to Nov 25

Christmas With The Owls 2018

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STOP PRESS! Because our Christmas With The Owls event has been so popular in the past, you can now book timed tickets for your young ones to visit Santa and so avoid the queues - just call us now on 03456 807 897 / Option 3 to secure your Santa’s Visit tickets (£3.00 including gift). Admission to the Sanctuary is free all weekend.

We’re also introducing a special signed session for deaf youngsters on Sunday morning between 10.00am and 1.00pm. Each visit to Santa will be interpreted by qualified and highly experienced BSL signer, Natalie and she’ll also be explaining all about the reindeer in the afternoon, too.

Join us as part of the Stonham Barns Christmas Craft Fair Weekend at the end of November - a Free visit to see the owls, other birds of prey and animals plus a visit to Santa at this very popular event is the best way to get your festive frivolities off to a great start!

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to Oct 28

Half-Term Hoot with FREE Halloween Face Painting


Join us at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary for our Half Term Hoot. Throughout the holidays there will be over 70 amazing owls and other birds of prey on display plus Red Squirrels, Meerkats & Ferrets, and also for young visitors the S.O.S. Safari Quiz with prizes, our Mini-Maze, Discovery Centre and inclusive playground.  On the weekend of Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October there will also be Free Face Painting with a scary Halloween theme for all young visitors between 11.00am and 3.00pm, and the centre itself is open 10.00am until  4.00pm daily.

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to Sep 16

Countryside & Falconry Fair

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Countryside & Falconry Fair to raise funds for Suffolk wildlife charity at weekend

The Countryside & Falconry Fair at Stonham Barns this coming weekend, 15th & 16th September, has been organised by the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary as a fundraiser to support the running of its rescue and rehabilitation scheme for injured wild owls and other birds of prey.

The Charity hopes the initiative will provide funding to enable a new raptor hospital to be completed. This has been purpose-designed to increase the capacity for an increasing number of injured birds of prey brought into the centre, and enable a greater number to be released back to the wild fit and flying free.

The Countryside Fair will host a number of show ring events including carriage driving, heavy horse logging demonstrations, the Dog & Duck Show, falconry & gun-dog displays and the spectacular Free Spirit Horseback & Falconry display which this year will feature some of the horses featured in the Game of Thrones TV series.


Alde Horse & Carriage Driving
The Dog & Duck Show
Heavy Horses Logging Display
Avon Ferrets

Suffolk Greyhound & Lurcher Display
Out On A Wing Falconry Display
Free Spirit Horse & Falconry Show
Stour Valley Beagles

Over 80 exhibitors are attending the Mid Suffolk Showground and Craft Pavilion to show all manner of arts, crafts, customs together with locally grown & brewed produce. Country sports & activities will be on hand for visitors to try including crossbows and fly casting, with have-a-go archery & craft sessions in the Medieval Encampment.

The Countryside & Falconry Fair takes place at Stonham Barns on the A1120 and is open Saturday & Sunday 15th & 16th September from 10.00am until 5.00pm.  Admission prices include all-day come-&-go admission to not just to the Fair but also to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary & Jenny’s Ark itself - Adults £10, Children & Seniors £8.50 and £37.50 for a family group of 5.


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BSL Signing Day - FREE ADMISSION for the Deaf.


The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary are hosting a BSL Signing Day Thursday 30th. August, running from 10.00a.m. until 5.00p.m.

Entry is free for all deaf visitors and their carer/support workers and we are happy to accept bookings in advance from clubs, groups, families and individuals, as well as admission on the day.

Visitors can enjoy the opportunity to experience owls and other birds of prey flying free at close quarters three times throughout the day - at 11.30a.m., 1.30p.m. and 3.30p.m and witness two meerkat feeding sessions take place every day at 11.00a.m. and 3.00p.m.

All displays and talks will be interpreted by qualified and highly experienced BSL signer, Natalie.

Entry to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary also includes admission to Jenny’s Ark featuring a loveable collection of domestic animals including gerbils, guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, birds and mice.

For further details or to receive free tickets in advance, please ‘phone 0345 680 7897 (option 3) or email

Please note that, for the welfare of the sanctuary’s birds, we regret that assistance dogs cannot be admitted to the centre. Thank you.

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Photo Workshop


Photo Workshop Days at the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary offer something special for all keen photographers - a day in the close company of owls, with an expert wildlife photographer on hand to offer tips & tricks of how to get the best from the experience.

The price per adult is £80.00 incl. café lunch

PLEASE NOTE: PHOTO WORKSHOP DAYS are activity courses which are run at the Centre in tandem with our normal operations, attractions & events. All visitors to S.O.S. are welcome to take any photos or videos of our birds and other animals without charge.

If you would like to arrange a school visit or perhaps would like us to visit you for a group talk or event, please contact us - our resources are limited but we are happy to comply whenever we can!

For more information or to make a booking, call us on local rate number 03456 807 897 or e-mail us at

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to Apr 2

Easter at S.O.S. 2018


Our new year kicks off with the start of our flying display season and a special Easter Egg Hunt for the youngsters from Friday to Monday over the Bank Holiday Weekend.  Find one of the eggs hidden throughout the centre and we'll exchange it for a chocolate one!  Also watch out for our Easter Bunny and some of her other woodland friends for a special Easter selfie!

There will be three separate flying displays each day (weather permitting) featuring some of our amazing birds (as captured below by visitors to the centre last year), and don't forget our come-&-go ticket means you can also enjoy all the other activities and shops at Stonham Barns between the displays and searching for those elusive eggs!

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