Be enraptured with our experiences at the regal home of falconry in Northamptonshire! This falconry centre is located in the superb surroundings of the magnificent Holdenby House a 16th century country estate where history tells us royalty and raptors regularly mixed.
King James II kept a falcon mews here and Charles I walked the beautiful gardens many a time before his untimely demise so these half and full day falconry experiences in the stunning heart of Northamptonshire allow you to walk in the footsteps of kings learning about this most noble of pastimes.
This Northamptonshire venue is home to a unique collection of stunning birds of prey from tiny owls to majestic eagles all trained to the very highest standards of falconry under the watchful eye and skill of head falconer Mike Hewlett.
The half day session in Northamptonshire gives you a packed morning of falconry. You will start with a tour of this superb collection of birds and then you will be given the opportunity to fly a variety of owls ranging in size from a tiny burrowing owl up to a European Eagle Owl. This is followed by a Hawk walk to exercise one of the Harris Hawks. These nimble birds will follow you like well trained dogs frequently swooping to the glove when called by the falconer. The walk also gives you the chance to admire the beautiful Northamptonshire countryside around this magnificent estate.
Opting for the full day follows the same itinerary as the half day but with lots more time to fly many more birds including Falcons Eagles and possibly even a Vulture – a formidable charge for any falconer and the star of the show in Northamptonshire. Again you will handle the birds under the expert supervision of the skilled falconers who will fly some of the more demanding ones for you – for example the timing for swinging a lure to a Falcon is really quite tricky as you’ll discover.
So why not have a go at falconry at Northamptonshire’s most regal and historic centre? We think these are great experiences that all the family can enjoy as children as young as eight can joint he half day and the age limit is 12 for the big birds of prey on the full day. And you won’t forget the moment you first witnessed a Falcon in full hunting mode at high speed or an Eagle scanning the skies like an expert spy for their prey.