The Nurture Barn – Stylish Play for Babies & Toddlers.


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 Boogiewoogies Music, Sensory and Unicorn Pony Rides or Animal Petting events. Painted Peppermint is here monthly. We host weekly Sing & Sign, Baby College and offer 1 to 1 to 1 support in Breast Feeding, Weaning, Toddler Selective Eating, Sleep Issues and a Sling Advice/Library. 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. We are winners of Essex Mums 2019 Family Eating. 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.


1 to 1 advice on Breastfeeding, Baby Led Weaning Theory, Toddlers Selective Eating, Sling Libraries, Toddler Behaviour Sleep Clinic.


If you are expecting your baby, then it is time to meet The Nurture Barn. We run monthly meet ups to introduce The Barn and to meet new friends. No bookings needed. Come for a free cup of tea or coffee.

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Jayne Tolley

Great food, loads of choice whether savoury or sweet! Can even take away fresh bread, cakes. Added bonus is the attached shop with some absolutely lovely items

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Katie Louise

I’d heard nothing but amazing things so I wasn’t exactly surprised today when we enjoyed our stay so much that not only was the hour journey completely worth it... we stayed for FOUR hours!!! I felt so relaxed that time just flew and we didn’t...

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Le Cygne

My daughter had her party at the Nurture Barn today and it couldn’t have been better! Mel was so accommodating and helpful, the day was so relaxed and both the kids and adults had a great time. The food was perfect and all out on...

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Monique Mercedes Richardson

Love that kids can be kids, my twins have had a wonderful day . Firsts playing indoors with all the wooden toys and then outside enjoying the cars mud and puddles in this raining weather was great fun! Felt very natural and calming Thanks again

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Hollie Sawyer

Went to this wonderful place yesterday with a friend and our 2 babies. My little boy has allergies and I find it really hard finding something we can both eat that is egg and dairy free. The lovely lady at Nurture Barn made me feel...

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Claire Craigmile

My sister and I love The Nurture Barn. As we walked in, we was greeted by Mel, who made us feel really welcome. Although we was unable to get onto the boogie woogie class today, (last minute efforts!)we had a great day with lots for...

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Elaine Boarer

wonderful staff and a relaxed atmosphere with wonderful things for babies and children to play with and explore

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Liane Hopkinson

Brilliant day here well worth the trip out. So many great toys for babies and toddlers to play with indoors and outdoors, and first place I’ve ever been to with a baby food menu! Makes it soooo easy for mums. Loved it!

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Naomi Bignold

My NCT friends and I celebrated our babies' first birthdays here in May 2019, following a one-off visit a month or so earlier to check it out. On the first visit we were really impressed by the food (adult and kids alike), toys and play...

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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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Christmas @The Nurture Barn

Fun for the Parents

We are proud to announce that a wealth of new Daytime and Evening Events are planned from November. Evening events will have alcohol on sale.

Evening time, The Barn will be transformed into an intimate, ‘licensed’ venue, for couples, groups with Babes in Arms (Car seats) welcome. We will serve food which we will ask you to preorder on booking.

Please note there will be no high chairs available.

All events are ticketed and these are sold online, to buy tickets for the 9th of November event just click on the button below.    Note tickets are non refundable.

For more info on the events check out our “whats on page”

Saturday 7th Dec 7.30-10.30 is a Band and Bar night and a chance to Boogie to a great band called Ursa Minor who headlined at Woodfest.

Friday 20 December 7.30-10.30 is a date to let your hair down before the mad Christmas week. Get a group of you together for a candlelit dinner with a professional DJ and let’s get dancing! (tickets not on sale yet for this event)

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

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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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, clean allergy friendly kitchens. For our efforts, we are proud to have been awarded a 5* rating in Food & Hygeine after visits by Braintree District Council. We are also an Essex Mums winner for Eating out with Families 2019.


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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.