Barleylands is a mixture of independent unit shops and a farm park for families . You can spend a full day or just a couple of hours browsing, but I doubt you would resist the temptation to buy. It hosts some unusual shops, like ashes to glass, where you can have the ashes of loved ones made into jewellery or ornaments. Specialists for music, quilting, millinery and embroidery hold classes and workshops. Other shops just sell gorgeous things. I love the idea of a hen party where you make your own fascinatior !
The cafe is vastly improved by a new proprietor, hence the food is far better than it was a year or two ago. There is also a restaurant ' The Magic Mushroom' but I haven't eaten there as there is not much on the menu for veggies. A farmers market is held regularly.
The farm section has an entry fee, free for under twos. best feature is the giant pillow, like a bouncy castle but without the walls. Great fun for adults and children alike! Children can ride around on little tractors to see all the typical farm animals and some birds of prey.
I've heard reports of some special events being a bit disappointing, however I can't speak for myself because I haven't attended any.
Many of the outlets are closed on Mondays. You can pick up good quality, unique and bespoke gifts especially for children. In fact, it is an extremely child friendly venue.
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