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The Hawking Centre

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Address: Doddington Place Gardens, Church Hill, Doddington ME9 0BB, England
Phone Number: 01795 473680
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Fantastic Day

This was such a surprise for me, my expectations were not too high when we arrived but oh gosh how wrong could I have been. For anyone who has an interest in birds this is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Dover, United Kingdom
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Dover, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This was such a surprise for me, my expectations were not too high when we arrived but oh gosh how wrong could I have been. For anyone who has an interest in birds this is probably one of the best things you could do. A full day was exhausting but an experience I thoroughly recommend anyone to do. Lunch was... More 

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Rainham, Kent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

This is an excellent experience set in the beautiful grounds of Doddington Place Gardens. Jules was the Falconer for the day and she was very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. To fly a number of birds and to learn about these birds is something very special. In the afternoon Lee the owner of The Hawking centre flew a Gyr Falcon on a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

if you like birds and nature and the english countryside you can,t do any better than going on a full day falconry experience with these people, the handler was excellent and very imformative, the variety of birds i handled was amazing, VULTURE, 2 OWLS, HARRIS HAWKS, BLUE EAGLE, AND MORE, with a nice lunch included and very beautiful walks with... More 

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West Sussex
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I spent a day at the centre and was lucky enough to fly two types of owl, an eagle, a hawk and a vulture. It was an unmissable experience and enhanced by the knowledge and enthusiasm of my falconer Julie. The day moves along at a good pace and with plenty of variety in the birds you get to fly.... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

As a gift from my daughter I went to The Hawing Centre to participate in a hawing day in which we handled birds of pray, flying them across the estate. Watching the birds fly and hunt was simply breathtaking. We were able to fly a variety of birds from owls to a magnificent young bald eagle. It was an all... More 

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Burlington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We visited the Hawking Centre while vacationing in the UK from the states. We got the half day Hawking experience and it was the highlight of our trip. The grounds were extensive and extremely well cared for. You couldn't have asked for a better location to do falconry. There were the wooded areas where we flew the first owl, and... More 

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London England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Having received a gift for a day at the Hawking Centre at Doddington Place Gardens, I went along not really knowing what to expect. I was in for a treat. We were greeted by three very knowledgeable falconers whose love and passion for the birds was evident for everyone to see. We split into small groups and were introduced to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

What a lovely and amazing half a day we had . The whole thing was so well organised , they only had 3-4 people in each group so everyone got to have hand on experience with all the birds. Ashdown park hotels grounds we so beautiful to walk around whilst flying these amazing birds. Would definitely recommend to and birds... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I was given the half day falconry experience for my birthday Doddington Place Gardens and I had extremely high expectations. Somehow, this managed to exceed my expectations and prove to be a wonderful morning. The staff were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Our falconer was brilliant and did a great job. It was surprising to hear that she had only been... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

What a excellent half day out went as a spectator husbands birthday present greeted by Tom had coffee in cafe and explained what we would be doing nice small groups only six of us So you get plenty of hands on with all the birds Tom was a great guide very knowledgeable the time just flew by recommend this experience... More 

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Additional Information about The Hawking Centre

Address: Doddington Place Gardens, Church Hill, Doddington ME9 0BB, England
Phone Number: 01795 473680
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Kent  >  Doddington
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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