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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4.6 ★
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Charl Parsons

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

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Kirsty Glover

It was our first visit to the Nuture Barn today and I cannot recommend it enough. I get nervous going to new places but Mel the owner made me and my friend feel so welcome. I love the layout and that I could give both...

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Kim Gisby

The Nurture Barn is just such an easy place to go- exactly what you need as the parent of small children. I know that there are lovely toys and activities inside and out which will amuse both my 2.5yr old and 6 month old and...

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Jade Green

Thankyou for yet another great day and amazing event. My daughter loved the magical visit from Elsa and felt truely like a real princess 👑 😍❤ highly recommend and will be back very soon.

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Emma Webber

Thank you so much for hosting such a magical morning! My daughter loved meeting the Frost Queen ❄️
We often visit the Nurture Barn and have always been greeted with such lovely and friendly staff. Always have a lovely time ☺️

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Ashleigh Patten

Had the most wonderful morning with Elsa! Staff here are always brilliant, so kind and helpful!
Elsa was simply amazing! My daughter had such a lovely time at their private lunch and cake making date! Cannot wait for the next princess visit!

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Alice Louise Bedford-Taylor

lovely relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff and great groups. the kids all love it and the food is lovely

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Jessica Humphries

Can't reccomend this place enough. Went for the first time today and were greeted straight away and made to feel so welcome. Clean and lovely toys and play space,delicious food and coffee. We will definitely be back.

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Simone Anderson

Had a great time for my daughters birthday thank you all for a lovely day and stress free

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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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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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