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.

A Unique Valentines Falconry Date 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 together Golden Eagle and Bald Eagle

Two Large Hawks Chilean Blue Eagle and a Red Tailed Hawk

Two larger owl European Eagle Owl and Spectacled Owl

Two Barn Owls

We will be on hand to tell you about these fantastic birds and to take photos if required.


Once we have handled all of 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 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


our pack contains a Gift Voucher for one day’s general admittance for two into the centre

Complementary bottle of fizz


A Red rose

A memory stick with all your photos ready for you to either print or view on your own device.


All for £110 per package  


Time Slots available 


Saturday 10th feb

10.00 – 12.00

12.15 -14.15

14.30 - 16.30


Sunday 11th Feb

10.00 – 12.00

12.15 -14.15

14.30 - 16.30


Wednesday 14th February 

10.00 – 12.00

12.15 -14.15

14.30 - 16.30


Saturday 17th February 

10.00 – 12.00

12.15 -14.15

14.30 - 16.30 


Sunday 18th February 

10.00 – 12.00

12.15 -14.15

14.30 - 16.30 


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 goldenfleecehotel.com

The Three Tuns    JDWetherspoon.com


Near to the Centre (1 Mile from the centre)

Newsham Grange    newshamgrangefarm.co.uk

Solberge Hall 


Asenby   (7.4 Miles from the centre)

Crab and lobster  crabandlobster.co.uk


Sowerby (5 Miles from the centre)

Premier inn 

Valentines gift ideas with a difference

The Centre is now closed to the general public for our winter season. Our Birds are due a little break and we can have time to do some general maintenance. 

We are still available to book or purchase our experience days for the 2018 flying season.
Want to give a Valentines Gift with a difference this year?
Thirsk Birds of Prey centre provides a variety of experience days that are relaxed but informative and very much hands on. We pride ourselves on providing quality experinces that invlove a high number of birds of prey from our vast Flying collection. We have been providing these experinces for over 25 years. These experiences are well recieved and reviewed and run in small groups of upto 6 people. 
Gift Experinces we have to offer:

Full Day BIrd of Prey Experience      (handle or fly 11 Birds)
Half Day Bird of Experience              (handle or fly 7 Birds)
Eagle Encounter                                 (handle or fly 7 Birds)
Half Day Owl Experience                   (handle or fly 10 Birds)
One Hour Hawk Walk                         (fly 1 hawk)
One Hour Family Flying Enconter      (handle or fly 5 Birds)

Gift Vouchers will be dispatched within 24hrs of purchase. Gift box option available for £15

Vouchers can be purchase online, or by calling 01845 58752
We all would like to Thank you for another great season and hope to see our regular guests as well as new guests next year.
Keep us in mind for Gift Experiences and Sponsorships but other wise have a lovely winter and see you in March.


New for 2018 Family Flying Encounter


New for 2018 we are introducing a Family Flying Encounter, This experience day is for two adults and two children*  to come along as a family and fly a selection of our friendly feathered friends in our flying arena for one Hour, you will get to meet and fly at least five different birds including Owls, Kestrels and Hawks. Your experience will finish in time for you to be able to watch one of amazing flying displays and look around our fantastic birds of prey collection.

Children Age restrictions apply (8 to 16 years old)

enjoyEngland.com Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
International Owl Society
International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
International Owl Society
Yorkshire Tourist Board member
A collection of photos of our birds