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Falcons Visit Montacute House

31st August 2016

Categories: News

National Trust Press Release


Issued Tuesday 30 August 2016


Visitors are invited to experience the Elizabethan spirit of Montacute House, in Somerset, through a series of period falconry displays every Saturday and Sunday throughout September.

This September the National Trust team at Montacute House will be welcoming Albion Falconry to the property for the first time. They will be bringing their beautiful birds of prey to meet the visitors, who will be able to watch these magnificent creatures gliding above the house as part of a flying display.

As well as the demonstrations, which are taking place twice a day, the falconers will be on site from 11am – 4pm dressed in authentic period costume.  Falconers will be on hand to chat to visitors about the birds and explain how important falcons were as part of Elizabethan culture.

Grahame Meaden, National Trust Visitor Experience Manager at Montacute House, says:

“We are very excited to have Albion Falconry here every weekend in September.  It’s wonderful for people to be able to experience an Elizabethan pastime that would have been a part of life at Montacute when it was first built. It will hopefully bring the house and garden to life in an entirely new way.”

For more information about this event and what else is on at Montacute House, please visit:




Albion Falconry, Falconer and bird ©Albion Falconry


For further press information and images, please contact:

Grahame Meaden, Visitor Experience Manager, Montacute 01935 823289,
Jo Atkins / Sarah Lazare / Rowen Mackenzie, National Trust SW Press Office, 01275 378452


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