Barleylands Farm is situated in Billericay, Essex. It is open all year round and will keep the family entertained for the whole day. So much to do and see there, spoilt for choice!
Check out our video for a slideshow of our day.
We visited in January for a day trip, it was not a particularly warm day, but no rain thankfully!! We tried to do everything we could whilst there, missed out on a few events. But still had a fabulous time.
On entry, there is food to buy for the animals at £1 per bag. The goats were very quick to rush over to us when they saw us coming with the food bag! So gentle to take the food straight from our hands.
Next were some cheeky sheep poking there head through a window! We then moved into the warmer barn to see some more animals. Horse, Llama, Cows & Sheep were all there to greet us. All very friendly and happy to be petted!
The star of them all for me was Flossy, whilst I was taking a picture of her neighbour Polly, she jumped up on the wall to greet me, then gave me the best pose ever, whilst I took her photo!
Let's not forget the little ones too, plenty of guinea pigs and rabbits in the barn too!
Back outside we had a look around at the feathered friends.
A bounce on the pillow and a zip on the wire to let some energy out! There is also swings, slides, play fort & a sandpit there.
Birds of Prey Display at Barleylands Farm
It was now that we got a chance to check the timetable and rushed back to see the 'Birds of Prey Display'
We had Freya the Buzzard who happily showed off her impressive wingspan to us
Then Bob, a Vulcan who was so quick and gave us a good show of catching her food.
We then went for a Bumpy tractor ride! Kids found it hilarious bumping along (ps if you want the bumpiest ride, sit at the end, like we did) I didn't get many photos here as couldn't keep the camera still!
After many giggles, the kids found there own form of transport to get us to the Lamb's for bottle feeding. There is plenty of these mini tractors around for all the kids to enjoy!
Feeding the lamb's
Highlight of Luke's day was feeding the lamb's, it was amazing how quickly they guzzled the milk down!!
We also stopped to see the Miniature Donkey's Eeyore, Tiny Tim & Jenny, my daughter loved these, so cute.
Time was speeding away and we still had so much to see! So we headed on down to the discovery barn to see the old farm machinery.
Nocturnal & Exotic Animals
Located at the end of that barn on the lower floor is the new Nocturnal House, full of creatures and animals who love the dark!
It was hard to get a picture in here, was so so dark! But there were bats, scorpions, hedgehogs, there were a few empty enclosures, awaiting the arrival of new creature/animals? We then headed upstairs to see the exotic animals.
This was my highlight, I love exotic animals! So many to see, spiders, giant land snails (we actually have our own at home), frogs, snakes, turtles, insects, lizards.
By this point, Luke & I were gasping for a coffee! Just next door is the Play Barn, the kids let off some steam whilst we warmed up! Great play area, with massive slides the blue one was my two's favourite. The red drop slide was a bit too steep, only for the more adventurous!
We finished the day with as promised a spin around the Barleylands Farm Speedway, these take a £1 coin and the kids loved it, had the whole track to themselves.
Just outside of the farm there is also 'The Village' to visit, which has gift shops, crafts, beauty, dog grooming, music shop, Tiptree Tea Room & Magic Mushroom Restaurant. We had a little walk around but everything was just closing up.
The kids popped into the 'Bon Bon Jar' sweet shop for one final treat and we picked up some Strawberry Tiptree Jam to have the next day on our homemade cob loaf, before we said our goodbyes!
Thank you Barleylands Farm for a fantastic family day out! We had a fabulous time and hope to come back again in the Spring/Summer to get involved in the bits we missed out on this time!