We love days out, although we don’t get to have them as often as I would like. Our bank holiday day out was a trip to the Welsh Hawking Centre. I last visited many years ago as a child and before I go on I feel that it is important to say it is not as big as I remember.
The Welsh Hawking Centre is a family run and owned business that receives no funding from the government or charities. It runs solely on entrance fees and donations.
We arrived in the middle of a flying demonstration and made the decision to wait until the next one 2 hours later. Now, this wasn’t really a wise idea… we did take a picnic but other than eating our picnic we didn’t take long to see all the different birds.
The birds aren’t really kept in palace conditions with a lot of it looking a bit run down but as I’ve already said, they receive no funding. However, they do have plans to do some work at the centre over the summer. I don’t think it has helped that the founder of the centre, Ceri Griffiths, tragically passed away in October last year after being struck by a tree. Nor is it helped by the fact that March to July is breeding season.
We struggled to push the pram over the stoned pathways and I would say that the paths are neither wheelchair nor pushchair friendly. Hopefully this is something they plan to alter over the coming months.
What I did love about The Welsh Hawking Centre was the animals; free running rabbits; a talking parrot; a few horses and recently a few meerkats. The children loved seeing them all.
The highlight of our visit was the flying display. I could have watched for hours. 3 beautiful birds flew around us; it was the first time an owl ruffled my hair. Princess Pants even got to hold a Peregrine Falcon. I would pay again just to see that!
It cost £16 for a family ticket and we spent a few hours in there. The experience of seeing the birds was amazing and the children have already asked if we could visit again.
I’ve naturally said yes despite the fact that I feel it needs work. Our family tickets can help towards that hopefully!