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South of England Rare Breeds Centre

South of England Rare Breeds Centre near Appledore, Kent

Highlands Farm
Woodchurch
Kent
TN26 3RJ
01233 861 493
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So much to do, you’ll need more than a day!

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 the 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, assault course and tube maze. We also have some inclusive play equipment.

The highlight of our summer season is our famous pig racing….certainly not to be missed and you may even be chosen to run with our super-fast piggies!

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 or 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 visit the Secret Lake and see the Green Man of the Woods.

Take the path into our tranquil Discovery Garden, which is a wonderful place to explore whilst learning about plants and produce.

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.

For the rainy days we have the indoor play area, where mum can have a break whilst the kids enjoy themselves in complete safety.

The Granary restaurant offers a selection of great food 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.


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What's On in Appledore?

  • Mini Food Market

    Saturday 20th April @ noon
    Location: Appledore

    Appledore Village Hall Lots of food stalls, Cakes, Bakes, Sweets, Jams, Chillies and many more. Café open Free Parking, Free ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Sunday 21st April
    Location: Rye

    A two-hour guided walk around Rye including a visit to the Town Hall and its secret attic museum containing the ... more

  • Shakespeare & Love

    Sunday 21st April
    Location: Rye

    Shakespeare performance company Bowler Crab will be returning to the 600 year old Mermaid Inn in Rye to present their ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 22nd April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Wildflower Meadow Project) gates ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Monday 22nd April
    Location: Rye

    A two-hour guided walk around Rye including a visit to the Town Hall and its secret attic museum containing the ... more

  • Jackie Summerfield, Paddy Boyle and Rob Staermose

    Wednesday 24th April for 13 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    Exhibiting for the first time at Red Door: Jackie Summerfield lives and works in Hastings producing original handcrafted works made ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Thursday 25th April
    Location: Rye

    A two-hour guided walk around Rye including a visit to the Town Hall and its secret attic museum containing the ... more

  • Sisters of Swing

    Thursday 25th April
    Location: Rye

    An evening of outstanding live music and dining, featuring multi-instrumentalist Phil Brown who plays not just piano but also saxophone ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 26th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Introduction to Podcasting with Jilliene Sellner

    Friday 26th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    You know they say everyone has at least one book in them? Well everyone also has at least one brilliant ... more

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