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Gauntlet Birds of Prey
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Knutsford
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Gauntlet, Eagle & Vulture park is the largest bird of prey park in the Northwest of England. With over 120 birds of prey, ranging from the smallest owls to the worlds largest eagle and Vultures it really is a haven for animal lovers. Gauntlet has two daily shows at 12.30 and 3 during the months March-Oct and during the winter months weekends only. As well as our two daily displays we have vulture feeding and meet & greet. We have a large children's play area with plenty of room for picnics. We are on the same site as Fryers garden centre and you can leave at anytime and come back for our displays. For those wishing to get closer we have bird of prey experiences which are run 7 days a week throughout the year. This gives people the opportunity to handle and fly the birds.
Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom
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“Another great day out - honest review please read!”
Reviewed March 22, 2013

We used the groupon voucher a couple of times over the winter and I have to say we have had a great time. I am going to be as honest as I can with this review.
When I first got there i was expecting slightly more when I first walked in it is a bit basic, possibly a bit tired. You then walk through and you can see all the birds in lovely large cages (not sure what the person below was expecting birds to live in but the cages are lovely and large - we have been to many birds of prey centres around the world and these cages are more than ample)
There is a stamp card for the children to go around and collect stamps. Unfortunately some of the stamps were broken and I think that is the only criticism I have. We visited a month later and the same stamps were still broken so I think this needs to be looked at as it is quite a big part of the children visiting - this is why i have given a 4 instead of 5 rating...
So back to the visit. There are quite a few displays / meet and greet / talks throughout the day so well worth checking out the times of the displays before you go. Try and be there for all of them to get maximum benefit from your visit.
We took our own food and there are plenty of tables to sit and enjoy yourself..
The second time we visited it was also the last day of the groupon voucher and it was very busy. Sadly it had rained quite heavily so there were puddles on the paths - best to wear boots if visiting and then this won't cause a problem. There were still plenty of seats for eating at and they brought out more seats for the main fying displays so that everyone would be able to be seated.
The displays are breathtaking and we took our camera and got some great shots (uploaded a handful to give you an idea)- best to get to the displays early to get the best seats.
As the commentator was saying - all the money that they make is ploughed back into looking after these birds. ( i took that to mean that money is not made to make everywhere look really fancy and posh - we aren't talking alton towers - it is to cover the cost of keeping these lovely birds). They do a lot of good work for birds of prey - working in conjunction with breeding plans across the globe. They are passionate about the birds.
We only listened to the meet and greet on our first visit as we were having lunch on the second visit but we learnt so much about the birds and ferrets it was great.
We took four children on both visits aged from 5 - 9. The 8/9 year olds came away chatting about different birds of prey and we have definitely fuelled an interest in birds - they have already written about their great weekend out at school. The younger ones were so excited about the flying displays - especially as one of them felt the bird literally brush over her head!
So my overall review -
This is a birds of prey centre where the birds come first - wrap up warm, wear wellies and take a camera, get good seats, take some food and enjoy yourselves! Stay for the full afternoon and watch all the displays / meet and greet. BRILLIANT.

Visited March 2013
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“Worst day out for some time”
Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

I can't believe the reviews I've read on here. This place was shocking. Tiny place, mud pits walkways and tiny cages. Another reviewer said that the birds were in good condition. I do not know a great deal about birds of prey, but i really dont agree. Cages were small and dirty. Talk was boring and not pitched at the crowd in front.

We went with Groupon as it seemed did everyone else who who was there and to be honest I still think we paid too much. The place was so heaving as it was the last day of the voucher validity that we were sent away and told to come back in an hour. Wish we had gone home then. The worst family day out in ages.

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Manchester, UK
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“Really good day out”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

We spent a really good day here. It didn't appear to be very big at first, however, the vulture feeding and displays are well timed throughout the day and there's even an hour to nip to the next door garden centre for lunch. It was wonderful to get up close to the birds, a real treat. I would highly recommend a visit.

Visited January 2013
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UK
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“A must for bird of Prey lovers”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Really well cared for birds. Good for a family day out. The weather was against us but that was lightened by the enthusiasm of the staff. Price for family was very reasonable.
Toilet facilities are a bit spares, onlt 2 loos for every one, and cafe is too small. was put off buying anything when there are so few tables available to sit at.
Please add more loos and a bigger cafe. This would improve the day out considerably.

Visited March 2013
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“a day with the birds”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

A wonderful introduction to birds of prey, we went for a halloween experience, which included food,talks, predentations, just an all round introduction to the different birds that they keep in captivity, and the work they do with them

Visited February 2013
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