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“Excellent day”

Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre
Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Kielder
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Officially licensed Birds of Prey Centre set in the heart of beautiful Kielder Water and Forest Park, the only place in Britain with dark sky status.
Gateshead, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent day”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

I came to the bird of prey centre last weekend with my family and I can honestly say that it was one of the best experiences of my life! After watching the owner Ray interacting and caring for the birds it was evident that he is so devoted to all of the birds. It is more than just a job for him, and you can tell it is his life. Ray informed us that the only day it is shut is Christmas Day but there is not a day goes by when he is not there. All of the staff were very knowledgable and took the time to talk to us, explaining all about the birds and why they are in captivity and so let us stroke some of the little owls and baby rabbits! We were then able to watch a flying demonstration where Ray allowed us to hold the bigger birds on the glove! We were allowed to take lots of photos and it was an experience we will never forget! Thank you so much!

Visited November 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“If you only choose one place to visit in Northumberland this MUST be it.”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

Absolutely amazing visit, we have visited numerous bird of prey centres all over the UK but Kielder stands head and shoulders above them all. From the moment you walk through the gate you are made to feel part of it all and welcomed warmly. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff or volunteers and they had great patience with my 5 year old who asked question after question, answering him in terms he easily understood without talking down to him and ensuring both children certainly had a day to remember, not forgetting mum and dad. The centre is of a very high standard with a much larger collection of birds than we expected, all fantastically cared for, this is obviously a great passion for Ray and staff and not primarily a business which unfortunately many centres like this are. We will be back and my husband is planning his hawk walk in the New Year. Unfortunately it was raining on our visit and so the demonstration was understandably cut short, we were invited to return the next day and would be given free entry, not necessary at all from our point of view but a very kind and generous gesture.

Visited September 2013
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Honiton, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Top day out”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

After a fantastic drive through the Northumberland National Park and seeing the breath-taking views of the reservoir, we arrived at Kielder Bird of Prey Centre.
The stunning birds were well presented with the enclosures being just close enough to see every detail but far enough away as not to worry the birds.

The twice daily displays were the highlight of the visit, with an array of different birds being flown by Ray. He was informative, friendly and very funny at the same time as being "almost" in full control of the birds.

Altogether a top day out for kids and adults alike.

Visited August 2013
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Dorset, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fabulous”
Reviewed 6 November 2013

What an amazing day. Beautiful birds, amazing staff, they take took their time to have a chat and tell us all we needed to know about the birds!! The kids absolutely loved it, we were made to feel very welcome. We will definitely be back :-)

Visited August 2013
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Watford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“another fantastic week!!!”
Reviewed 4 November 2013

well what can i say please please if you are ever in the area please call in and see this fantastic place. The staff are very knowledgeable and have all the time to talk to you about the birds and their habits. My 12 year old son has just spent a week in the centre learning more about the birds and how to care for them, and did not even miss his x box once!!!
we are visiting the area again just after christmas and he already plans to spend his week there, lucky for us the centre only closes on christmas day!!
i really can not recommend this place enough it really is a hidden gem which i hope will be there for may more years to come
keep up the good work thank you Ray, Cath, Steven,Jacks, Victoria, Fraiser and Johnathan (sorry to any i may have missed)

Visited October 2013
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