The Crest is located within the South Downs National Park (https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/) and so you will have a chance to see a variety of wildlife while out and about; taking a walk up Winchester Hill, a stroll along the River Meon or a morning run along the disused Meon Railway Line.
If you however crave for a more formal day out, jam packed with stunning birds of prey, then look no further than The Hawk Conservancy in Andover.
About The Park
The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a full day out for all the family; Get the children outside and immersed in nature.
You will witness some of the most spectacular flying displays in the UK, as well as having the opportunity to meet a bird of prey!
Bring the family to the Hawk Conservancy Trust for a day in the country; to have fun, learn, be inspired and amazed.
The Hawk Conservancy was founded as a zoo by local farmers Reg and Hilary Smith; and is set inside 22 acres of striking countryside. It is now a registered charity and the site of the National Bird of Prey Hospital, taking in injured birds of prey.
It’s a full day out with plenty of areas to explore, a huge variety of hawks and other birds of prey from all over the world, and hands on activities to take part in.
The grounds are level and easy to walk and so accessible to all, the keepers are very knowledgeable about their subjects and provide interesting, informative talks about the birds and their habitats. Dolores is a star turn in the vulture feeding talk!
Children can blow off some steam as they explore the park and bird of prey themed playground, and young adventurers can have ago at the children’s activity trail. These are just some of the activities that make up the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s full timetable of daily activities.
‘Meet the Burrowers’ in fascinating and immersive aviary where you can come face to face with the Trust’s team of cute and curious Burrowing Owls or even book on to a VIP Encounter to meet them yourself!
During school holidays they offer additional daily activities to keep you and the children entertained at the Trust, including pond dipping, tractor rides and Ferret races.For those who want to learn more and get closer to the birds, there are Children’s Owl Experiences, Young Falconer Experiences and Family Experiences, all of which are held on specific dates and offer an extraordinary memory to cherish forever
They also have a variety of other events, Mothers Day, Easter Holidays etc so be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page.
The list of daily events can be found here : https://www.hawk-conservancy.org/your-visit/daily-activities/timetable/
The displays vary season to season; but there is always a great variety of birds to see; bald eagles, griffon vultures, owls, hooded vultures, black kites, and many more.
All the hard work at the Hawk Conservancy is to support their conservation efforts with birds of prey in UK and worldwide. As a result by visiting you are supporting this fantastic charity!
The Hawk Conservancy Trust offers an out-of-the-ordinary venue for a child’s birthday, with a range of enjoyable activities and entertainment for a minimum of five children. Each birthday child can help start the duck or ferret race, and will have an owl fly to them with a special birthday message! There is a great menu of party food and party bags and invitations can be supplied!
No need to pack a picnic! Onsite and reasonably priced I must mention the Feathers Restaurant; fabulous family friendly choice and reasonably priced.
Tickets and Prices
The Park is open every day (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day & a few weeks in January ) and offers a full day out for all ages. Open from 10am to 4pm in the winter and 5pm in Summer.
*Please let me know if you’re planning a visit and we will leave some discount coupons for you*
It’s a full day out so arrive early! Be sure to be entertained by their world-class flying displays throughout the day, and many other activities in between.
|Children (under 4 years)||FREE|
|Children (age 4 to 15)||£10.95|
|Family (two adults and two children)||£48.95|
|Extra child on a family ticket||£10.00|
“Informative, entertaining, and fun (make sure you dress for the weather). The only way to really appreciate it is to visit”– Trip Advisor