What you need to know about visiting Barleylands
Following on from the government announcements, and with the support of the local authority, we have re-opened our outdoor play areas, Bouncy Pillow, Speedway, tractor and trailer rides, Birds of Prey, Aviary, Discovery Centre, Farm Trails and our Animal Barn where visitors can get up close to and feed the animals.
Over the past few weeks, we have enjoyed having visitors back at Barleylands and there has been some great feedback on our new farm walks and trails that we have created so people can enjoy a safe outdoor space.
Indoor soft play areas remain closed as per government legislation.
To make your visit fun and enjoyable, please take a moment to read the following information.
-Bookings must be made online with pre-booking only, in order to strictly limit the number of people who are on site at any given time.
-Annual pass holders must book an arrival time slot to aid with visitor flow and social distancing. Members will need to enter their membership numbers upon booking an arrival slot.
-Once you have booked a time slot we ask that you either download or print off your guides, maps, and trails prior to arrival at the farm; this will reduce the need to handle materials at reception. Please remember to bring a pen/ pencil with you.
-In line with government legislation all indoor soft play areas and the aviary have to remain closed.
-Our outdoor play areas and bouncy pillow will be staffed so that we can limit the numbers of people using the areas in order to follow social distancing guidelines. They will also be sanitised at intervals during the day; so staff may need to close the equipment whilst this is carried out. PLEASE BRING SOCKS FOR THE BOUNCY PILLOW.
-The Barleylands Speedway area will also be staffed so that we can ensure social distancing is effective. This equipment will be sanitised after each use.
-There is a one-way system in operation around the farm to help with visitor flow and to ensure social distancing.
-There are floor markings and reminder signs around the site to help with social distancing.
-There are protective screens at reception to safeguard visitors and staff.
-Staff will be wearing PPE for the safety of themselves and customers.
-Tractor and trailer rides will be operating at a limited capacity so that social distancing can take place. And the seating will be wiped down after each ride.
-A one-way route will operate through the discovery centre museum and around the nocturnal house and birds of prey area. This will aid visitor flow and help with social distancing.
-There are hand washing stations around the farm, and many hand sanitising points have been installed.
-Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy, picnic tables have been set out with social distancing in mind, so please do not move them.
-Tiptree are serving a takeaway menu from their café areas at Barleylands.
-Toilet and hand washing facilities will be open but we ask for your consideration when using these and request that you respect social distancing guidelines. These facilities will be cleaned and sanitised at regular intervals during the day.
-As we are not permitted to open some of the indoor areas there is currently little shelter available on the farm so please come prepared for the weather.
Government guidelines are being updated regularly so we will open more areas when we are allowed to. Please follow our social media and website updates for as and when other attractions at the farm can open.
To re-cap, tickets must be booked in advance. The Barleylands experience will be different at this time. But all the measures that we have taken are to keep everyone safe and healthy whilst being able to enjoy our corner of the countryside.
Follow this link to purchase tickets for your Barleylands visit.