Courses

One of our course members, ahndling a bird for the first timeOur courses make perfect Birthday and Christmas gifts. Why not buy one for yourself or someone you know today?

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Full Day Falconry Experience

Thirsk Birds of Prey Centre's "one day introduction to falconry experience" offers 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. 

 The day begins with a tour of the centre where you will be introduced to the birds that you will be encountering on the experience. You will be shown different techniques for handling birds of prey safely which will include a brief insight to how we train a bird of prey. we normally work a good selection of different types of birds on our Full day experience's The types of birds you will fly will Include Owls, Hawk, Falcon, Vultures and Eagles (approximately 10 different birds)

 The day includes a "Hawk Walk" where you and one of our falconers take a Harris Hawk out of the bird of prey centre and into the grounds of Sion Hill Hall and surrounding countryside. The hawk is then let off to follow along as you walk this allows you to see a bird of prey in a more natural setting the Hawk is then recalled to your glove as we make our way around the estate. The day ends with our Eagle Encounter which gives you the chance to handle and fly one of our larger eagles here at the centre.

 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.

 Age restriction applies from 16 years upwards.

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.

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.

 

Price: £80.00

Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.

VIP Eagle Experience 11th November deposit

The experience will start at 11.00am and run for approximately 3 hours. This experience is strictly for over 18 year olds and you must be fit and able to hold up to 10lbs (5 bags of sugar) in weight on your left arm.

 
The centre will be closed to the general public so our team of falconers will be on hand throughout the experience to ensure you safely enjoy your experience.
 
The day will start with a meet and great over coffee and a briefing setting out the format for the experience, we will then venture out on to the eagle lawn and meet the stars of the day. We then commence the first flying and handling session. At a convenient point we will break off for hot soup and hot drinks, once refreshed we will continue with the second session. During both sessions there will be ample photo opportunities for you to take photos of these fantastic eagles.
 
For more details please contact the centre on 01845 587522
 
Total cost £125 per flyer and £20 per spectator We are taking £50 deposit to secure your place, the remainder to be payed on the day. 

Price: £50.00

Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.

Owl Experience

Why not treat someone to a full hands on Owl Experience, the experience starts at 10.30 when you meet, handle and fly a selection of our different owls that we have at the centre. Our Falconry staff will be on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable and special experience. A break for refreshments is included. The experience finishes in time for the 1.30pm display which you are welcome to stay and watch, you can then tour the centre at you leisure.

 

 Age restriction applies from 13 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.

Price: £50.00

Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.

Half Day Falconry Experience

Your day begins at 10.30am and finishes in time for the 1.30pm display which you are welcome to stay and watch.

 Throughout the day, emphasis is "hands on" and you will be given the chance to handle and fly many different species of raptors. 

 The day begins with a tour of the centre where you will be introduced to the birds that you will be encountering on the experience. You will be shown different techniques for handling birds of prey safely which will include a brief insight to how we train a bird of prey. we normally work a good selection of different types of birds on our Half day experience's The types of birds you will fly will Include Owls, Hawk, and a small Eagle (approximately 5 different birds)

 The day concludes with a "Hawk Walk" where you and one of our falconers take a Harris Hawk out of the bird of prey centre and into the grounds of Sion Hill Hall and surrounding countryside. The hawk is then let off to follow along as you walk this allows you to see a bird of prey in a more natural setting the Hawk is then recalled to your glove as we make our way around the estate.

The Falconry staff will be on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable and special day at the centre.

 Age restriction applies from 13 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.

Price: £50.00

Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.

VIP Eagle Experience 4th November 2017 deposit

The experience will start at 11.00am and run for approximately 3 hours. This experience is strictly for over 18 year olds and you must be fit and able to hold up to 10lbs (5 bags of sugar) in weight on your left arm.

 
The centre will be closed to the general public so our team of falconers will be on hand throughout the experience to ensure you safely enjoy your experience.
 
The day will start with a meet and great over coffee and a briefing setting out the format for the experience, we will then venture out on to the eagle lawn and meet the stars of the day. We then commence the first flying and handling session. At a convenient point we will break off for hot soup and hot drinks, once refreshed we will continue with the second session. During both sessions there will be ample photo opportunities for you to take photos of these fantastic eagles.
 
For more details please contact the centre on 01845 587522
 
Total cost £125 per flyer and £20 per spectator We are taking £50 deposit to secure your place, the remainder to be payed on the day. 

Price: £50.00

Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.

Hawk Walk Gift Voucher

We can give you the experience of a life time when for an hour you can accompany one of our falconers and enjoy for yourself the thrill and excitement of flying a Harris Hawk in the glorious countryside around Sion Hill Hall. Admittance for one person into the centre is also included within this price. On your return to the centre you are free to stay and enjoy the later flying displays and tour the centre at you leisure.

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.

Price: £30.00

Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.

Full Day Falconry Experience Spectator (only available if accompanying an Experience Day member)

The day begins at 10.30am and finishes at approximately 4.30pm. The Falconry staff will be on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable and special day at the centre. This voucher will give you full accss to the centre and the experience day members which will enable you to share this special experience and also give you the opportunity to take those dramatic photographs of the experience members flying our birds.

Price: £20.00

Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.

Half Day Falconry Or Eagle Spectator (only available if accompanying a Experience Day member)

The day begins at 10.30am and finishes at approximately 1.30pm. This voucher will give you full access to the centre and the experience day members which will enable you to share this special experience and also give you the opportunity to take those dramatic photographs of the experience day members flying our birds. At the conclusion of the course you are free to stay and enjoy the later flying displays and tour the centre at you leisure. The Falconry staff will be on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable and special day at the centre.

Price: £15.00

Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.

Follower for Hawk Walk Voucher

This voucher allows you to accompany the hawk walk and includes admittance to the centre. under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult

Price: £10.00

Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.

Owl experience spectator (when accompanying an experience member)

The day begins at 10.30am and finishes at approximately 1.30pm. This voucher will give you full access to the centre and the experience day members which will enable you to share this special experience and also give you the opportunity to take those dramatic photographs of the experience day members flying our birds. At the conclusion of the course you are free to stay and enjoy the later flying displays and tour the centre at you leisure. The Falconry staff will be on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable and special day at the centre.

Price: £10.00

Please note that the experience days all need to be pre booked by calling 01845 587522 during the centre opening hours.

Terms & Conditions

After completing the payment process, we will contact you (usually by email) and ask you for the 'name and address' you would like us to put on the course gift voucher, and where to send it to! This can be a different name and address so as not to spoil the suprise.

Once your course has been paid for, we regret that we are unable to issue refunds. However - we can re-schedule your course date or re-issue your gift voucher with a different name if you require.

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