Make new feathered friends
THE long spring bank holiday weekend offers the ideal opportunity to get out and about and enjoy yourself. There are plenty of events taking place or places to visit and it’s the ideal time to eat out in a restaurant or pub. There’s lots of exciting new things happening at the Rare Breeds Centre near Woodchurch, Ashford, over the weekend and during next week’s half term. The walk-through butterfly tunnel opens together with the new walk-through bird aviary. In addition, visitors can meet some of the new owls and falcons that are taking up residence at the centre. Business manager Nigel Collins said: “Over the coming months we will be offering encounter sessions and static displays with the birds while training some of them for public display.” There will also be plenty of friendly farm animals to meet, two giant indoor play barns, pig racing, woodland adventure courses, sculpture and quiz trails and trailer rides. All income from your visit goes to support the work of Canterbury Oast Trust who provide homes, care, work and training opportunities for more than 100 disabled adults The Rare Breeds Centre is between Hamstreet and Woodchurch about 10 minutes from J10 of the M20. Log on to www.rarebreeds.org.uk for more information. At the Chequers Inn in High Halden, hosts Lynne and Jenny have created a warm and friendly atmosphere. There is a new a la carte menu and food is now served seven days a week. A London-trained chef has joined their team to help create a range of mouth-watering dishes.