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:

  • V2992NXscottd
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    Overall a great place to visit
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 19th May 2022
    Simple entry with tickets checked in the carpark rather than at a booth entry. Animal handling area was very good with different tame animals for our little one to interact with to help build her... Read full review
  • B805XBmattp
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    Food prices are scandalous !!!
    1 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 21st May 2022
    Food prices are scandalous !!! It’s unbelievable how you can charge 5 bloody pound for a rubbish quality cheese and ham sandwich. Absolute day light robbery !! Read full review
  • shG3091CY
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    Lovely day! Lots of positives and only a couple of negatives
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 23rd June 2022
    We had a lovely day today at the rare breeds centre. All the staff we came across were friendly and the woman working in the children's barn was very engaging with my 4 year old. Talking to her about... 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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