Make new feath­ered friends

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - SOUNDS GOOD -

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.

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