Hunting with hawks was a sport enjoyed in Tudor times. Nobles, including Kings and Queens, usually employed a falconer, who trained the hawk to fly from its master’s gloved hand. With tiny bells tied to its legs, the hawk was released to chase birds on the wing and taught to return with its prey.
Henry VIII was a keen falconer and Anne Boleyn chose the falcon as her symbol. The falcon signifies someone who is hot or eager in the pursuit of an object much desired and is often found on the coats of arms of kings and nobles.
During the festive period you can learn how important birds of prey were to the Tudors, as a costumed falconer from J.R.C.S Falconry will be at the museum to tell you all about these amazing creatures and answer your questions.
Plus you'll meet a Kestrel, a Buzzard, a Peregrine Falcon, a Barn Owl and an Eagle Owl.
Four sessions to choose from:
10.00am to 11.15am
11.45am to 1pm
2pm to 3.15pm
3.45pm to 5pm
Adults £6.00 / Seniors & Students £4.50 / Children £2
(Tickets include admission to the John Moore Museum & The Old Baptist Chapel).