Not long until the children have an entire week off school (or a week and one day if you have a son at college!) so we have been thinking about places to visit this half term. Continue reading
When it comes to holidaying as a family, it’s important that everyone gets to have fun, relax and enjoy themselves including mum and dad! Like many things in life theme parks can be fraught with difficulty from parking, because seriously who designs those zones? To deciding if a day pass, jump the queue wristband or multi-choice visit option is worth it? Or if there are enough rides, attractions, and even food choices to keep each member of the family happy. Continue reading
As a family we adore the Canary islands, I visited Tenerife as a teenager, and we have visited Gran Canaria twice, in fact, we were so taken with the island the first time, we came back for our honeymoon. Continue reading
With the recent additions, there is plenty for visitors of all ages at Stratford Butterfly farm. This October half term, anyone can come along and see around 30 Maya sculptures and artefacts which originate from an ancient rainforest civilisation in Belize.
In the Discovery Zone, visitors can see some of the crops that the ancient Maya farmed in the rainforest and are still being farmed today. These include sweet corn, maize, sweet potato, pineapple, avocado and even cacao saplings, which is the source of chocolate. In this area, kids can take part in Mini-Beast handling sessions each day with creatures such as a Giant African Millipede, an African Land Snail and Stick insects.
Also new on display in the Minibeast Metropolis are a number of Giant African Fruit Beetles and Rhinoceros Rat Snakes. Here they can learn facts about them, for example:
The Beetles are usually found in African tropical forests and their colours range from dull brown to bright green and blues. Females can grow up to 5.5 cm and males up to 8cm. The males also have horns and clearer colours. As their name suggests, they feed on fruits and sap from trees
The Snakes, which originate from Southern China and Vietnam, get their name from their unusual scaly protrusion on the front of their snout. They are relatively small growing up to a maximum of 1m in length.
Found within Minibeast Metropolis is the Leafcutter Ant colony, watching the ants transporting leaves back to their nest along overhead ropes is a fascinating sight to behold. This display is now one of the largest in the UK. Since their arrival in January, the colony has continually increased in size.
To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm from 10am to 6pm every day of the week.
For more information including admission prices and group rates, please visit the website at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk or telephone on 01789 299288.
Walk in the footsteps of your Neolithic ancestors at Stonehenge – one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Explore the ancient landscape on foot and step inside the Neolithic Houses to discover the tools and objects of everyday Neolithic life. Visit the world-class exhibition and visitor centre with 250 ancient objects and come face to face with a 5,500 year-old man.
For more information about Stonehenge and what to do there, take a look here.
With an English Heritage Membership, you can enjoy unlimited access to Stonehenge along with over 400 other historic places across England. Take a look here to find the perfect membership for you and your family. Enjoy 10% off Annual and Gift Memberships this month with voucher code EH2016.