Get your boots muddy with a true taste of rural Kent. At Kent Life, we showcase and breed traditional farm animals, with our free-range livestock including sheep, pigs, horses, donkeys, goats, poultry, rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, ducks, geese and alpacas. All animals are housed in historic outhouse barns, so visit today and experience a real working farm and farmyard.
Our Farmyard Friends walkthrough provides the opportunity to get up close and personal to some of our smaller farmyard friends – a must for a family day out in Kent. Our daily entertainment schedule also offers the chance to meet some of our friendly animals with feeding and grooming sessions. See what else you can discover by taking a stroll along our nature trail.
The Cobtree Young Farmers’ Club meet at Kent Life every Saturday and learn about general husbandry for all our farmyard animals, with emphasis on cattle, sheep and pigs.
If you find you have a favourite when visiting, why not consider adopting one of our animals?
Important Message regarding Animal Feeding
Sometimes, we have to take the difficult decision to stop selling animal feed as most of our animals are ruminants, they rely on a constant digestion involving regurgitating food and eating it several times to help with digestion.
This process requires the animal to be moving for around 80% of the digestion stage as well as grazing throughout the day.
When it’s hot the animals will basically abort this idea, stop grazing and lay down in the shade for most of the day and in the wild or on more commercial farms they would then graze throughout the night once it’s cooler and be absolutely fine. However, with the temptation of the animal feed we sell, the animals do get up and will gorge themselves on as much of that as they can and then go and sit down rather that continuing to move and graze. This can then prevent the food from digesting properly, causing the animal to bloat and subsequently die.
We do hope you understand the reason behind taking these steps.
Advice for Pregnant Women
We advise pregnant women not to enter our lambing sheds during lambing season, please feel free to ask for advice on arrival. You are more than welcome to explore the rest of our attraction.