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Fantastic Falconry Experiences Leicestershire

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Falconry Experiences Leicestershire, A Gift of a Lifetime

Discover the captivating history and ancient traditions of falconry, an art that has enthralled enthusiasts worldwide for centuries. You will immerse yourself in the rich heritage of this time-honoured practice, passed down through generations of dedicated falconers and step into the world of raptors, where you can witness the remarkable bond between man and bird.

Our falconry experiences in Leicestershire offer a unique opportunity to handle and fly these majestic creatures, feeling their power and grace firsthand. As you embark on this unforgettable journey, our knowledgeable falconers will share fascinating facts about birds of prey and owls, enriching your understanding of these incredible creatures.

Join us for an up close and personal encounter with these fearsome raptors, and experience the enduring allure of falconry.

Book your bird of prey experience today at Bird on the Hand and create memories that will last a lifetime.

Why choose Bird on the Hand for your falconry experiences.

Venues in Leicestershire and Bedfordshire

At Barn Owl Hollow, in south Leicestershire and close to the Northamptonshire border,  we have a peaceful, private location with a wonderful view of the Langton Caudle Hills.

Alders Farm in Bedfordshire, between Milton Keynes  and Leighton Buzzard, is a lovely location on the edge of Stockgrove Park alongside some beautiful lakes. We hold our fanttastic  Meet The Owls and Meet The Birds mixed bird of prey sessions here.

Why Buy a Bird on the Hand Falconry Experience?

  • Small groups of up to six participants (10-15 are not uncommon elsewhere).
  • #3 of 783 things to do in Leicestershire on TripAdvisor.
  • Beautiful locations in the Leicestershire and Bedfordshire countryside.
  • We concentrate on being with the birds, with you handling, flying, & feeding them whilst learning some fascinating facts.
  • Relaxed & informal sessions where we love to chat to you about the birds and encourage lots of questions.
  • Tea & Coffee break to refresh you.

Is it the right gift choice?

Who would like a falconry experience ? Any of the following are a good indicator.

  • They notice wild birds of prey.
  • They watch nature programs.
  • They like being outdoors.
  • They like animals.
  • They are a keen gardener. They love nature.
  • They have a thirst for knowledge
  • They are the adventurous type
  • They feed the garden birds.

And remember, if you get it wrong you can get a refund.

Check Out Our Unique Money Back Guarantee

At Bird on the Hand we want you to be happy with your purchase of a falconry experience and the recipient to have one of the best times of their life so here is our guarantee. 

1. If you made a mistake and a falconry experience day gift doesn't suit the recipient it can be returned within 30 days for a refund.
2. We give you a money back guarantee (Full Refund) the participant will enjoy themselves on the day.
3. Value for Money Guarantee. You don't think it has been value for money? Tell me why not and what you think it is worth and I will refund the difference.
3. If you need to change your booking at the last minute that's no problem, these things happen.
4. No small print (there are some terms) as I have found that the type of person I am dealing with is generally fair and sensible so there is no need for much.
5. If there is anything else, talk to me and we can probably sort it out. Life's too short to get worried about little things
What more can I say. Buy with confidence at Bird on the Hand

What do our customers say?

Dear Andrew, Duncan and Charlotte,
What a fantastic time you gave us yesterday! Thank you so much. Not only was it a delight seeing your amazing birds close up and in action, but it was also so interesting and informative. Clive and Ruth thoroughly enjoyed it, as did Nigel and I, but the icing on the cake was seeing Dad so relaxed and happy. He clearly had a marvellous time and we so appreciated the time and attention you devoted to him to maximise his afternoon’s falconry experience.

We have some superb photos and plan to choose the best and frame it for Dad’s 90th birthday present. I think this highlights how grateful we are for the time with you, and how much Dad benefitted.

Many thanks again, you all do a wonderful job, and your birds are truly awe inspiring.

Helen Reid


We booked a private session for my mother's 85th birthday and it was the most amazing experience. Andrew and Charlotte could not have been more attentive, they tailored the session to my parent's abilities and were so caring, thoughtful and attentive. They are also extremely knowledgeable explaining so much about the birds. A fabulous afternoon not to be forgotten.

Rachel Lines

Experiences at Barn Owl Hollow 

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Bird on the Hand` Experience

A packed half day falconry experience is a hands on birds of prey experience that’s both fun and educational. Your session will be spent handling, feeding & flying many types of bird, which include several species of falcons, hawks and owls .

This is a great introductory experience for young and old alike, giving a full hands on and flying experience.

All birds of prey experience days covered by our money back satisfaction guarantee so you can give this gift in complete confidence.

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Owl on the Hand Experience

Discover the enchantment of owl handling in intimate groups at Bird on the Hand’s Meet The Owls Experience. You will fly, handle and feed our owls.

Renowned on TripAdvisor, our immersive bird of prey encounters near Leicester present a captivating opportunity for both children and adults to witness the remarkable bond between man and bird.

Join us today and gift your loved ones the chance to forge lasting memories and cultivate a profound appreciation for the natural world.

Private group falconry experience at Bird on the Hand

Bird on the Hand Private Experiences

Bird on the Hand offers an exclusive private half day falconry experience that brings together family, partners, or colleagues. Immerse yourselves in the world of birds of prey through this hands-on and educational session, where you can handle, feed, and fly a variety of falcons, hawks, and owls.

This extraordinary adventure guarantees a full hands-on and flying experience for everyone, young and old. Rest assured, our money back satisfaction guarantee supports all birds of prey experience days, ensuring you can gift this unforgettable experience with absolute confidence.

Get those kids involved.

In today’s digital age, children are missing out on valuable interaction with nature. As technology continues to dominate their lives, the wonders of the natural world are becoming increasingly distant.

At Bird on the Hand, we understand the importance of reconnecting children with the beauty and serenity of nature. Our bird of prey experiences near Leicestershire offer a captivating opportunity for children to witness the remarkable bond between man and bird, and to truly appreciate the power and grace of these majestic creatures.

Join us today and give your children a priceless gift – the chance to create lasting memories and foster a deep appreciation for the natural world.

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Barn Owl Hollow at Market Harborough for your Falconry Experiences in Leicestershire

Welcome to Bird on the Hand, where unforgettable falconry and bird of prey experiences await you in Leicestershire. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Barn Owl Hollow, a perfect location near Market Harborough for a thrilling encounter with these majestic creatures.

We understand that your time is valuable, so we’ve made sure that our exceptional falconry experiences are easily accessible from Leicestershire and the Midlands. As our glowing reviews show, people travel from far and wide, including the home counties, Yorkshire, and the West Midlands, to be a part of our incredible bird of prey days.

Discover the joy and wonder of falconry at Bird on the Hand – where memories are made and cherished.

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Travelling to Barn Owl Hollow.

It is easily accessible by car and train from the Midlands and even London is an hour by train and 10 minutes by taxi. experience.

This venue is also easily accessible to adjacent counties of Warwickshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. The cities of Nottingham, Birmingham and cambridge are about a one hour journey by car. Our central location means you can get here easily.

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A fantastic gift for the time of your life.

Our falconry experiences events at Alders Farm make for a special day for your special person. We will give them all instruction that is needed the correct falconry equipment and then they will be ready to be apprentice falconers for the day. They will enjoy flying the birds to their fists seeing the marvellous capabilities of Raptors and experience the fantastic feeling of having these almost wild animals trust you and land on their fist. They will learn lots of fascinating facts about all birds of prey and owls. Our experienced falconers will handle any questions that they may have and they will leave having had a marvellous interactive time with the birds of prey as well as learning some amazing new facts.

This is a gift that will be remembered for a lifetime and your special person will spend their time flying, handling and feeding some of our marvellous birds of prey. This bird of prey handling day is an up close and personal experience that has been the preserve of dedicated falconers for many thousands of years. However, you can now come on one of our experienced days and you will see the amazing attraction of working with these fearsome raptors.

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a image of a group of children are smiling at a Harris Hawk this has it's wings spread

Our falconry experience near Leicester give lots of handling and up close time with the birds.

With small groups of up to six participants throughout your experience we’ll concentrate on being with the birds. With plenty of opportunities for handling, flying and feeding and finding out all those special fascinating facts. We love our guests to ask lots of questions and delve into the combined 50+ years of falconry experience to answer them. We have a great locations in the Leicestershire and Bedfordshire countryside where we will show you some marvellous birds and a generous welcome.

Experience the Sport of Kings and the romantic association that has been held for centuries between mankind and birds of prey. A Bird on the Hand Gift Voucher (most are valid 12 months) is something you can be confident will be a great gift. A birds of prey experience day, what more could anyone want?

Falconry experience gift vouchers can be personalised with your own greeting. They come in a lustrous gold wallet envelope with details and instructions for the experience. There is an option of a Deluxe pack where the voucher comes in smart black presentation box with all the details plus a miniature hand made leather falconers gauntlet as a key fob with a falcon’s bell attached. It is completed with a gold bow for the box.

The recipient can book a date to suit when they are ready and they can also upgrade to an alternative birds of prey experience day by paying the difference in price.

Bird of Prey Experience Day Gift Vouchers

A Bird on the Hand Gift Voucher, valid 12 months, is fantastic gift for all bird, animal and nature lovers.

Birds of prey experience day gift vouchers are personalised with your greeting. Delivered in a gold envelope or Deluxe presentation box plus plus a miniature hand made leather falconers gauntlet and bell as a key fob.

The recipient can book a date to suit or you can call prior to purchase to check dates.