Day Out: Stratford Butterfly Farm

Jess McGlynnAugust 7, 2012

On Saturday we met up with one of my Other Half’s school friends in the lovely town of Stratford upon Avon. 

The last time I went to Stratford was with my parents in law when Meg was only a little baby so it was nice to visit such a picturesque place again.  Even if the weather was all over the place!  It seemed as though we were following the biggest black cloud, wherever we walked it seemed to start raining within minutes!

As it was such unpredictable weather (and as a small bribing tool to get Meg to behave), we’d promised her that we’d visit the Butterfly Farm whilst we were there.

It was smaller than I had expected, although it is right in the centre of the town.  The bad weather might have had something to do with the cramped feeling though as it was very busy.

For a butterfly loving toddler though it was absolute heaven.  Meg’s only specification had been to see a green butterfly (which I admit, I didn’t think existed) and we saw one within minutes so that was a huge bonus for her.

Then there was just the simple task of coaxing a butterfly onto her hand so she could hold one.  We saw plenty of people covered in butterflies but we didn’t appear to have the knack for it as it took us a good half an hour to get one to land and stay put.

Unfortunately this was a hastily grabbed photo before the butterfly flew off again!

There aren’t just butterflies to see, there’s a section on caterpillars and you are able to track the life cycle of a butterfly – we were lucky I think and were able to watch an emerging butterfly coming out of their cocoon.

There’s a section on Arachnids, an Insect City and there are also some iguanas you can see.

But really the highlight is the butterflies.  It might sound silly but I never realised there was such a variety before.  The most surprising one I saw had completely clear wings, you could barely see that it was there.

And they do lend themselves to some beautiful photo opportunities!

I think if you have a child who loves butterflies then this is a brilliant place to visit. 

However, I do think there are some things to note if you have small children – you wouldn’t be able to navigate a pushchair around easily, particularly if it was busy and there would be several sections you couldn’t access.  There are also no toilets.  I had to take Meg completely off site across a busy road into a car park to use some public toilets, which wasn’t ideal in the storm we experienced whilst there!

It’s costly for what it is, we paid almost £20 and I don’t think we spent more than an hour and a half walking round before running out of things to look at and do.  There are only so many times you can ask your two small children to stand still and admire the butterflies around them before they want to be moving onto the next thing.

All that said, we ended up with one very pleased little girl so for us, it was totally worth a visit!

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