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A staple of our peak season visitor experience, our flying demonstrations are a spectacle that absolutely cannot be missed!
We have a large and varied team of trained demonstration birds representing a range of the owl and raptor species in the centre's collection.
The opportunity to fly freely in our purpose-built flying arenas provides them with the ideal stage in which to hone their natural instincts...whilst also allowing you an unobstructed view of these majestic creatures doing what they do best!
The flying demonstration is included at no extra cost with your admission, so be sure to stick around for the show!
*Times and dates subject to change. Refers to regular open dates only (excludes Mondays in term time). Availability of flying demonstration may be subject to extreme weather conditions as well as other unforeseen circumstances - in these situations, we reserve the right to shorten or cancel the demonstration at our discretion. Please enquire prior to your visit to avoid disappointment.
What Can I Expect?
You'll be able to watch up to five of our massively talented birds perform alongside entertaining and engaging commentary from our expert falconer. With both indoor and outdoor flying arenas, you'll be guaranteed a great show whatever the weather!
And remember, your admission is valid for the entirety of your visit, so feel free to pop out for a coffee and finish viewing the collection at your own pace!
Outdoor Flying Arena
Clear skies? Then our demonstration will take place in our outdoor flying arena. Newly refurbished for 2021, it now includes a takeoff platform to help propel our birds to new heights. With a focus on our largest and most impressive species, the sky really is the limit!
Indoor Flying Arena
Weather not great? Our 100ft polytunnel creates the perfect all-weather flying arena. With seating down the central aisle, you'll be so close to the action that a few wingtips may even brush by your nose! Witness the small and mighty...as well as a few surprises too!
Did you know? Flying isn't something that owls and other birds of prey do recreationally, like how we might go for a jog for exercise. It is a vital hunting mechanism used only for acquiring food. Both wild and captive birds spend most of their time roosting in order to conserve energy, which they use for other functions such as keeping warm (or staying cool!)
But don't just take our word for it!
Here's what people are saying on tripadvisor®...
This display was when the Centre really came into its own, it was held in the Polytunnel which only added to the experience as the birds were so close when flying up and down the aisle.
The flying display is amazing and the animals obviously love the man that does it and he totally respects them
- Katie D
Lovely few hours
What a delightful few hours spent here. The flying display was great and very unusual with different birds than the norm. Well done, we are already looking forward to our next visit.
- Chrystyn N
Don't miss this gem
We saw the flying display with other birds, which was magical. A real privilege to see these birds doing what they do best.
- Lisa G
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