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.

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).

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

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.


Falconry at The Rare Breeds Centre

The Rare Breeds Centre offers the most magical Falconry sessions starting at just £45. We offer fun one hour experiences with a Harris Hawk right up to 5 day in-depth course to send you on your way to becoming a Falconer. Check it out at rarebreeds.org.uk/bird-of-prey-experiences



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



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Recent Reviews:

  • Dulux04
    Heathfield, United Kingdom
    Family Birds of Prey Experience
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 26th May 2023
    Birthday outing for 11 year old daughter, the family birds of prey experience was amazing, Colin explained everything and we spent time with some of the different birds before heading off to the... Read full review
  • Jet05061975
    Trip Type:
    Brilliant Farm Day
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 27th May 2023
    The most charming day out for families with young children. Lovely petting barn. Lovely Tractor ride on hay bales...falconry display...woodland walks and Brilliant outside play areas...butterfly... Read full review
  • Cfenfox
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Perfect family day out
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 31st May 2023
    Where should I start, I went with my mum and my almost 2 year old son. On arrival we were greeted by two lovely helpful ladies at the admissions. The facilities were well located and there are... 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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