This week I took my nanny boys and their friend to the Rare Breeds Centre in Ashford! If you haven’t heard of it and live near by, I highly recommend visiting. Even if you haven’t got children – I’m sure you will still enjoy yourself.
As you enter you are faced with the children’s barn straight away. Inside you have horses, goats, pigs, cows, rabbits and more. There are various animals that are out so your children are able to pet them. We petted a rabbit, a guinea pig and a cockerel. There was also an area where the children can climb into to pet the piglets!
As you venture out one side of the children’s barn, there are some pig sties and the Creepy Crawly World. Don’t be fooled though – there isn’t just creepy crawlies inside but also reptiles! I LOVE reptiles and used to own bearded dragons and leopard geckos. So I was able to tell some more facts about them! Your child will also have an opportunity to touch a snake!
*This photo was cropped so my nanny child isn’t identified so the quality isn’t great!*
The other side of the children’s barn there is so much more. There is a Birds of Prey centre, various animal pens and plenty more animals! One of our favourite sections was the Butterfly tunnel! We spent ages in there trying to spot the various breeds of butterflies.
We decided to stop off for a bite to eat so we visited the Granary Restaurant. The kids all had a lunchbox each where they chose 7 items each to go inside. Surprisingly there was plenty of healthy options which was great. I have found quite a lot of places have just crisps, chocolate and biscuits. But there was fruit, yogurt, Soreen loaf and cheese that was shaped as dinosaurs! Obviously they had sandwiches, crisps and biscuits too but it was nice to have a healthy option. There was hot food too – I choose the healthy option too as you may know I am on Slimming World.
After lunch we played in one of the play areas while we waited for the birds of prey display to start. The bird of prey display was very good. The instructor encouraged the children to volunteer to be part of the demonstration.
There was so much more you could do like tractor rides and pig racing but we didn’t get around to do that. The tractor ride had a massive queue and the 6 year olds didn’t want to spend their time queuing. The was another section of the farm that contained another play area and a walk you could go on. But we decided to visit the soft play before leaving.
Of course before leaving we went into the gift shop! My 6 year old nanny charge bought a new wallet and another dinosaur egg. (The dinosaur egg is something you put into water. The egg will hatch and will have a dinosaur toy inside). My three year old nanny charge bought yet another tractor toy! The 6 year olds school friend bought herself a toy horse.