High-flying fun at Tattershall Castle

Falconry weekend at Tattershall Castle EMN-160607-064306001
Falconry weekend at Tattershall Castle EMN-160607-064306001

Poor weather did nothing to deter crowds of visitors as they were transported back to the golden age of falconry at Tattershall Castle.

Raphael Historic Falconry wowed the crowds as the birds of prey soared into the sky and around the castle grounds over two days.

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Falconry weekend at Tattershall Castle EMN-160607-064321001

In medieval attire within the Inner Ward, Emma Raphael told stories of old and re-enacted the skills of a master falconer.

With three flying displays each day, spectators could admire the magnificent birds of prey in flight as they swooped, soared and squawked within the grounds, while learning all about falconry in medieval times.

With the castle acting as a dramatic backdrop, the birds of prey looked at home in their medieval tent as they rested from their displays.

In attendance to delight the crowds were a barn owl, kestrel, lanner falcon, spotted eagle owl, a merlin and harris hawks.

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Falconry weekend at Tattershall Castle EMN-160607-064336001

Harlequin the merlin stole the show with her speed and accuracy in flight, giving the crowds a splendid display.

Merak the harris hawk showed her hunting instincts as she perched upon the guardhouse roof, observing with great concentration the happenings below.

The castle’s natural wildlife kept silent and still as they knew the kings and queens of the air were within their grounds.

The next special event is a War of the Roses Weekend on July 30 and 31.

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Falconry weekend at Tattershall Castle EMN-160607-064351001

Travel back in time to the fifteenth century and immerse yourself in another medieval experience, with living history tents, talks and displays.