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“Charming”

The Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre
Ranked #6 of 21 things to do in Oakham
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Collection of birds of prey located in 42 acres ancient woodland
Leicester, United Kingdom
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265 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
“Charming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

What a charming place this is! We went today and spent a most interesting and enjoyable afternoon there.
The birds are kept in as natural surroundings as possible and they are all treated so well. Many of them, although tethered, are not behind wire and you can see them very clearly. we could even touch some of them. After wandering through the woodland looking at the owls and other birds of prey we came into a clearing where we found people holding the birds and the keepers giving talks. We were sorry not to see them flying. I'm not sure why they could not fly them today but suspect it might have been because of the weather.
The tea room was not exactly functioning although the man who takes the entrance fees offered to make us a cup of tea. The only disappointment really was the mobile toilet which was not really up to scratch.
As pensioners we only paid £4 each and it was certainly very good value for money.
Can't wait to go back again.

Visited July 2014
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English first
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

I can't recommend this place highly enough! I bought my husband a 2 hour falconry experience and paid for myself to spectate. What a wonderful time we had! I had read some reviews that said Chris was not a people person, however, he was very funny and had a dry sense of humour - he couldn't have been friendlier. Tom and Ed are so dedicated and passionate about what they do and the birds in their care. Tom gave us a great talk about the individual birds and the Hawk flying was incredible. We were lucky enough to be only the second group of people that Tom's hawk, Erin had flown to and it was lovely to see the bond between the two of them. Ed's hawk, Harry did some amazing "tricks" - absolutely breathtaking! - and his love for Harry was obvious. Everyone went out of their way to be informative and helpful and they made sure we all had a fantastic time. We were told about the centre being self funded and how 60% of their birds are rescued - something that really struck a chord with me as they all truely believe in what they do at the centre and the birds all seemed happy. We enjoyed ourselves so much that we are going back soon and this time I will be participating rather than spectating! You really should visit this centre - you won't be disappointed.

Visited July 2014
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Oakham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Fascinating”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

We went as a family to the Rutland Falconry and Owl Centre having bought vouchers as gifts from Travel Zoo. None of us knew what to expect, but we all left having had a fascinating and educational time. The staff, particularly Ed, were knowledgable and passionate about their work. We were given a lot of information, but all of it delivered with humour and the correct level of seriousness when required. We loved the story of the baby owl going on outings to the pub, snuggled into the owner's pony-tail. It's obvious that the whole place is run on love of the birds, their well-being and a lot of hard work and dedication. There is a little shop and a small coffee bar, but the birds deservedly, are the main focus here. We will visit again.

Visited June 2014
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Melton Mowbray, England, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Walking with Birds”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

We arrived at the centre unaware exactly what to expect. At the entrance there is a board briefly explaining what the centre is about and how they operate. We then went in and were greeted by a young member of staff who told us we had to wait for the previous group to complete their experience before ours began but that we were free to walk around the different enclosures all of which were labelled with the name of the species and the names of the relevant birds so before it was time for our experience we had time to walk around. After a welcome to us all and a few ground rules for our and the birds safety you were asked what bird would you like. Gauntlets were then handed out and then you had your chosen bird attached to you. After a few minutes sitting and getting used to your bird and some reassuring words on how to react if certain situations occurred under the guidance of the staff we began our walk through the woods making sure we all kept a safe distance from the one in front. Our bird was a Harris Hawk called Estelle bit feisty at first but soon settled down. On the way round the staff told us there were Buzzards and Red Kites in the woods and when we got in the clearing we saw them soaring high above us it was amazing. Very informative good value for money and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Well worth a visit.

Visited July 2014
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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“AMAZING BIRD COLLECTION”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2014

Had an absorbing time here despite the showers. Could get very close to the birds and everyone was very friendly and knowledgeable.

It was good to visit a place where the wildlife was the main focus of all the activity. You could say it was amateurish in that the people obviously love what they are doing and concentrate on the wildlife - visitor comfort definitely comes second.

If you are looking for a slick attraction with human comfort forget it - if you want a fascinating few hours and the ability to stroll around and watch the birds flying within a relaxed and green habitat then this is it..

We went with 4 adults and 2 children (aged 4 & 18 months) and everyone enjoyed their visit.

Visited June 2014
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