Sat, May 27th, 2017
The Secret Owl Garden at Picton
Open Every Day Throughout the Season at Picton Castle & Gardens
The Secret Owl Garden can be found in Bluebell Walk and is run by our long time partners, Pembrokeshire Falconry.
Visitors can visit the site for an additional £3 per person, from 2 years – seniors! Under 2s are free. You can contact them on www.secretowlgarden.co.uk 07444177818 to find out more details.
- Learn all about owls and their special powers
- Discover Fudge’s Trail of Hoo’s Hoo
- Listen to stories about owls
- Find Fudge’s favourite hiding spots
- Watch an interactive owl session
- Fly an owl yourself!
For details of Private Experiences and Group Taster Sessions, visit our special website
We created our Owl Encounter because people are always telling us just how much they love owls. In the Secret Owl Garden there are 25 species in residence. Our Group and Taster experiences allow you to not only meet and hold 3 different species of owl, but you will also get to have them fly to you over and over again as you walk through beautiful gardens. Over 90 minutes of flying, you will fly a small, medium and large owl so that you can get to feel the difference in weight and see their different styles of flight and hear the different noises that they make. Even our really big owls are super friendly so that they can be flown by the smallest of people.
This is our most popular experience for families with younger children. Flying owls at a very young age is a great way to give children a love of birds of prey for the rest of their lives, you’ll be surprised as to how much they remember about their favourite bird.
After all the excitement of getting up close with the owls, there are drinks for you to enjoy in the café. We also take 100’s of photos of you on your experience, which are included in the price, so that when you get home you can all enjoy the memories over and over again.
Admission to The Secret Owl Garden is in addition to the normal garden entry fee at Picton Castle & Gardens, which means you can enjoy all that the castle and gardens have to offer as well as meet the owls and join in with the owl activities. There are lots of different things going on throughout the day, for all ages.
Tickets for The Secret Owl Garden cost £3.00 per person – under 2’s are free.
Visit Owls in their Homes
Our owls live in the Blue Bell Walk, which is a beautiful part of the woodland garden, covered in wild flowers. Hidden within the trees, each home is designed perfectly for that particular owl or pair of owls. Some of the owls live on their own, this is because they are what we call ‘hand-reared’ and think they are more like people. They come out and fly around the gardens every day, hoping to make new friends. Some of the other owls live together as they are ‘parent-reared’ and this is because they prefer to stay with their own kind and are hoping to raise a family of their own. You can visit all of the owls and learn more about them as you walk around The Secret Owl Garden.
You can visit all of the owls and learn more about them as you walk around The Secret Owl Garden.
As you walk around the aviaries, make sure you look closely at each owl. Hidden inside their houses is a little stowaway. Fudge the Owl is very cheeky and likes to go and visit his friends. Every day he can be found hiding in a different one of the owls houses. If you find him make sure you tell the nice people in the shop ‘hoo’ he’s visiting today and they will give you a prize.
Fudges Trail of Hoo’s Hoo
Did you know that owl’s names change depending on which country you are in? Because of this, all of the world uses their Latin names so that we know who we are talking about.
Fudge thinks that you are all super clever so he’s made you a treasure trail to learn which owl is which. You can pick up your ‘hoo’s hoo’ adventure guide at the shop when you arrive. This will give you a map of the whole garden. Make sure you check all of the trees to see which ones the different owls are living in.
Have you heard the one about The Owl who was afraid of the Dark? At 11am and 2pm we have story time. Come and join us in the xxxx where one of our owls will meet you and tell you a story. Maybe it will be a barn owl like Plop, or a Little Owl like Little Hoot and you might even get a chance to meet The Owl Babies.
Fly an Owl
If you want to get even closer to an owl there are opportunities throughout the day to enjoy one of owl flying experiences. We offer two group sessions per day (max 10 people) where you can enjoy having an owl fly to your arm. If you really love owls and want to spend even more time and get to know them better you can book for a private experience where you and your family and friends can spend 90 minutes taking the owls for a fly through the gardens.