Owl Handling Experiences

A superb and unique owl handling experience for all owl fans! Fly a variety of fantastic owls from the smallest to the largest. Owls are the most mysterious group of birds, they stir amazing passion in owl lovers and admirers.

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

a man holding an owl on a falconry experience day at bird on the hand

Owl on the Hand Experience

Discover the enchantment of an owl handling experience  in intimate groups at Bird on the Hand’s Meet The Owls at Alders Farm or Owl on the Hand Experience at Barn Owl Hollow. You will fly, handle and feed our owls.

Renowned on TripAdvisor, our immersive owl handling experience 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.

Get up close and personal with a wide variety of owls. See them fly and feed and handle them. On our owl experience you will learn all the fascinating facts about this enigmatic group of raptors. This is a three hour owl experience not to be missed by any owl enthusiast. The Owl on the Hand Experience is an experience you will never forget. Book today for a great day out.

All of our owl experiences are covered by out money back satisfaction guarantee, so you can buy with confidence

A great owl handling experience!

A great half day for our son for the Owl Experience. 3 hours of joy with various owls of various sizes. Our Handler was very knowledgeable and very interesting. The time just “flew” by. Would certainly recommend. Small group of about half a dozen people. Lots of other experience days / half days to choose from.

Dylan P
TripAdvisor Review

The most incredible experience!

Absolutely amazing experience! We purchased a voucher for my nephews birthday for a 3 hour owl handling experience. The booking process was perfect and today we attended.

What an experience! The guide was so knowledgable and lovely, each participant had a brilliant amount of time with each bird and such a variety to see! My nephew (11) absolutely loved it! I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. Thank you so much!


Alexander our great horned owl - Bubo Virginianus flying during a photo workshop

Wow! What an experience!

I booked this for my husband’s birthday and, wow, what an experience. My only regret is being a spectator and not taking part. Having said that, I still had a great experience. Spectators stay with the group, are free to ask questions and join in, I just didn’t get the ‘bird on the hand’.

We were introduced to all the birds (even the ones that weren’t flown on the day). Then we flew Fletcher the owl who was very friendly, followed by Elvis who is huge, but great fun as he displayed his tricks. Tea/cold drinks were provided (including spectators), before watching Scarlett the Red Kite catching food in the air and flying to the glove. We met a beautiful barn own, Ophelia, then spent time with the delightful burrowing owls, Cheese and Pickle.

What a fantastic experience – small group so you get the ‘bird on the hand’ many times as they fly from glove to glove. Plenty of time is spent with each bird, and staff are full of knowledge and happy to answer questions.

Both myself and my husband had a great time. Next time (there will definitely be a next time) I will be fully participating alongside him. We’re even considering the full day with the big birds! Birds are prey truly are awesome, our garden birds now seem boring in comparison 😀

TripAdvisor Review

Woman in blue has a photo with Eurasian Eagle Owl
Dotty african spotted eagle owl landing on perch. HQ
Barn owl - Tyto alba - in flight on an owl handling experience Bird on the Hand HQ wide

Our owl handling experience day give lots of handling and up close time with the birds.

With small groups of up to six participants throughout your owl experience we’ll concentrate on being with the Owls. 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 location here in the Leicestershire countryside, marvellous birds and a generous welcome.

A Bird on the Hand Gift Voucher (valid 12 months) is something you can be confident will be a great gift. An owl handling experience day, what more could anyone want?


Owl Experience Day Gift Vouchers

All owl experience vouchers are valid 12 months and can be personalised with your greeting. Delivered in a gold envelope or deluxe presentation box plus a miniature hand made leather falconry glove + bell as a key fob.

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