Barleylands Farm Park
Average time spent – 3-4 hours.
Things to do at Barleylands Farm Park review
*Author Emily. disclaimer. Emily received complimentary tickets for the purpose of this review
We were invited along to Barleylands for their Lambing Week and even storm Dennis didn’t put us off! Barleylands is a lovely little farm located within Barleylands farm and craft village. With lots to do, even in the rain.
Outside there are 2 play areas, a bouncy pillow, zip line, Barleylands speedway, farm football, and a bumpy tractor ride around the fields. A bag of animal food is £1 and there are lots of greedy animals waiting to be fed! Feed the goats and sheep in the outside paddocks then head down to the animal barn to see pigs, donkeys, cows, sheep, 2 week old lambs bunnies and guinea pigs.
The animal barn is the place to be if you want to have a go at bottle-feeding lambs or meeting the calves, small animals or donkeys at scheduled times throughout the day!
At the ‘bottom barn’ you can find an indoor sandpit, shoot it out in a softball battle and sit for a photo op in the BFG chair. Ride on tractors are dotted around the farm for the kiddies to ride around the farm.
We headed into the NEW reptile house for a meet with one of the new nocturnal animals hosted by one of the very knowledgable team. Here you will find nocturnal animals you cant see at any other farm or zoo in Essex! introducing visitors to some unusual creatures, some of which are not found anywhere else in the South-East of England.
With over 30 exotic mammals, reptiles and amphibians, the new addition to the farm park’s Discovery Barn will offer hands-on experiences and talks alongside the displays to illustrate native habits and habitats, survival stories and unusual achievements such as the rat specialising in bomb disposal. Next door to the reptile house you can find the soft play and grab a cuppa or something to eat, before visiting the birds of prey or decorating a biscuit.
Lambing week runs from 15th-23rd Feb
The highlight of the day was seeing the newborn lambs in the nursery. We weren’t lucky enough to see any live births but the day old babies were wonderful to see! There is a live lamb cam if you want to check in on how the pregnant ewes are doing!
Eating – There is an on-site cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You can picnic outdoors.
Facilities in brief – Annual events, animals you can feed, 2 outdoor play areas, indoor play areas, new reptile house. There are toilets and a cafe.
Entry price – *Mid-range
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *Mid-range – It is cheaper to purchase your tickets online in advance. Online an adult is just under £11 and just under £10 for a child aged 2-16. Under 2’s are free. It is free to park.
Opening: Barleylands Farm park is open almost all year round except for the 25th, 26th December and the 1st January. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Barleylands Farm Office, Barleylands Rd, Billericay CM11 2UD, Essex, England. Phone: 01268 532253
Category – Farm Park – suitable for all ages.
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