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 Handling Experiences run from October to the end of April. Summer Flying Experiences run from May to October. Subject to availability.

Suitable for ages 10+ our prices start from £40 per person.

Hobbledown Members get 10% off the price.

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+

Cost £80

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.

Terms and conditions

Read what some happy customers have to say

We had the Zookeeper for the day experience for our 8 year old nephew and he absolutely loved it from start to finish! I won’t give away too much about which animals you get to meet as keeping some of it as a surprise was part of the fun of the day however they were all truly brilliant – If you decide to do it you will not be disappointed. The Hobbledown zookeepers were AMAZING (we had Gavin, Miles & Jamie) – they really knew their stuff, were incredibly accommodating and so kind to my nephew. We learnt so much and had fun whilst doing it. It truly was an amazing day – thank you Hobblers!

— LuckyDuckTombola

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