Get up close to a Chilean Rose Tarantula this half term!


New to Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm this half term from 10 – 18 February, is a Chilean Rose Tarantula, Grammostola Rosea, which is on display in the Discovery Zone behind the safety of a glass tank. Best known for their lovely pink colouring, Chilean Rose Tarantulas are found in desert or scrubland regions of Chile, Argentina, and Bolivia. They are docile in nature and commonly kept as pets. They have tiny hair like barbs that can be used as defence by flicking the bristles at a predator causing an irritating, itching sensation! Their venom is mild, which they use to immobilise and liquify the insides of their prey which they drink through their fangs. Bites on humans are rare and comparable in pain to a bee sting.

Set in a large greenhouse, landscaped with waterfalls, ponds and tropical plants, the Butterfly Farm is the perfect setting to infuse romance and feel the joys of spring! The whole family can immerse themselves in the enchanting world of nature and relax whilst they stroll amidst some of the world's most stunning and colourful butterflies, set against the backdrop of a lush tropical rainforest.

Meet the Mini-Beasts, Pupae and Beetle demonstrations will be held daily in the Discovery Zone at 11:00am each day throughout half term. Visitors and families can join the Education Team and get close to some of the amazing creatures that live at the Butterfly Farm such as Giant Stick Insects and Madagascan hissing cockroaches, as well as learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.

Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm said,

"This Valentine's Day treat your loved one with a romantic visit to Stratford Butterfly Farm. Find a tranquil place and take in the beautiful, lush surroundings whilst hundreds of tropical butterflies dance around you! With temperatures of 25°C, the Butterfly Farm is also the perfect place to escape the cold this half term!"

To see hundreds of spectacular butterflies, insects, reptiles, and spiders visit the Butterfly Farm from 10am to 5pm, last entry 4pm. Open every day of the week except Christmas Day. For more information including purchasing gift vouchers, admission prices and group rates, please visit the website at or telephone on 01789 299288.