Experience days:                                              Essex's number 1 provider on Trip Advisor!

Here at the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy we offer a wide range of experience days. Whatever your level of knowledge, ability or fascination for birds of prey, there is something for everyone. From owl lovers and bird enthusiasts, to those who are looking for the chance to see these magnificent birds flying and hunting in the surrounding countryside.

Whether you are treating yourself, or buying a gift for a friend or loved one, you’ll have a great time with us at Imperial. Our team of staff will guide you through an exciting day of hands on experience with our birds ranging from owls, to vultures and eagles! Our informative days will allow you to witness different aspects of bird handling, flight, habitat and husbandry, making sure that your day will be an experience you’ll never forget.

All of our experiences can be purchased online and our vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

Please take the time to view all of our experiences and read the Terms and conditions carefully, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us to find out more.

Please note: All of our vouchers are now sent via email within 24 hours so keep an eye out for them and always check your spam boxes!


Back by popular demand is our owls by candlelight experience day, from 1st December 2022 to 23rd December 2022.

Get the chance to fly our owls outside!

Imperial Exotic Animal Encounters

The sister buisness to The Imperial Bird of Prey Academy. Get up close and personal with a range of exotic animals!

Our Experiences- Christmas sale on now!

Explore our best selling offers


The Kids Experience

Christmas sale!

Available for all ages,

Stuck for ideas on how to entertain the kids?

Meet and greet our tiny birds of prey!

Available on school holidays.

The 1 hour Experience

A brilliant taster for all ages!

A one hour experience at Imperial.

A great taster experience and first insight into the world of birds of prey.

The Owl Encounter

Discover the magic!

Are you or someone you know crazy about owls?

 If so then this is the experience for you!

Half day Experience

Perfect for bird of prey enthusiasts!

Our best selling experience day!

The half day experience is a great opportunity to meet and fly an array of different birds.

The Ultimate Experience

The Best of both experiences!


With the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy and Imperial Exotic animal encounters coming together for the Ultimate experince day!

The Hawk Walk

Brand new to 2022

Spend an hour with our amazing hawks, with a range of harris hawks, goshawks and sparrowhawks to see all year round!

Adopt a bird

Give a little back to the birds

Show your support by adopting a bird of prey for a year!

Meet and Greet included!

Imperial Exotic animal encounters

Get up close and personal with a range of exotic animals!

In partnership with the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy

Meerkat meet and greet!

Great for the whole family!

Get up close and personal with our mob of meerkats here at the Imperial Bird of Prey Academy and Imperial Exotic Animal Encounters!

Terms and conditions

All of our experience days are weather permitting and Imperial reserve the right to cancel experience days if the weather conditions are unsuitable for flying.

We pride ourselves on our amazing experience days, the only thing we can’t control is the weather! If the weather is looking bad on the day, we will call you on the contact number provided to us. (This could be as early as 9am on the day of your experience so please keep your phones on!)


If you are worried about your experience day not going ahead as planned, you can always call us on the office phone and someone will be happy to speak with you. If your day is cancelled due to weather, we will re-book you onto the earliest convenient slot, this can be whenever is best for you.


Please remember that weekends are always best booked as far in advance as possible!

Please make sure you read the age limits before purchasing any experience days.

If more then 15 minutes late for the scheduled booking you will not be able to complete you experience that day, additionally if the correct paperwork is not shown on the day of the booking, it will also result in the experience being re-scheduled.


We ask that all participants please let us know in advance if there are any medical conditions or disabilities that we may need to be aware of. (Barleylands has full disabled access and we can accommodate for most medical conditions on our experience days). We will always have client safety in mind during all activities. 

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