Hampshire’s leading bird of prey visitor attraction and conservation charity says group visits are well and truly on the rise post-pandemic.
While successive lockdowns caused visitor numbers to fall for the whole of the leisure industry, the team at the Hawk Conservancy Trust stayed focused on the point that has now come – the reward of visitors returning to enjoy its renowned visitor experience, which has been consistently recognised for excellence in a variety of rankings, including a number one spot on TripAdvisor’s Hampshire Days out with over 3,000 five-star reviews.
Marketing Manager Louise Cox says it’s a unique combination of winning factors that strike a chord with visitors and group organisers alike: “Of course our three daily flying displays are the jewels in our crown, and are combined with our 22 tranquil acres of countryside,130 feathered residents and an incredible team of bird experts who thrive on engaging and entertaining visitors at every turn. On the practical side for groups, we’re just off the A303 near Andover, with ample coach parking space, wheelchair accessibility and an extensive food and drink offering throughout the day in Feathers restaurant.”
The display-focussed nature of the visit means those needing a slower place and who may struggle with mobility issues do not miss out. All three display arenas have been designed with access and visibility in mind and with birds often flying in front of, over and around visitors, everyone has the chance to come as close as possible to these stunning creatures The arenas are close together so it’s easy to move between displays and relaxing strolls along tree-lined paths are perfectly punctuated by peaceful spots to sit and enjoy nature.
In addition, organisers and group members are reportedly very positive about knowing their ticket revenue goes directly to the charity’s vital bird of prey conservation work both in the UK and overseas.
To find out more about group visits, ticket prices and associated benefits including free familiarisation visits, driver offers and restaurant deals, visit https://www.hawk-conservancy.org/your-visit/group-visits/