Christmas at the Butterfly Farm!

Experience a tropical escape from the winter chill at Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm this Christmas!
Christmas Lights
Step into a balmy 25°C environment, perfect for a delightful day out with family and friends. Discover two new residents—the Christmas Butterfly and Hercules Beetle.

The Christmas Butterfly, Papilio demodocus, once again graces us with its presence, it has striking black and yellow hues with little baubles of colour on their wings. Native to Africa, with a wingspan of 9–11cm, it's also known as the 'Citrus Swallowtail.'

Joining the festive lineup is the Hercules Beetle, a colossal Rhinoceros Beetle hailing from Central and South American rainforests, and coastal regions of North Carolina. Some males reach an impressive 18cm in length, earning them the title of one of the largest beetles and the strongest creatures on Earth for their size.

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  • Hercules BeetleHercules Beetle
  • Learn about the amazing life-cycle of a butterfly!Learn about the amazing life-cycle of a butterfly!

From December 27 to January 7, don't miss the daily Butterfly Lifecycle, Mini-Beast, Beetle, and Pupae Demonstrations at 11 am in the Discovery Zone. Explore the incredible stages of the butterfly life cycle and get hands-on with Stick Insects.

Jane Kendrick, Marketing Manager at Stratford Butterfly Farm, invites you to experience the wonders of the season; "Our enchanting Christmas Butterfly and the Hercules Beetle are a must-see this festive holiday!

With tropical butterflies, engaging lifecycle demonstrations, and unique gifts in our Gift Shop, we promise a truly tropical Christmas!"

Find delightful stocking fillers and nature-inspired presents in the Butterfly Farm's Gift Shop. 

Gift Vouchers for admission and season tickets are available for a tropical rainforest experience, accessible through the website.

Visit the Butterfly Farm from 10 am to 5:00 pm (last entry 3.30 pm) daily, excluding Christmas Day. For admission prices and more, visit or call 01789 299288