The Hawking Centre

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Sally B
Brighton, United Kingdom60 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
What an amazing day! It was a gift for my husbands birthday - something he had wanted to do for years….and Ryan the falconer did not disappoint! His obvious love and respect for the birds and his stories about them made for a very entertaining afternoon. He flew a small vulture who was full of character, a bald headed eagle who acted like a naughty teenager, a lovely owl and a beautiful blue eagle. Can thoroughly recommend this experience.
Written May 21, 2022
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Mark M
Bromley, UK2 contributions
Mar 2022
Absolutely unforgettable birthday experience at Eastwell Manor yesterday. The cold, blustery wind meant we needed to wrap up warm but it also allowed these beautiful birds of prey to soar and glide at their magnificent best. I got to handle everything from little Darwin the barn Owl to (my favourite) Xavier, the majestic Bald Eagle. Being in a small group of 3-4 pairs meant that it was a very hands-on experience.

The falconer Bradley, someone who clearly loves the birds in his care, was a wonderful guide and shared his passion and extensive knowledge with us throughout the day. The beautiful grounds and tasty lunch were the icing on the cake.
Written March 7, 2022
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Katie
1 contribution
Apr 2021
We really enjoyed the big 4 experience and our falconer, Bradley, was professional, informative, friendly and very supportive of the bird's needs. He was very patient with the birds and had a lovely manner. He first took us into the seating area and made us a cup of tea, whilst we familiarised ourselves with the health and safety poster which he gave us.
He showed us each of the birds in turn, telling us lots of information about them, and you could easily see that he had a real passion for the birds.
Our favourite part of the day was when we got the opportunity to fly the birds. Bradley was very patient and gave us lots of opportunities to fly and interact with the birds, whilst ensuring their well-being was catered for. The birds were stunning and we particularly enjoyed getting to know Maggie and Arthur.
Written April 29, 2021
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Patricia J
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
The Hawing Centre is a gorgeous venue.
Very impressed at how the bird handlers look after these birds with such precision while keeping their hunting skills intact, yet tame enough for us to get up close and learn about the skills of these amazing hunting machines.
Surprisingly enough I took to the vulture, definitely an unappreciated species and sadly they are being persecuted by poachers.
Written March 22, 2022
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EB85
Ashford, UK8 contributions
Apr 2022
We had a super time at the half day falconry experience. We were fortunate to be blessed with glorious sunny weather, which made the setting - on the grounds of Eastwell Manor - even more beautiful.

The experience was for myself with my daughter and my partner as spectators and we all had the best day! We got to meet lots of birds and I learned so much, that I didn't already know, about birds of prey. I've been bombing my family members with bird facts for the past three days since our visit. Bradley was super, really friendly and welcoming. As adults, we had so much fun but it was super that my eleven year old daughter also had a day to remember forever! Whilst we loved meeting all the birds, we have an extra fondness for Maggie the vulture and Xavier the Bald Eagle. We would totally recommend for everyone.
Written April 19, 2022
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tessie1
Warlingham, UK645 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
It was a real privilege to have this amazing experience Our falconer, Reece, was highly knowledgable and skilful and we learnt a great deal about birds of prey as well as having the exceptional pleasure of flying them ourselves. The day simply flew by and we were sorry when it ended. The birds are quite beautiful, exquisite plumages, each with its own personality - really enchanting. This is a terrific day out and I certainly want to repeat it!
Written July 27, 2021
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malcolm m
London, UK1 contribution
Jul 2021
This was a fantastic experiance I learnt so much from Reece about the birds we were flying habitates type of food they consumed etc, fantastic setting especially from the terrace. The experience of flying the birds was second to none. All the birds are well cared for, as it was a hot day we were able to fly them under the trees. I was also so surprised how low they fly to the ground and then just before they go onto your hand they sweep up.
Written July 29, 2021
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Beverley F
Rainham, UK47 contributions
Oct 2020
I bought a VIP half-day experience for my partner as a treat for a special birthday. We were initially given a tour of all of the birds by Bradley who was immensely knowledgeable as well as interesting. There was one other couple there. After the tour we were joined by Ryan (the owner) and we went into pairs. Bradley was with the other couple and Ryan was with us. Then my partner flew a barn owl, two eagle owls,a vulture, a harrier hawk and a Chilean blue eagle. Each bird was flown several times between us and the other couple. The birds are stunning, Ryan was extremely friendly and informative and the setting is lovely. There was also an opportunity to hold a bald-headed eagle. All in all it was fantastic!
Written October 8, 2020
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Alex P
4 contributions
Sep 2020
What an amazing day!! This is definitely one day I will never forget, truly magical to see these magnificent birds of prey up so close, and to be able to fly them was just something else, and in a stunning location too!!

Bradley was our falconer for the day, his passion and knowledge for the birds was second to none. I cannot recommend this experience enough. It is something that should be on everyone's bucket list, and saying that my husband and I will definitely be going back.

Maggie the Vulture, (what a character she is, she will definitely bring a smile to your face...), and the Chilean Blue Eagle 'Moet' were my favourites, if you can have favourites... as all the birds are just gorgeous!!

You will definitely walk away with a big smile and very happy memories of one incredible day!

Thank you so much to Bradley and Ryan for a brilliant experience, well done guys !!
Written September 30, 2020
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Natalie
6 contributions
May 2021
We had a fantastic time at The Hawking Centre, it exceeded all our expectations! We did the VIP half Day Falconry Experience. Reece was great, he was very knowledgeable about all of the birds. He gave us a great insight into their personalities as well as facts about each different species. The close contact with the birds was amazing, we couldn’t decide on who our favourite was although after much debate Gigi the Great Grey Owl might have topped it. The focus of the afternoon was definitely on getting the best experience for us in the time allowed. I could not recommend this more!
Written May 26, 2021
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