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South of England Rare Breeds Centre

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Have you ever tickled a sheep under the chin, scratched a pig's ear, or patted a golden goat? You can at the Rare Breeds Centre, the home of friendly animals. Home to a large collection of rare British farm breeds, you can get close to 'history on the hoof'. Meet the Bagot goat, brought to Britain by the Crusaders. See the Lincoln Longwool sheep, dating back to Roman times. These are the ancient breeds from farming's past, with a vital role in farming's future.

There are special pens where children can play with piglets and other small animals. Our pigs are our pride and joy - all the British rare breeds live on the farm. Pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, horses, chickens and ducks are here - and others that may surprise you - a fascinating collection.

The Rare Breeds Centre is owned by Canterbury Oast Trust, a charity that provides homes, care and opportunities for over 150 adults with disabilities, many of whom live and work on and around the farm.
All income from your visit goes to help fund our work!

  • Creepy Crawly World

  • Falconry Displays

  • Indoor Play Barn

  • 'Meet the Animals' Daily

  • Animal Encounter Paddocks

  • Pig Racing ( subject to the weather)

  • Walk Through Aviary

  • Wildlife & Discovery Garden

  • Zip Wire and Fort

  • Tractor Rides

  • Playground

  • Gift Shop

  • Picnic Sites

  • Restaurant with freshly prepared home cooking

  • Woodland Walks

  • Home Grown Plants

  • Full wheelchair access except in the woods

  • Walk through Butterfly Tunnel open May - Sept. Tropical and English Butterflies

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  • Directions

    By bus: bus service from Ashford. 295 Arriva service - Not Sundays.

    By car: M20 junction 10, follow A2070 to Hamstreet, then B2067.

    Do not use our postcode when using sat nav. Please use B2067 which brings you to our main entrance!

    South of England Rare Breeds Centre Postcode for SatNav: TN26 3RJ


    +44 (0)1233 861 493

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