Falconry UK - Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre

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 English garden. 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.

Discover at first hand what makes these birds masters of the skies. Following each breathtaking display you too may hold our birds of prey for The Ultimate Hands on Experience.

Unusaul Valentines Gift Vouchers available now for our 2019 Season

Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre offers a varied selection of Gift Experiences from a Hawk walk to a Full Day Birds of Prey Experience


All our experiences offer a unique insight into the art of falconry. Throughout the day, emphasis is "hands on" and you will be given the chance to handle and fly many different species of raptors.

We aim to ensure that our experience days are high flying and we are constantly planning and working new additions to compliment the existing flying team.


For the 2019 season we plan to introduce our young Gymnogene (African Harrier Hawk) Maude, Tiny the young European Eagle Owl, Pingi the African Pygmy Falcon and Lady the Turkey Vulture to the experience day teams. (on the Full Day Experience you handle/fly 12 different birds, on the Half Day Experience you fly and handle 8 different birds)


The day begins at 10.30am and finishes at approximately 3.30pm. Refreshment breaks are included and the Falconry staff will be on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable and special day at the Centre.(approximately 10 different birds will be used but birds may be upgraded due to weather conditions and the centers commitments)


Age restriction applies from 16 years upwards.


Buying as a gift, not a problem once you have purchased the voucher we will email you requesting the relevant information ie name for the voucher and delivery address.

Please note

Due to the physical nature of this experience you must be able to hold 10lb in weight in your left hand unassisted and be able bodied.


Valentine Date For two

Valentines Day Raptor Encounter for Two

Your experience starts with an introduction talk whilst you enjoy a Bucks fizz or a hot drink. Then its time to meet the birds!

You will each get the opportunity to handle the following birds
Two Large Eagles - Golden Eagle and Bald Eagle
Two Large Hawks - Chilean Blue Eagle and a Red-Tailed Hawk
Two larger Owls - European/Siberian Eagle owl and Great Grey Owl 
Two Small Owls 
We will be on hand to tell you about these fantastic birds and to take photos if required.

Once we have handled all the birds we then venture out into the beautiful grounds of Sion Hall for a walk with our pair of Harris Hawks. Our hawks will be flown free and the focus is on you are doing the flying and we will do the talking.

On completion of the Hawk Walk we will return to our reception area where you can enjoy a hot drink before your departure and collect your mementos of your experience 

You will also receive a Gift Voucher for one day’s general admittance for two into the centre 

Complementary bottle of fizz, chocolates, A red rose and a memory stick with all your photos ready for you to either print or view on your own device.

Price £130 per a couple (deposit of £30 required to secure a time slot)

Time Slots available 


Thursday 14th February 2019



Friday 15th February 2019


  10.00 – 12.00



Saturday 16th February 2019



 Sunday 17th February 2019



Why not make a night of it and book into one of our local accommodation providers? 


In Thirsk (4.4 Miles from the centre)

The golden Fleece www.goldenfleecehotel.com

The Three Tuns     www.jdwetherspoon.com/pubs


Near to the Centre (1 Mile from the centre)

Newsham Grange    newshamgrangefarm.co.uk

Solberge Hall www.classiclodges.co.uk/our-hotels/solberge-hall

 Woodland Lakes Lodges http://www.woodlandlakeslodges.co.uk/gallery.html


Asenby   (7.4 Miles from the centre)

Crab and lobster www.crabandlobster.co.uk


Sowerby (5 Miles from the centre)

Premier inn 

The Yorkshire Vet Meets the Largest Species of Eagle


Have you seen us recently on The Yorkshire Vet?

Peter Wright from the Yorkshire Vet dropped by to see his nephew David and his new Steller’s Sea Eagle, Hokkiado. The Steller's Sea Eagle is the largest species of Eagle on body mass. Hokkaido is a 7 year old Female, and has been at a number of different centre's in the UK and Europe but has now come to stay at Thirsk, this is so that she can now settle in to her new home and join Toruk our other Steller's Sea Eagle in the flying displays for 2019.  

Kerry Badgery Director of Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre said it has been a life ambition to train and fly a Steller’s Sea eagle I have trained other eagles but never a Steller’s, Toruk is four years old but has never been asked to fly free, so my challenge is to get him to fly to a great standard like our other large eagles already do.

David Horseman (Aged 20)  said that working with Birds of Prey has been my dream job,  from an early age my dad used to bring me to watch the displays at Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre, so now to be a Display Falconer at  Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre is a dream come true and now to train and work a Steller’s Sea Eagle is just unbelievable. The iceing on the cake is now Uncle Peter looking after Hokkiado's Healthcare.

Both Steller's Sea Eagles are now Flying regularly in displays (winds permitting) From the 1st March 2019