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Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

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Half Day Falconry Experience

I went to the Acadmey on the 18th July for a Half Day experience - it was great! The 3 hours went... read more

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Paige M
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Brilliant Experience

Went here yesterday on a Half Day experience and what a wonderful experience it was. The time... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Lance H
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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Welcome to the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy. We are the leading Bird of Prey Centre in Essex, based at Barleylands Farm & Craft Village, Billericay. We are open to the public 362 days of the year, where you can enjoy our daily flying displays in...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Barleylands Road, Billericay CM11 2UD, England
+44 1268 520176
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I went to the Acadmey on the 18th July for a Half Day experience - it was great! The 3 hours went very quickly. Matt knew loads about the individual birds and gave everyone a decent amount of handling time with each bird 😊 a...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Went here yesterday on a Half Day experience and what a wonderful experience it was. The time started with a quick introduction and of course the health and safety talk but Matt even made this fun. We then each got to hold a number of...More

Thank Lance H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Enjoyed a half day Birds of Prey experience today. It was an enjoyable and informative day with plenty of “gloves on” action.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yesterday I took my friend for a Birds of Prey Experience.I had a wonderful afternoon, I can’t praise it highly enough. It was absolutely spotless and the birds were beautiful, healthy and happy. The keepers were very knowledgeable, helpful and clearly loved their job. It...More

1  Thank susan0588
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Wow - what a terrific experience. My family and I attended the Academy at 10:00 on Sunday 17 June 2018 for a one hour "taster" session which went well beyond the sixty minutes. With our handler Ryan, who was so personable, engaging and knowledgeable, we...More

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

My son and I had a one hour experience with the birds of prey. Ryan was our personal guide and he was wonderful. We learnt so much and handled 3 owls and a buzzard. Actually flying an owl but one more interested in looking around...More

Thank janiensk
Reviewed 7 June 2018

We visited for the one hour experience with a Travelzoo voucher. It was our first time and will not be our last. The staff are very engaging, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I hope they are really well paid for their work. It was just me, my...More

Thank Robert T
Reviewed 28 May 2018 via mobile

Fantastic experience for my husband and daughter for their birthdays. Lots of birds held before going to experience the flying birds. Barn owl, Bengal eagle owl, burrowing owl( which was beautiful) , feeding a vulture and watching Gary fly storm. It was amazing although very...More

Thank Peejay23
Reviewed 13 May 2018

Fabulous afternoon, well worth it. So taken by all the lovely owls, especially the naughty little Chaos. Interesting information given during the experience, all really well done. Definitely recommend and we will definitely do it again.

Thank JR112014
Reviewed 1 May 2018

We came here on a Travelzoo offer and had a 1 hour bird of prey experience. We were allowed to handle various birds indoors, from a small Southern White-Faced Owl up to a Buzzard. Our guide, Adele, was very nowledeable about all things raptor and...More

1  Thank Rambl1ngMan
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Wendy H
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Response from Nick W | Reviewed this property |
You can book on your own as I did. But there were 3 others there when I arrived
Sue C
7 May 2016|
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Response from scox2015 | Reviewed this property |
Hello,I bought an experience with the bird of prey,it was £50 or there abouts,this included a talk about the birds,see the birds and handle some of them and a chance to fly the birds out side,my husband enjoyed it very... More