Raptor Handling and Flying
The Raptor Centre offers Birds Of Prey experience days to give you the opportunity to learn all about the management and conservation of these wonderful creatures. During the experience you will meet and handle a variety of birds including Hawks, Falcons and Owls.
Winter Raptor Handling Experience
Winter falconry experiences run from October to the end of April.
Ideal for anyone with a passion for, or keen interest in birds of prey. Participants experience the thrill of handling and learning all about these magnificent birds.
You’ll be amazed at the character and intelligence of these creatures.
Children age 10+: 30 minutes bird handling. Allow up to 1 hour for the full experience
Adults: 1 hour handling. Allow up to 90 minutes for the full experience.
Weekends 11am and 2pm
Cost £40 per child. £50 per adult.
Summer Raptor Flying Experience
Summer flying experiences run from May to October.
To start you will be given a glove and receive simple instructions from the experts how to handle the birds safely. You will then get the chance to fly up to five birds of prey!
These birds include Red Backed Hawks, Jackal Buzzard, Barn Owl and Indian Eagle Owl.
Make sure you bring a camera as there will be lots of great photo opportunities.
As your experience is one-to-one, we can take everything at your pace.
Suitable for ages 18+
What you need to know
For under 18's, the price includes entry for one accompanying adult spectator.
Additional spectators will have the option to pay the normal admission fee for entry and take photos of the voucher-holder whilst they are in public areas.
Experiences are available throughout the year, except for Bank Holiday Weekends, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Flying experiences do not run in the rain. They will be postponed and the customer can rebook a date of their choice.
The duration and content of the experience is a rough guide and may differ on the day.
You do not need to bring anything although some people like to bring a camera and a notebook.
We ask that you wear natural colours such as black, green, brown, beige etc and not bright colours. We may also ask you temporarily remove any hats.
Read what some happy customers have to say
Keeper for the day experience – FANTASTIC!!
The title says it all … my 10yr and 8yr children both did the keeper for the day experience and loved it. I can not praise Angela, Miles and Jamie enough for their interaction with my two … funny, relaxed, friendly, informative … the list could go on! T and L prepared food, fed, stroked, held, mucked out creatures from the blobby frogs to the huge camels and assisted in some of the keeper talks to the public. We all learnt a lot. V reasonably priced esp as it includes entry for the child and an adult to Hobbledown for the day. Strongly recommend 🙂