Plan Your Visit

Come for a flying visit – stay all day!

Each day we hold a talk on Vultures, there’s a meet and greet session and two flying displays. In between our daily events you can take a walk around the park and see our Owls, Eagles, Hawks, Falcons, Vultures and some of the more unusual residents like the Marabou Stork, Red-legged Seriema and Caracara!

There’s a café, picnic area and picnic benches dotted throughout the park and a children’s play area in the shape of a large wooden fort – so you’ll never be short of things to do.

Daily Events in Spring, Summer & Autumn

12pm – Stop at the Vulture Restaurant

The day kicks off with an informative Vulture talk, where we talk to you about the plight of Vultures across the world, and how Gauntlet Birds of Prey work alongside Gauntlet Conservation Trust to help protect these creatures in the wild.

12.30pm – Get seated for the Flying Display

Take a seat and be prepared to duck as Gauntlet’s spectacular birds whizz around our display arena! Our cheeky Vultures will spill into the arena in search of mischief and some of our noisy residents may have a thing or two to tell you. Enjoy the show!

2pm – Get ready to meet some feathered and furry friends

A chance to meet some of Gauntlet’s residents – up close! Feel the soft feathers of a deadly Owl, meet one of our more smelly residents and watch one of nature’s greatest predators devour it’s lunch (optional – just close your eyes)!

3pm – Prepare yourself for a Flying Display with a difference

Different from our 12.30pm display, see a new set of birds take to the skies. Our flying finale is a truly spectacular experience, that will have you on the edge of your seat. With mixed species from all over the world, prepare to be amazed!

Daily Events in Winter

During November and December when the park is open ‘Weekends Only’ and at February Half Term we have two events on during the day, due to seasonal changes like the weather, it becoming darker earlier and for the welfare of our African birds.* On colder, rainy days we take our daily events indoors. Please note: for their welfare some of our birds stay in their enclosures during bad weather spells.

*During Christmas Week there is NO 12.30pm Flying Show or 2.00pm Meet & Greet.

12.30pm – Get seated for our Winter Wings Show

Meet our Owls, Vultures and Eagles, watch them soar against a wintry backdrop. Then be amazed by our magnificent Kites as they take to the air! Please note: changes to our Winter flying display may occur due to weather conditions.

2pm – Get ready to meet some feathered and furry friends

A chance to meet some of Gauntlet’s residents – up close! Feel the soft feathers of a deadly Owl, meet one of our more smelly residents and watch one of nature’s greatest predators devour it’s lunch (optional – just close your eyes)!

Children’s activities:

Children can meet and feed our goats (purchase feed at the café/shop) and watch our cheeky Meerkats. There’s a spacious wooden fort play area with swings and sand pit adjacent to the café and picnic area.

PLEASE NOTE: All children must be supervised whilst playing in the play area and throughout the park, and are the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian.

Daily Tickets and Prices

With prices starting at just £10.50, you can enjoy a fun day out at Gauntlet Birds of Prey – Eagle & Vulture Park, Knutsford. Click on the ticket icon to book your daily visit!

As well as being able to walk through the park to see our birds and animals, the daily admission ticket also allows access to our informative Vulture Restaurant Talk, two fantastic Flying Demonstrations and the relaxed Meet & Greet session with our feathered and furry friends. There’s something for everyone here.

Children under 3 go free.
Concession ticket is for 65+, disabled, full-time student and unemployed

  • The purchase of a ticket allows visitors entrance to the park for one specific date only.
  • Upon completion of purchase you will be sent a confirmation email with an order number.
  • When you arrive at the park you will be asked to show this order number as proof of purchase.
  • Last entry to the park is 3pm, our park opening times differ throughout the year please click here for more information.

Park entrance tickets are valid for the specified date and cannot be refunded or transferred to another date.

If you’re looking for a more personal or hands-on experience why not try one of our Birds of Prey Experiences or Seasonal Events.

Do you have a Gauntlet Birds of Prey Membership?
There’s no need to book, just turn up on a day we are open and show your membership at reception.

  • Adults (16+) – £12.50
  • Child (3-16 years) – £10.50
  • Concession (65+, disabled, full-time student and unemployed) – £11.00
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children, 3-16 years) – £44.00
  • Family (2 adults and 3 children, 3-16 years) – £54.00
  • Carer – £4.00
  • Under 3’s go free!

RULES OF ADMISSION:

Please read before visiting/entering the park

  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Children must be supervised whilst playing in the play area and throughout the park, and are the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian or responsible adult.
  • Gauntlet Birds of Prey is a no smoking centre, this also includes vapes and e-cigarettes.
  • You are welcome to bring your own food to the park, please dispose of your litter responsibly.
  • No dogs allowed in the park.
  • Park entrance tickets are valid for the specified date and cannot be refunded or transferred to another date.
  • Last entry to the park is 3pm.*
  • Gauntlet Birds of Prey reserves the right to refuse admission.
  • Zero tolerance: Swearing, threats or any acts of violence will not be tolerated. Anyone giving verbal or physical abuse to members of staff will be asked to leave the premises.
  • During flying demonstrations for your health and safety all visitors MUST stay seated.
  • CCTV is used throughout the centre for the safety of visitors, staff, and security.
  • During your visit Gauntlet Birds of Prey may take photographic images or video to use on social media, website or for advertising purposes. If you do not wish to be included in these images please make staff aware on admission.
  • The use of tripods and monopods around the centre is not allowed unless permission is given by management.

*During Christmas holidays last entry to the park is 1.30pm.

Opening Times

MARCH TO OCTOBER
Open 5 days a week:
Wednesday to Sunday – 11am–5pm (last entry 3pm)
(The park is closed for Daily Visits only on Monday and Tuesday)

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER
Open Weekends only for Daily Visits – 11am–4.30pm (last entry 3pm)
CLOSED 25th–31st December

JANUARY & FEBRUARY
CLOSED FOR DAILY VISITS
With the exception of February Half Term, see below

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
See daily ticket calendar for dates
Open 7 days a week:
FEBRUARY HALF TERM: 11am–4.30pm (last entry 3pm)
EASTER, MAY HALF TERM & SUMMER HOLIDAYS: 11am–5pm (last entry 3pm)
OCTOBER HALF TERM: 11am–4.30pm (last entry 3pm)
CHRISTMAS: 11am–3pm (last entry 1.30pm)

Getting Here

Gauntlet Birds of Prey is on Manchester Road, Knutsford WA16 0SX. We are next to Fryer’s Garden Centre & Roses.

By Car:
The park is situated just outside of Knutsford on the A50 next to Fryer’s Roses & Garden Centre.
From M6 Southbound – leave at Junction 20 and follow the A50 towards Knutsford.
From M6 Northbound – leave at Junction 19, take the first exit onto the A556. At the traffic lights turn left heading towards Knutsford. Take the first exit at the roundabout and follow the A50.

On Foot:
The park is about a 30 min walk from Knutsford town centre along the A50.

By Rail:
Knutsford railway station is in the town centre. From the station the park can then be reached by taxi or on foot.

Food and Drink

Café

There is a café in the park where you can purchase hot and cold drinks, sweet and savoury snacks and sandwiches. You can sit inside, out in the covered picnic area adjacent to the children’s play area or at one of our many picnic areas throughout the park.

Bring your own:

You are very welcome to bring your own food and drink and sit in the outdoor picnic areas throughout the park. Please use the litter bins provided to dispose of your rubbish.

Access and Facilities

The park is wheelchair accessible and pram friendly. If you have a question about accessibility or you would like more information prior to your visit, send us a message or call us on 01565 754 419.

Parking:
There is a large car park to the front of the park. Parking is free.

Baby Changing Facilities:
The park has two baby changing facilities.

Disabled Toilets:
Disabled toilets are available at the park.

Stay and Play

Need something to do during the week with your little ones?

Our spacious wooden fort play area with swings and sand pit adjacent to the café and picnic area will keep your little ones entertained while you have a hot drink and a chat with friends or family – whilst keeping your eye on them!

A Great Meeting Place

The park café makes for a great place to hold a weekly or monthly meeting! Call the park on 01565 754 419 to arrange one.

How to book a date for your Birds of Prey Experience

If you have purchased or received a Birds of Prey Experience voucher and would like to book a date for your experience, here’s what to do.

Click here to contact us, telling us what Birds of Prey Experience it is, voucher reference code and your contact number and we will contact you to arrange your visit (please remember to have your voucher reference code to hand).

Make sure you book in advance as during our busy periods (weekends and school holidays) at present our waiting time for booking a date for your experience is between 4 to 8 months depending on the experience.

Cancellation Terms & Conditions:
If you need to cancel your date, we require 7 full days notice from the date of your experience, this will allow you to rebook a date for your experience. To cancel please email: enquiries@gauntletbirdsofprey.co.uk – in the Email Subject please write: Cancellation, your Order Number and the Experience name.

• If you cancel within the 7 day period of your experience and up to 9.30am on the day of your experience you will be required to pay a £25.00 cancellation fee. This fee will allow you to rebook a date.

• If you cancel after 9.30am or make no contact on the day of your experience, you will not be able to rebook a date.