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Address: Shotesham Road | Poringland, Norwich NR14 7LP, England
Phone Number:
+44 1508 495526
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Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Tue - Fri 09:30 - 15:30
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The playbarn is a fun packed farmyard based adventure centre especially...

The playbarn is a fun packed farmyard based adventure centre especially designed for children under 7 years. Set in the countryside only 10 minutes from Norwich off the B1332 Bungay Road and is open throughout the year.

Indoor activities include a Beach Barn, giant climbing frame, soft play area, ball pool and quiet areas.

Outside we have a climbing den, tractor courtyard with ride on tractors, electric sand digger and tractors.

From Easter to October we offer pony Rides and Tractor and Trailer rides on certain days. The children's farm is also open during this time where you can meet a range of friendly animals including ferrets, donkeys, goats, ponies, alpacas and pigs.

Our Puzzle Paddock is home to our maze and secure picnic area.

We also offer snacks and light lunches from our coffee bar.

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Lots to do and good value

The playbarn is a great place for little children, particularly in the warmer months when the animal sections are open. Even when they are not, there are various rooms and areas... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
clh333
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The playbarn is a great place for little children, particularly in the warmer months when the animal sections are open. Even when they are not, there are various rooms and areas for young children to enjoy. There is a decent soft play area, ball pool area, sand pit play, areas with toys and books for smaller children and various outdoor... More 

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Thank clh333
NorwichNicole, Manager at The Playbarn, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your comments, the staff try very hard to keep the place clean, tidy and with a nice atmosphere so we are glad you and the little ones enjoy it so much. Unfortunately being a small business we can only replace bits at a time and we check toys daily and remove broken ones. Some of... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
95 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our grandchild really enjoys his visits to the Play Barn but is really disappointed when he has to leave the play room 30 minutes before closing time for the staff to tidy it up - really? There is an announcement 15 minutes before closing time that the Barn will close and then another at closing time that the car park... More 

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Thank sysolly
NorwichNicole, Manager at The Playbarn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, I am sorry you are disappointed that we close the activity room early. Unfortunately this room can take a lot of cleaning and we do close it early to also help parents get their children ready for the fact that we close at 3.30pm. A lot of places also have staggered closing of certain areas... More 

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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

I'm on my 5th membership here with my 2 children now 6 and 2. This place is great, lots of different areas to enjoy, good coffee and food. Lovely fellow families and top class staff! Much better value than some other soft play /farm places x

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Thank Cat G
NorwichNicole, Manager at The Playbarn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, we are glad you enjoy coming so much and hope you do so for a long time. Kind regards Nicole More 

Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

Great place something for all ages Wet or dry Inside play areas for all kids When dry outside area great playthings Also. Go see the pigs and donkeys at the farm area If you want food and drink great eating area Horse riding etc at certain times of year go you will enjoy and the kids

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Thank jack o
NorwichNicole, Manager at The Playbarn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon. More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

Visited Playbarn with three friends and our four babies (all aged around a year old). Numerous gates to get through before you're actually in the play area which it made it feel a safe and secure environment, especially with potentially many children on the loose inside! We went at a relatively quiet time, middle of the week during term time... More 

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Thank Leanne C
NorwichNicole, Manager at The Playbarn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, we are glad you had such a lovely time and hope to see you again soon. More 

London
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29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

The children loved this place! We went here with a group of five kids aged between 18mths and 7 and they all had a great time. There is lots of variety from a petting farm (with healthy happy animals!) to a sand play area as well and indoor and outdoor soft play / play areas. Even though it was relatively... More 

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Thank c0bbler
NorwichNicole, Manager at The Playbarn, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review, we are glad you enjoyed your day out with us and hope to see you again soon. More 

King's Lynn, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

We took our 3 year old and 1 year old granddaughters to this venue and were so impressed with the thought that has gone into it to make it suitable for young children. The play areas were accessible for their age, there were dressing up clothes in good condition, a well stocked role play area and an enclosed sandpit with... More 

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Thank JillFysh
NorwichNicole, Manager at The Playbarn, responded to this review

Hi Thank you so much for your kind review, we are glad you had such a lovely time with us. We try very hard to keep everything clean and tidy and suitable for little people such as the tables and toilets. We agree the foyer is a little tight but unfortunately we are constrained being a 17th century barn and... More 

Norwich, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Cheerfully staff to greet you but a bit of a struggle to get a pushchair through 5 doors/gates to get into the play area. Good range of activities for the 5 year old levels but not quite so good for the crawlers...could do with a fully netted ball pit. However for £13 for two adults and two kids was OK... More 

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Thank martinballhome
NorwichNicole, Manager at The Playbarn, responded to this review

Hi Thank you for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your time with us. We agree we do have quite a few gates at the entrance but this is to try and contain the children so they don't escape if not being watched every second! We do not shave fully netted ball out so parents can easily lean over... More 

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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Opening time advertised until 5 but areas and toys closed long before then. Admittedly we arrived later in the afternoon, but we should have been warned or charged less... That said, what a great place to spend the day!

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Thank Sarajane M
NorwichNicole, Manager at The Playbarn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we do close a couple of smaller areas off from 4.30pm as they take a long time to clear away but the vast majority is open until 5pm. We hope you continue to enjoy your visits and please note that we do have a reduced admission for the last hour of entry should you come... More 

Norwich, England, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

My wife went with my sister and her two young children. The website pricing and times were confusing. They were charged £17 for just over 1 hour (£1.50 for each adult and £7 for each child). When my wife queried the opening times and prices, the staff were unfriendly and unhelpful. My wife and sister were made to feel a... More 

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Thank Trevor T
Trevor T, Manager at The Playbarn, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, both myself ( manager) and my duty manager spoke to your wife regarding this issue on the day and we explained the situation to them then. Entry to the Playbarn was at 2.50pm and we close at 4pm during school holidays week days so the last hour entry was not applicable. We do have to... More 

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