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“Nice place shame about the staff”

The International Centre for Birds of Prey
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Newent
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Please note we are closed to the public on Thursday 20th July, 2017 for a Royal visit in celebration of our 50th Anniversary. We will be open as usual on Friday 21st July...
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

As the title suggests, the place itself is great, however staff dropping stuff into conversations including 'We couldn't survive here by ourself so unfortunately we have to let the public in' took the shine off the day. Shame, as the birds, flying displays and 99% of other staff were great.

Thank Ian L
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Reviewed 2 November 2017

We were convinced to visit the Centre by my mother-in-law, and I cannot thank her enough. What a treat for us grown-ups and our two little ones (5 & 7), especially the flying demonstrations that were exceptional. I cannot recommend this Centre enough. Be sure not to miss it.

Thank Germaine D
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

We spent a lovely afternoon viewing all the birds of prey which are very well cared for. We saw two very well organised shows of birds in flight, different birds each time. Handlers are very knowledable about all the birds on site and gave very good information with humour especially Jemima whilst showing what each bird was capable of after being very well trained. It was nice to see the owner Jemima interacting with a group of school children, answering all their questions in a friendly easy way. The grounds are lovely just right for picnics, the cafe has a good selection of teas/coffees and cakes. Flight arena perfect. HIGHLY RECCOMMEND a visit.

Thank johnthesquire
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Reviewed 29 October 2017

We would like to thank the staff at the ICBP for their time and interest during our day on Fri 27 Oct. A sole experience was booked as a gift for my partner so he could look and ask all those questions which never seem to be comprehensively answered at agricultural shows.The centre is set in beautiful lawned grounds with mature shrub beds, the flying field again is mown parkland sitting above a small lake and wooded corner with gentle views over the surrounding countryside, almost worth it for horticultural experience alone! The staff from reception to our personal handlers were always attentive and interested not only on their job but in us as a couple. We were introduced to Alex a wonderful young man with a genuine love of the birds and his role in the centre, and he primarily stayed with us including meal times until we left. He made our time a valued experience. Thankyou. We flew a variety of birds to the fist indoors and out doors and even went to a wood to watch and learn hunting techniques a bird deploys whilst flying free, again we were involved as part of the process.There were photo opportunities with birds at a specific point in our visit, it is explained why selfies are not allowed. Whilst there we enjoyed the daily displays, went behind the scenes to the vet centre and weighing room to have an over view of husbandry explained. Just to point out this is a place to look ask and learn so unruly shrieky children should be left at home, fingers kept away from beaks and there are labradors on site which have access all areas (I think) including cafe though there is a separate room for those who don't want their dinner eaten for them. HIGHLY RECCOMMENDED

Thank SwanseaSingsing
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

We visited today as a spur-of-the-moment kind of decision and had a lovely afternoon looking at all the various birds of prey at the centre. We stayed for the 2pm flying display, which was amazing to watch. The handlers are all very knowledgeable and you can tell that they care very much about the birds and their own individual personalities. The grounds are well kept and accessible even for people with mobility issues. The cafe has wonderful cakes, tea and coffee for a spot of lunch or a quick cuppa on a crisp, autumn afternoon. Fantastic experience.

Thank Ryan-and-Jayne
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