Places To Go: Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm

One sunny morning last month, with rain forecast for later that day, we decided to take the little man to a nice local tourist hotspot in our hometown of Stratford Upon Avon. I hadn’t been to the Butterfly Farm for many years and as Ethan is currently going through a ‘bug loving’ phase, also involving all things ‘creature-like’, we thought this was the perfect place to go.

The Butterfly Farm is situated in perhaps the most stunning area of the town. A stones throw from the picturesque River Avon and the world famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre. On a sunny day, the views that greet you as you park the car, or walk across the bridge from the town centre, are really quite breathtaking. It was this particular day that made me look at our town in a different light. We really are very lucky to live here.

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford upon Avon

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

The Butterfly Farm is an indoor attraction that’s perfect for all weathers. It’s home to hundreds of the worlds most exotic butterflies. Visitors are free to walk through their home and get up close to see them in their full glory. Complete with beautiful flowers, waterfalls and fish filled splash pools, it’s a fantastic experience.

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

There is a Discovery Zone that is full of information about all of the plants that are grown. Some of the worlds largest most camouflaged caterpillars on show with cocoons. Giant silk moths and pupae hanging on the plants – literally right in front of you. There is an Emerging Cage where you can even see butterflies emerging hatching from their chrysalis. It’s fascinating.

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

There’s also a Mini Beast Metropolis that houses beetles, stick insects, leafcutter ants – walking a rope right above your head and some of the world’s largest tarantulas (behind glass, I promise!!) to name a few.

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

And of course, no visit to an attraction is complete without a visit to the Gift Shop, where we wandered for quite some time trying to find that perfect keepsake. We ended up with a soft toy dinosaur! As you do!

We had a lovely morning at the Butterfly Farm and Ethan has already asked if we can go back one day. He particularly liked it when the butterflies would land on you as you casually stroll through their habitat, I have to admit, this fascinated me too.

It’s a great place to go with curious little ones. You can spend as little or as long in there as you like, with no time limits. A thoroughly enjoyable morning. I feel privileged to have it on our doorstep.

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

Stratford upon Avon Butterfly Farm

You can find out more about the Stratford Upon Avon Butterfly Farm by visiting their website or following their Twitter and Facebook page. You can also discover more places to go in and around Stratford Upon Avon by visiting the Shakespeare’s England website.

 

Many thanks to the Butterfly Farm and Shakespeare’s England for inviting us to the Butterfly Farm – we had a wonderful morning.
*We were gifted entrance to the Butterfly Farm in return for an honest review.
Places To Go-Stratford Upon Avon & The Cotswolds

Photo credit: David Dixon

 

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30 Comment

  1. Reply
    Nige
    27th November 2016 at 11:08 am

    Looks like you had a beautiful day great post Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      27th November 2016 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you.

  2. Reply
    Emily
    28th November 2016 at 10:41 am

    I never knew there was a b butterfly farm there. Before we had children, my husband and I went to Stratford Upon Avon a number of times. We loved wandering around the village and shakespeares house. Thanks for linking up to That Friday Linky #ThatFridayLinky

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      Jaki
      29th November 2016 at 9:32 pm

      It’s quite well hidden! It’s a lovely town. I think I probably take it for granted quite a bit!

  3. Reply
    Fran Back With A Bump
    29th November 2016 at 2:17 pm

    I love the Butterfly Farm and have fond memories of going as a kid and then having a picnic or McDonalds by the river. I also took Ella there a few times when we lived nearby. Glad to see they’ve revamped it a bit too! #marvmondays

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      Jaki
      29th November 2016 at 9:35 pm

      Ah how lovely. Lunch by the river is always nice. It’s a great spot. Thanks for reading.

  4. Reply
    Lianne
    30th November 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Aw I love places like this! I can’t wait for Taylor to get a little older so we can visit such places, at the moment he’s just a bit of a monkey!! 🙂 Gorgeous pictures hun!

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      1st December 2016 at 8:24 pm

      Ah it is a lovely place for the kiddies! I remember the monkey stage well. We still have it at times! 🙂 thanks lovely 😘

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    Kimberly - Media Mummy
    30th November 2016 at 4:37 pm

    My little boy LOVES butterflies! Wish we lived nearer! Lovely pics x #FamilyFun

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      Jaki
      1st December 2016 at 8:25 pm

      Ah it’s a lovely place for a weekend break if you ever get the chance. Lots of touristy stuff to do. Thanks for reading x

  6. Reply
    Sarah Howe @runjumpscrap
    30th November 2016 at 5:30 pm

    Eeek here comes the wuss. I would be soooo scared with all the butterflies. I had to go through one at Chester Zoo and really had to be brave for my daughter. It’s ridiculous as they are so beautiful!! Lovely photos and thanks for sharing with #bestandworst xx

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      Jaki
      1st December 2016 at 8:27 pm

      Once upon a time I was the same but I was okay this time. I was more weirded out by the ants. I had to get out of the room, they made me itch!!! 😆 xx

  7. Reply
    mainy
    30th November 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Looks like a great day out. Amazing butterflies, I love how they all land around the fruit and some of them are massive.

    Mainy

    #bloggerclubuk

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      1st December 2016 at 8:28 pm

      It is fascinating. Some don’t look real they are that still. Thanks for reading x

  8. Reply
    laura
    1st December 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Ah this looks beaut! I used to have a real phobia of butterflies but I love them now (still hate moths…) #FriYAYLinky

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      3rd December 2016 at 2:11 pm

      Oh I hate moths too! I’m a right flap when one comes in the house in the summer!! Xx

  9. Reply
    Sarah
    2nd December 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Aww what a lovely day out! I’ve never been to a butterfly farm, but I have always wanted to!

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      3rd December 2016 at 2:13 pm

      It’s really lovely and the kids love it 🙂

  10. Reply
    HJ
    2nd December 2016 at 3:13 pm

    This is fascinating! & beautiful scenery. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun! Thank you for sharing 🙂
    #AnythingGoes

    http://coffeemoundslipstickclouds.blogspot.com

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      3rd December 2016 at 2:15 pm

      We really did thank you. It was a lovely trip out.

  11. Reply
    Tammymum
    3rd December 2016 at 1:37 pm

    I love Stratford upon on Avon. I haven’t ever been to the butterfly farm. It looks great for the kids I bet they love seeing the spiders and snakes too. I know my little girl would love it. Thanks for sharing at #familyfun xx

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      Jaki
      3rd December 2016 at 2:19 pm

      I’m lucky to live in such a lovely place. Even though the traffic can be a bit chaotic at times!!

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    Random Musings
    3rd December 2016 at 5:52 pm

    Sounds like a great day – I haven’t been to this one, but I’ve been to my local one and it’s fab. Lovely photos 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

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      Jaki
      4th December 2016 at 12:18 am

      It was really lovely, thank you 🙂

  13. Reply
    Susie at This Is Me Now
    3rd December 2016 at 7:29 pm

    Sounds great. I love it when you have somewhere really good on your door step! #fortheloveofBlog

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      Jaki
      4th December 2016 at 11:26 am

      It was a lovely trip out thanks 🙂

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    Karen TwoTinyHands
    3rd December 2016 at 10:10 pm

    That looks way better than our butterfly house on our doorstep!! Love how into bugs kids get that’s fab!! Thanks for linking up to #familyfun

    1. Reply
      Jaki
      4th December 2016 at 11:23 am

      Haha. I think they probably have a much bigger budget to be fair!!! But that’s great that you have one. How great for the kids!

  15. Reply
    Morgan Prince
    13th December 2016 at 6:13 pm

    Oh Hun, you’ve got some really beautiful photos here. You are one lucky lady to have that on your doorstep. Thanks for linking to #pocolo

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      Jaki
      14th December 2016 at 7:32 pm

      Very lucky. Stratford is beautiful to photograph. Thanks a million.

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