Day Out with the Kids: Rare Breeds Centre Review, Woodchurch, Kent

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Updated March 2023

Rare Breeds Centre, in Woodchurch, is a great family day out and it’s affordable too! (You can easily spend a whole day exploring!) In my opinion, it’s best suited to children aged 10 and under – and particularly fun for the tiny ones!

We’ve been lots of times – here are my favourite throwback photos – they were just too cute not to be included!

What’s there for the kids to do?

There’s lots of fun to be had with their fabulous outdoor play areas; the tunnels were a huge hit with my two when they were little and kept them busy for ages! For the slightly older kids, the woodland obstacle course is always a winner.

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There are lots of farm animals to look at, and areas where the kids can get up close and personal with the friendly, furry kind!

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You can ride around the park on a tractor trailer – it’s nice to see the site whilst putting your feet up for a bit and this is a big hit with the little ones!  rare breeds animal centre, woodchurch, kent, farm, family day out, frugal mum children on tractor ride

The activities/facilities on offer change with each season – so have a good look on their website before you visit to get a good idea of what to expect. The butterfly tunnel opens annually each May, featuring both native and tropical butterflies.

There’s also a birds of prey display which is shown daily. And… most importantly… PIG RACING!! Such good fun and the little pigs are super cute!

 

What other facilities are there?

There’s an indoor soft-play area, which is great if the weather turns, and behind it there’s a large room with picnic benches in case you need to have lunch inside. There’s also a restaurant if you would prefer a day off from packing a picnic.

There are plenty of loos, plus hand-washing stations for the kids to use after they’ve stroked the animals, as well as a gift shop. There’s loads of parking and it’s free.

 

Is it good value for money?

At just over a tenner per person, it’s a good value day out with lots on offer to keep everyone busy. You can easily spend a whole day there, and if you take a picnic there’s no need to spend anything else once you’re inside.

It’s a much more affordable day out than other similar places, and it’s actually a charity too – so all the money goes back to a good cause.

Current prices for 2023:

  • Adult: £14.05
  • Child/Senior: £12.10
  • Under threes: free
  • Family ticket: £44.48

 

Useful information for your visit…

Website: www.rarebreeds.org.uk

Pets:  No dogs allowed, due to the animals on site.

Parking:  Free

Facilities:  Restaurant, snacks, free parking, toilets, picnic areas, gift shop.

Address:  Rare Breeds Centre, Highlands Farm, Woodchurch, Ashford, Kent, TN26 3RJ

For up-to-date opening times and prices, please check their website.

 

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