Over the holidays we had many days out but I must say this was one of the best and that’s why I wanted to blog about it and share our experience. I seen this event on Facebook in August and thought this would be a great experience for the kids to have a fun day with her friends as well as learning about different kinds of creatures. This was the third event they have held over the summer and i was recommended this by one of my mummy friends. I was so glad we was able to book as places went very fast and I could see why as this was a great educational event for children of all ages.
The fantastic Beasts Workshop are run by Icarus Falconry who provide the very best Bird of Prey experiences, demonstrations and displays. They are a family run business situated in the beautiful stunning grounds of Holdenby House Estate in Northamptonshire since 2002.
When we arrived we met up with our friends at the beautiful Holdenby house and booked in with the lovely man called Tom who runs these events. We all could have a look round at all the wonderful birds while we was waiting for everyone to arrive. We had a closer look at Falcons, Eagles, Owls, Hawks and Vultures. As soon as everyone arrived the staff all introduced themselves and welcomed us to the Fantastic beasts event they showed us some feathers and did a little talk about some of the birds of prey.
We was then split into two groups we was chosen to see the wonderful birds first. We was taken through the magnificent gardens until we stopped at an open area with a little burrowing hole and wooden pole. Here we was introduced to a little burrowing owl called Pedro.
They let him roam around and the two ladies let each child call the bird over with some food. Pedro is well-trained! Aww we love Pedro. All of the children’s faces lit up they have never seen an owl so well trained before.
Next we was taken to another field and watched another magnificent bird fly around and this one was a lot bigger! This one was a spectacled Owl Called Specks. Again all the children had the chance to call over Specks enticing him with food. My girls enjoyed this as they handled a bigger owl.
Next we walked back through Holdenby House grounds which was absolutely stunning by the way. Even though we live quite local this was the first time we have ever been to Holdenby house.
We was then swapped with the other group and we was introduced to another lovely young man called Dave who was passionate about creepy crawlies. This guy kept the children entertained and made them laugh every few mins. My girls and their friends loved this talk. My eldest daughter loves collecting insects from the garden all the time but this time they was so much bigger! At one point I think she was so engrossed at looking at all the creatures and at how big they were she forgotten what question Dave had asked her. Also my friend felt very brave and held a snake for the first time even though she is petrified of snakes, she was so brave bless her. We seen many creatures such as slow worm, Snakes, Giant snails, The cutest Hedgehog, Rats, Leeches to name but a few.
Then for the finale we was met by Tom who introduced us to Leonardo the Peregrine Falcon.
He was wearing a little hood to keep him calm and at ease. Then Tom took his hood off slowly so he wasn’t startled by the bright sunshine, then he was off flying through the sky. Leonardo was so fast I couldn’t keep up with him. Tom swung this Lure around which is a leather pad with piece of food attached that Leonardo can chase as he soars through the sky at great speed. Incredible to watch and amazing to see what a beautiful bird a peregrine Falcon is so up close.
We have learnt such alot from Icarusfalconry workshop, I would definitely recommend this experience to other friends and would book again. Thank you to all the incredible staff who was so welcoming, we have had a thoroughly enjoyable day check them out on Facebook, Twitter and you can find their website here.