Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre

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Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre

Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre
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10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Officially licensed Birds of Prey Centre set in the heart of beautiful Kielder Water and Forest Park, the only place in Britain with dark sky status.
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Laura T
Middlesbrough, UK5,839 contributions
Apr 2022
We couldn't find any information online about the experiences (owl feeding/handling?), but read that there are 2 shows every day at 1.30pm and 3pm, so we just popped by one afternoon to have a look around.

The centre is very small so only just over an hour is needed to look around and catch the 30 minute show. Good to know: that you can buy your ticket and enter, then leave and come back later. So we would recommend to go there for the 1.30pm show and then return later for the 3pm show. The shows are awesome and very interactive, the 1 we saw was definitely the highlight of our visit. Everyone in the audience is able to join in and wear the glove that the birds fly to and fro from, so you get to see the beautiful birds up-close. As otherwise you are just wandering around looking at all the different birds in their enclosures, which maybe takes half an hour or a bit longer to see them all.

Very friendly staff, who were very active in walking around the small site and interacting with visitors. We visited as a group of 4 adults for around 90 minutes and everyone really enjoyed the afternoon.

Again a decided lack of signs to find the place and not a lot of information online (typical from all our experiences with Kielder Forest). Initially we parked in the main pay & display carpark for Kielder Water, as couldn't get data to work out exactly where the Bird of Prey Centre is. We then decided to drive a little further on and eventually spotted a small sign for the centre, just a 1 minute drive from main carpark. There is a very small place/layby to park a few cars for free, but only space for maybe 6-8 cars. We we lucky and managed to squeeze in on the end.

Open daily 10.30am to 4pm. Tickets are £7.50 each. Free (limited) parking at Bird of Prey Centre.
Written May 16, 2022
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Stephen
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK16 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Me and my wife popped in while at a day out in Kielder. The birds speak for themselves (not literally) they are stunning. We spent about 30 mins walking around taking in the beauty of the birds. Then on the way out we spoke to the man who runs it, what a lovely fella. He told us lots of things about the birds I could tell it was his life. He was so passionate about them. Worth a visit here, don’t be put off buy the price because there is a lot of time goes into these places that nobody sees.
Written October 10, 2020
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Luís d
London, UK11 contributions
Jun 2021
🏆We have older teenage and young adult children and decided to make a stop on a trip down from Scotland. We pre-booked for the family to have an interactive morning with Ray, who was both passionate and knowledgeable about his topic and who provided a great interactive experience and was generous with his knowledge and information.

The flying display is interesting but pales in comparison to the interactive feeding of the birds, some young and some older. It was a huge success and one of the highlights of a trip to celebrate a special birthday.

Could not recommend it more highly but very much suggest taking the time to book and spend time feeding the birds. It's an activity for people of ANY age, 5 to 85! Well done to the team on a great memory.🦅
Written June 25, 2021
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Mo Akram
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK1 contribution
Jul 2020
The kids wanted to go to the Birds of Prey centre, so I called them to find out if they were open and if we had to pre-book, ‘No just turn up and pay your admission’ was the response. So I drive everyone all the way up there from Newcastle pay £23 for 2 adults and 2 kids, walk around the place in 5 minutes and the kids ask about the flying demonstrations.
‘No Demonstrations, or Talks because of Covid’ so walked around looked at the birds that were chained or still in their cages. No talks or information available. Charging full price for a highly restricted service is an absolute rip off. At no point were we advised there was a restriction. Unbelievable, the place should have stayed closed if that all they were offering. Won’t be returning.
Written July 18, 2020
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jehannah
Grantham, UK10 contributions
Jun 2021
We had a most interesting, educational and enjoyable afternoon visiting the Birds of Prey Centre. The team of staff couldn't be more helpful and friendly. A school party was visiting at the same time and the children were clearly enthralled and enthused by the interactive demonstrations and commentary, . It's great to see the team do so much to raise awareness of these beautiful birds which are clearly so well-cared for.
Written June 24, 2021
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Stevie1919
Sheffield, UK11 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
We visited on 24/03/22 as a couple on holiday from Sheffield and we are so glad we did!! This centre is amazing and has a fantastic collection of birds as well as two lovely wallabys! We visited early in the morning then came back again for the flying display at 2pm which was certainly worth it, we got to see around six birds fly including owls, falcons, a kite and even a vulture called Cora who was the star of the show. The staff were absolutely lovely as well, they obviously care about the welfare and wellbeing of the birds and this is definitely not a 'zoo' for anyone concerned. The wealth of knowledge the staff had was incredible and extremely interesting, definitely worth a visit!!!
Written March 26, 2022
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500bhp
Matlock, UK40 contributions
Oct 2021 • Family
The absolute highlight of our stay on site at Kielder Landal.

Amazing selection of beautiful and rare birds clearly well cared for by Ray and his team.

Exhilarating and interactive shows where the audience and primarily children are encouraged in a safe and non-intimidating way to join in and handle the birds.

Ray is an absolute gent who loves to interact with his visitors and spends a generous amount of time connecting with people. Our three children loved their time here and we can’t wait to return next year.

Thanks Ray and Team!
Written October 10, 2021
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Trixee2015
Leamington Spa, UK20 contributions
Jun 2021
We really enjoyed our visit to the Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre. The birds are magnificent and the staff are friendly, knowledgeable and informative. It is probably best to time your visit to incorporate a time when they are flying the birds. During the flying demonstrations there were lots of opportunities for the birds to land on your wrist if you wanted. If you like birds can highly recommend a visit.
Written June 11, 2021
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Jonathan M
Milford Haven, UK9 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
A fairly small bird of prey centre on a steep site, this place is beautifully set up, and the demonstration flying sessions are amazing. The staff are all knowledgeable and friendly, and they engaged the visitors with the birds really well. The staff took exceptional care to make sure that my (disabled) brother, and other members of the audience with additional care needs, were able to have a really special and enjoyable experience, interacting with the birds, absolutely going the extra mile and using exactly the right warm, respectful and personal manner - absolutely brilliant.
Written August 15, 2021
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danhuz
41 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We are staying in one of the nearby lodges and popped in just to use up some time. This is a small site that is having to deal with COVID restrictions (no handling the birds, no displays) so our expectations weren’t too high. How wrong we were! Our children (aged 10 & 12) were able to spend a good amount of time talking to the experienced handler while he let them view two small owls at close quarters. All of their questions were answered thoroughly in a way they could understand and they have both been inspired to study birds of prey.

There may be more to entertain larger crowds when COVID restrictions are lifted but spending a little time with someone who so clearly cares for the birds and shares his knowledge so well was priceless. We would definitely visit again the next time we are in the area.
Written July 29, 2020
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Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM