Falconry is one of the most exciting elements of a Living Heritage Country Show, and will be a popular attraction at Thame Country Fair. The programme is packed with excitement and wonder as these majestic birds perform their wide range of skills. Whether this be a Peregrine Hybrid Falcon, performing speeds of up to 150 mph, an Eagle, gliding from one end of the arena to the other, or even the Mexican Harris Hawks, also known as the comedians of the bird world it is all amazing to watch.
Have A Go Falconry
We are pleased to be introducing ‘Have A Go Falconry’ where your child can have a fifteen minute falconry session completely free. Learn how to hold and fly one of these amazing birds – guaranteed a highlight of the day!
At Thame Country Fair there will also be around fifty individual birds of prey on display, so you can come and meet and photograph them as well as watching them fly. Feel free to ask any questions of our falconers. They are always very happy to talk about their birds and are some of the most experienced bird handlers in the UK so you are guaranteed a fascinating insight into the world of the bird of prey.
Falconry displays take place mainly in the Countryside Arena, but check your programme! They are also occasionally in the Andy Singleton Arena. Also surprisingly in the dog arena, featuring the amazing ways in which gun dogs and birds of prey can work together.
We are pleased to welcome to Thame Country Fair:
Chris Neal – falconry and conservation expert. Chris has been with us for many years and is always happy to introduce you to his birds of prey and answer any questions.
Ray Pickup of Raptor Experience– Raptor experience have been doing professional bird of prey displays since 2006.
Andy Plant of The Hagley Falconry Centre – bringing a wide selection of different types of birds and many years of expertise.
Dave Hughes of HawkWalk in Oxfordshire, a local family owned business with a wide range of birds of prey