An Introduction to Hawking for Two in Kent
The medieval art of falconry is revered among many, not least due to the sheer skill and power held by birds of prey and falconers alike. This session gives both a taste of what is involved and lets you handle and fly a bird to experience their beauty first-hand. The introduction begins with a tour of Eagle Heights, delving into the differences and strengths of various species, then get familiarised with the birds under the guidance of an experienced handler. Finally, try out falconry in the true sense and watch as the hawks speed across the Kent scenery until one actually comes in to land on your glove. You may get to see some of the birds being exercised and drinks and snacks are available to buy from the cafe on-site.
- Visit Eagle Heights and tour the aviaries
- A lesson in handling
- Fly a bird of prey over the Kent scenery
- Medieval thrills when the bird flies in to land
- Availability Description
Seven days a week throughout the year. Dates fill up quickly, so book several weeks in advance and allow even longer for popular summer weekend dates.
- Participant Guidelines
Minimum age is 14. You need to be reasonably fit as the experience involves a fair amount of walking, often over uneven ground. This experience is not suitable for disabled people.
Please call the venue for a weather check the day before setting out. If your experience is cancelled because of bad weather it will be re-booked for an alternative date.
In summer, this experience begins at 12 noon and continues until around 4.30pm. During winter months (November to March), experiences begin and end one hour later.
- Numbers on the Day
The course is held in a small group to ensure hands-on time.
- Dress Code
Dress for the outdoors and wear wellies or walking boots. Bring a change of clothes if the weather is very bad. If you have a camera or a pair of binoculars, bring them along.
- Other Info
Dogs are NOT permitted on-site. There are lots of fascinating creatures at this venue, including displays of reptiles as well as birds. There is also a cafe at the venue.