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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Libby Barnes

We visited today for the first time and were made to feel so welcome. I loved the shoeless policy, enabling my crawler to explore without me having to worry about the floor. The range of toys is brilliant and everywhere is secure so you really...

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Abi Cashman Stacey

Even though it is soooo far away from home it is absolutely worth it and I wish there was another Nurture Barn near by! Myself and my family love it and my NCT friends also do and we love to have our Tuesday meets there...

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Julie Warner

Such a great place beautiful views looking over the countryside ideal for babies and toddlers to play indoors and outdoors food is excellent and caters well for weaning babies toddlers and grown ups all homemade!! Will definitely be visiting againsAll the staff were extremely friendly...

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Katie Harriet

My 1 year old visited the The Nurture Barn today for the first time and we had the best day! We stayed from 9:30-3pm! Countless visits upstairs, downstairs and outside! Loved all of the toys, the singing class and the food. Mel went above and...

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Abi Al-Astrabadi

We had such a wonderful day at the nurture barn today - it was so worth the journey! So much for little ones to do in a super safe, exciting environment, both inside and out. We were so welcomed by the owner and left feeling...

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Julie Weighill

Had a lovely morning at The Nurture Barn. Kids loved all the toys/play areas available especially the outdoor area. The staff interacted with the kids and helped them find bugs etc.

Catered for awkward allergies with a wide choice available (given...

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Talya Dosaj

Hazel really enjoyed the nurture barn today! So much for her to do. Didn’t get any pics of outside but has a lovely outdoor space and the cake was 👌🏼👌🏼

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Kirsty Ellis

Great place to go for under 5s! Fanstastic homemade food esp the cakes! brilliant fun activities to do! We have done painted pottery and the pony rides here. I have been going here since my little one was not even a year ( she is...

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Lj Paxman

Visited today for the first time. What a lovely place with really friendly, helpful staff. And great food! I was especially impressed at how helpful Mel was the evening before our visit as she responded to my enquiry, out of hours, and feel she went...

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Charl Parsons

Lovely friendly atmosphere! The staff are always so happy to help! X

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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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