Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village

Two steam traction engines parked on a muddy track on a sunny day.

At Barleylands we believe we are experts in our field at teaching people of all ages about farming, the countryside and traditional crafts.

Get ready for free range family fun at Barleylands Farm Park & Craft Village. Packed with excitement, say hello to cuddly farmyard friends, run wild in the indoor play or jump aboard the tractor and trailer ride. Your ticket includes a ride on Derek the miniature diesel train (complete with its own railway station).

With so many things to do; join in with daily animal activities; watch the magnificent bird of prey shows or dash to the outdoor adventure play area. And for wet weather days, take refuge in the Play Barn with fast slides and a multi-level playframe. Or take on Mum and Dad in the Ball Blaster indoor arena.

Making the countryside fun is all what Barleylands is about. And for all those wannabe farmers, indulge them with a tip to the onsite Discovery Centre, home to vintage tractors and interactive exhibits.

Next to Barleylands Farm Park, you will also discover Barleylands Craft Village (a great place for gifts), bi-monthly farmers markets, a cafe and a la carte restaurant. Plus annually the site transforms into the Essex Country Show.

Venue Type:

Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Farm Park open every day from 10 am

March to October: Close at 5pm (closing at 4.30pm on 30th & 31st October in advance of Spooky Nights).
4th November to February: Close at 4pm.
(Please note there are restrictions during the Essex Country Show Weekend in September)

Admission charges

Prices include a FREE train ride per person
Children (2 to 16 years) £9.00
Adults £10.00
Concessions (60 years and over) £9.00
Children Under 2 years FREE
Family (2 adult & 2 children/concessions or
1 adult & 3 children/concessions) £34.00
Annual Pass (adult & children) £48.00

20% online discount available.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Lamb National

Animal Antics Weekend

  • 30 April — 2 May 2016 *on now

Join a fun-packed weekend with highlights including the triumphant return of the famous Lamb National sheep race with fantastic colourful Woolly Jumpers! Plus meet 'Rocky' 'Nugget', 'Drumsticks' and 'Hot Wings who'll be taking to the track for a NEW feathery fun Chicken Run race!

The Hilly Billy Goat Races are also back and there’ll be Birds of Prey Displays and interactive Reptile Talks as well as lamb bottle feeding.

As always there’s stacks of fun indoors and outdoors. Bounce on the huge jumping pillow, take a tractor trailer ride, challenge the family at Crazy Farmers Croquet, explore the indoor play barn, bounce on the toddler inflatable and so much more!

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10


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Barleylands Farm Park and Craft Village
Barleylands Farm
Barleylands Road
CM11 2UD




01268 532253

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