Visit one of the UK’s biggest bird shows

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After last year’s event was a wash-out the British Falconry and Country Fair returns this Sunday and Monday (May 5 and 6) to Althorpe House.

This year’s Falconry Fair will host an eagle display co-ordinated by the British Falconers Club giving visitors the opportunity to experience the majesty of the eagle close-up. Here will also be an extensive programme of stunning flying demonstrations and displays by the best falconers.

The two-day family weekend is also host to a Country Fair which highlights a highly-entertaining range of country leisure pursuits including dog shows, archery, clay shoot, dog agility, novelty dog show, air gunning, black powder shooting, children’s quad bikes, bouncy castle, pony rides, and much more. The two day event will also have a variety of trade stalls with products and services ranging from greeting cards, ceramics, woodwork, and glassware, to leather good, paperweights, textile crafts and clothing.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “The Falconry and Raptor Fair will premier ultimate aspects of the falconry world.

“A variety of birds of prey demonstrations in the main arena, including eagles, hawks, falcons and owls will delight visitors. The birds may also be viewed at close range to appreciate their magnificence on special static displays.

“The weekend is a special occasion in the falconry calendar. The link between mankind and birds of prey has, for centuries, held a romantic association. This will be something that visitors will find fascinating when they experience the close encounter of seeing the grace, beauty and power of the most spectacular birds in the world.”

Adult tickets cost £13, children’s £5, under fives are free. See countryfairs.info for more information. Show starts 10am and closes at 6pm. Arena events start 11am. Dogs on leads welcome and car parking is free.