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“Great bird show and GREAT CAFE!”

Lakeland Bird of Prey Centre
Ranked #3 of 59 things to do in Penrith
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A large collection of birds of prey - hawks, eagles, vultures, owls, falcons and buzzards, set in a Walled Garden. Flying demonstrations daily from 2 pm to 4pm. Visitors get the opportunity to fly a bird at the display. On site vintage tea room and local crafts.
Reviewed May 24, 2013

Just read the 2 reviews below and must say how different our view of the cafe was. We took advantage of a Living Social deal and enjoyed some refreshements after the fantastic display. The cafe needs to be accepted for what it is: a traditional and homely place to relax and enjoy a good cuppa. How many cafe's are there where you can you sit around a wood burner on a comfy sofa? To criticise a few cowebs very high up in the ceiling is being picky and pedantic to say the least. The friendly we recieved was second to none. We were the last customers of the day and were in no way rushed to leave - quite the opposite. We last visited the bird of prey of prey centre 21 years ago with our young children. It was great returning once again (without them this time) and seeing the improvements. Needless to say, it won't be too long before we return. Bernie's displays were fantastic, educational and amusing. Voucher or not, it is great value for money in comparison with other attractions and we will back again later in the year.

Thank parksman
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Purchased a Groupon voucher for £12 which included admission & cream tea for 2.
The centre is situated in the village of Lowther & was clearly sign posted off the M6.
When we entered through the cafe we presented the Groupon voucher & the lady behind the counter looked disappointed, we asked if there was an issue with the voucher & she was quick to reassure us there was not however we felt there was something she wasn't happy with. The lady explained we should go & look at the birds then pop back for the cream tea & then we would be ready for the demonstration @ 2pm.
We visited the toilets & the were clean but a bit ramshackled.
The grounds are wonderful & on a warmer day you would probably hang around a lot more than we did. We looked at all the birds & there were interesting facts outside the enclosures, magnificent birds!
We arrived back at the tea rooms, there was an array of tasty looking cakes on display & hot food advertised on a blackboard. We sat near the wood burning stove to get warm anticipating our cream tea. Whilst waiting we looked around the cafe & to be frank it needed a really good clean, it would appear that the tearoom is a converted farm building which is not an issue but the deep dark cobwebs hanging around were somewhat off putting making it feel like a dirty barn.
The cream tea consisted of a large pot of tea & 2 small, warm scones with jam & fresh cream, slightly disappointing but for £12 (when the admission is normally £8 per person) we accepted it.
The bird demonstration lasted just over 2 hours & was interactive, educational & entertaining. The chap was a natural showman & involved the audience at every opportunity, thoroughly enjoyable part of the day. The birds are just magical & beautiful.
In conclusion give the tearooms a miss & bring a flask but don't miss the bird demo!

Thank Frogsgirl
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

I need to split this into two. The bird show and the tea. The bird show was excellent. The Falconer was very knowledgeable and informative having some good banter with those present. All the birds were great performing for the crowd, but happy to do so. You can see all the birds as well as you walk around the centre.

The tea was a bit different. As with some other posts the lady who greeted us made a comment about our groupon voucher. She was clearly not impressed with vouchers, so I would ask why allow them for the attraction. The cream tea was one scone with jam and creme and a pot of tea which was okay but didn't seem to relate to what was on the voucher, I thought we would get an afternoon tea, but that may be me getting it wrong. The tea room was cluttered and needs an overhaul and a good tidy/clean.

The birds are worth the visit but take sandwiches.

2  Thank Alexander B
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We found this attraction in the rough guide book and we are so pleased we went. It is really informative and you can get close up to the birds and with one of the birds you are allowed to have a go and let the hawk land on your glove. There were a number of flight demonstrations although the show starts at 2pm so don't be late or you will miss some. The Keeper really knows his stuff and has lots of wonderful stories whilst the flight display is going on. The Falcon loop is just breath taking. We were also lucky enough to get up close to an eagle owl as well as some one week old falcon chicks. All the birds seemed very well cared for and follow the Keeper. Definitely a must visit if you are in the area and like us you have never seen a display before. Really good value as we stayed for more than 2 hours with a nice cup of tea and cake at the end.

Thank Martineh2011
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

Our first visit to Lowther's Bird of Prey Centre and we really enjoyed it. We had expected something much bigger and grander but were very pleased indeed with our visit.
Arriving at the centre via a singletrack lane and arriving in the courtyard, you think you must be in the wrong place. However you enter via the cosy tea-rooms and through to the walled garden where a wide variey of birds of prey and available to view. Flying is from 2-4 pm so a visit to conincide with that is about right. We arrived at 1.30 and spent the first 30 minutes admiring the birds on display in the charming walled garden. Then through to the flying field where the flying display was truly excellent. The 'trainer' was very funny, charming and obviously had an excellent knowledge of his beloved birds. The relationship he had with his birds was uncanny. We saw five birds fly including Hawks and Falcons and members of the public were invited for one of the birds to fly to your hand - fantastic. Back in the walled garden the 'trainer' then got out the Eagle Owl for a close up look.
In summary, extremely interesting, very informative and good fun in lovely surroundings.

Thank David K
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