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TV presenter Dermot O'Leary reveals memories of Kent Owl Academy at Kent Life in Maidstone


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by Amber Sunner

Dermot O'Leary has been sharing his love of a Maidstone attraction which is currently enjoying a top ranking on TripAdvisor.

The presenter was talking to singer Marina Diamandis on his Radio 2 show when they both realised they had enjoyed days out at the Kent Owl Academy at Kent Life.

According to Tripadvisor, the attraction enjoys a glowing 98% five star reviews from 125 comments left.

Kent Owl Academy owner and managing director Mollie King (9675232)
Kent Owl Academy owner and managing director Mollie King (9675232)

And the celeb mention delighted Mollie King, owner and managing director of the academy.

Ms King said the day out offered something for all ages.

“The reviews reflect the opinions of both adults and children’s experience days,” she said.

The academy offers a wide array of events including school visits and a chance to get educated on the owls looked after there.

Ms King, who set up the academy in 2016, said there were also benefits to spending time with animals.

“I have worked with many people in need of therapy in one way or another, be it those with autism or prisoners looking at rehabilitation.”

In February 2018 she announced the owls would be available for funerals for those wanting to release birds into the sky or just have them on a perch during the service.

TV star Dermot O'Leary
TV star Dermot O'Leary

According to the online review site Buttercups Sanctuary for Goats, in Boughton Monchelsea, claims the second spot for things to do in Maidstone. It has with a 90% five star reviews of 131 comments. Entry fee is a donation to the sanctuary.

Mote Park took third place for its scenery, including a lake and green landscapes. Reviewers liked being able to picnic there especially on a sunny day. It has 62% five star reviews out of 913 comments.

Maidstone Museum takes the 4th spot on the ‘Best Things to do in Maidstone’ list with 57% five star reviews from 253 reviews. The museum is opening a new exhibition today (Saturday) called ‘Endangered and Extinct’ showing until Sunday, September 1.

It promises activities and education suitable for children.

Leeds Castle claims 5th place with 62% five star reviews of 4,403 reviews. Those who visited enjoyed falconry displays and said children were kept entertained by the newly-opened Knights Adventure playground.

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