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Places to Visit in Essex

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Places to Visit in Essex

With its educational farm park and unique craft centre, Barleylands is one of the top places to visit in Essex. The whole family can learn a great deal about what everyday farming is really like and pick up a souvenir or two as well.

Here at Barleylands, we offer children hands-on experiences that they can’t get in the classroom. Striking the right balance between entertaining and informative, our many activities are bound to leave young visitors with long-lasting memories.

At our craft village, shopaholics can choose from over 30 studios selling bespoke gifts, personalised items, and local handicrafts. There’s even the opportunity to learn a new skill at one of our practical workshops.

So, if you’re on the hunt for places to visit in Essex but don’t know where to go, considering swinging by Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village. Book your tickets online today to save 10 per cent.

Places to Visit in Essex – Barleylands Farm Park

Barleylands Farm Park is bursting at the seams with things to see and do. Some of our most popular attractions and activities include:

  • Animal activities – Between May and September, we’ve got sheep competing alongside goats in our Lamb National and Hilly Billy Goat Steeplechase races.
  • Outdoor adventures – With two great playground areas featuring monkey bars, a zip wire, go karts, and huge jumping pillow, kids can run wild for hours.
  • Indoor play – If its raining outside, kids can make their way to the indoor barn for high slides, cargo nets, poles, and chicanes. Toddlers have their own play area too.
  • Imperial Bird of Prey Academy – The number one bird of prey centre in Essex (as ranked by TripAdvisor) promises a fun and engaging insight into owls, hawks, falcons, and vultures.
  • Animal Barn – Whatever the weather, you’ll get the chance to see and hand feed your farmyard favourites within the comfort of our Animal Barn.
  • Snakes Alive Reptile House – Featuring over 55 enclosures with a huge array of snakes, lizards, tortoises, amphibians, spiders, scorpions, and more.
  • Discovery Barn – Linking the past to the present, here you’ll find a fascinating display of vintage machinery, farming paraphernalia, and interactive exhibits.

Places to Visit in Essex – Barleylands Craft Village

Barleylands Craft Village is a one-of-a-kind artisan shopping experience. With studios spanning art and photography, beauty and hair, as well as home, garden, and pets, you’re sure to find something that takes your fancy.

If you’re feeling thirsty or hungry, check out the Tiptree Tearooms or Tiptree Pantry for tasty treats or a quick bite to eat. The Magic Mushroom also serves up fine British and Mediterranean cuisine using locally sourced and organic ingredients.

Also, on the last Saturday of the month, you’ll be able to buy the freshest produce and local goods at the Barleylands Farmers Market.

Visiting Barleylands

With Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village just a stone’s throw from the following towns and cities, when will you be coming to visit us?

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

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