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On Friday 22 July, the High Commissioner of Belize, Perla Perdomo, will be cutting the ribbon at a special opening ceremony of the newly refurbished Stratford Butterfly Farm. Also in attendance will be a number of Belizean diplomats, the Stratford-upon-Avon Mayor Cllr. Juliet Short and internationally renowned Maya Archaeologist, Dr Diane Davies, who will also be signing copies of her latest book ‘Maya, A Journey Through The Maya World’ and bringing along her authentic Maya relics.

 

Over 30 years ago Clive Farrell, owner of the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm, had a dream to create an attraction that would introduce visitors to the wonderment of butterflies. This dream became a reality in 1985 when the Butterfly Farm opened to the public. Since then over 3 million visitors and thousands of school children have walked amongst the stunning, tropical butterflies in the live display at the Butterfly Farm. In 1991, Clive instigated the creation of the Fallen Stones Butterfly Farm in Southern Belize, named after the Late Classic 1,400 year old Maya site of Lubaantun (the place of the fallen stones), which is on its doorstep. This connection between the Maya and Stratford Butterfly Farm is the inspiration behind the new exhibit of Maya & Mesoamerican replica sculptures. Many of the beautiful butterflies on display at the Butterfly Farm are supplied by Fallen Stones, particularly the stunning Blue Morpho. These butterflies are seen as messengers from the fast dwindling rainforests to the visitor.

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The Stratford Butterfly Farm will be unveiling its exciting new look since undergoing its £¼ million major refurbishment programme. The improvements include the installation of around 30 replica Maya sculptures and artefacts which originate from the ancient rainforest civilisation in Belize.  The popular attraction now has a stunning new entrance, refurbished Gift Shop with Activity Area & Cloakroom and large new interpretation and information panels. The old Caterpillar area has been changed into an exciting new Discovery Zone. As well as unveiling a new logo, the Farm will also be launching their brand new Visitor Guide and new toilet facilities will be completed early in the autumn.

 

The celebrations will continue over the weekend of the 23 & 24 July to the general public with Mini-Beast Handling Sessions in the Discovery Zone, a competition to win season tickets and an interactive book on the ‘Maya’.

 

Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at the Stratford Butterfly Farm stated “We are delighted to be unveiling all of the fabulous new improvements and welcoming the High Commissioner of Belize to the Butterfly Farm. The Blue Morpho is one of our most stunning butterflies and it’s a great accolade to recognise how special this butterfly is through our new Maya exhibits”.

 

To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm from 10:00am to 6pm every day of the week. For more information on the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm including admission prices and group rates, please visit the website at www.butterflyfarm.co.uk or telephone on 01789 299288.

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Tanya Aspinwall

Marketing Aloud

Tel 01926 624991

Mob 07810 118074

Tanya@marketingaloud.co.uk