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

Winter Owl Evenings

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!

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

We head out to meet the aviary owls – the centre is lit only by lanterns and fairy lights.

Then we head to Xmas Tree Cottage to see some of the tiny owls flying.

After finishing the tour of aviary owls we head to the Owl House Cafe for a 2 course meal. Click HERE for menu information together with allergens.

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 9.45pm (ish). The evenings are suitable for children aged 8 and over.

The Owl Evenings run on selected Fridays and Saturdays in October, November and December. We then run more evenings in late January and 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 – you are emailed a download link to your ticket/voucher. The ticket/voucher can either be printed out and gifted, or emailed to the lucky recipient.

You don’t have to book a date when you buy, you can choose a date later (Buy Now and Book Later) . Vouchers are valid for 18 months.

Dates can be seen on the calendar below. Numbers are limited to 40 per evening. 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 Ticket

From: £45.00

Dates for the owl evenings are below. Menu details are here. Please note – numbers are limited, please book early.

If you already have a “Buy Now and Book Later” voucher – please choose your date and meal choices, click “Book” and you’ll be able to enter your voucher code on the cart or checkout page.

If you are booking for 2 or more people and require different meal choices, please choose the number of tickets you require for a meal choice, then click “book” and then add your next meal choice.

Full Terms and Conditions can be found here 

Winter Owl Evening, Buy Now and Book Later


If you are buying a voucher as a gift or just don’t want to choose your date just yet – this option is for you!

Vouchers are valid for 18 months from purchase.

You will be emailed PDF vouchers (one voucher per person) that can then either be printed and gifted, or emailed.

The voucher contains a code. That code can be used to book the date online, over the phone or in person. (online is best!!)

“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