By Rachael Grealish
Muncaster grounds may have been quietly open since late-May, but soon the castle doors and flying displays will be welcoming visitors once more.
On Wednesday, July 8, Muncaster’s Hawk & Owl Centre and MeadowVole Maze reopened for the first time since lockdown measures were put in place in the UK.
But the excitement doesn’t end there for fans of the historic attraction as Peter Frost-Pennington, director of Muncaster Hawk & Owl Centre, confirmed bird flying displays would be back on July 15, along with guided tours of the castle.
He said: “We are delighted to have the Gardens and Hawk & Owl Centre open again for visitors to Muncaster Castle and will be restarting our ‘World of Owls’ flying display.
“It’s fabulous to be flying high once more and we hope to be able to reopen more facilities and attractions late in July and by early August, subject to the Covid-19 situation continuing to ease.”
To get ready for this re-training of the birds is well underway so daily flying displays can be reintroduced, but the larger birds – eagles, falcons kites and vultures – won’t be quite up to the speed yet, but Peter is hoping they’ll be back to operating daily by August 1 at the Wildflower Meadow flying arena.
However, on July 15 the ‘World of Owl’ flying display will be up and running at the Hawk & Owl Centre flying arena.
The Castle will be open for guided tours only from that day and only for visitors who have purchased tickets online, for its initial opening.
Minimal catering staff are currently operating on site, so visitors are encouraged to bring their own picnics – however Peter hopes the cafe should be open by July 20.