It’s half term week and Ann Evans has a few suggestions of how to keep the family happy.


Pirate Adventures at Hatton



Pic Pirate festival

Pirate festival



If you’re looking for places to go with the family over the half term holiday, how about some swashbuckling pirate fun at Hatton Adventure World in Warwickshire.  The popular Pirate Festival runs until 2nd June and is inviting budding Buccaneers, Long John Silver’s and Captain Jack Sparrow’s to come and enjoy some pirate shows, treasure hunts, pirate battles and much more.


Each day entertainment will include a live Pirate Show in the family theatre at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, Pirate Battles at 12pm and 4pm and a Pirate Treasure Hunt at 2pm. Plus of course, there are all the usual activities that make Hatton a great family day out. There’s falconry displays, meet the reptiles, laser combat, pat-a-pet, tractor safari and Hatton’s grand national.  Additionally, there are all the fun fair fides, bouncy castles and indoor soft play area ‘Snorty’s Superslide Mania’.


Carron Smith, Marketing Manager at Hatton Adventure World said “We’re delighted to be hosting our popular Pirate Festival over Whitsun half term. All week our visitors can experience the golden age of piracy and enter a world of hidden treasure, skulduggery and pesky pirate antics!”


Visitors can also enjoy a new tasty menu at the Spinning Jenny Restaurant. Choose from a delicious breakfast menu, light bites, main meals and afternoon tea with fresh homemade scones and hand-made cakes. Breakfast is served from 10am – 12pm and the main menu is served from 11.30am – 4.45pm.


The entry all-inclusive price takes away the worry of finding any hidden extras as all activities are included. Visitors are urged to book their place today as special discounts are available for early booking online.


Hatton Adventure World is open every day throughout the year (excluding Christmas Day and Boxing Day) from 10am to 5.30pm. For more information please visit the website at or telephone 01926 843411.



Stratford Butterfly Farm



Pic A marble heart for visitors to Stratford Butterfly Farm today th May

A marble heart for visitors to Stratford Butterfly Farm today th May


Also in Warwickshire is the Stratford Butterfly Farm which is open all year except for Christmas Day. For the half term holiday, until 2nd June there’s plenty on offer for all ages. The Butterfly Farm is currently urging visitor and their families to get involved with the Year of Green Action and make a green action pledge to connect with nature. Pledges to do something positive to help protect our environment can be written and hung in the Discovery Zone.  If you’re visiting today, Monday 26th May you will receive a complimentary marble heart.




Pic Green Action Pledges

Green Action Pledges


The Butterfly farm is a magical and fascinating place to visit, where you can stroll through tropical glasshouses where hundreds of beautiful butterflies flutter around you. Children and adults can also take part in the popular Meet the Mini-Beast handling sessions held daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm and hold creatures such as a giant African Millipede, African land snail, Stick Insects and even a Madagascan hissing cockroach!


In the Minibeast Metropolic where you’ll discover all kinds of insects and reptiles – mostly behind glass, you might want to look out for the Orb Web Spider, also known as Nephilia inaurata. Orb Web Spiders make the classic orb webs frequently seen in gardens, fields and forests. Their wheel-shaped webs consist of concentric circles with spokes radiating out from the centre and can measure a metre wide – plenty of space to trap hapless insects in the sticky silk that is so strong it can even catch birds and bats.



Pic Swallowtail butterfly

Swallowtail butterfly


On 8th and 9th June Stratford Butterfly Farm will be celebrating World Swallowtail Day with interactive demonstrations in the Discovery Zone, held twice daily. The Education Team will be highlighting these amazing species of butterfly and how we can help save and protect them for future generations. Special guest and swallowtail/birdwing expert Charles Dewhurst will be joining the team on 8 June.


For visitors wanting to enjoy a range of hot drinks, milkshakes and snacks, the Koffee Kart is open for service in the front wildflower garden. It will be open at weekends, bank holidays and throughout the school holidays from 10am – 4pm (weather dependent).



Pic Orb Web Spider

Orb Web Spider


Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm said “We have so much going on over the half term. Our marble hearts are a lovely keepsake and we want to encourage everyone that visits on the bank holiday Monday to make a pledge and do something positive. Visitors can download an information pack from our website for ideas and information on how to create the perfect nature garden to attract wildlife and make it look beautiful”.


For more information including admission prices and group rates, please visit the website at or telephone on 01789 299288. For information on how to create the wildflower garden please visit