Join us for a spectacular evening on Saturday 8 June when we’ll take you across the world to places that are dear to hearts of the Trust. The first part of the evening will celebrate British birds and culture, re-enacting a scene from the famous Weyhill Fair, which features in Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge. This event, which took place from 1225 until the mid-1900s, was held on the doorstep of the Trust and is of great interest to Ashley Smith (Trust Founder and Life President), who will be narrating the first part of the evening. Ashley will bring this quintessentially English event back to life in Reg’s Wildflower Meadow as the scene unfolds to feature the charms of a traditional falconry display, vintage steam engine, horse and cart, Maypole and a practising Farrier plus much more. Our beautiful Barn Owls intercept this scene, gliding and quartering to music. The first half of the evening will conclude with a fly-by from an iconic Tigermoth as we transport you across the seas to Africa for the second half of the evening.
For the second part of the evening, African dancers, music and special effects will champion the dramatic landscape. We’ll fly more of our birds in one display than ever before including vultures, kites, storks, ibises and our Secretary Bird. The spectacular finale will include the Hawk Conservancy Trust’s own African version of ‘War Horse’! We promise this is not to be missed!
Fundraising Event – All profits from ticket sales and barbecue sold for this event will directly support the work of the Hawk Conservancy Trust.