Family Days Out

Aww Butterflies

It was a bank holiday, nothing to do, bored and it was only 9am.
Jay knows the area of St.Albans and Hatfield really well and we decided that a little drive over to that side of town was a must. After a little Googling for something to do we discovered the Butterfly World Project, situated in Chiswell Green.
Quick rush around the house to pack up some daily essentials and off we went. 20 minutes on the road and we were there.
Firstly I cannot say enough how fantastic this place was for a day out. Absolutely incredible. The kids were free (under 3) and me and Jay were only £5 each.
We were welcomed by the Very Hungry Caterpillar which drew kids over like the huge Pied Piper of kids.

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There was lots to see inside the butterfly house and the girls we totally in love. Willow could not stop smiling and after seeing a butterfly land on her tummy her little face said it all … BEST DAY EVVVEEERR! Olive was mesmerised by all of the colours, and this was only the first half hour of our at out.

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We then headed over to the Ant house! An incredible display of Leaf Cutter Ants. There was a huge rope above our heads where we could witness these tiny little ants carry huge leaf cuttings from the tree, along the long ropes, and down into their glass home. Did you know that these ants don’t eat the leaves but take them to their home to rot and grow into fungus, which is what they eat?! There was a fantastic man giving talks about the ants and answering any questions. Oh, and we even saw the Queen ant… It was HUGE!

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We next headed to the discovery centre rooms where we saw lots of other creepy crawlies. Snails, stick insects and even tarantulas. There was 2 large cabinets with crysallis in where we were lucky enough to watch some butterflies hatch.

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We then headed for a walk around the gardens. Each designed to a different theme. Possibly the most impressive garden was magical. We were shrunk down to the size of a bug and lost amongst flower pots and match boxes!

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There was one garden that particularly caught my eye. A garden made with incredible walls that made the perfect home for insects. Inside these walls were hidden objects. Hundreds or even thousands of objects!

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The day could not have been better. With long walks, hundreds of amazing creatures to see, lovely staff on hand to answer questions and even a great cafe, that I found reasonably priced (unlike many attractions cafés) and as it was Easter there was even face painting and arts and crafts to join in with.
I fully recommend the Butterfly World a project to any family. Such an incredible day out that was absolutely perfect. It has left great memories and we shall be sure to visit again soon.

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Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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