably priced.

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Maxine Scrivener

My Granddaughter Violet absolutely loved meeting her favourite character Chase from Paw Patrol today
Thank you

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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

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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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