A wide range of falconry experiences for families, groups and individuals are on offer at the aviary and surrounding parkland at Swinton Park. The Bird of Prey Centre offers exclusive experiences, available only to pre-booked visitors. We offer as much hands on experience as possible, with a large variety of owls, hawks and falcons. To book see the Booking Arrangements page.
This 30 minute experience is aimed at those who want to try their hand at falconry, and also for the younger age group who would enjoy a shorter experience. Guests will hold a bird, experience another being flown to their hand, and learn more about the birds’ hunting and flying skills.
A Hawk Walk involves the flying of Harris hawks around the splendour of the castle grounds. This is a unique experience lasting approximately an hour, involving a short instruction on safely handling your hawk, before taking it out under supervision into the grounds of Swinton Park where it will follow you through the trees and return to your gloved fist in spectacular style. The 200 acre parkland is a perfect location for the experience and also allows close up encounters of the fallow deer and other various wildlife.
An owl experience lasts approximately an hour and enables you to learn a little whilst you handle and fly owls of all shapes and sizes within the hotel grounds. This experience begins with a short introduction to the owls at Swinton Park, which range from the tiny barn owl through to the large eagle owls. One of our falconers will guide you as you fly, feed and handle each bird. This is a one on one and very hands on experience and provides a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of owls from all corners of the world.
An hour’s experience for the family to enjoy the thrill of a bird flying to their gloved hand. Up to three different birds will be flown, allowing for different species and sizes of birds – smaller ones available for smaller people!
The half day experience usually begins with a short introduction and handling session with a range of various birds kept at Swinton Park, including hawks, falcons and owls (although the flying team can vary throughout the year). The introduction is normally followed by the opportunity for guests to fly owls of different sizes and concludes with taking one of the Harris Hawks into the surrounding estate (see ‘Hawk Walk’ above) which provides the perfect completion to a unique day. This lasts approximately two hours.
The full day experience provides the opportunity to get a more intensive look into falconry and our falconers will explain a little about the training, handling, and history of the sport of falconry. You will have the chance to further the experience of the half day with the opportunity to fly a more intensive range of birds, a two course lunch is also inclusive within your day. Lasts approximately 4 hours. Price above includes a two course lunch at Swinton Park Hotel. Spectators are charged at £10 each (plus £20 if taking lunch)
Enjoy a 30 minute falconry display and your chance to handle a couple of birds, Followed by a two course lunch in the sumptuous Swinton Park. Price includes a flying display and a two course lunch.
A half hour flying display at the aviary or in the grounds of the hotel followed by a cream tea for two in the hotel.
Birds of prey displays and handling experiences can be supplied for all weddings, corporate events, and activities for groups of any size, providing a unique outlook on any day. We are also happy to cater to requirements for any photographic events, team building, staff or client away days. We aim to get all members of the group involved in handling and flying a variety of birds of prey ranging from owls to hawks and falcons. A display lasts around an hour depending on your requirements and provides plenty of opportunities to ask questions and gain extra knowledge surrounding the art and history of falconry and birds of prey.
Dove Releases are also available for weddings at Swinton Park. The doves can either be released by hand from the bride and groom or from a decorative cage or from a basket as desired. The doves signify a life together and love, fidelity and peace.
Bookings can be made for 10.00am – 7.00pm in the summer months (1st May – 30th September) and 10.00am – 2.00pm in the winter months (1st October – 30th April).
Tel: 01765 680900