When writing this review I’m conscious that for some people visiting The Hawk Conservancy Trust is a bit too far. It is near Andover, Hampshire so it was quite a long drive from Aylesbury but it is absolutely worth it. It had been recommended to us and has become one of our favourite days out ever!
We arrived pretty much at opening time so we got to see the Vulture talk. You might not expect it, but you’ll come out loving those guys by the end! We went to every single show and, whilst each one was unique, they were all spectacular. At times they took your breath away. My sons were lucky enough to be chosen to participate in the owl show. I won’t say what they had to do as I don’t want to spoil it, but it was one of those experiences my nature-loving boys will never forget.
The staff were all clearly very passionate both about their jobs and the animals they care for. The site isn’t huge, which actually is a good thing for little legs, but we were there the entire day once we’d done all the shows, looked at all the birds and had a bit of a play in the playground. It’s actually the perfect size for a full day out.
The site as a whole is very pushchair friendly. During one show it was a bit awkward finding somewhere to put the pushchair but we got it sorted. They do have spaces at the front for the shows for wheel chairs.
As we often do, we took a picnic with us and there were lots of benches to use. I did have a look around the cafe and it was extremely clean, a good size and had both indoor and outdoor areas. The loos weren’t that brilliant but they were clean enough. The baby change was massive and there’s a loo in the same room which is always helpful.
The little extras
The boys did the free owl hunting trail and were very pleased to collect their prize. The playground has recently been installed and it’s fantastic. Even as a stand alone park the one at Hawk Conservancy Trust would have been worthy of a review on it’s own! Not surprisingly it’s bird themed, but it’s a decent size with lots of different, and quite unique, things to do. As I said, it’s quite new so currently it’s extremely well maintained. Given the condition the rest of the site is in I imagine that will continue. It was hard to drag the kids away when it was time to go to the next show.
After the Valley of the Eagles show they do short, free tractor rides and the kids can explore the meadow. There are also additional, payable, experiences that you can take part in. The person who recommended the Hawk Conservancy Trust to us did the falconry experience and absolutely loved it.
A family ticket is £48.95 online (under 4’s are FREE) and Blue Peter badge holders get in FREE (one per full paying adult). The whole place came about because of an appearance on Blue Peter so it’s only fitting that Blue Peter badge holders get in free. (Pprices correct as at Feb 2020)
Parking / How to get there
Parking – Plenty, free and on-site
Address – Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY
On-site. The baby change is massive and includes a loo. Bonus!
Cafe on-site but picnics welcome.
Our Hawk Conservancy Trust REview
Rating – 5 / 5 . We were exhausted by the end of the day, but we had such an amazing time.