Enjoy a wonderfully immersive full day of falconry activities during this experience in Northampton, ideal for animal lovers and bird enthusiasts!
- Northampton (Northamptonshire)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
Birds of prey are beautiful, majestic creatures that are fascinating to watch and have the most interesting habits. With the full day falconry experience in Northampton you'll spend an entire day getting up close and personal with a variety of birds, from owls to eagles, vultures to hawks, this is a truly in-depth immersive experience.
On arrival at the site in Northampton you'll be met by the friendly staff and offered a hot or cold drink. The day begins with a guided tour of the centre, which houses an extensive range of magnificent birds, before moving onto a hands-on flying session lead by the professional falconers. Here you'll learn how to properly handle the birds, letting them land on your arm and fly off again, marvelling in their incredible wing power and precision targeting - quite a sight to behold! As well as the bird of prey flying experience you'll also step out into the countryside and enjoy a relaxing hawk walk through the woods, chatting to your friendly guide as a mighty hawk swoops overhead through the trees. The sessions can be entirely tailored to suit your preferences, so if you have a favourite bird or are curious to learn more about a particularly technique, the instructors are more than happy to oblige!
The full falconry day in Northampton is a perfect experience gift for animal lovers, and is sure to be a day in the great outdoors that you'll remember for a lifetime. The staff are professional, friendly, and highly knowledgeable, so be sure to test their expertise with this educational and enjoyable experience!
The Full Day Falconry Experience runs from March till November from 10am to 4:30pm.
Minimum age: 14
Anyone under the age of 16 will have to be accompanied by a paying spectator (£20 per person).
Experience Duration: 06:30
Time at Venue: 06:30
The Full Day Falconry Experience will last for around 6.5hrs from 10am to 4:30pm.
Participants: The Full Day Falconry Experience - Northampton is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 4
Spectators Allowed on Site: Yes
The experience will run with a group size of 4.
Spectators are welcome with a charge of £20 per spectator.
Please be sure to wear dark clothing and sturdy shoes. In case of rain, please bring boots and waterproofs.
The falconry experience can be affected by extreme weather and may be cancelled last minute. In these cases your day will be rescheduled.
My partner and I had the loveliest day learning a bit more about different birds of prey. The settings were beautiful and the staff there are truly passionate about their animals and what they do. It's a pleasure to learn from them, we'll be coming back soon :)
The centre was born from the passion of Mike Hewlett (and his then business partner), for birds of prey and the natural world. Set up in the early 2000s to be a centre of excellence for the care of birds of prey and hands-on experiences, the centre has also continued to remember its roots in the historic sport of falconry. The collection of birds here has grown over the years, to become one of the most diverse in the country.
What makes your experiences unique and special for customers?
We specialise in making our guests experiences unforgettable and as hands-on as possible. The emphasis is very much focused on guests having the opportunity to handle and spend quality time with our birds, in both the natural surroundings of the rolling countryside and woodland, and the fine formal gardens of Holdenby House. Small groups (up to 4 participants) ensure that everyone who attends gets lots of opportunity to handle the birds and receive maximum attention of our expert staff.
Our most popular bird by a long way is ‘Pedro’, our Burrowing Owl. At a mere 4.5oz he is the smallest owl we work with at the centre and one that anyone can get involved with flying. Like all of our owls, Pedro has been hand-reared by staff, so he is very confident when flying to guests. The joy of having such a tiny owl gently alight from the palm of your hand is an experience which is never forgotten! As his name suggests, Pedro also enjoys tunnelling through his very own custom-built burrows!
I also got the opportunity to hand rear a baby Milky Eagle Owl (Africa’s largest species of owl!) this year. He spent all his baby time in my home and came everywhere with me. He now flies to guests at the centre, on experience days and I am very proud.
As a falconer, I have the privilege of working with what is essentially a wild animal on a daily basis, and love watching them progress, displaying their natural behaviour in the air. This gives me a brilliant opportunity to teach people all about the natural world and, where possible, how they can help with the conservation of endangered species.
Being out in the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside everyday isn’t bad either!
And are there any less enjoyable aspect of Falconry?
It’s not always dry! The weather can occasionally test us and sometimes means a halt in birds’ training.
Q. Can I take photographs?
A. Of course you can! We want all our guests to capture the abundance of wonderful memories being made during their experience.
Do you have any exclusive information you can share with us?
Throughout the seasons the flying team changes and we are often training new additions, so every experience is different. A word to the wise – if you visit us in the spring there is every chance you’ll see some of our baby birds being fed, reared and trained.
And finally…are there any members of the team you’d like to give a special mention to?
All of them! Our small team of staff are dedicated to the job they do with our birds and the care of the guests they welcome to the centre.