We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis.
– LeeAnn Taylor
It has been far too long since I last posted, mainly, I have been planning lessons and attempting to sleep (I’ve been having some awesome nightmares about being chased down school corridors by zombie children and rabid ofsted inspectors…. All fun and games!
So, I plan to write about another destination for school trips (and generally for a lovely day out!)
Stratford Butterfly Farm, Stratford-upon-Avon
Obviously, Stratford-upon-Avon is worth a visit – it is the home of Shakespeare, there is a version of the Globe theatre (worth seeing a play), you can cruise on the river, and it is just generally a pretty town!
But back to the Butterfly Farm. If you don’t like butterflies, I suggest you give it a miss, but if you do, this place is FULL of them!
You walk into a tropical rainforest climate (it is probably the one place in England that you will never need to wrap up in) and walk through a twisting path of colourful flowers, lush green leaves and butterflies. Butterflies everywhere.
There is a caterpillar zone where you can find out about where these incredible insects come from, and a chrysalis hutch (where the butterflies emerge) a huge Koi pond, quails, three (huge) iguanas. An insect zone with hundreds of different insects and an arachnid area (spiders and scorpions. Luckily some of my class didn’t want to go in there, so we skipped past it! The rest of my class informed me that there were huge tarantulas and glow in the dark scorpions – so sad I missed it.)
But generally, it is worth a visit if you are in the vicinity.
All images credited to William Warby. His photos are far superior to any that were taken by the children in my class. Plus, there are no small people in these ones!
Have you been to Stratford Butterfly Farm? Where else would you recommend in Stratford?