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The Hawking Centre

Doddington Place Gardens, Church Hill, Doddington ME9 0BB, England
01795 473680
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Ranked #1 of 3 Attractions in Doddington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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English first
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Took my father as a birthday gift. The love and care that Leigh and team demonstrate for the birds, the insights they give into their care, how they came to look after the birds, how all attendees were allowed to briefly handle the birds, the beautiful grounds, the fact that the hawking was not 'static' and involved moving around the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

We did the full day experience and it was one of the best things we have ever done in our travels. The feel of an eagle landing on my glove will long be remembered. Appreciate the care love and knowledge they share about their birds. Live in the US but would expect any repeats trips to England to include a... More

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London, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This is my second time here but as a spectator. I booked a half day experience for my 8 year old. The staff on the phone were incredibly helpful with the booking and the falconers were also fantastic. My 8 year old thoroughly enjoyed her day and it is solely down to the friendliness, professionalism and facilities at the center.... More

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Royal Tunbridge Wells
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were given a voucher for Christmas and did not know what to expect. Arrived and was greeted by Leigh and Kate , very friendly. Started the day with a coffee and a safety chat also what to expect from the day. We were introduced to the birds in Mews ( very clean and birds in excellent condition). Great information... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I booked a falconry experience day as a surprise birthday present for my partner. He got to fly a Barn Owl, Harris Hawk, European Eagle Owl, Hooded Vulture and a Bald Eagle. I was a spectator, but managed to take loads of photographs. I cannot believe that I would every say that a vulture was cute, but Maggie, the Hooded... More

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
10 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

I got a voucher for a 1/2 day experience as a Xmas present but decided to defer it to summer. My OH and I were the only two in the group so we got to spend a lot of time flying the birds with Aaron. Aaron is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the birds and did not mind us asking... More

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Brussels
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

I received a voucher for a full falconry day for my birthday and did not know what to expect before arrived. The day exceeded expectations though. Our group was a maximum of 4 people and our host for the day was Laura. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about all the birds. We got to fly them a lot more... More

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Bearsted, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

If you're looking for something different this is a great day out! We were particularly lucky to have Laura as our Falconer, she is so passionate about her job and the birds we couldn't have had a better introduction to Falconry. The grounds of Boddington Place are delightful and the staff super friendly. All of the birds look extremely well... More

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

My 12 year old daughter and I had a half day experience bought as a gift. We found the staff very friendly and knowledgeable, and our falconer Laura made a real effort to make the experience special and her passion for her job and the birds was very infectious. We were in a small group with just 2 other people... More

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Welling, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

I have just spent a very enjoyable 5 days at Doddington Place gardens on a 5 day Falconry course. The input was spot on covering everything a beginner should know, with plenty of chances to handle and fly the birds.The course is accredited but you are under no pressure to complete it (good time scale) The Falconers were really friendy... More

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