UPDATE. In response to the growing need for people to stay safe at home during the Coronavirus outbreak, the Rare Breeds Centre will be closing from Sunday 22nd March until further notice. Although we know this will come as a disappointment to our visitors, we recognise that we have an important role to play in supporting the Government’s policy of social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus. As a provider of homes and training for adults with a learning disability, we also have a duty to protect the health and safety of our service users and staff, as well as the general public. Throughout the closed period, our staff will be working hard to look after our animals and we will keep you all up to date with developments on the farm via our social media channels. Look out for some lovely photos of our new lambs…! We will be in touch with all annual pass holders in due course to discuss arrangements for extending your membership period. Any school bookings or Falconry Experiences will be rearranged when the site reopens. These are especially worrying times for us, as our charity – The Canterbury Oast Trust - relies on the income we receive from the Rare Breeds Centre to help support the vulnerable adults in our care. If you were planning to make a visit over the next few months and feel that you might be able to donate your admission fee to support us through this challenging period, it would make a huge difference. you can help us by visiting: https://www.justgiving.com/cot/donate Thank you. Until we can welcome you again (and we hope it won’t be too long), we wish you and your families good health and happiness. Please do take care and keep yourselves safe. The Rare Breeds Centre Team
A day out at The Rare Breeds Centre is cram packed with fun for the whole family. Set in 100 acres of beautiful countryside and with its unique mix of country fun, indoor play areas and educational opportunities, no other attraction offers so much to see and do!
Children are encouraged and get up close to our friendly farm animals in our undercover Children’s Barn and our farm staff are more than happy to answer any questions that the children may have.
Birds of prey are on view and there is a display at 2.30pm each day, which includes the majestic owls and a selection of our magnificent raptors…… and we love you to join in! Don’t forget the creepy crawlies…..if you dare.
If you are all feeling active, then there are plenty of outdoor activities, including The Mysterious Marsh, aerial runway, hill fort and assault course and tube maze. We also have some inclusive play equipment. Don’t forget the woodland walk, with a quiz trail, which takes you to the secret lake, a great place for a picnic in the summer. Relax in the tranquil Discovery Garden, which is a wonderful place to explore and learn. The butterfly tunnel is a mass of colour and activity in the warmer months, with its exotic residents fluttering around...everyone loves this peaceful place.
You could take a trailer ride to the top of the farm to appreciate the beautiful countryside and more of our farm animals ...getting off at the top to play on the Giant Snake or visit the Secret Lake and see the Green Man of the Woods. For the rainy days we have the indoor soft play, where mum can have a break whilst the kids enjoy themselves in complete safety.
The Granary restaurant offers a selection of hot and cold food and drinks at very reasonable prices.
Wheelchair access is good around the farm, but maybe difficult in the woodland areas.
We also have a full events itinerary throughout the year, which starts with Lambing and Easter Fun and Activities and ends with our Truly Magical Christmas. There’s so much more:
- Farm animals
- Trailer rides
- Birds of Prey displays
- Bird of Prey experiences
- Discovery garden
- Butterfly tunnel
- Play Parks
- Mysterious Marsh adventure trail
- Children's Barn
- Creepy Crawly World
- Woodland walks
- Plants and produce
- Indoor soft play barn
- Wildlife & conservation
- Pig racing
South of England Rare Breeds Centre