For half-term and Halloween fun, head to Stratford-upon-Avon’s award-winning Butterfly Farm, Ann Evans has the details.


Pic Getting into the Halloween spirit

Getting into the Halloween spirit

Visitors can enjoy a spooky half term at Stratford’s Butterfly Farm from 24 October – 1 November with plenty of creepy crawlies and pumpkins to keep the whole family entertained. During the scariest time of the year visitors can discover an assortment of creepy crawly spiders, predatory beetles, a dessert hairy scorpion and the latest inhabitants in Minibeast Metropolis – three Dying Poison Arrow Frogs.


Pic dyefrog


The Frogs, also known as Dendrobates tinctorius matecho, originate from French Guiana and get their name from the misconception that natives used to use the brightly coloured frogs to dye fabric. They are a bold, vibrant frog, yellow on the back and blue on the legs and can grow up to two inches long, making it one of the largest species of poison frogs. True to their name, poison frogs are among the most toxic animals on Earth!


On 30 and 31 October visitors can join the team for some Halloween fun and dress up as their favourite Halloween character. As Halloween approaches and the veil between the world draws thin watch out for the terrifyingly real messages from beyond the grave that will appear around the Butterfly Farm!


Pic Message beyond the grave

Message beyond the grave

Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm said, “During the half term we will have several scary insects on display which vary in size and colour but are safely behind glass. We do hope our younger visitors will dress up to celebrate Halloween and the spookier the better!”

The Butterfly Farm has been celebrating recently after scooping two awards. The popular attraction has been awarded the Trip Advisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2020 and has been awarded 1st place in Stratford in Bloom within the Tourism Properties category.

Pic Richard Read Horticulturalist and Jemima Davis retail assistant with their awards

Richard Read Horticulturalist and Jemima Davis retail assistant with their awards


Although the Butterfly Farm was the only entrant in the tourism category due to it being the only attraction with gardens open in Stratford, the judges unanimously agreed the Butterfly Farm deserved 1st place due to its stunning display of colourful wildflowers. The lavender which lined the entrance pathway was also particularly impressive this year. The wildflower garden was prepared during lockdown and bloomed in perfect timing when the Farm re-opened on 4 July. The annual Stratford in Bloom presentation evening took place online on 9 October to celebrate local gardening achievements. The Butterfly Farm received an engraved trophy and certificate.

Pic Summer wildflower garden

Summer wildflower garden

Each year, Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel website, pulls together all the reviews and ratings that travellers share from across the globe – and uses that information to spotlight the best. Traveller’s Choice (formerly Certificate of Excellence) recognises businesses that earn consistently great user reviews and winners are ranked among the top 10% of businesses on Tripadvisor. Upon reopening the Butterfly Farm has safely welcomed hundreds of visitors to see the stunning displays of tropical butterflies and received glowing reviews.


Pic One of many beautiful butterflies

One of many beautiful butterflies

Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm said, “The team are absolutely delighted to have won these two awards and have something to celebrate. We opened our wildflower garden back in 2010 and it’s an incredibly special haven in which butterflies can live. The team are immensely proud of the positive feedback The Farm has received and would like to thank everyone that has taken the time to leave a review on Tripadvisor. This accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business, especially in these unprecedented times.”


Pic Decorated Pumpkin

Decorated Pumpkin

Stay safe!

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm, in line with government regulation, is a COVID-19 Secure Environment with social distancing measures and COVID-19 controls in place. Tickets must be booked online by visiting the website at


Visit the Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm

To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles, and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm from 10am. Open every day of the week except Christmas Day. For more information including admission prices and last entry times, please visit the website at or telephone on 01789 299288.