Falconry is one of the most exciting elements of a Living Heritage Country Show, and will be a popular attraction at Wiltshire 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.
At Wiltshire 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.
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.
Have A Go Falconry
Incredibly popular, this is your child’s opportunity to hold or even fly one of our birds of prey. Completely free, this is often a highlight of the day, and an excellent photo opportunity!
We are pleased to welcome to the Wiltshire Game and 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 – Ray uses birds of prey in pest control and as a fascinating demonstrator and speaker. Also with equipment for sale
Andy Plant of the Hagley Falconry Centre – bringing a wide selection of different types of birds and many years of expertise
Ben Long – a falconer since 1971 and maker of falconry equipment, a selection of which he will be bringing to Wiltshire