Designed for those aged between 6 and 15 years old the Junior Falconry Experience is a fantastically unique hands-on experience allowing you the opportunity to spend the day as a Falconer. The 3-hour experience will cover all aspects of the daily life of a falconer and give a unique insight into what was once the Sport of Kings.
Our meeting point is Ladd’s Garden Village, Reading, Berkshire. Feathers and Fur has a purpose-built centre within Ladd’s Garden Village where the birds are on show to the public. The experience starts at 10.00am with introductions and a tour of the centre. 1 parent or guardian is invited to stay with the ‘Junior Falconer’ for the duration of the session however is not allowed to take part in the experience however can take lots of photos.
Tasks throughout the day include preparing the birds food (chicken), cleaning out an aviary, learning how to tie the falconers knot, learning the correct way to approach a tethered bird and picking them up on to the fist, holding them correctly, weighing the birds, checking and managing the equipment, meeting some of the animals that work alongside the birds, learning basic training techniques, using the telemetry to track a lost bird, then having the birds fly to the fist out in our flying field. The experience finishes at 1pm.
When do the Junior Falconry Experience take place?
The Junior Falconry Experiences are held on the 3rd Sunday of every month and with a maximum of 4 in a group these sessions fill very quickly. Please contact our booking team for more information or to book a slot on the next available date. Junior Falconry Experience are available a gift voucher and have a 1 year validity.
Redeeming your voucher
Booking your session date couldn’t be easier, simply drop us an email using the Contact Us form or via email@example.com with an idea of days that suit you. We do fill up months in advance so please don’t leave it until the last minute!
Alternatively, if you have a specific date in mind for attending then before booking contact us and we can check and let you know the availability.
How many people per session? A maximum of 4 children per group plus 1 spectator per voucher.
Can I book more than one space? Yes, however the maximum children in a session is 4.
I already have a gift voucher, how do I book my date? Simply contact the booking team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07812171709.
Do the children need any special clothing and footwear? Yes we will be out side so please dress appropriately for the weather.
Is the session weather dependant? No, Falcons work in all weather and we have a class room we can use if the weather is poor.
Can I be a spectator? Yes, 1 parent must attend the session per voucher unless you are bringing multiple children then you are in charge of your group of children.