Falconry at Swinton Park

Flying Experiences

The flying experiences available at the Bird of Prey Centre (for hotel guests and non-residents) are provided by our resident falconer Sophie Abbott.

 
Meet the Birds

Meet the Birds

Falconry ‘Taster’ Experience

Falconry 'Taster' Experience

Hawk Walk

Hawk Walk

Owl Experience

Owl Experience

Eagle Encounter

Eagle Encounter

Half Day Falconry

Half Day Falconry

Full Day Experience

Full Day Experience

Hunting Day with Hawks

Hunting Day with Hawks

Falconry Lunch
 

Falconry Lunch

Flying Display & Cream Tea

Flying Display & Cream Tea

Family Falconry Experience

Family Falconry Experience

Hunter Gatherer
 

Hunter Gatherer

Flying Displays

Flying Displays

Dove Release

Dove Release

Meet the Birds

Meet the Birds

There is a “Meet the Birds” event at the aviary at 9.30am every morning, giving guests the opportunity to meet the birds at the Bird of Prey Centre and to find out more about the various breeds, watch them being fed and watch one of the birds being flown.

This is open to all hotel guests and needs to be booked in advance. This lasts 30 minutes and there is an optional donation £5 per room to the World Owl Trust.

Falconry ‘Taster’ Experience

Falconry 'Taster' Experience

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 would hold a bird and also experience another being flown to their hand, and learn more about the birds’ hunting and flying skills. If you have attended a Meet the Birds event then this Taster Experience can be booked on the day to follow on from it, or it can be booked in advance for other times.

£25 per person.

Hawk Walk

Hawk Walk

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 perfect location for the experience and also allows close up encounters of the fallow deer and other various wildlife.

£45 per person (one hawk, one guest), with £40 for each additional guest who wish to participate, spectators are charged at £5 each. The cost of a Hawk Walk for two guests with two hawks is £100.00 per couple.

Owl Experience

Owl Experience

An owl experience last 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 experienced keepers 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.

£45 per person, spectators are charged at £5 each

Eagle Encounter

Eagle Encounter

Get up close and personal with some of our larger birds, including our new Russian Steppe Eagle ‘Shakari’. Start by learning to fly our Harris Hawks, followed by our beautiful European Eagle Owl. This ultimate experience concludes with the chance to get a closer look and handle our beautiful Eagle, a perfect opportunity for taking photos.

1 hour 30 minutes.
£70 per person, spectators £10 each.

Half Day Falconry

Half Day Falconry

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 a Barn Owl, Bengal Eagle Owl, Kestrel Falcon and is concluded with the experience of taking one of the Harris Hawks into the surrounding estate (see ‘Hawk Walk’ above) which provides the perfect completion to a unique day. The Half Day falconry lasts approximately two hours.

£75 per person, spectators are charged at £10 each

Full Day Experience

Full Day Experience

The Full day experience provides the opportunity to get a more intensive look into falconry; our experienced handlers will let you know a little about the training, handling, and history of the sport of falconry as you enjoy your experience. You will have the chance to further the experience of the half day with the chance to watch several falcons fly and demonstrate their extreme speeds and abilities; a two course lunch is also inclusive within your day. Lasting approximately 4 hours

£115 per person, including a two course lunch in Samuels Restaurant within Swinton Park, spectators are charged at £10 each (plus £20 if taking lunch)

Hunting Day with Hawks

Hunting Day with Hawks

The hawks are also available to take hunting on the estate. This involves the use of ferrets or dogs and is the perfect opportunity to see the birds performing at their best and in their most natural way. The day begins with a short informal introduction to the birds you will be spending the day with. During this time you will be shown how to handle and fly your bird safely. There is then a short lunch break, where guests will be provided with a two course lunch from Samuels Restaurant within Swinton Park. In the afternoon we will take some of the birds out into the surrounding estate to begin your hunting experience.

£150 per person, including a two course lunch in Samuels Restaurant within Swinton Park, spectators are charged at £10 each (plus £20 if taking lunch)

Falconry Lunch

Falconry Lunch

Join Sophie and the birds of prey that are in her care here at the Bird of Prey Centre. A two course lunch is then followed by a 30 minute breathtaking falconry display, as the owls, hawks and falcons are flown in the grounds, demonstrating their flying speeds and abilities.

£95.00 per couple, including flying display and two course lunch.

 

Flying Display & Cream Tea

Flying Display & Cream Tea

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.

£50 for two guests.

Family Falconry Experience

Family Falconry Experience

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!

£110 per family (based on a group of four).

Hunter Gatherer

Hunter Gatherer

Saturday 17th August

Spend a day in the parkland learning how to hunt with Birds of Prey and ferrets, forage for edible wild ingredients, and to build a fire and enjoy a delicious meal (using ingredients sourced from the day’s hunting and foraging) which is served in the deerhouse. The day is spent with our falconer Sophie Abbott and wild food expert Chris Bax, and promises to appeal to anyone with an interest in countryside skills and who enjoys getting back to nature!

£95 per person. The day starts at 9.15am and ends after lunch which is served at 2.15pm. The entire day is spent outdoors so warm outdoor clothing and footwear is advisable.

Flying Displays

Flying Displays

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.

£250 with limited bird handling of a display of 6 birds, for 1 hour

Dove Release

Dove Release

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. We can also travel throughout Yorkshire and the North East to bring the doves to your wedding elsewhere.

Guide Price £100 for up to 3 doves

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