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Essex Attractions For Families

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Essex Attractions For Families

With its educational farm park and artisan shopping destination ‘The Village’, Barleylands is one of the best Essex attractions for families.

Whatever the weather, both young and old can learn about their farmyard favourites with daily animal activities such as lamb bottle feeding and birds of prey shows. When kids need to let loose, we’ve got indoor and outdoor play areas as well as go-karts and tractor rides.

Meanwhile, Barleylands craft village is home to over 30 studios and workshops, offering a unique shopping experience. You can browse for bespoke personalised pieces, see crafters in action, or even learn a new skill.

Barleylands truly is one of the greatest Essex attractions for families. If you book your day tickets online, you can save yourself 10% too.

Essex attractions for families – Barleylands farm park

Barleylands farm park is a great deal of fun for the whole family. However, we also want our visitors to gain an understanding of what a modern-day farm is really like. Therefore, both parents and children are bound to learn something new.

Here’s a closer look at our farm park:

  • Animal activities – Such as the ‘Lamb National’ and ‘Hilly Billy Goat’ races, as well as bottle feeding and grooming
  • Outdoor adventures – Take advantage of the great outdoors with go karts, mini tractors, adventure trails, and play equipment
  • Indoor play – Kids can choose from high slides, cargo nets, poles, chicanes, and more
  • Animal Barn – Get up close and personal with your farmyard favourites
  • Discovery Barn – Home to vintage machinery including tractors, farming paraphernalia, and even some interactive exhibits
  • Snakes Alive Reptile House – Featuring snakes, lizards, spiders, and more across 55 enclosures
  • Imperial Bird of Prey Academy – Our knowledgeable handlers will teach you all about owls, hawks, falcons and vultures

Essex attractions for families – Barleylands craft village

At Barleylands craft village, we’ve got shops, studios, and workshops that specialise in:

  • Art & Photography
  • Beauty & Hair
  • Clothing & Hats
  • Craft Supplies & Hobbies
  • Food & Drink
  • Gifts & Presents
  • Home, Garden & Pets
  • Music & Dance
  • Traditional Crafts
  • Weddings

When you need to refuel, head to The Tiptree Tearoom for a spot of lunch or some sweet treats. The child-friendly Tiptree Pantry has a quick self-service menu, while the Magic Mushroom is reserved for fine British and Mediterranean cuisine.

Finally, on the last Saturday of every month, local traders set up shop at the Barleylands Farmers Market, where you can buy the freshest produce Essex has to offer.

Essex attractions for families – Barleylands local information

Our location near Billericay in the beautiful Essex countryside means we are within easy reach of the following towns and cities:

  • Basildon – 10 minutes
  • Brentwood – 15 minutes
  • Chelmsford – 25 minutes
  • Southend-on-Sea – 25 minutes
  • Romford – 25 minutes

Our idyllic surroundings also play host to:

  • Camping facilities – Electrical hook-ups, toilets, showers, and a farm shop are available for tents, caravans, and motorhomes
  • Venue hire – Weddings, birthdays, and corporate events can make use of our function rooms, studios, stables, and showground
  • Parties – Kids won’t forget our parties in a hurry, which include Farmyard Frolics, Snakes Alive, Play, and Pizza Parties

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