Birds of Prey: Private Full-Day Falconry Experience at The Hawking Centre

  • Add a Person to the Full-Day Falconry Experience +
    £245
  • Add a Spectator +
    £50

Birds of Prey: Private Full-Day Falconry Experience at The Hawking Centre

Swale, Kent

£245
  • Add a Person to the Full-Day Falconry Experience +
    £245
  • Add a Spectator +
    £50

“One of the most unique experiences you’ll find” Canterbury Times

Why we love it

The Hawking Centre is the South East’s premier falconry and bird of prey experience specialist. Join owners and TV personalities Leigh and Jo Holmes, along with the centre's expert falconers, for a full day of falconry tuition on the picturesque grounds of Doddington Place.

What's Included?

  • Full day Falconry Experience for one person
  • One-to-one tuition, and an introduction to birds of prey from an expert falconer
  • Fly birds of prey such as owls, hawks, vultures, eagles and falcons
  • A buffet lunch in Doddington Place’s tea room or library is provided

Exclusive to TRULY

  • Take home a branded, real leather falconry glove and personalised certificate

Description

Nestled in the heart of Kent, Doddington Place is on 800 acres of secluded grounds and offers gardens, woodlands and parks. The grand Victorian country estate is home to The Hawking Centre; the South East’s premier falconry and bird of prey specialist.

The Hawking Centre owner Leigh Holmes had a childhood passion for birds of prey, and a beloved barn owl called Lucy. Leigh realised a lifelong dream when he established The Hawking Centre at Doddington Place with wife Jo in 1998. Avid Falconers and television personalities, Leigh and Jo have appeared with their birds on the BBC, ITV, C4, C5 and MTV. They aim to share their passion of training and flying birds of prey and offer this unforgettable one to one VIP Falconry experience.

As part of your falconry experience, gain insight into the world and lives of birds of prey. The day is completely hands-on and tailored to you. Experience the thrill of handling, flying and getting up close and personal with owls, hawks, vultures, eagles and falcons.

Start the day with tea and coffee, and explore Doddington Place on a VIP tour. After soaking up the history, it’s gloves on to roam the beautiful gardens and estate grounds with your team of birds and falconers. Which bird you fly is your choice; fly an owl through the meadows and woodland, a vulture across the formal lawns or, for the ultimate experience, an eagle in the beautiful hedged gardens.

Relax over a light buffet lunch in the grandeur of Doddington Place’s tea room or library, overlooking the stunning formal lawns. Afterwards, enjoy even more flying, and even a chance to see the graceful birds using their predatory instincts over the 500 acre private grounds.

Description

Nestled in the heart of Kent, Doddington Place is on 800 acres of secluded grounds and offers gardens, woodlands and parks. The grand Victorian country estate is home to The Hawking Centre; the South East’s premier falconry and bird of prey specialist.

The Hawking Centre owner Leigh Holmes had a childhood passion for birds of prey, and a beloved barn owl called Lucy. Leigh realised a lifelong dream when he established The Hawking Centre at Doddington Place with wife Jo in 1998. Avid Falconers and television personalities, Leigh and Jo have appeared with their birds on the BBC, ITV, C4, C5 and MTV. They aim to share their passion of training and flying birds of prey and offer this unforgettable one to one VIP Falconry experience.

As part of your falconry experience, gain insight into the world and lives of birds of prey. The day is completely hands-on and tailored to you. Experience the thrill of handling, flying and getting up close and personal with owls, hawks, vultures, eagles and falcons.

Start the day with tea and coffee, and explore Doddington Place on a VIP tour. After soaking up the history, it’s gloves on to roam the beautiful gardens and estate grounds with your team of birds and falconers. Which bird you fly is your choice; fly an owl through the meadows and woodland, a vulture across the formal lawns or, for the ultimate experience, an eagle in the beautiful hedged gardens.

Relax over a light buffet lunch in the grandeur of Doddington Place’s tea room or library, overlooking the stunning formal lawns. Afterwards, enjoy even more flying, and even a chance to see the graceful birds using their predatory instincts over the 500 acre private grounds.

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  • Wander around Faversham, the oldest market town in Kent
  • Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking boots

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

This experience is priced for one person. To add another person, simply select 'add one guest'. Guests who do not wish to participate can simply select ‘add one spectator’ to gain entry to the flying grounds and enjoy a light buffet lunch with the participant.

The experience is available Monday to Sunday and will last approximately six hours; 10 am to 4 pm.

The minimum age for this experience is six years old. Children below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult participant or spectator.

In the event of bad weather, The Hawking Centre reserves the right to postpone the experience prior to commencement or during the experience for the safety of all involved. In the event of cancellation, a new date for the experience will be offered.

In the event of cancellation, on your part, please provide at least 48 hours’ notice.

Guests can pay in full on-site for any additional products or services desired

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

We Also Recommend

  • Stock up on Skrimshander ('Kent in a bottle') at Hopdaemon Brewery in nearby Newham
  • Wander around Faversham, the oldest market town in Kent
  • Be sure to wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking boots

Additional Information

This experience is valid for redemption within six months from the date of issue.

This experience is priced for one person. To add another person, simply select 'add one guest'. Guests who do not wish to participate can simply select ‘add one spectator’ to gain entry to the flying grounds and enjoy a light buffet lunch with the participant.

The experience is available Monday to Sunday and will last approximately six hours; 10 am to 4 pm.

The minimum age for this experience is six years old. Children below the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult participant or spectator.

In the event of bad weather, The Hawking Centre reserves the right to postpone the experience prior to commencement or during the experience for the safety of all involved. In the event of cancellation, a new date for the experience will be offered.

In the event of cancellation, on your part, please provide at least 48 hours’ notice.

Guests can pay in full on-site for any additional products or services desired

All bookings are subject to availability. We recommend booking at least two weeks in advance to guarantee desired dates and times.

How it works

  • Choose your experience

    Treat yourself or share with someone you truly care about.

  • We arrange everything

    Our concierge will arrange everything, even the little extras.

  • Relax and enjoy

    Simply show up and savour the memory that will last a lifetime.

Location

Doddington Place Gardens, Church Lane, Doddington, Kent, ME9 0BB

The Hawking Centre Doddington Place Gardens, Church Lane, Doddington, Kent, ME9 0BB

Birds of Prey: Private Full-Day Falconry Experience at The Hawking Centre

  • Add a Person to the Full-Day Falconry Experience +
    £245
  • Add a Spectator +
    £50

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