We love this Football Experience within easy reach of Skipton, North Yorkshire.
Get acquainted with the ancient world of falconry with this great introduction which includes a talk on the history, training, upkeep and care of the birds, and the chance to fly a bird across the North Yorkshire countryside. When you arrive at the hotel, tuck into a bacon roll with tea or coffee then head to the centre for a guided tour. Get up close to various species while an experienced handler runs through the history, maintenance and training methods used. At this point, start handling birds to get comfortable. Then fly the birds over the surroundings and right back to the glove. Also included are a woodland ‘hawk walk’ with Red-tailed or Harris hawks and the chance to see a trained falcon fly over a wild flower meadow.
One Saturday or Sunday date once a month, throughout the year.
If the weather is bad your experience will still go ahead under cover.
Lasts around three hours. Please arrive a few minutes early to ensure a prompt start.
Share the experience with up to four other keen bird of prey enthusiasts.
Dress for the outdoors and wear wellies or walking boots, plus a warm coat in winter. If you have a camera or a pair of binoculars, bring them along.
Minimum age is 14. Wheelchair users are welcome. Both novices and those with some experience of birds of prey are welcome, as the experience is designed around your level of experience.
Please note that dogs are not permitted on-site.