Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk IP14 6AT
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We were looking for a day out in Suffolk and found Stonham Barns Owl Sanctury at Stonham Aspal. It is on the A1120 and is well sign posted so was no problem to find. There is good parking and a restaurant offering hot and cold meals and sandwiches. There are also several small shops to visit stocking various things, such as old fashioned sweets, kitchen ware including lots of unusual things that are hard to find in the department stores, such as different shaped cookie cutters that could be bought separately. There was also a good shop for buying and caring for tropical fish and gold fish and a small part of the shop had unusual pets to buy such as snakes. We also looked at a very nice furniture shop.
However, back to the owls, the sanctury is very reasonably priced at £6.50 for adults (less for children and concessions) and is open 7 days a week. From March to September flying displays are held several times a day. There are various birds of prey, not just owls, and some of these are flown in turn at the various displays. The two men that we saw that day flying the birds were excellent. They kept up a commentary all the time the birds were flying giving lots of interesting facts about the birds and their natural habitat and how they act in the wild as well as information about the individual birds' characters. The birds looked happy and well cared for both in and out of their enclosures. We were able to sit very close to the flying area and the birds flew over our heads - quite low at times - and sat on various perches around the seating area as well as the flying area which enabled us to take some good photos and see the birds very close up. We actually sat through 2 displays - there was no restriction once the entrance fee had been paid.
We really enjoyed our day here and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in wild life and birds of prey in particular.
Hello we visited the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary recently and it made for an informative, interesting few hours out.
The Owl Sanctuary relies on donations to keep going and entry is on a donation basis. However they do have a suggested price list which is as follows:-
Child 4-14:- £4
Under 4's:- Free
Family Group:- £20 (up to 5 people)
I found these prices to be fair enough value for money as we purchased a family ticket for 4 adults at the suggested price. There is a Gift Shop here selling everything you would expect. It's not as extortionate as some gift shops i've been in either with a small teddy being priced at £2.99 and a bottle of drink (Coca Cola etc) for £1.
There are over 60 birds of prey here from Eagles, and Snow Owls to Buzzards, and Falcons. Not all the birds are caged some are just tethered in a shaded enclosure which makes for some good photo oppurtunities. An Owl Nursery is sectioned off for baby owls which were amusing to stand and watch.
There are also chipmunks, red squirrels a woodland walk with a bird hide and a picnic area. There is however a very fairly priced cafe offering a large fried breakfast for £3.80. There is also a campsite near-by.
The centre opens at 10am and the flying displays were at 12.30pm and 2.30pm on the Sunday we visited. The birds we saw at the flying display were an Eagle, Buzzard, Tawny Owl, Falcon and Kestrel. The displays were interesting with the bird handlers giving infomation as they flew the birds.
The birds are flew directly in front of you and above your heads getting very very close at times.
It is easy to find the Owl Sanctuary as it is sign-posted from the main dual carriageway (A14) and is known as Stonham Barns, in a village called Stonham Aspal.
Overall good value for money but wouldn't say this was a full day out but still definately worth a visit.