Watch Cherokee the Bald Eagle swoop down from the sky, his white majestic head almost invisible and the tips of his outspread wingspan almost brushing the audience; it’s something quite spectacular. Or see Vivian, the enormous Milky Eagle Owl, flying noiselessly above you and landing right next to where you sit.
All of these experiences are part of the flying displays at The Isle of Wight Owl and Falconry Centre at Appuldurcombe House, in Wroxall. And flying high above this ancient parkland, designed by Capability Brown, and the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), is the perfect way to see them.
Henry VIII hunted here in 1538, possibly with his favoured Gyrfalcons. And the centre does have Gyrfalcons too, amongst over 60 birds, which include a pair of red kites, hawks, falcons, kestrels and a selection of owls from all over the world. Different birds are chosen for the daily flying demonstrations, and all are in tip top condition, the hunting elite of the skies.
There are regular tractor and trailer rides around the estate, indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, cinema showing films about Appuldurcombe’s illustrious history and the Aviary Café for light bites and beverages.
You can also visit the remains of the ruined Appuldurcombe House, once the grand stately home of the Worsley family and the infamous Lady Seymour Worsley – she was recently the subject of the television series The Scandalous Lady W. You can even stay in one of the character cottages on the estate.
- open daily from 2 April to 30 September except CLOSED on Saturdays
- generally opens at 10:00 - please check the calendar on the left for specific days and times
- 30 minutes before closing time
- free large car park
- gravelled pathways
- assistance dogs on a lead are welcome in Appuldurcombe House and grounds but not permitted in the Falconry Centre
- outdoor children's soft play area
- indoor children's play barn
- tractor trailer ride at 12:30
- baby changing facilities
- display times are 11:00, 13:30 and 14:45 and generally last about 45 minutes (on wet days the flying displays go inside to the purpose built, converted brewhouse)
The Aviary Cafe
- serves hot and cold snacks and sandwiches, cakes and hot and cold drink
- at the main entrance with a range of gifts and souvenirs
We hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to tweet a pic
Owl and Falconry Centre Address: Appuldurcombe Road, Wroxall, Isle of Wight, PO38 3EW