Last week i took the boys for a trip to The Rare Breeds Centre, which is a 100 acre farm based in the heart of the Kent countryside. It’s only a short distance away and is the perfect location for a family day out with little ones because there is just so much on offer for children to do.
We arrived shortly before the farm opened, which i would strongly advise if you want to be able to park near the entrance as parking can be a nightmare during peak times. Once the centre had opened we headed to the Children’s Barn which is one of their most popular attractions and definitely a favourite with Riley and Harry. They were able to get up close and personal with a variety of animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, pigs, cows and lambs and they also do ‘meet the animal’ sessions at set times throughout the day where you can pet them and talk to their handlers.
Upon leaving the Children’s Barn we entered Creepy Crawly World which is home to spiders, beetles, snakes, lizards and other reptiles. Not my cup of tea at all, i don’t do bugs and insects of any kind but unfortunately, i have two boys who are obsessed with creepy crawlies so this sort of thing has to be done. Some of the insects and reptiles can actually be handled but unsurprisingly, i was not up for that. We also stopped by the butterfly tunnel before heading to the playgrounds.
The Rare Breeds Centre has two; ‘Sammy’s Playpen’ which is located next to the catering cabin and contains lots of climbing frames, slides and swings. It also provides a picnic area, toilet and washing facilities.
A short walk away is the second play park where there is an aerial slide, giant tube maze, a wooden hill fort and assault course.
The Rare Breeds Centre also hosts a number of other attractions including tractor and trailer rides, discovery garden, aviary, pig racing, birds of prey display and woodland walks but after spending a fair amount of time in the playground areas the boys were tired and hungry so we stopped by the stables to see the horses and pigs…
…had our picnic lunch and then headed home.
The Rare Breeds Centre is a great day out for families so i’d highly recommend a visit if you’re ever in Kent.