All group visits must be booked in advance, so please telephone us on 01562 700014 during our opening hours to discuss available dates. Group bookings are only available on weekdays during term time, not school holidays, weekends or Bank Holidays. We are an entirely outdoor venue. We do not have toilets or full handwashing facilities on our site; these are located in the adjacent Webb’s Garden Centre building.
School Groups – Morning Only
As well as us visiting schools with a team of birds, we offer group visits here at the Falconry Centre. Our morning group visit consists of a short welcome/introduction, before children are given up to half an hour to look around the aviaries under the supervision of their teachers.
We will then provide an hour-long flying demonstration featuring a wide selection of birds of prey and owls, after which your group will depart. Your start/arrival time may vary between 9:30 to 11:00am and your visit will then last for up to 90 minutes.
The cost for this is £3.00 per child (a minimum charge of £99 applies which covers up to 33 children, any additional children will be charged at £3.00 each up to a maximum of 75 children). Teachers are free of charge up to a maximum of 1 teacher for every 6 children.
Adult/Concession/Mixed Groups – Morning Only
For larger groups planning to visit the Falconry Centre, we now offer a special group visit rate. For groups of 30 or more (up to a maximum of 75), admission to the Falconry Centre will cost only £4.00 per person when booked in advance, and paying in a single transaction. Our morning group visit consists of a short welcome/introduction, before you are given up to half an hour to look around the aviaries. We will then provide an hour-long flying demonstration featuring a wide selection of birds of prey and owls, after which your group will depart. Your start/arrival time may vary between 9:30 to 11:00am and your visit will then last for up to 90 minutes.
These group visits are only available during the week and in school term time only. All group visits must be booked in advance – please telephone us on 01562 700014 during our opening hours to discuss available dates. We are an entirely outdoor venue. We do not have toilet/full handwashing facilities on our site; these are located in the Webb’s Garden Centre building.
If you are planning to visit later in the day, we fly the birds for visitors from 1pm every day (weather permitting) and normal visitor admission charges apply – please click here for details.
School Groups – All Day
As well as us visiting schools, we offer sessions for schools at the Falconry Centre, suitable for Year 3 and upwards. This will consist of an introductory talk on the birds and the centre. Pupils will then be able to walk around the centre and view the birds in the aviaries and the weatherings (birds on perches). They can also take photographs of the birds as well.
We will then fly the birds up close to the children and they will be able to ask us any questions about the birds. We will talk about the adaptations of birds of prey, their diet, habitat and habits in the wild. If you are currently doing a specific theme at school we can include references to it.
The timetable for the day visit to the centre is outlined below for 11am- 2pm, but we can be flexible on the times. Picnic benches and seating within the centre are available for lunch.
The timetable that we use has worked very well for other groups and is as follows:
11.00 Arrive and introductory talk.
11.15 The group can walk around the centre to see the birds under the supervision of their teachers.
11.45 Short flying display: we will fly 2 birds (Hawk and Owl) with an educational and informative talk.
13.00 Main Flying Display (Hawks, Owls, Falcons and Eagles)
The cost of this session is £250. Pre-booking of these groups is essential. This is a set price and there is no minimum number of children, but the maximum limit of the centre is 75 children and recommended for Year 3 and upwards. The centre is all outdoors and therefore is only recommended in the summer months. This session is only available during school term time, not holidays or weekends.
For any other groups that are visiting the centre and do not wish to do the above format, flying displays are generally from 1pm each day and normal admission prices apply (please call check the centre before to check the display times on the day you plan to visit).
For any follow up work back at school there is a Conservation and Information section on this website and some Free Resources to use.
We are able to open the centre for private group in the evening for a one hour visit at 5pm. The group can consist of adults, children or a mix and can be of any size group; we have seating available for up to 50 people. You will have the chance to walk around the centre for 15 minutes, followed by a 45-minute flying display. During the flying display we will fly various birds such as eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. The birds will be flown very close to people and an informative commentary will be given about each bird. We have had groups such as Cubs, Brownies, WI, Rotary Club and even birthday parties. Pre-booking is essential. A One Hour Evening visit costs £100 and is only available Monday to Saturday, from May to August.