The Raptor Fair 10 & 11 June 2017
The Raptor Fair is our biggest annual event. Devoted to showcasing the very best of birds of prey and falconry in the UK and overseas. The National Centre for Birds of Prey and Duncombe Park is a truly fantastic setting for this very special event.
The Fair is a great day out (or weekend away) for all the family! Falconers, birds of prey keepers and anyone who has an interest in these wonderful birds is welcome.
In addition to the NCBP staff a number of falconers like our good friend Nigel King from the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy will be attending the event accompanying their spectacular birds on both days.
Trevor Fowles is going us once again with Shelby his completely awesome Bald Eagle. Natalie Denolf is coming all the way from Belgium with a team of birds.
The big news is that Dr Nick Fox is coming. Anyone in falconry will know Nick – he is a legendary figure in the sport and closest thing to a falconry god there is. I can’t tell you how excited we all are to have him coming. Nick is bring a Robara with him. This robotic houbara bustard will be flying over the parklands and being hunted by a team of falcons. As far as we know – this is the first public demonstration of the robara in the UK. Exciting stuff!!
Visitors have full access to the National Centre for Birds of Prey whilst at the Fair. A range of birds from tiny Burrowing Owls to the gigantic Steller’s Sea Eagles and Griffon Vultures are on display.
Our Discovery Centre will host a number of seminars and workshops; Previous seminars have covered subjects from the veterinary care of raptors, hawking in Peru to accounts of flying Black Sparrowhawks in South Africa. Keep watching the website for more details!
For those visitors who want to come and make a weekend of it, our location is on the doorstep of the popular market town of Helmsley, a huge range of hotels and B&Bs are at your disposal. Have a look at www.visithelmsley.co.uk for details of places to stay.
A basic camping area is also available within the centre’s grounds – please pre-book as pitches are of limited number to avoid disappointment. You can call us on 08447422035 to book – or book online below.