The Hawking Centre, Doddington

Nestled in the scenic Kent countryside at two secluded locations featuring formal lawns, woodland, and parkland, The Hawking Centre allows you to spend a day flying birds of prey. After watching an introductory video and flying demonstrations, join one of the falconry courses. Suitable for all ages, the courses can take from one to five days and include a light buffet lunch in a tearoom overlooking the gardens. To visit The Hawking Centre on your holiday in Sittingbourne, and find out what else Sittingbourne has to offer, use our Sittingbourne day trip app .
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  • Great half day Falconry experience with Ellie & her wonderful birds. My wife & I totally enjoyed ourselves seeing them, handling them & to see the love Ellie has for the birds & they obviously love he...  more »
  • Spent a whole day with Julie, Albert the European Eagle Owl, Gracie the Barn Owl, Maggie the Hooded Vulture, Jo Jo the Harris Hawk, Moet the Chilean Eagle, and Ilena the Alaskan Bald Eagle. Julie was ...  more »
  • Had a fabulous day meeting some of the centre's magnificent birds and enjoying their presence while taking in the beautiful grounds of Doddington Place. I was very impressed by the professionalism and...  more »
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  • Great day out. The walk through the woods with JoJo the Harris Hawk was arguably the highlight of the day especially when she took off after something that caught her eye. The difference in flight pattern to her normal duties of entertaining the punters was striking. Aaron,our host, is great company and the rapport he has with his birds is inspiring . I’m not sure who love who the most. Aaron or the birds. I can’t recommend this place highly enough. I’ll definitely be back.
  • Just amazing! 6 hours of sheer pleasure. Katie and Paige, our Falconers were expert handlers and did their job extremely well. We were two groups of four. Lots of opportunity to fly a large range of birds in a beautiful setting - formal gardens, parkland and Sharsted Woods. Fantastic lunch and ample refreshments too. We would thoroughly recommend it as extremely good value for money.
  • Amazing morning flying the Owls, beautiful surroundings and very friendly staff... loved it!
  • This is a brilliant day out. Definitely worth booking a falconry experience. We absolutely loved it.
  • My partner and I enjoyed a half day experience flying four of the bigger birds. We were blown away by the knowledge from our Falconer Aaron who clearly loved what he did. We would return in a heart beat! Thank you Aaron and team!
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