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“Rare Breeds - A rare find!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rare Breeds Centre

Rare Breeds Centre
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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“Rare Breeds - A rare find!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

We visited the Rare Breeds Centre near-ish to Ashford, Kent for my Daughter's Birthday - The reviews we'd seen said allow 2 hours to half a day for a visit we were there the whole day from opening to closing and we still could have stayed longer! What a lovely place, even though everything wasn't open or available it was still a good fun day out. The animals all looked well cared for and the facilities were clean. The staff were friendly and helpful too!

I would totally suggest a visit there with your family, just make sure you take wellies or waterproof boots as it is muddy in places! :)

Visited February 2012
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“Super day out for a super price, but wear your wellies!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2011

Been here a few times with my children and we have always had a brilliant time! We went for the Santa special yesterday after trying to go to the reindeer centre, we had a fantastic day, loads of animals to see, a cuddle corner where you can stroke them, hand wash area for after. Creepy corner with lots of bugs ect,birds of prey displays, 3 huge outdoor parks, lovely woodland walk to the lake, an indoor play area, restaurant do a carvery on a Sunday as well as other foods, saw alot of people eating and meals looked very reasonably sized, although we didn't eat in so cannot comment on the taste.

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“A lovely day out with children - we'll be back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2011

I have to confess I wasn't expecting much from this day out as I have been around farm animals much of my life but we all thoroughly enjoyed the day.

We started with lunch as the restaurant was near the entrance. The food was good apart from the chips which tasted odd and were a bit cold. I mentioned this to the staff and without any quibble they immediately offered me a bowl of lovely piping hot chips.

We were lucky to see 3 day old piglets and a month old calf which was lovely. We also enjoyed the variety of animals and birds that you don't see normally. Check out the Polish chickens with their feather hats!

The creepy crawlie section was better than expected as it was more of a small reptile house with Gecko's, snakes, Chameleons etc.

The birds of prey were beautiful and we were able to see them close up. There were some lovely birds also in the aviary.

My 3 year old loved the 'hands on' bit where we could go to the childrens barn and touch the animals. She particularly liked the pigmy goats to stroke and got to hold guinea pigs. There was also some very cute baby guinea pigs.

Whilst my partner did the walk to the lake which he enjoyed very much, I stopped at outdoor play area with the little one. She loved it there. She also particuarly loved the indoor play and especially the ball pool.

We arrived at 11.00 and left at 4.30. We could have stayed for a couple more hours. November is a great time to visit. Although they didn't have the pig racing or trailer rides (only in the Summer) I suspect it could be horribly crowded on those days and instead we had space to try everything.

We will definitely go back to this one!

Visited November 2011
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“Great fun day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2011

Fantastic day out for kids. Lots of animals to see and plenty of animals to get up close and personal with. The animals seemed completely at ease with children allowing them plenty of time to stroke them. Some lovely fun activities including pig racing and tractor rides (15 minute ride was 1.50). Staff were very friendly and keen to talk to you about the animals. Only disappointment was the food which was only average but the rest of the day was so fantastic that that was quickly forgotten. Highly recommended for a day out.

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