Owl Experience

What could be more special than a morning spent with our owls? For those with an interest in owls of all descriptions, an Owl Experience is for you. Both adults and children (aged 10 and over) are welcome.

Katie Bass at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK


10am Start and introductions. We lend everyone a glove and head straight to the flying ground to fly some of the trained owls straight to your hand.

Break for a drink (included in the price)

Then a chance to hold an handle some more of our owls – all the time a member of our staff will be on hand to help and answer any questions.

11.30am – flying demo, your chance to see a range of our birds doing their thing.

Then we have a guided tour of the owl aviaries around the centre.

1pm (approx) Finish, however you are then welcome to spend the rest of the day at the centre if you wish.


Great Horned Owl at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK


The Owl Experience is available on selected days throughout the year. In 2018 the remaining dates are 27 October. In 2019 the dates are:- 9 March, 6 April, 20 April, 4 May, 18 May, 25 May, 8 June, 22 June, 6 July, 20 July, 27 July, 3 August, 10 August, 24 August, 7 September, 21 September, 19 October.

However if you can get a party of 6 together – contact us and we should be able to hold a private Owl Experience just for you on a date of your choosing.

Once you have booked a date we ask you to give us a minimum of 14 days notice if you wish to change that date. Cancellations within 14 days of the booked date are not refundable.


You are welcome to bring spectators at a cost of £15 per adult and £10 per child and this includes a drink and entry to the centre for the whole day. Get them to bring a camera!!


Casual clothes and sensible shoes and a coat if the weather is looking dodgy however we do have indoor areas if the weather is bad.

Burrowing Owl at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK


Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase and we’ll post vouchers within 7 days. If you are in a rush, let us know and we’ll make a special effort! Vouchers can be bought as presents. You can buy a voucher and book a day at a later time.

Children aged 10 and over are welcome, however we ask that they are accompanied by a participating adult.

Abyssinian Eagle Owl at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK
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“I booked the owl experience on June 24 a birthday present for my wife and what a great experience it was. She tells everyone how much she enjoyed it. We were taken around by a really nice young chap called George. He gave us lots of information on the owls their food, country of origin habitat etc. You could see he loved his work and even looked after 2 Burrowing Owls at home. My wife and the other guests handled and fed 3 owls, they all enjoyed it.” Allan from Chelmsford 

“What a fantastic morning, George our guide and bird handler was superb, put us at immediate ease, so down to earth and laid back. The birds obviously loved him.

The experience was bought for me by my Husband for my Birthday and we were the first people to have had the privilege. The morning started at 10am I was given a glove and introduced to each bird separately. They each flew to me, eating the food on my glove..totally amazing majestic birds. A marvellous experience all round, and at £65 a total bargain, a coffee break included also, so all in all great value! I highly recommend this to anyone.” TripAdvisor 

“I booked the owl experience for my daughter as a surprise not knowing what to expect. Have to say, it was way above what I had a expected or hoped for. Thank you to Katie and George for imparting your knowledge and passion about these stunning birds – would highly recommend this experience to anyone who likes owls!” Nicky Chadwick