Exclusive Experiences

Our fantastic range of Bird Handling Experiences can also be booked as private sessions! Just for you and your group, these Exclusive Experiences are perfect for family gatherings, parties, team building exercises and special celebrations. Within the grounds of our visitor centre, your group can experience the thrill of handling and flying a selection of our magnificent birds of prey.

Each experience is set out in summary below, so you can easily choose the one which best suits your group and requirements. For all of our experiences, we can never guarantee which species or whether a particular individual bird will appear, but we have set out the minimum number and types of birds that will be flown. If you need any further assistance, or to enquire about booking a specific date, please telephone us on 01562 700014.

Vouchers purchased online will be valid for 12 months. To book a date, please telephone us on 01562 700014 during our opening hours.

Exclusive Half-Hour – £80 for up to 8 Participants

Suitable for up to 8 Participants (adults and/or children aged 6+). Your group will handle and fly at least three different birds, from a selection of kestrels and owls. The start/finish time of this experience is usually 2:30pm to 3:00pm, but this can be flexible, subject to availability.

Exclusive Hour – £160 for up to 8 Participants

Suitable for up to 8 Participants (adults and/or children aged 10+). Your group will handle and fly at least five different birds, from a selection of kestrels, owls, hawks and buzzards. The start/finish time of this experience is usually 2:30pm to 3:30pm but this can be flexible, subject to availability.

Exclusive Owl Hour – £160 for up to 8 Participants

Suitable for up to 8 Participants (adults and/or children aged 10+). Your group will handle and fly at least five different owls, whilst learning all about these iconic birds. The start time for this experience is 4:30pm, but we suggest arriving no later than 4:00pm so you can look around the Visitor Centre see the other birds in their aviaries before the experience starts.

Exclusive Half Day – £300 for up to 8 Participants

Suitable for up to 8 Participants (adults and/or children aged 13+). After tea/coffee and an introduction with guided tour, your group will handle and fly at least seven different birds, from a selection of kestrels, owls, hawks and buzzards, and finishes with the opportunity to fly one of our smaller eagles. The Half Day starts at 10:15am and finishes at 1:00pm. Afternoon sessions from 3:00pm to 5:45pm may be made available on request.

Exclusive Eagles & Vultures – £325 for up to 4 Participants

Suitable for up to 4 Participants (adults only aged 18+). Our Eagles & Vulture Experience gives you the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of our largest and most powerful birds. You will start by flying a hawk to see how the birds fly and land, before flying, handling and/or feeding at least five Eagles and/or Vultures. This experience starts at 2:30pm and finishes at 4:00pm.

Exclusive Ultimate Experience – £475 for up to 4 Participants

Suitable for up to 4 Participants (adults only aged 18+). The Ultimate Experience is the perfect opportunity to spend a day flying and handling a wide range of birds of prey. Combining our popular Half Day and our incredible Eagles and Vultures Experiences (both as detailed above) into one day, this experience will start at 10:15am with a break at 1:00pm, before resuming at 2:30pm and finishing at 4:00pm. Please note that lunch is not included; you will need to make your own catering arrangements.

Vouchers purchased online will be valid for 12 months. To book a date, please telephone us on 01562 700014 during our opening hours.

Purchase an Exclusive Bird Handling Experience Gift Voucher

Frequently Asked Questions about our Exclusive Experiences

How often do you run the Experiences and far ahead do I need to book a date?

Most of our experiences are run all year around, subject to availability. The Eagles & Vultures and Ultimate Bird Handling Experiences are available to purchase all year around but can only be booked from 1st February until 30th November each year. During this period, it is available on various days to suit demand (weekend and weekdays). We operate on a first-come, first serve basis for all dates. To book a date we generally say as far in advance as possible, but occasionally we can accommodate people at short notice if places are available. Weekend dates are the most popular and can book up very quickly at certain times of the year. To book a date please call us on 01562 700014 during opening hours.

What are the minimum age limits? Can younger children do a particular experience?

Our Experiences are tailored to suit the age bracket detailed in the descriptions above. Due to the size and weight of the birds flown, our experiences are not suitable for children younger than the specified age. We may allow you to bring a younger child (e.g. if they are within 6 months of the age limit) to do part of an experience, but we reserve the right to decline to fly birds to younger children if we think it is unsafe to do so. Our Eagles & Vultures Experience is strictly for adults age 18+ only. For the avoidance of doubt, our experiences are suitable for the following ages:

  • Half Hour: Children aged 6+ and Adults
  • One Hour/Owl Hour: Children aged 10+ and Adults
  • Half Day: Children aged 13+ and Adults
  • Eagles & Vultures: Adults aged 18+ only
  • Ultimate Experience: Children aged 13+ may do the Half Day in the morning, but the Eagles & Vultures Experience is for Adults aged 18+ only. Anyone below this age limit may watch from outside the arena; children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

I have paid on-line, how long does it take to receive the voucher?

We will email the voucher to you within 2 days of the payment. If you have requested a printed voucher, please allow at least 7 days for delivery.

How do I book a specific date when I pay for the voucher?

Unfortunately there is no way to book a date online, so if you wished to book a date when you purchase the experience, please call us to pay and book the date. If you prefer not to pay by card over the phone then you can arrange the date with us over the phone first and then pay online using the form above.

How many participants are in a group?

We limit the number of Participants on our Experiences. Please see the individual experience descriptions for full details.

Can we take photographs?

Participants and Observers on our bird handling experiences are welcome to bring their own camera/ video cameras to take photographs during their time with us.

What happens if the weather is bad on the date of my experience?

We will run the experiences in most weather conditions, but we also want you to enjoy your experience. In the event of bad weather you can telephone us to rearrange the date. For the Eagles & Vultures / Ultimate Experiences in particular, rain is not a problem but strong winds can affect the birds’ ability to fly. The birds may be flown on a safety line in very strong winds. In the event of an Amber Weather Warning for wind, we may contact you to discuss rearranging your experience.