at Lainston House
With 63 acres of Hampshire countryside at our disposal, we thought it was high time to offer our hotel guests something unique and truly spectacular! So we invite you to get up close and personal with our beautiful birds of prey including; Lula, our Chilean Blue Buzzard-Eagle, and Eric, Ronnie, Norma, Dave and Wilfred our fluffy owls, as well as Shadow, our Harris Hawk. Not forgetting our resident Falconer, Judy!
Please note that our falconry experiences are not private so other guests may join you.
Half Day Falconry Experience
This is the ultimate experience for an in depth insight into the world of falconry. Spending time with Judy, our Falconer and her birds of prey, you will learn all about the birds and their history, watch them flying, and experience handling and interacting with our collection of raptors and owls. On this adventure you will fly, handle and interact with our collection of raptors and owls.
Arrive at 10.30am for your falconry experience, followed by lunch or arrive for the experience at 12.30pm and then relax and enjoy afternoon tea.
Half day: £110 per person 2.5 hours falconry
Birds of Prey Walks
Join Judy and one of her birds around the beautiful 63 acre Lainston Estate. You will have the chance to see a magnificent bird flying in a natural setting and experience having the bird fly to your glove.
1 hour: £50 per person
Birds of Prey Handling Experience
This experience presents the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal handling some of our birds of prey. Meet our resident falconer, Judy and share in her love and knowledge of all things falconry. Don’t forget your camera as there will be ample photo opportunities.
45 mins: £25 per person
Time spent with our birds of prey is quite unforgettable. In this 90 minute experience, you will meet, observe and see the individual characteristics of our birds of prey and the relationship that exists between the falconer and the birds. Your experience will include handling some of the birds and flying one of our birds of prey to the glove.
1.5 hours: £65 per person
Bird of Prey Static Display
Add a unique element to a business meeting or to your special occasion. A selection of our magnificent birds of prey can be out on display, allowing your colleagues or party the opportunity to handle some of the birds and get up close, giving great opportunities for a photograph with a difference. This will be a group display of a selection of birds.
In addition an interactive flying experience can be included, lasting 20 – 30 minutes which will also allow time for guest participation.
1 hour Static Display: £250 | Interactive Flying Experience: £350
Spend some time photographing our birds of prey in static and natural settings as well as capturing the bond that exists between the falconer and the birds during the practice of falconry. The individual photographic session will allow the falconer and photographer to work closer together to build a greater portfolio of shots, including the birds in flight.
3 hours photography: £75 | £35 per additional person
Lainston Falconry can provide interactive talks for groups, clubs and meetings. A selection of birds will accompany the falconer and Judy will talk about many subjects including the history and art of falconry, all accompanied by presentations and practical handling. A selection of the birds can be held for photographs and Judy will be available to answer any questions. A static display of the birds can also provide alternative ‘models’ for photographic and art clubs.
Judy will visit your school, bringing a selection of her feathered friends, introducing them to pupils with the opportunity to hold and learn some interesting facts about the birds. The birds are an ideal addition when teaching a range of subjects, from Medieval and Tudors to predators and prey.