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“Fantastic day out!”

Falconry UK Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Thirsk
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry at the Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre, with over 70 birds and 30 species.Eagles, falcons, hawks, kites, vultures and owls will swoop and dive around you as you sit in a beautiful arena. Our skilled handlers will explain why the birds hunt and fly as they do, where they come from in the wild and how they are trained.We also provide falconry experience days for both adults and children, experiences days start from £30..
Reviewed October 28, 2012

My husband and I both had the full day falconry experience. All the staff were lovely and friendly and it really showed how much they cared for the birds.

Alan was our 'guide' for the day and he ensured we all got the best from the experience - though he jokes need some work!

Spent the day feeding and handling a variety of birds from a Kestrel to the magnificent Golden Eagle - watching the Harris Halk flying around on the Hawk Walk was wonderful. Great that they are trying to change opinions on vultures - won't look at them the same again.

Can't recommend the Centre enough - it really was a full day and worth every penny. Will definately tell friends and family to visit.

Keep up the hard work David - they'll let you do the better stuff soon I'm sure!

Thank GertieSquirt
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

I bought my other half a voucher for his birthday for a full day's flying experience at the Falconry Centre. I went along as a spectator and we both had a fantastic day. We got to see all the big birds up close, as well as 2 of the 3 daily flying displays. There were many opportunities to fly birds including a Harris Hawk, Owls and a Golden Eagle. It was fascinating as our guide Alan was so knowledgeable and humbling as we were often reminded what these amazing creatures could do to you if they so wished! Yet the birds were happy and compliant (in exchange for regular supplies of food!). Best Birthday treat ever. So many amazing photographs to remind us of our wonderful day.

Go for the half day or full day experience - it's so worth it.

Thank angela186364
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Reviewed October 10, 2012 via mobile

I visited the centre on Sunday and was surprised at the vast selection of birds they had my partner took part in the full day falconry experience and what an experience she flew a red tailed Hawk, spot an african owl and a Chilean blue eagle then went and took a hawk out along a lane where the group did the flying, when we got back to the centre we watched the flying display which was fantastic the big eagle just soured up to a small dot before returning to the handler after our lunch we continued with our experience, we fed a large vulture, flew a big grey owl and a cheeky kestrel we then watched the last display before we flew the golden eagle called boris which was awesome
All in all a fantastic value for money experience run by friendly enthusiastic staff in a well run clean centre.

Thank Stuieyork
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Reviewed October 7, 2012

Today’s visit to Falconry UK was a treat with plenty of interesting birds of prey on display. We were blessed with a perfect autumnal sunny day with a clear blue sky. This enabled a perfect view for the magnificent majestic white tailed sea eagle that soared high in the sky until the bird decided to come back to base at great speed. Wow! The centre is well planned with excellent facilities for the visitors and birds alike. Kerry our commentator was both knowledgeable and informative which made the demonstration educational and entertaining. We were able to use our Tesco’s day out vouchers for today’s visit but I would be willing to pay the nominal entrance fee if we visited again. Our ticket also allowed us to leave the centre and come back to see another display the same day, excellent value.

Thank Steven D
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Reviewed September 23, 2012

We visited the centre yesterday as part of a group of 8 with a groupon voucher. It took an hour to get there which we thought would be worth it as our children were very excited. Upon arrival, the woman in reception was rude to say the least, she did not greet us or welcome us and after asking if this was our first visit (we told her it was) she then gave us no further information such as toilets. After the demonstration she stormed out to find out whose child had got up during the demonstration. She then proceeded to frankly, berate the poor parent with the manner in which she spoke. Any parent welcomes and indeed expects to be informed of any potential safety information which may affect their child(ren) at such an activity, but there are ways and means.

Children were also asked to keep off the large lawn (there isn't masses for them to do between demos) and when we asked if there was somewhere they could play while we waited we were told 'this isn't Lightwater Valley'.

The staff made us feel so uncomfortable (for no apparent reason) and were so rude we left staying less than an hour.

The other reviews are quite favourable so I don't know what was different yesterday but a friend of mine had reported similar but I thought we would give it a go. Never again. We wouldn't even be prepared to pay cut price on a groupon deal let alone full price and I've made sure my friends know not to visit.

Really disappointing, to have travelled so far and be left down.

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