Want to get hands on? Then this chance to have a true bird of prey experience is for you.

Hawks, owls, falcons and kites – it’s an awesome experience to have these birds of prey fly straight to your gloved hand against the splendid backdrop of Duncombe Park. Both adults and children (10 and over) are welcome.

Steppe Eagle 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 birds straight to your hand. A camera is a good idea.

Break for a drink (included in the price)

Then a chance to hold and handle some more of our birds – 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 head out into the surrounding parklands with one of our Harris Hawks following us through the trees. Everyone will get a number of opportunities to call the hawk down to them.

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

Yellow Billed Kite at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK


The Raptor Experience is available on selected days throughout the year. In 2018 the remaining dates are, 28 October (FULL). In 2019 the dates are:- 10 March (FULL), 7 April (FULL), 21 April, 5 May (FULL), 19 May (FULL), 26 May, 9 June (FULL), 23 June, 7 July, 21 July, 28 July, 4 August, 11 August, 25 August, 8 September, 22 September, 20 October.

However if you can get a party of 6 together – contact us and we should be able to hold a private Raptor 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

Common Buzzard at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK


You are welcome to bring spectators at a cost of £15 per adult and £10 per child. 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! We do have indoor areas if the weather is bad.

Grey Buzzard Eagle at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK


Vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. 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 should be accompanied by a participating adult.

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“We went on the Raptor Experience last week and had another wonderful time. George (what a star!) escorted us round and let us see and fly numerous hawks and kites. Jimmy and his burrowing owl stole the show. A big thanks to Charlie and all the team for offering such a great facility.” TripAdvisor 

“We booked the Raptor Experience fairly last-minute as we had both always wanted to visit these birds at close quarters and it is something that has been on my “bucket list” for a few years. We were really looking forward to it and we were not disappointed!! What a fantastic day! The handlers, Jimmy and George, were knowledgeable, friendly and clearly have a passion for their birds. Their enthusiasm was infectious.  They answered all of our questions with patience and clearly have a genuine love for their work with these wonderful creatures. If I could give this review TEN stars I would.” Barbara