Set within the grounds of Millets Farm, they have over 90 birds of prey. After a warm welcome from Sharon, we entered through the gate and our first reaction was ‘wow’. We were greeted by two absolutely stunning eagles. Perching proud and magnificent, they immediately captured the attention of my kids.
Millets Falconry was also a lot larger than I was expecting. The pathways wind nicely creating a route through and past the birds and animals. They are lightly gravelled, making access easy with a pushchair or wheel chair.
The enclosures are spacious, clean and the birds obviously well cared for. We liked the handy information boards telling us about each bird and some interesting facts. My eldest has been reading Harry Potter and was particularly taken with a snowy owl.
The amazing array of birds of prey from tiny owls to the magnificent eagles would be enough on their own to keep you occupied. However, my boys were also really loved the inquisitive meerkats, racoon, skunks and reptiles.
Millets Falconry Activities
Before you visit, it’s worth checking the schedule of what’s on and at what time so you don’t miss anything. They day we visited they had a meerkat talk, flying demonstration, hold a bird of prey and meet the skunks all at different through the day. Unfortunately we weren’t able to stay long enough for the adult opportunity to fly a harris hawk, but that just gives me an excuse to return.
The flying demonstration was a great experience for all ages (we had three generations). There was a good balance between interesting information in the talks and the flying demonstrations from a range of different birds, even a turkey vulture. As well as flying up high, the birds also swoop in and rest on various posts around where the audience sits, allowing you a really up close and personal feel to the demonstration. A number of times they also flew down low, just above our heads which was another ‘wow’ moment for my family. There was also a really genuine love and affection for the birds of prey from the owners, handlers and volunteers at Millets Falconry.
Millets Falconry is independent to Millets Farm and an entrance fee is charged. The entrance fee is to cover all the overheads of running the business and the well being of the birds. Once you enter, there are no hidden extras with the flying demo, meet the meerkats etc. all included.
What’s great is that they stamp your hand when you arrive which means you can come and go through the day. You can then easily pop out for a picnic lunch in the grounds of Millets Farm or to use the restaurant or if you have super active kids like mine then give them a good run around the playground, before heading back in for a flying demo or activity.
With Millets Farm and Millets Falconry together you can have a full family day out and a lot of fun.
Millets Falconry Admission Prices
These are the prices current at the time of writing this review, but check their website for any updates. With everything included I think this is pretty good value for money.
|Under 3 yrs||Free|
|Child (3 – 15 yrs)||£4.95|
|Family (2 adults + 2 children)||£23.95|
|Student / Military / Concessions||£5.95|
|Disabled / Carer Concession||£5.95|
Millets Falconry Experiences
There are also a number of experiences which would make a unique gift from 1/2 day junior zoo keeper to owl encounters.
All the reviews on places to go on Red Kite Days are done by Mums and we only include places we would recommend to a friend. Millets Falconry kindly provided me with free entry. However, this review is completely independent and they had no influence on what has been written.