Owl postal service swoops in to village for Christmas event

An owl postal service will be flying in to Rothbury Christmas Festival in early December.
An owl postal service will be flying in to Rothbury Christmas Festival in early December.

A special postal service staffed by owls will be flying in to a festive event to make sure that children’s letters are delivered to Santa in time for Christmas.

Organisers of the Rothbury Christmas Festival have announced that Falconry Days Northumberland, from Lady Hill Farm, at Simonburn, near Wark, will be at the festival with its birds of prey on Saturday and Sunday, December 5 and 6.

The company is owned by Mark French who has 30 years’ experience of rescuing, rearing, training and handling birds of prey.

During the event, children will be greeted by Mark and his team and helped to write their letters to Father Christmas which, in a moment of utter magic, will then be flown away to the North Pole by the owls.

Once he has had a chance to read them, Santa will write back to each child in time for Christmas Eve.

In addition to the postal service, visitors to the event will learn about various types of owls and meet some of their more exotic cousins.

The children will have a chance to feel and understand why owls have the softest feathers and why they have the largest eyes. Finally, everyone will see the owls at their best, flying free.

Mark said: “We love this time of year because our owl post service is such a treat for the children.”

Tickets are £5 per child (accompanying adults free). For more information, email info@happeningupnorth.com