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, Kookaburra 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

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!

Children’s activities:

Throughout the park we have a Birds of Prey Passport Trail (pick up a passport at the shop/café), they 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

Park Entrance Tickets

In readiness for the park opening on Wednesday 19th May and due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have introduced a calendar-based ticket system. This means when you purchase a park entry ticket you will be required to select the date of your visit. Tickets MUST be purchased online and you will no longer be able to purchase tickets at the park. This will allow us to keep the number of visitors to a safe amount each day.

If you have purchased tickets using our old ticket system please contact us so we can book you in on a day of your choosing. Click here and fill out your details on our contact form and we will be in touch.

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.

  • Adults (16+) – £9.50
  • Child (3-16 years) – £7.00
  • Concession (65+, disabled, full-time student and unemployed) – £8.00
  • Family (2 adults and 2 children, 3-16 years) – £32.00
  • Add extra children to Family tickets – £6.00
  • Under 3’s go free!

RULES OF ADMISSION:

  • Gauntlet is a no smoking centre, this also includes vapes and e-cigarettes.
  • Park entrance tickets are valid for the specified date and cannot be transferred to another date.
  • During flying demonstrations for your health and safety we require all visitors to be seated.
  • CCTV is used throughout the centre for the safety of visitors, staff, and security.
  • During your visit Gauntlet may take photographic images or video to use on social media, the website, or advertising. 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.
  • Gauntlet reserves the right to refuse admission.
  • 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.
  • Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • No dogs allowed in the park.

Opening Times

The park will reopen Wednesday 19th May

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

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Open 7 days a week:
Monday to Sunday – 11am–5pm (last entry 3pm)

NOVEMBER TO FEBRUARY
Open Weekends only – 11am–4.30pm (last entry 3pm)

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) it can take up to 8 to 10 weeks to secure a date.