Please book early – every year we have disappointed people who missed the chance to come on a Winter Owl Evening – don’t be that guy!!

Wrap up warm and join us for a magical “must-do” evening event with the world’s most famous nocturnal birds!

Winter Owl Evenings are a great idea for an evening out with family or friends, a present for someone special and are a superb way to treat yourself – the memories will last forever!

Coronavirus has slightly changed the owl evenings for 2020/21. To keep everyone safe we are not doing a sit-down meal and the indoor flying demo will now be outside. However, we have added more owl flying and you can enjoy the last demo with a warming cup of hot, home-made soup and a flapjack,

We start the evening with a mulled wine or hot, spiced apple juice.

Then we head to out main flying ground to see some owls fly in the gloom.

After we split into 3 groups for a socially-distanced guided tour of the owl aviaries,

Finally we see the large owls flying free in the darkness of our woodland flying ground, lit only by torchlight, the highlight of the evening.

This very special evening starts at 7pm prompt and ends at around 9.15pm (ish). The evenings are suitable for children aged 8 and over.

The Owl Evenings run every Saturday evening the start of December until Christmas. We then run more evenings in early February. Please wear warm, sensible clothes, and bring a torch!! 

Please note – this is (obviously!) a dark activity. Therefore we ask photographers not to use a flash – which makes taking photos challenging!



Places are limited, so please either book below or call us on 01439 772080 and we’ll sort everything over the phone.

Credit cards are welcome

We can host Winter Owl Evenings for private parties or corporate events – they make an unforgettable work Christmas party.

An Owl Evening voucher makes a wonderful present! When you buy a ticket – we post you a proper voucher which can then be gifted. You don’t have to book a date when you buy, you can choose a date later. Vouchers are valid for 12 months.

To book a date – please click on the date in the box below. If a date is shown – there is availability on that date – if it’s not there, that date is fully booked. Any problems – contact or call us on 01439 772080 Please note – a minimum of 14 days notice is required if you wish to change the date of your owl evening.

Winter Owl Evening at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK
Abyssinian Eagle Owl at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK
Barn Owl at the National Centre for Birds of Prey, Duncombe Park, Helmsley UK

Winter Owl Evening Ticket


Owl Evenings book up every year, please book early! Vouchers are numbered, not named so you can give them as presents.  If the date is listed in the drop down box – there is availability on that date. Valid for 12 months

Full Terms and Conditions can be found here 


What an evening to remember! I loved every minute of it. The whole evening was well organised. The handlers were humorous, extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about the owls. A real opportunity to observe these amazing creatures. All finished off with a mulled wine and supper. An early Christmas present which I loved. Well worth a visit.”

We booked an owl evening as a birthday treat. We were taken for a very informative walk around the small owl aviaries by torchlight and then experienced some wonderful indoor flying by the smaller owls. It was then time for a good hot meal: soup, baked potato, beef stew (or vegetarian option) and peas, followed by hot mince pies and very good coffee. Then on to more owl spotting, the larger owls in their aviaries and the highlight of the evening: flying the larger owls out of doors by torchlight. 
It was a superb experience and one to be highly recommended. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and their enthusiasm is contagious.” TripAdvisor 

We have now visited during the day and, most recently, attended the Winter Owl Evening a couple of days ago. The Centre is in a lovely setting, the staff are super and the information provided about each of the birds is well worth taking the time to read. The flying displays are definitely a highlight of the visit. The Winter Owl Evening was beautifully organised from start to finish and the chance to see such wonderful birds at close quarters is a privilege not to be missed.” TripAdvisor