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.
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