August 4th 2019 is International Owl Awareness Day, so we can’t think of a better time to visit us and discover all about these wonderful creatures. Worldwide there are over 200 species of owl and we’ll be able to show you 18 of the most stunning varieties, from the iconic Barn Owl through to the exotic African Spotted Eagle Owl and rare McKinders Owl. We’re primed with information about their fascinating lifestyles, characteristics and mythology, and as you watch some of them in captivating flying demonstrations, you’ll come to appreciate the important need for their conservation.
We’ll be pleased to welcome all our friends from the deaf community back to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary for a day of displays and special Q&A sessions from our experienced BSL signing expert, Natalie. Admission will be FREE to all deaf visitors who register with us at least 7 days before the event - simply email us on firstname.lastname@example.org, fax us on 01449 711938 or call 03456 807897 to sign up!
Vultures are an ecologically vital group of birds that face a range of threats in many areas that they occur. Populations of many species are under pressure and some species are facing extinction.
The International Vulture Awareness Day has grown from Vulture Awareness Days run by the Birds of Prey Programme of the Endangered Wildlife Trust in South Africa and the Hawk Conservancy Trust in England, who decided to work together and expand the initiative into an international event.
We too are passionate about these intriguing birds and the need for the conservation of vultures by highlighting the important work being carried out by the world’s vulture conservationists on this special day.
So come along and meet our hooded vultures and turkey vultures as we explain all about them as they demonstrate their wonderful character in our flying demonstrations on the day.
EXTRA! Download some free children’s games and craft activities all about Vultures including the Clean-Up Crew, a Vulture Map, Join-the-Dots, Word Search, Vulture Maze, Word Scramble and Hooded & Turkey Vulture Colouring pages, courtesy of the guys at Birdorable.com
Join us again for another fun start to Christmas with our special weekend for youngsters. Admission to the centre will be free to all, Father Christmas will be on hand together with his elves and a gift for all children, and our popular guest Elf Natalie will be on hand to sign the festive visit for deaf youngsters. The Sanctuary will be open from 10.00am to 5.00pm on both days and during your visit to Stonham you’ll be able to enjoy the Christmas Craft Fair, shops and other attractions including a miniature fun fair, Tumbledown Play Barn, Adventure Golf and more. (Visits to Father Christmas £3.50).
Suffolk Day 2019 will be something special at S.O.S. As the event is taking place on a Friday, we’re promoting the 'day as a ‘weekend’ event and to celebrate are offering our Family Day Pass for just £10 on each of the three days!
This will include come-&-go admission to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and include:
• Over 80 beautiful owls and other birds of prey
• Spectacular flying displays*
• The S.O.S. Safari with prizes for every young visitor
• The new Bird of Prey Hospital
• Our Meerkat Mob, Ferrets and Red Squirrels in the Woodland Walk
• Discovery Centre and British Wildlife Information Centre
• Mini-Maze and the inclusive playground at Cobweb Corner
• Picnic and relaxation areas throughout the centre in amongst the aviaries
Enjoy a great day out, gates open at 10.00 am and the park closes at 5.00pm.
*Flying Displays are weather permitting and will be replaced by talks with the birds if weather inclement.
With FREE ENTRY for Dad (and Grandad and yes, even Great Grand-Dads too!) this Father’s Day, why not pay Suffolk Owl Sanctuary a visit on Father’s Day, Sunday 16th June?
You’ll be able to watch up to three spectacular flying displays, take a tour of over 70 different owls and other birds of prey you’ll find at S.O.S. (including the impressive Bald Eagle and Golden Eagles - always a favourite), join in the fun with our cheeky meerkat mob, then chase Dad round the Mini-Maze to work up an appetite before rounding off the day by treating him to a slice of cake at the Teapot Tearoom?!
There’s plenty to see and do at Stonham Barns so with our come-and-go ticket so you should have a great day out! We look forward to seeing you.
Make the best of your Bank Holiday with a trip to Stonham Barns with a visit to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. Our all day come-&-go ticket means you can admire over 80 beautiful owls and other stunning birds of prey and see many of them showing off their aerial exterity in up to three flying displays throughout the day, find out all about our wild owl nest box, rescue and rehabilitation schemes in our drive to promote their conservation; visit the Woodland Walk and our small colony of red squirrels and enjoy the company of our cheeky mob at Meerkat Kastle whilst the youngsters explore the mini-maze, complete the S.O.S. Owl Safari competition with a prize for all and have fun in our inclusive playground.
When you’re not our guests at the Sanctuary, you can visit the Stonham Barns shops and art gallery, enjoy a meal at the Café Bistro, play Adventure Golf or Footgolf, go fishing, explore the TeaPot Pottery, Teashop and Garden Centre, or take the kids to the Tumbledown playbarn. S.O.S. is open daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Enjoy!
Build your Bank Holiday trip to Stonham Barns around your visit to the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. Your all day come-&-go ticket means you can admire over 80 beautiful owls and other stunning birds of prey, see many of them showing off their aerial exterity in up to three flying displays throughout the day, find out all about our conservation and wild owl nest box, rescue and rehabilitation schemes, visit the Woodland Walk and our small colony of red squirrels and enjoy the company of our cheeky mob at Meerkat Kastle whilst the youngsters explore the mini-maze, complete the S.O.S. Owl Safari competition with a prize for all and have fun in our inclusive playground.
When you’re not in the Sanctuary, take the time to visit the shops and picture gallery, enjoy a meal at the Café Bistro, play Adventure Golf or Footgolf, explore the TeaPot Pottery and Teashop, pick up something for the garden at Garden Centre, or take the kids to the Tumbledown playbarn. Enjoy your day!
Youngsters can get a taste of the Easter Holiday festivities with our special Easter Egg Hunt, which will take place from Monday 15th April through to the Bank Holiday Weekend. Find one of the eggs hidden throughout the centre and we'll exchange it for a chocolate one!
There will be separate flying displays each day (weather permitting) featuring some of our amazing birds (as featured below by visitors to the centre), the opportunity to find out all about our conservation and wild owl nest box, rescue and rehabilitation schemes, and our inquisitive Meerkat Mob will be on hand to greet you. Don't forget our come-&-go ticket means you can also enjoy all the other activities, entertainments and shops at Stonham Barns between the displays and searching for those elusive eggs!
There’s no better way to learn all about owls and other birds of prey than by watching them in action during the flying displays that we puts on throughout the summer season.
Starting on April 6th, each demonstration features a cast of beautiful birds in a display narrated by our experienced falconers who will tell you all about the lifestyles, habitats and conservation status.
You find out about a wide variety of species from Barn Owls to Kestrels, Red KItes to Peregrine Falcons and Bateleur Eagles to Hooded Vultures.
There are over 80 birds of owls and other birds of prey at S.O.S. plus ferrets, red squirrels and a cheeky mob of meerkats together with a sensory garden, woodland walk and discovery centre.
We are open for 10.00am daily and with our exclusive come-and-go admission policy, you can visit us as many times as you like during the day whilst you explore the many other attractions that Stonham Barns has to offer.
Why not give Mum an extra-special treat on Mothering Sunday with a visit to Suffolk Owl Sanctuary. And because we all love our Mums the treat’s on us, with no admission charge for all Mums & Grand-Mums!
Our come-and-go admission means that you can visit all our beautiful owls and other birds of prey and find out all about our conservation and wild owl nest box, rescue and rehabilitation schemes; then pop in to Meerkat Kastle to see the cheeky Mob and even catch a glimpse of the Red Squirrels in their Woodland Walk enclosures, as often as you like. Between times you can take a trip round the shops, enjoy a tasty lunch at Bistro at the Barns (be sure to book first - visit http://www.bistroatthebarns.co.uk/ for more info) or take tea at The Pottery Tea & Cake Shop. Meanwhile Dad and the young ’uns will be able to visit the Tumbledown Playbarn or Smuggler’s Bay Adventure Golf.
Mums - we look forward to seeing on the day!
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