Outdoor Adventures

As well as visiting our animals we have acres of space and fresh air at Barleylands where you can go wild in our play areas or on the Speedway, have a quiet wander through the Wildlife Walk or the aviary, take a Barrel Train Ride and have a picnic in one of our picnic spots while you watch the world go by. We have events in our outdoor arena including Birds of Prey demonstrations. See our daily timetable for details.

Animal Barn

One of our visitors’ favourites is our Animal Barn where you can get up close and personal with some of the animals and characters which make up Barleylands.

As well as hands-on experiences with our guinea pigs and rabbits, at certain times of year you can feed the lambs and see live lambing and kidding (when baby goats are born).

Adventure Play Areas

We have two outdoor playground areas, one at each end of the Farm Park. There’s something for all ages with monkey bars, tunnels, a zipwire, huge jumping pillow, go karts and play houses.

Dotted around the farm you will find mini tractors and dino-cars for smaller children to jump on and off as they venture between the animals.

The Barleylands Speedway

Zoom around our race track on your very own powered tractor! Race your family to see who is the quickest and celebrate with a group selfie. Small £1 fee applies.

Tractor Rides

Explorers young and old will enjoy our bumpy tractor and trailer ride around the fields learning more about farm life. These take place throughout the day, so be sure to check out our timetable to plan your trip.

For little drivers, we have a fleet of mini tractors and dino cars to drive around the Farm Park.  No license needed!

Wildlife Walk

Discover a world of bug hotels, beehives, hedgehog houses, pond life and more.

We encourage families to explore the magic of nature by getting muddy and interacting with fun ideas from Barleylands that you can take home and do in your own garden.

As farmers it is very important to work with nature to grow crops, look after animals and inspire young minds about nature.


Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Flying displays and bird encounters from the number one bird of prey centre in Essex!

Enjoy breath taking daily displays courtesy of the wonderful Imperial Bird of Prey Academy. Get up close to its incredible collection of kestrels, owls and vultures and its passionate team of handlers.

After the show, the team are ready and willing to show the birds on their handling glove, giving visitors a rare chance to photograph these beautiful animals up close.

Walkthrough Aviary

Not far from our huge Bouncy Pillow we have a tranquil hidden gem for all our visitors to enjoy.

The aviary is home to a range of beautiful birds, from canaries and diamond doves, to a variety of finches and golden song sparrows, whose natural home is the Sahara Desert!

Make sure you stop by on your visit.

Barrel Train Rides

Take a fun and bumpy ride around the track to see some of the farm animals and enjoy steering your own barrel behind the driver.

For children aged 6+. (No adults allowed, weekends and school holidays only).

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Take a fun ride around our race track on your very own powered Outlander! Race with your family and friends. Small £2 fee applies, up to two passengers per vehicle.

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