Stratford Butterfly Farm

This weekend we took a trip to Stratford upon Avon and decided to take the children to the butterfly farm.
stratford butterfly farmWe have been there before, when Jack was a baby and Rachel much younger, but of course they don’t remember. So this was like a whole new adventure for them.
Entry is quite expensive for what it is – almost £24 for 5 of us. But it is pretty cool inside – well actually it’s rather hot, but you know what I mean!!
There are butterflies flying all over the place and often they may happen to land on you, or fly very close to you!
There is a separate section, where you can see the caterpillars up close and personal. Then they also have cases of chrysalis all ready to hatch as well, so if you are lucky and watch for long enough, you can see the new butterflies emerging.
I watched one little fellow struggling to get out of his chrysalis, then caught this one just pull himself straight out!
There is also an insect section and a room full of pretty scary looking spiders like this one!

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They have loads of different kinds of butterflies. Each one unique, with intricate designs and delicate wings. The children loved looking at all of them, but were desperate for any of them to land on them. Eventually Daddy found one that was willing to be placed onto the childrens hands!

In the centre of the butterfly room there is a big pond which also has wildlife in it. There were some really big fish, and Rachel thought she saw a frog as well. We also spotted a couple of rather noisy birds and there are also lizards around the place, in the trees, but we didn’t spot any this time.

It is a great place to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly but there is only so much time you can spend in there with younger children and for that reason I would say it is rather expensive.

But if you are willing to pay the prices, then it is an interesting place to visit and something a bit different for the kids.
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