Learn about the history of falconry, the birds and equipment used with the Half Day Introduction to Falconry experience.
This is a fascinating introduction to an ancient and intriguing pursuit. See for yourself an extraordinary relationship between man and bird of prey. Falconry was originally introduced as a means of obtaining "food for the table". In Medieval Britain birds of prey were often present at grand occasions such as pageants, weddings and jousting tournaments. Even today seeing these magnificent birds up close is a very special experience and one which you won't forget.
You will be given an overview of the disciplines and history of falconry by one of the country's best falconers, followed by a brief introduction to the husbandry and welfare of birds and the equipment used in falconry. The course will end with the opportunity to fly a bird "to the fist" so you can experience the unforgettable sensation of having a magnificent bird of prey on your arm. Programmes vary depending on location.
Your falconry encounter will last approximately 2½ to 4 hours. There'll be a maximum of 19 other people in your group. Spectators are welcome. Please check at the time of booking.
General fitness may be required, please check on booking.
You must be at least 16 years old, under 18's must be accompanied by an adult. This experience is available on selected weekday and weekend dates, throughout the year.
Full Day Medieval Falconry Experience at Hedingham Castle
Coda Falconry is an award winning bird of prey centre based within Lee Valley Pa...