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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Guide Prices

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



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Raiden912
      Ashford, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Farm animals galore
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 21st September 2022
      We attended for a 3 year olds birthday, I am 42, I think I had more fun than the 3 year old, if you love farm related animals then this is the place for you, pigs are awesome, little piglets, cows... Read full review
    • F9164BWadriand
      Trip Type:
      2 hour bird of prey experience
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 8th November 2022
      I booked a 2 hour bird of prey experience for my wife which was recommended by a friend who also has a love for all falconry. On the day, we met Colin who was the falconry expert, my wife was able to... Read full review
    • rozzie66
      Trip Type:
      Fantastic 2 hour bird of prey experience
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 13th November 2022
      I bought this experience for my 12 year old son and went today for the 2 hour bird of prey experience. We all absolutely loved it. The centre and Colin were kind enough to let us all watch (myself... 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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