Rare Breeds Centre

Highlands Farm, Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent, TN26 3RJ

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Children playing with rabbits at the Rare Breed Centre


Set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside, the Rare Breeds Centre offers fun and adventure for families all year round.

Visit our Meet the Animals Barn, where the children can pet our friendly animals including Lady Rhona our Shire Horse,  guinea pigs, chicks, rabbits and more. Take a walk around the rest of the farm where you can see many of the Rare Breeds we look after.

Our Birds of Prey display is on every day at 2.30 pm, so don’t miss these amazing birds flying.

There are lots of play areas for the kids to let off steam and a woodland assault course where all the family can test their agility. Plus, a zip wire and hill fort, if you are feeling more energetic take the woodland walk, where you can build a den, search for fairies and find The Green Man of the Woods totem pole at the Secret Lake. Just around the corner you will find our Giant Snake to balance and climb on. The further down the hill, our wildflower meadow where you can take a rest on the Giant’s chairs …if you dare! 

We hope to open our beautiful Butterfly Tunnel (government rules allowing) (mid-May – October) full of exotic butterflies and moths and colourful, tropical plants or just sit and relax in the Discovery Garden and let the kids explore.
Don’t miss our famous pig-racing at 3.15, it’s great fun and you may be picked to run with the pigs (seasonal and family groups only).

Visit our new patio takeaway, where we sell delicious hot and cold food and drinks at very reasonable prices. Plus our Cabin and Trailer on site snacks. You are also welcome to bring a picnic.

Keep an eye on our website for our events, opening times and prices and don't forget to BOOK IN ADVANCE as we no longer sell day tickets on the gate. 

The Rare Breeds Centre is a member of the Rare Breed Survival Trust (RBST) and part of Canterbury Oast Trust, a charity for adults with learning disabilities many of whom learn skills on the farm, so please consider gift aiding your ticket.

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Prices start from £10 - see website for details and booking.



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Recent Reviews:

  • dab36
    Ashford, United Kingdom
    Falconry Experience.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 31st October 2021
    I was very fortunate to have a full day falconry experience. This had been delayed almost 2 years because of the pandemic but it was well worth the wait. Colin was an excellent host for the day, very... Read full review
  • U6302QWhannahw
    Wickford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Lovely day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 20th November 2021
    An amazing day out for families and couples!! The petting barn is beautiful, animals are clearly very gentle and happy to be petted and played with. The cafe was really efficient and well priced... Read full review
  • Edcraske
    Trip Type:
    Falconry Experience - well worth it.
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 10th December 2021
    I brought a falconry experience for my wife’s birthday and She had a fantastic time. Colin was extremely knowledgeable and clearly cared about the birds; the experience was informative and very... Read full review

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  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - The main farm yard and the picnic area are wheelchair accessible, but the woodland walks can be difficult to access with a wheelchair at certain times of the year and the trailer ride cannot take wheelchairs. There are disabled toilets but no hoists.


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