Connect with us

Experience Warwickshire

Butterflies and Bugs in Stratford-upon-Avon

We just had the most amazing time at the Butterfly Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Published

on

We just had the most amazing time at the Butterfly Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon. We didn’t know quite what to expect, other than butterflies, of course, because it had been quite a few years since we visited last and we knew that a lot of work had been done on the farm since then. And it really had….

The main attraction at The Butterfly Farm is, of course, still the beautiful butterflies. The huge flight area is warm created to liken the exotic rain-forest in temperature as well as in habitat, and home to more than 1500 butterflies. It is the largest of it’s kind in the UK and it is magnificent!

You can spend hours in the flight area, walk around and explore, take a seat and wait for the pretty butterflies to get up close and personal with you, they will land on you and stay a while if you sit quietly, there really is no better place to study and explore the lives of these beautiful creatures.

 

 

The butterflies in the flight area have some non-butterfly friends too, in two awesome iguanas, Stumpy and Princess. The two are green iguanas from South America, both donated to the Butterfly Farm several years ago and now living the high life in the trees in the flight area alongside quite a few seed- and fruit eating birds (the insect-eating kind wouldn’t work so well for the butterflies)

There are quite a few birds in the flight area also, all of them chosen for being the kind of bird who like to eat seeds and fruit rather than insects and butterflies… obviously. They are budgerigars, parakeets, mousebirds and Chinese painted quail, among others.

 

The Mini-Beast Metropolis

The Butterfly Farm is home to some magnificent creepy crawlies as well. We entered The Mini-Beast Metropolis and were simply bowled over with what met us in there: A Leafcutter Ant Colony that goes from a huge Queen’s ‘nest’ at one end of the room to the food area in the other, with a ‘pit-stop’ over an aquarium. All areas are connected by 15 meters of rope where the worker ants walk with pieces of leaves. It is incredible! You are able to get so close without disturbing nature, you can see the thousands and thousands of ants working their way from one end of the room to the other, I never thought I’d be able to see that, but there it is, right in front of you, close enough to touch (not that you would, of course, they are creepy crawlies after all.

 

The Creepy Crawlies

All around the walls in the room where ants travel above your head, is aquariums and terrariums with pretty fish, not so pretty bugs and insects and the biggest spiders I have EVER seen! While I loved the fact that the ants are walking right above your head, I loved even more that the rest of the mini-beasts did not, but behind glass they are interesting to study – they were not just an opening act or a bi-attraction to the butterflies, they were worth going for in their own right.

The Discovery Zone

The third section of the farm is the Discovery Zone – now, if we thought we’d been ‘up close and personal’ with the butterflies and ants before, we were wrong. In the Discovery Zone it was about to get a lot more personal! In here we were accompanied by a couple of escapees from the flight zone, in the form of two of the unbelievably beautiful Blue Morpho butterflies. They didn’t sit still with their wings open close enough or for long enough for us to take a good picture, so this image is courtesy of The Butterfly Farm, but it’s just too pretty not to share.

The real up close experience was not with the blue beauties, however, it was with a MAHOOSIVE millipede that the kids were brave enough to handle (me, not so much!) and a giant prickly stick insect (yes, that really is it’s name!). And I may not have been up for a cuddle with the two crawlies, but it was so interesting to see them so close and to hear about them.

 

 

At the end of our experience at The Butterfly Farm, we’re let loose in the gift shop, a super shop with all things butterflies, bugs and creepy crawlies – we loved that too!

For a super experience for any age, we simply cannot recommend The Butterfly Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon enough – we all loved it and left having learnt so much about so many insects, reptiles and butterflies.

Mette / A Taste of Warwickshire x

Experience Warwickshire

Living Crafts Festival at Cirencester Park

Published

on

By

Living Crafts Festival comes to Cirencester Park this year for a three day arts & crafts extravaganza over the late May Bank Holiday weekend.

Saturday 29 May – Sunday 30 May – Monday 31 May 2021.

Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm. Advance Ticket Cost: adult £9, senior £8, child £5.

Venue Address: Cirencester Park. Access via Stroud Road at postcode GL7 6JT.

For nearly 50 years, Living Crafts have been celebrating British crafting excellence, and this year they will be welcoming in their newest festival to the family, Living Crafts at Cirencester Park to showcase even more designers, with many craftspeople coming from The Cotswolds and the South West of England.

Living Crafts festivals offer visitors more than just a craft show, the festivals are a celebration of the UK’s finest designer-makers, with workshops, entertainment and craft experiences that offer a fun and creative day out for all the family. Showcasing and retailing an inspiring range of design, arts and crafts, from handmade jewellery, to unique gifts and artisan home wares.

Visiting the festival gives you the opportunity to meet master craftsmen and women and a new generation of talented British designers. There will be original designed British craft to buy, you can watch master craftsmen and women demonstrating their skills or even have a go at making your own masterpiece in one of the workshops. Get creative and try everything from chocolate making and marbling to stone carving and willow weaving.

The event will be buzzing with workshops, some are drop-in sessions you can join on the day others can be pre-booked via www.livingcrafts.co.uk. All you need is a love of crafts! Whatever your skill level, everyone from the complete novice to the more creatively inclined can make a masterpiece in the have-a-go workshops. They are led by friendly experts in a fun and relaxed setting with all tools and materials supplied.

And for those just out for the day, be sure to visit the artisan food producers in the Food and Drink Pavilion. Take your pick from coffee & cakes, cream teas from the Vintage Tea Tent, wood fired hand made pizzas, or just grab a well deserved Pimms or G&T and relax with the festival vibe while you listen to jazz and swing bands in the sunshine.
For more information and to buy your tickets visit www.livingcrafts.co.uk.

Continue Reading

Culinary Experiences

Bonds Lifestyle: Shop, Cafe and Antiques Emporium

Published

on

By

“On our way to Stratford-upon-Avon a few years back, we drove past a sign to a shop and cafe we had not visited before, one of these places where you’ve seen the sign a couple of times and decided to definitely pop in sometime.. and today was that time.

Well, to say we didn’t know what to expect and that we were completely bowled would be the understatement of the century. Because Bonds Lifestyle is…. ‘Amazing’, ‘Fantastic’ and ‘An incredible shopping experience’? Yes, it’s all of those things, but they don’t actually quite describe Bonds Lifestyle well enough.

We just have to show you… click the video above and when you’ve watched it, if you think you’ve seen what it’s all about, you’d be closer but you still wouldn’t have seen even a fraction of the utter fabulousness that is Bonds Lifestyle”.

Mette ♡

Bonds Lifestyle are all over social media – follow them here: FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

 

 

Continue Reading

Culinary Experiences

The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon

Published

on

By

“Yesterway we visited The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon for the first time. I had heard lots about The Farm, had seen pictures and pretty good idea of what to expect… or so I thought. The Farm more than lived up to my great expectations of a wholesome food destination set in beautiful surroundings and offering ethical and sustainable culinary produce and products. The Farm is an absolutely wonderful place for shopping, eating and getting together… we all loved it, you will too”. 

Mette ♡

An experience for everyone

Set close to the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon, in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside, the aim of The Farm was to create a memorable place that can be experienced by everyone. A unique destination that promotes wholesome, ethical and sustainable food prepared by Artisan producers from the local area, Great Britain and the world.

 

Food and Wellbeing Destination

The Farm is a family run business that offers a unique food and wellbeing destination that showcases local Artisan produce and promotes ethical, wholesome and sustainable food. The Farm was once a fruit farm, home to hundreds of apple, pear, plum and cherry trees, which produced for the likes of Waitrose and Mr Kipling. The Farm was popular with South Warwickshire residence for it’s ‘pick your own’ fruit and strawberries. In recent years The Farm struggled to survive and became derelict. the current owners took on the re-development in 2017, and with a shared vision and a lot of hard work, they created a truly stunning environment for all to enjoy.

Head to The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Experience Warwickshire2 months ago

Living Crafts Festival at Cirencester Park

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

Awesome Autumn Supper Club by Seven Mile

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

A Really Delicious Frozen Dinner… by Seven Mile.

Fun for Kids in Warwickshire1 year ago

Mini Golf in Stratford-upon-Avon

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

Bonds Lifestyle: Shop, Cafe and Antiques Emporium

Stay in Warwickshire1 year ago

Luxury and Tranquility: Arden House in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

A Happy Stay at The Howard Arms

Experience Warwickshire1 year ago

27 Super Places to go when you visit Stratford-upon-Avon

Experience Warwickshire1 year ago

A front row seat to The Merry Wives of Windsor at the RSC

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

Fifteen (more) things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon this summer

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

Super things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon in Summer

Culinary Experiences2 years ago

The Butcher’s Social, Awesome Bar & Restaurant.

Culinary Experiences2 years ago

Stratford-upon-Avon, a Fabulous Food Destination

Experience Warwickshire2 years ago

The Topiary Garden at Billesley Manor

Experience Warwickshire2 years ago

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” for Kids

Culinary Experiences2 years ago

We ♡ The Bell in Alderminster

Fun for Kids in Warwickshire2 years ago

The Most Amazing Playground

Experience Warwickshire2 years ago

A New Place for Kids

Experience Warwickshire2 years ago

Pure Luxury and Relaxation at Mallory Court’s Elan Spa

Experience Warwickshire2 years ago

Butterflies and Bugs in Stratford-upon-Avon

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

The Farm in Stratford-upon-Avon

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

A Happy Stay at The Howard Arms

Experience Warwickshire2 years ago

Pure Luxury and Relaxation at Mallory Court’s Elan Spa

Culinary Experiences2 years ago

The Butcher’s Social, Awesome Bar & Restaurant.

Experience Warwickshire2 years ago

A New Place for Kids

Culinary Experiences4 years ago

Sunday Lunch at The Fuzzy Duck in Armscote

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

Bonds Lifestyle: Shop, Cafe and Antiques Emporium

Experience Warwickshire3 years ago

A magical experience at Magic Alley

Culinary Experiences2 years ago

Stratford-upon-Avon, a Fabulous Food Destination

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

Awesome Autumn Supper Club by Seven Mile

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

Super things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon in Summer

Experience Warwickshire1 year ago

27 Super Places to go when you visit Stratford-upon-Avon

Culinary Experiences3 years ago

Everyman Cinema in Stratford-upon-Avon

Experience Warwickshire2 years ago

William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” for Kids

Experience Warwickshire2 years ago

The Topiary Garden at Billesley Manor

Stay in Warwickshire2 years ago

Mother’s Day treat at Arden House

Culinary Experiences1 year ago

Fifteen (more) things to do in Stratford-upon-Avon this summer

Stay in Warwickshire1 year ago

Luxury and Tranquility: Arden House in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Experience Warwickshire2 years ago

A super time at The Welcombe Golf Club

Trending