The Rare Breeds Centre is a working 100-acre farm and tourist attraction based in Woodchurch, Kent. Surrounded by the beautiful Kentish countryside, The Rare Breeds Centre is home to many rare and native breeds of farm livestock and is approved by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, with everything from pigs and sheep to horses, chickens and cows.
The Rare Breeds Centre is a well-known attraction and there's so much to do, with visitors young and old coming to enjoy the exotic butterfly tunnel, the Discovery Garden, the woodland walks, the Secret Lake, the outdoor playgrounds and assault courses. Pig racing and tractor-trailer rides run throughout the day, as well as 'Meet The Animal' sessions in the Children's Barn. The falconry displays also runs on a daily basis, with unique Falconry experiences available for a gift with a difference.
Adults might like to browse the lovely Rare Breeds Plants and Produce shop, where plants and produce grown on the farm can be purchased. (You can visit the restaurant or Rare Breeds Plants and Produce shop without entering the farm.) The Granary Restaurant is open every day (except Mondays during the winter months) offering tasty, freshly cooked food at great prices, including salads, chip cones, jacket potatoes and a kid's menu. There are also catering kiosks in other areas of the farm where families can purchase ice cream, coffees and paninis.
The centre runs special seasonal events throughout the year which are always great fun and hugely popular, including Halloween, Christmas and Easter, so it's worth keeping an eye on their social media pages to see what's on.
The Rare Breeds Centre is run by The Canterbury Oast Trust, which is a charity based in Kent that supports adults with learning disabilities. Many service users and life-skills students work and live on-site at the Rare Breeds Centre, and your visit helps them to continue their work. As an attraction, the Rare Breeds Centre is an autism-friendly site so if you are planning to visit and have specific requirements, feel free to get in touch with the staff in advance and they will be happy to try and help.
Winter Opening Wed - Sun 10am - 4.30pm The Children's Barn closes at 4 PM.