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The Rare Breeds Centre

The Rare Breeds Centre
Set in 100 acres of beautiful Kent countryside, the Rare Breeds Centre is a working farm park and also a visitor attraction. The centre is home to a diverse range of rare breed farm animals such as sheep, goats, cattle, pigs and poultry as well as birds of prey, rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets. A school visit to the Rare Breeds Centre will spark your pupils’ interest in animals and plant life. A visit to us will complement classroom learning and help children achieve a better level of understanding of the natural world around them. A visit to us offers a brilliant opportunity to connect with the living environment in a hands-on way – meeting and interacting with our wide variety of animals, pond dipping, bug-hunting or hearing from our farming experts. We also have a Big Red Trailer Ride and acres of woodland walks, adventure trails and outdoor play for the adventurers in your school. To enhance your visit, we’ve created a number of worksheets, trails and nature-led activity packs, which can be easily adapted to suit all age groups. Download them for free at: www.rarebreeds.org.uk/online-resources We are an inclusive farm, and welcome children with additional needs. Most elements of the farm are accessible to wheelchairs and we also have inclusive outdoor play equipment, picnic tables, and disabled changing facilities. The Rare Breeds Centre is owned & operated by Canterbury Oast Trust a local charity that provides homes, care, training & opportunities for over 150 adults with disabilities, many of whom live and work on and around the centre.

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  • Car parking
  • Coach parking
  • Covered space
  • Disabled toilets
  • Hand washing facilities
  • Toilets
  • Wheelchair access

Restaurant – pre-booked packed lunches available Gift shop – goody bags can be pre-booked Free car and coach park Allocated area of a barn or marquee for schools to use as a base Outdoor picnic tables Baby changing facilities Welly wash facilities Hand wash stations


Schools and groups qualify for a discounted admission price - please see our website for more details - www.rarebreeds.org.uk/schools-nurseries
Pre-bookable Trailer Rides and Educational Activity sessions available at additional charge

What we can offer

  • Pre-visit information available
  • Risk assessment
  • Self-guided activities
  • Set programmes
  • Small animal care (e.g. grooming, feeding, handling etc.)
  • Tailored programmes

Free teachers places dependent on group size. Education activity packs, trail sheets and worksheets available to download.


CEVAS Accredited

This place has CEVAS accredited personnel.

CEVAS stands for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. A nationally recognised accreditation, the scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs.

Other Accreditations

RBST - Rare Breeds Survival Trust approved farm
NFAN - National Farm Attractions Network member

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