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The Rare Breeds Centre opened in mid 2004 to promote conservation and education in rare breeds.
We are a 900 acre Hadleigh Farm that has been owned and farmed by the Salvation Army for over a hundred years. This is a mixed comercial farm aiming to demonstrate conventional farming as well as organic farming with 600 acres of crops and 300 acres of organic grassland and Hereford cattle. We are members of Organic Farmers and Growers (OF&G) organic certification UK2. We own and farm all the land surrounding Hadleigh Castle.
A visit to our farm gives you the chance to learn about, get close to and even feed a range of rare breed Goats, Sheep, Poultry and Pigs.
There is a whole host of exciting things to see and do and countryside to enjoy for individuals and families alike.
Its also a fun and safe farm visit for groups of all ages lead by Access to Farms trained staff. We now have teacher packs and resources tailor made for the farm by the Salvation Army Schools and Colleges Dept.
All under 16 must be with an adult. Sorry No dogs inside the centre.
Entry is £2 per person but under 36 month olds are free. Season tickets can be purchased for £12 in advance or £14 on the gate.
To find us follow the signs to Hadleigh Castle from the A13 between the A129 junction, Vic house corner and Leigh on Sea. We are at the bottom of Castle lane. Castle lane is a road off of the A13 in Hadleigh by a shop called 'Paul Newman Interiors'. Buses stop at Hadleigh Church at the top of Castle Lane. Its a short walk down the lane to the farm. We have lots of parking.