- Enjoy a tour of your chosen venue (depending on location).
- Learn about the birds with an informative talk by your instructor.
- Learn the basics of bird handling and how to fly them to the fist.
- Your day will last around 2-3 hours.
What happens on the day?
Falconry has been perfected over centuries, allowing man and bird to hunt together in perfect harmony. Learn this ancient craft at any of 14 locations across the UK; don the gauntlet and stare into those fierce yellow eyes. A knowledgeable guide will show you around the centre and introduce you to a variety of birds, their capabilities and natural history. You’ll have the opportunity to fly some of the birds from your fist in true falconer style, encouraging them to soar, pounce and mantle.
What else do I need to know?
- Voucher valid for 10 months.
- Minimum age 10 to 16 years (depending on location).
- At Derbyshire under 16s must be accompanied by an adult, for a spectator fee of £10.
- Group size will vary depending on the venue.
- The Perthshire and Kent venues do not include a guided tour of their centres, but access is provided.
- The species of birds flown will vary depending on the time of year.
- Spectators are welcome (max of one spectator at Cornwall; £35 per spectator at Yorkshire; at Chichester guests can accompany participants for £40; max of one spectator at Kent and Dorset where they must be over 14 years and cost is £20).
- Dogs are not permitted at some locations.
Where can I do it?
East: Bedfordshire (Biggleswade)
East: Essex (Castle Hedingham)
Midlands: Derbyshire (Risley)
Midlands: Warwickshire (Sutton Cheney)
Midlands: West Midlands (Stourbridge)
North East: North Yorkshire (Ripon)
North East: North Yorkshire (Skipton)
North West: Cheshire (Knutsford)
Scotland: Fife (Kirkcaldy)
Scotland: Lanarkshire (Biggar)
South East: Hampshire (Andover)
South East: Kent (Eynsford)
South East: West Sussex (Chichester)
South West: Dorset (Marshwood)
Hawking GoodReview by battryman, St. Albans
When my friend said we would be hunting with hawks, I was petrified! However, once we got there, the skilled handler calmed us down and introuduced us to these beautiful creatures. It was an unbelievable day, I still cant get to grips with it. A must do day for nature lovers.
An experience to rememberReview by BrianD, Kilmarnock, Ayrshire
Harris Hawks are such majestic creatures, and the chance to get up close and hunt with them was a real treat. A once in a lifetime experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life. Worth every penny
A fabulous day out! Everyone should tryReview by Minxy-Moo, London
Was lucky enough to book this experience using a 2-for-1 deal. Eagle Heights was so interesting- there was a huge variety of animals and the keepers really knew their stuff! We were originally only going to visit for an hour or two but ended up staying for over four hours! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to a friend and I'd happily do this again!
Falconry and Birds of Prey at their bestReview by Horsetay, Loughborough, Leicestershire
This half day experience at Bosworth Battle Centre was ideal! My son doesn't have a great attention span so a half day was perfect for him to see the hawks and learn some cool facts to tell his friends without losing interest! Thank you to the staff and keepers, it was a entertaining day out for us all
Fantastic GiftReview by Adey, Leicester
The Risley, Derbyshire Owl experience was a fantastic trip, and the Falconry demonstration was so interesting! I was too scared to get any closer to the birds of prey, but my brother was loving it and got up as close as he could! Worthwhile for both of us, and I think it would be a great day out for families.
My Thanks To Joe - What A Great DayReview by Robert Seaston, Chesterfield
Didn't know quite what to expect but I wouldn't have missed this experience for the world - the closeness and eye to eye contact with these beautiful creatures was awsome. Thanks Joe and all the staff at this venue we thoroughly enjoyed our day.
The best birthday present yetReview by Neville Bridle, Steyning, West Sussex
A day I looked forward to for a long time.
On the day it was more than twice what I expected.
The guide and instructor was terrific, well informed about all forms of wild life and passionate about her birds.
I highly recommend this experience, but be prepared to wait as it's much in demand.
Well done to all the staff.
Location: Eagle Hights
Breathtaking day!Review by Mark, Daventry
Was bought this experience as a surprise gift and rarely enjoyed a day out more. The instructors have depth of knowledge that goes beyond them just doing a job. And the thrill of being able to get so close to these amazing creatures is a memory that will live with me for many years to come. I cannot recommend this experience enough.
Wish I had done this years agoReview by Dorothy Wilkes, Guildford
This really is a lovely village in Kent, it has lovely views and this has turned out to be one of the best pressies I ever bought. I'm even more pleased that I bought a voucher for myself as well.
It was an anniversary present for my husband who is Scottish and used to be interested in falconry when he was a younger man back home. The staff made the day so wonderful that I don't know why we never did this before.
Now I'm a convert and we will most certainly be doing this again. Amazing experience
Already rebooked!Review by Gail Lees, Coventry
I just cannot wait to do this again. We must have 50 photos of our day at Stourbridge and we never get tired of looking at them. What lovely people, our guide for the day made us so welcome and introduced us to such a fascinating world that we are now officially hooked. The forest walk is superb and the birds themselves are just so beautiful. My husband has a real love of wildlife and all his questions were answered with enthusiasm and genuine interest. I would thoroughly recommend this wonderful experience to anybody.
Location: West Midlands Stourbridge
Do it.Review by Chris Wilkinson, Islington, London
My dad hasn't stopped talking about this day since we did it three months ago. he saw the film 'Kes' on the TV, happened to say he liked it and so we got on this site and booked a day for him as a birthday present (he isn't the easiest man to buy for!).
This is real bucket list stuff, he was absolutely blown over by the location, loved the experience of handling the birds and is already talking about doing it again.
Your site made booking this really simple and straightforward so just to say thanks, we never would have thought of something like this for a gift
Cracking day.Review by Joe Gibbons, Darlington
Dragged to Skipton and out into the Yorkshire dales by the wife and kids and told it was all a big surprise. well I never could have expected this - not in a million years.
It was great, I loved every minute of it. The staff really know their stuff and they can tell you anything you need to know about these birds. When you get to handle one it's really an incredible experience and not something I would ever have thought of doing.
I had seen this stuff on TV but to actually get out there and do it for real is just amazing
MagnificentReview by Maurice St John Travers, Knutsford, Cheshire
I live in Knutsford, very close to this venue and had no idea that such an experience was possible. My nephew and niece had booked it as a retirement present for me and having now used my voucher I just had to log into this web site and show my appreciation.
The experts at Knutsford are quite remarkable, I learned how to handle a bird on a gauntlet, was given some fascinating insight into how these birds survive in the wild and (my personal favourite) had the opportunity to feed a condor.
I wouldn't have known where to begin to look for such an experience as this. So well done and thanks.
Location: Knutsford, Cheshire
Is this activity done on a one to one basis with a trainer or is it with a group of people?
Generally the bird of prey days are held as part of a small group, they are not run on a one to one basis.
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