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Talon Falconry

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Address: Lightwater Valley, Ripon HG4 3HT, England
Phone Number: (01765) 635 010

Located within a purpose built complex on our 175 acre site, you'll find...

Located within a purpose built complex on our 175 acre site, you'll find our awe-inspiring Lightwater Valley Falconry, which is home to over 50 amazing raptors including Owls, Falcons, Eagles and Hawks. There are also Rheas, Snakes and our inquisitive Ferrets too!Established to raise awareness of a wide selection of breath-taking birds, this facility offers a truly unique experience. As well as having the opportunity to see how these amazing birds are trained and handled and to learn about every aspect of their daily lives, visitors have the chance to watch dramatic flying shows every day (during theme park opening hours). In fact, you could even volunteer to pull on a gauntlet and allow our trained raptors to land on your arm or have your photo taken with one of the magnificent creatures.Lightwater Valley Falconry is open all year round, and in addition to the main Bird of Prey Centre also offers a unique range of falconry attractions including Hawk Walks and Owl Experiences.

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Gift Voucher to a Wonderful Owl Experience

My husband and I used our gift voucher on 23rd August 2016 to visit Talon Falconry. On arrival we had a complementary coffee each and were made very welcome by Keith and Chris... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Norma S
Ripon, United Kingdom
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Ripon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My husband and I used our gift voucher on 23rd August 2016 to visit Talon Falconry. On arrival we had a complementary coffee each and were made very welcome by Keith and Chris (Centre Manager). It was thrilling to handle and be 'up close' to first a tiny owl called Spud, next a bigger beautiful Tawny Owl, then, Grace, a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great experience would advise anybody old or young to do this,hands on with birds from small owl to eagle owl then a flight were a barn owl flys to your glove and collects food.then afterwards a good look around the falconry.great freindly and knowledgable staff a great experience well done Talon team

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited Lightwater Valley many times but have never visited the falconry before. The falconry we found to be one of the best parts of the park with a wide range of birds and other animals to keep us entertained for quite some time. Our favourite bird was Bruce the Kookaburra he was so cute. I would highly recommend... More 

Thank Hannah R
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I bought a voucher at half price from separate website. The website stated that I had to contact an 0845 number. I found a different number on the say no website but over two days it was not picked up. I therefore used the 0845 number and it was immediately picked up by Lightwater valley!! From there on it was... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a slow walk around the falconry area, absolutely stunning birds great selection of owls. There are also snakes, a huge rabbit, ferrets and tropical fish. We didn't wait to see the flight show as there were lots of children making a heap of noise. Certainly worth a look.

Thank lindagP8494KQ
Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Birds of Prey at Lightwater Valley Falconry is well worth A visit. Really impressed with the variety of the birds and The knowledge of the staff. Would really recommend this to everyone. Birds are well looked after and staff are very friendly and helpful, thanks Chris and the team for a memorable day We did the Owl Experience and enjoyed... More 

Thank carolec28
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

All I can say is wow , what an experience. Great to get up close and even hold some of these fantastic birds of prey, even got the chance to meet some 4 week old owl chicks. Chris the owner has vast knowledge of these creatures which adds to the experience of learning fascinating facts about these beautiful birds. All... More 

Thank Marc B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our owl experience. We met 4 different types of owls and held them & also flew one. Chris who did our owl experience was fantastic, he has a wealth of knowledge on all of the amazing birds there & really looks after them. We also went back for the flying show where we learnt a lot about... More 

Thank Sam T
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I've had my bus pass for some time, and was given the "Owl Experience" for my birthday. It really was one of the very best presents I've ever had. I met Spud, the Little Owl; Henry the Tawny Owl; Grace the Eagle Owl and Ollie the Barn owl, with Boris the Burrowing Owl Chick as a bonus. This is a... More 

Thank davidpeace216
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

My 6 year old son and I visited Chris at talon falconry because my son was doing a project about burrowing owls. We spoke to Chris who is very friendly and approachable and he told us he had a week old burrowing owl called boris and asked us if we wanted to see it. Matthew was a bit reluctant to... More 

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