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“What a Beautiful Experience”

West of England Falconry
Ranked #3 of 28 Outdoor Activities in Bath
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Falconry Experiences are by appointment only as we are not open to the public. Please book your experience in advance. Visit our website or phone us for more information. Thank you.
Chippenham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“What a Beautiful Experience”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

This was a birthday present for my Fiance, but we both absolutely loved it. To be able to fly, Mogwai, the Bay Tailed /Harris Hawk in these beautiful surroundings was just magical. The whole experience was so personal and non-commercial too. I know what my friends are getting for Christmas!

Visited October 2013
Thank Helen P
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A fantastic experience in beautiful surroundings.”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

This was a birthday gift for my niece but I feel like this was an experience none of us will forget. The hawks are beautiful and to see them take flight, and land on your arm, was truly spectacular. They were very tame and happy for you to stroke them as you held them. The surroundings are gorgeous. It's roughly a ten minute walk to the field, and sturdy walking boots/shoes are recommended as the terrain (through woodland) can be quite uneven in places and can be a little slippery if there has been rain recently. The area is stunning and very peaceful.

For the experience itself, everyone in the party spreads out and then you take turns holding out food for the hawk to fly on. You are given clear instructions on how to stand and what to do, but it's very basic and easy to do. The hawk will fly up into the trees and then back down again, to land on your hand.

Jay was very informative and happy to answer any questions, and it was easy to tell that this is his passion and he has a real connection with the birds. They really trust him and seemed very happy and well looked after. Besides the hawks he has some gorgeous owls, one of which is hilariously grumpy looking and scowls at everybody!

Jay was more than happy to take photos and had a keen eye with the camera, so some great action shots were taken.

We were also given the option of holding the hawk all the way back to the cottage - that was a very cool experience for my niece! Jay was always ready with advice and that put everyone right at ease with trying this new experience.

I recommend wearing long sleeves because sometimes the hawk will take a little walk up your arm!

Loved this. It was an experience I definitely recommend.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank raenfae
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great experience”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

Charlie the Harris's Hawk was a wonderful character. Jay and Jake were great too! The hawk flies to the trees around a large clearing then swoops down onto your gloved hand to take pieces of chick.

Visited October 2013
Thank BarryH1
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“An excellent Christmas present one I will never forget.”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

A relaxed, informative close up encounter with many birds of prey. Being able to see their Eagle Owl, Barn owl and other birds of prey was a great to start our hawk walk. After a short walk through the woods we arrived at the display area, once the safety briefing was complete we were able to fly Mogwai the Harris hawk for about 45 minutes. Throughly enjoyed the experience and found the staff to be very knowledgable and obviously cared greatly for their birds. Would recommend this to anyone.

Visited October 2013
Thank RAJones76
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“An experience to remember !!!”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

Thank you Jay for making an unforgettable experience possible. Wayne and I enjoyed our time with you and the welcoming hospitality of your home.

The instruction and information was clear, our many questions were welcome and answered, the walk to the field was enjoyable and the experience of feeding, stroking and flying a falcon was unforgettable.

If you have a bucket list and you're lucky enough to be in Bath, this should be on it.

Highly recommended.

Visited September 2013
Thank HappyJacks
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