Hawkwise Falconry – a family experience with a difference

Today we did something really special and so different, something Lily told me was actually “the best adventure activity EVER”.

As soon as I saw this event crop up on my Facebook events feed (what else is Facebook for, really?!), I had to book on. The event was titled “Spell Jar Making with Owl Handling” – I knew instantly that Lily would love it. Plus, it was at one of my favourite places, Cattows Farm.

She was so proud of herself for holding the owl!
She was so proud of herself for holding the owl!

Before our timeslot, we saw Splat the hawk head off on his Hawk Walk across the pumpkin fields. It was a beautiful day for it, and looked like another great experience.

We were early so enjoyed our third visit to Cattows Farm this month already, including a lovely walk around the fields and a coffee in the tearoom! With Hawkwise there too over half term, you’re sure to have a fantastic day out with everything you need for all the family.

Over half term, Hawkwise are at the lovely Cattows Farm
Over half term, Hawkwise are at the lovely Cattows Farm

We went over to the Hawkwise marquee and were met by Becky in her witch’s outfit, who led us in to their beautifully decorated tent. It was such a welcoming way to start the experience, and I wasn’t expecting it at all.

The owls were all lined up inside the marquee
The owls were all lined up inside the marquee

There were owls and Splat the hawk all lined up by the “gravestones”, and then a special spell-making area hidden around the corner.

Lily is only 4 so isn’t one for “scary” Halloween, just loves all the fun decorations and excuse to do some Halloween activities.

Choosing all the happy things to put in her jar and decorate it too
Choosing all the happy things to put in her jar and decorate it too

This was just the biggest treat for her this Halloween and so magical too. She worked with Becky on a special “spell jar” where she got to fill a jar with her own “happy things”, including a scroll which she drew happy things on (well, randomly, a happy mouse!), glitter, coloured sand and more amazing things.

She loves all kinds of crafts and activities making things so she was in her element here!

She loves crafts of all kinds, but this was just a fantastic setup and so different for a day out
She loves crafts of all kinds, but this was just a fantastic setup and so different for a day out

She was allowed to pick a special little tealight to put inside it to take home with her too, and was able to talk to Becky about all the lovely things she put inside her jar, including the colours, shapes, feel of things and how they make her feel.

It meant that she got to really think about what she put inside it, making it such a special experience for her.

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Focusing hard on the spell jar!

Once she had finished her jar, she was able to choose an owl to hold. She sat in a special throne, and had the incredible experience of holding an owl.

For those who didn’t want to do the whole spell experience you could also meet and hold the owls for ยฃ2.50 too.

She was amazed by the whole experience too. Her spell jar is by her feet!
She was amazed by the whole experience too. Her spell jar is by her feet!

Lily was so proud of herself for holding the owl and it meant so much to her as she truly loves these birds.

Such a special and unique experience this Halloween
Such a special and unique experience this Halloween

To top it all off, she was then presented with a special Certificate of Wizardry to complete the beautiful experience.

Hawkwise Falconry visits locations all over the county for events, birthday parties and more to give children and adults of all ages and abilities some amazing and tailored experiences.

She got to take her spell jar and certificate home with her
She got to take her spell jar and certificate home with her

She has also worked with SEN families, and so knows how to adapt her experiences for different abilities, which is really fantastic. Lily is still only 4, so I never know how confident she will be getting involved in activities, however Becky made her feel so welcome and happy, and she truly loved every minute.

She loved the whole experience, thank you Hawkwise
She loved the whole experience, thank you Hawkwise

The Hawkwise Falconry events are running on various dates throughout Halloween at Cattows Farm, so head over to their Facebook page to make sure you don’t miss out. For the spell jar making and Hawk Walk you need to prebook in advance, but the owls are available to visit when you’re at Cattows Farm on selected dates up to Halloween.

You can also book her for your own events, and she is so friendly that I’m sure she will be able to advise you on amazing experiences to suit you and your family.

The owls were all so beautiful
The owls were all so beautiful

Lily has gone to bed tonight with her special jar and nightlight from today on her bedside to give her “all the happy dreams”. I really can’t thank Hawkwise enough for such a lovely morning, and making this Halloween so special for her.

The spell jar even came to her bedside with her last night to give her
The spell jar even came to her bedside with her last night to give her “happy dreams” ๐Ÿ™‚

For more on Hawkwise Falconry and upcoming events, head over to their Facebook page now.

For more on Cattows Farm this Halloween, check out my review here.

Certificate of Wizardry... along with the baby pumpkin she picked at Cattows Farm!
Certificate of Wizardry… along with the baby pumpkin she picked at Cattows Farm!

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