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What is there to do if you visit Essex? Well, one option is the educational yet thoroughly entertaining Barleylands farm park and craft village.

In addition to seeing and learning about all manner of adorable animals, you can also leave with bespoke gifts and traditional crafts made by local traders. As a result, Barleylands is one of South East England’s most popular attractions for both young and old.

So, whether you want to visit Essex on the weekend, for half-term, or during the school holidays, consider dropping by Barleylands farm park and craft village. Book online and you can save yourself 10 per cent on the price of day tickets too.

What to expect at Barleylands farm park

Even when kids are enjoying a bit of downtime away from school, its still important to keep them occupied and stimulated. This is part of the thinking behind Barleylands farm park, where children can have a great deal of fun but also learn a thing or two as well.

Things to do include:

  • Animal activities – Get up to some ‘Animal Antics’ by petting small animals, grooming goats, and bottle feeding lambs
  • Outdoor adventures – Capitalise on the great outdoors with our go karts, mini tractors, adventure trails, and play equipment
  • Indoor play – With high slides, cargo nets, poles and chicanes, kids are spoilt for choice at our indoor playground
  • Discovery Barn – Learn about rural life of years gone by thanks to vintage machinery, farming paraphernalia, and interactive exhibits
  • Animal Barn – Come rain or shine, the whole family can get up close and personal with their farmyard favourites
  • Snakes Alive Reptile House – You’ll find snakes, lizards, tortoises, amphibians, spiders, and scorpions galore
  • Imperial Bird of Prey Academy – Witness the majestic flight of owls, hawks, falcons and vultures.

What to expect at Barleylands craft village

With over 30 studios and workshops packed into ‘The Village’, you’re bound to leave with lots of goodies. There’s traditional crafts, hair and beauty products, bespoke gifts, personalised items, home and garden, even wedding dresses on offer.

When you need to recharge with some much needed sustenance, the Village has food and drink options to suit all tastes. The Tiptree Team room has everything from sandwiches to cakes, while the child-friendly Tiptree Pantry boasts a quick self-service menu.

Last but not least, the Barleylands Farmers Market takes place on the last Saturday of every month for all your fresh produce needs.

Visiting Barleylands

Situated close to Billericay in the heart of the Essex countryside, we are just a stones throw from the following towns and cities:

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

Our picturesque surroundings are also perfect for:

  • Camping – We have electrical hook-ups, toilets, showers, and a farm shop. Pitches are suitable for tents, caravans, and motorhomes.
  • Venue hire – We can host weddings, birthdays, and corporate events in our function rooms, studios, and stables.
  • Parties – No matter the occasion, we’ve got a wide range of party themes available.

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