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Bury Lane Fun Barn and The Beach


One of our favourite soft plays to go to is the Bury Lane Fun Barn in Royston, and given the recent summer holidays weather, I was delighted to go along and do a Tried and Tested review of its brilliant (air-conditioned!) indoor soft play and huge beach area outside (double win!).

Open 7 days a week for the summer season, with plenty of free parking, you can purchase a Beach-only or a combined Fun Barn and Beach ticket- the latter giving you access to the Fun Barn for your booked 2-hour session, plus you are free to use the Beach @ Bury Lane before, during and after your session (subject to general opening times)- it’s great value!

Check out their website for all the information on booking your ticket as there are a lot of options.

We arrived a few minutes early for our morning session (which they encourage as people often arrive right on time which can cause big queues), which starts at 9am (there are some benefits to early rising children!) and were the first in to the Fun Barn (which is very convenient for taking pictures and videos for a review, so I’ll remember that one!).

Under 5s

There’s a secure gated area for children under 5 years old with smaller versions of the farmyard-themed soft play you’ll find throughout. With mirrors, a slide, sit-on soft play farm animals and a scarecrow, there’s lots to entertain little ones.

5-10 year olds

The main soft play area is for children aged 5-10 years old. Little ones are allowed on the structure, but they’ll need an adult to supervise them closely as it is a big area with lots to climb and slide down. This is where it was a great move bringing along “Auntie Jen Jen- super godmother” to tag team chasing the toddler and keeping an eye on the 5 year old! 

The main structure is on two levels and is farm-themed throughout with a super fun four lane wavy cow print slide, as well as a tube slide for the adventurous and a wide pink drop slide. There’s so much to explore throughout with biff bags to squeeze through, walkways, a music and role play zone, plus lots of climbing opportunities. A huge plus for me is how clean it all is- the team really does a great job, especially considering children are in and out of the beach area during their session too. In between each play session, the team gives everywhere a clean and it’s ready to go again! This means that you need to vacate quickly at the end of your session, so it can all be cleaned in between.

The café is situated near the entrance, with lots of seating both downstairs and on the upper level, plus more benches outside in the Beach Area. There are also plenty of highchairs and toilet and baby change facilities right beside the soft play area.