Not one to be put off by a bit of grim weather, my partner and I visited Eagle Heights (in the rain) on Friday 23rd May 2014.
The centre itself is off the beaten track, so be sure to actually follow your sat-nav! You have to travel through a couple of lovely little villagey-types on the way too, which is always nice.
I'm pretty sure that this attraction is nowhere near well-publicised enough. We visited in half term and there was only a handful of other visitors!
Upon arrival, there is an ample car park and enough space for probably 40-ish cars - we were up-and-about before the attraction opened, so I guess on a busy day, it would serve you well to arrive early. Down a little pathways and through to the shop/cafe/reception, passing an array of patrons on the way (my bird knowledge is minimal, but they were quite big un's!) before paying our £9.00 entrance fee. I do believe that if you have a look around (Groupon/Woucher/Amazon Local) there are quite a few 'money off' vouchers out there - but be warned, these are not usually valid on bank holidays or during the kids' six-weeks' either!
Open till 5.00pm in the summer months and 4.00pm in the winter, you will definitely be able to take in anything of interest if you allow yourself a couple of hours to mooch casually around. DO NOT MISS THE FLYING DISPLAYS staged at a couple of times during each day. We were treated to [and I quote] "some of the best flying ever seen..." by the female eagle, who swooped and swooshed past us with gusto and back onto the arms of the handlers. Seeing these birds at such a close range, is truly spectacular. The handler's (two young-ish guys who are really well learned and provide some great comedy moments too) even allowed the male and female eagles to stay out and have a fly around once the show was over!
The selection of birds of prey is vast and there are some real characters to see. There's also the added bonus of a reptile house and a 80+ year-old tortoise roaming around in its own vast enclosure, plus a family of meercats and a playground for the kids.
All-in-all, £9.00 well spent and we would definitely spread the word about Eagle Heights to our bird-loving friends.
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