Useful Information with COVID-19 Regulation in Place

Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm is a unique rainforest environment set within a series of greenhouses. It is landscaped with tropical blossom, fish-filled pools, splashing waterfalls and themed to the ancient Maya civilisation with replicated Maya artefacts throughout.
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Whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place some changes to INFORMATION have been made to comply with government regulation. These changes have been highlighted in bold on this page.

A visit to the Butterfly Farm will be a different experience with regulation in place but still one to enjoy with family & friends.

If you are nervous about visting the Butterfly Farm with COVID-19 regulation in place you may prefer to book to visit during term times when it is likely to be quieter. Please email if you have any questions that are not covered in this section.

Stratford Butterfly Farm advises that you read the Terms & Conditions before you book tickets.

Stratford Butterfly Farm has a legal obligation to display the NHS QR Code. To be compliant with government regulation all adults over the age of 16 will need to either scan the NHS QR Code or provide Test and Trace contact information on arrival to gain entrance to the butterfly farm. Contact information will only be used for the purpose of NHS Test and Trace, will be stored in line with GDPR and destroyed after 21 days or handed to NHS Test and Trace immediatley if requested.

The NHS Test & Trace App is available to Download on App Store or Download on Google Play

The wearing of face coverings is mandatory for all non-exempt persons and should be worn correctly in all areas of the butterfly farm covering both the nose and mouth. 

If you are visiting the butterfly farm and are exempt from wearing a face covering please let the queue marshal know on arrival. We do advise you to carry an exemption card if you are exempt. Please click here for more information and to find out who is exempt from wearing them. 

For the latest government advice on COVID-19 and new measures to suppress the virus and keep the number of infections down please visit

From Monday 17 MAY 2021 the Rule of 6 or 2 households meeting indoors will apply. This is subject to change as the goverment will keep under review whether it is safe to do so.

As soon as possible and by no later than Step 3, the goverment will also update the advice on social distancing between friends and family.

Current advice for indoor attactions is that visitors to Stratford Butterfly Farm must only interact with persons within their 2 households, support bubble or social group of 6 and must keep their social distance from other visitors. CLICK HERE FOR LATEST GOVERNMENT INFORMATION

We politely ask that if you or a member of your family feel ill in any way on the day of your visit that you DO NOT visit the farm but reschedule. For assistance with amending bookings please email

On entering the Butterfly Farm, you accept that you have a duty of responsibility to ensure your own safety and taking into account any personal medical conditions. All persons inside the Butterfly Farm and its surrounding gardens should behave in a safe manner at all times.

All persons inside the Butterfly Farm are responsible for their own safe social distancing in line with COVID-19 government regulation as well as regular hand sanitisation.

Please be respectful to other visitors and to members of our team during time spent at the butterfly farm. Any abuse towards staff or other visitors or refusal to co-operate with COVID-19 regulation will not be tolerated and you will be politley asked to leave without a refund. Stratford Butterfly Farm cannot admit non-exempt adults over the age of 16 years into the butterfly farm if they have not scanned the NHS QR Code or provided Test and Trace contact details. The same applies to the refusal to wear a face covering if you are not exempt.

To guarantee entrance pre-book your tickets online.

Arrive promptly at the Butterfly Farm a few minutes before your booking time.

On arrival follow the one-way system along the pathway. You will be greeted by a queue marshal. If you arrive before your allocated booking time you may be asked to wait. If you arrive late we cannot guarantee your entrance and you will be given the next available space on the day.

Visits are for 1 hour starting from when you check in. You may go round the 1 way system as many times as you like within the hour.

The Queue Marshal will ask you to scan the NHS QR Code or to provide Test and Trace contact information and for you to put your face coverings on if you havent already. They will aslo run through a few regulations with you before you enter.

Visitors will be clicked in so that visitor numbers are monitored at all times. The Butterfly Farm will be operating at reduced capacity with a one way system throughout whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place.

Re-entry to the farm on the day of your visit will not be permitted whilst COVID-19 restrctions are in place. Tickets are non-transferrable.

All visitors are asked that to sanitise their hands on entry to the farm. Hand sanitiser stations have been placed in Reception, Flight Area, Discovery Zone, Toilet Entrance, Minibeast Metropolis & Gift Shop.

Whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place the cloakroom will be unavailable. Please take buggies and prams in with you, just be careful as there maybe butterflies on the floor, and either leave your belongings in the car or carry them with you. Children's bike's and scooters are not permitted inside the Flight Area and cannot be left in the cloakroom.

Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times and in all areas of the Butterfly Farm during your visitAll visitors must stay on the path and keep off the rock wall and flower beds. Be aware that there is a stream, small pond, waterfall and large pond within the flight area. See map at the top of this page.

You will be directed to Reception to have your tickets scanned so please have them ready, or to pay if you have not pre-booked. We are still accepting cash, if you have the right change that would be helpful.

Alcohol is prohibited, chilled soft drinks are available to purchase on entrance or exit. Ice-reams and confectionery can only be purchased on departure due to the wearing of face coverings.

No bare chests please!

In the Rainforest Flight Area you can expect to see hundreds of butterflies and many different species from around the world. Visitor Guides and ID sheets are available from reception or to pre-order with online tickets.

It’s not just butterflies! Within the Flight Area there are a couple free roaming green iguanas called Prudence and Bennie, plus a variety of seed eating birds, as well as all sorts of interesting creatures waiting to be discovered in Minibeast Metropolis.

We politely ask all our visitors to not touch the butterflies whilst at the Butterfly Farm. They have such delicate wings that doing so is detrimental to their well-being. They may however land on you!

To keep our butterflies happy and flying the temperature within the Flight Area is tropical and slightly humid all year round. Each area of the Butterfly Farm has a large vent in the roof, these will be opened frequently and ventilation monitored.

Photography is welcome at the Butterfly Farm, though we do ask that you are mindful of other visitors and to keep your social distance, stay on the pathways, do not block the pathways and do not use flash in Minibeast Metropolis. Don’t forget to tag us in your images on social media! #stratfordbutterflyfarmWhilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place tripods and camera equipment will not be permitted.

Toilets with disabled and baby changing facilities are available in the Discovery Zone. In accordance with social distancing please keep the entrance to the toilets clear to enable safe passage. If you need the facilities but have gone past them please go round the one way system again and do not back track. 

Whilst COVID-19 restrictions are in place seating has been removed from the Flight Area.

The pathways are flat and level throughout the Butterfly Farm. For further information on access please read the access statement.

Parking: The Butterfly Farm currently has two bays for blue badge users on our site. It cannot be booked and is on a first come first served basis. Due to building distruption next door to Stratford Butterfly Farm the Blue Badge Bays are currently unavailable Monday to Friday. There are car parks close by offering free unlimited parking for blue badge users: Car Park Information

Dogs are not permitted inside the butterfly farm as the heat and humidity causes distress to them and dogs cause distress to our resident green iguanas and birds. Please refer to the access statement for information regarding assist dogs.

The Nature Inspired Gift Shop sells a wide range of gifts for all the family as well as chilled drinks, confectionery and ice-creams. Due to COVID-19 restrictions please only touch the products you intend to buy and use the hand sanitiser provided. You may take a drink into the flight area but the purchase of ice-creams and confectionery will be limited to purchase on departure due to the wearing of face masks.

The use of outdoor benches and tables in the Wildflower Garden is temporarily suspended. The Koffee Kart will be unavailable but there are plenty of nearby cafés, bistros and restaurants.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in these challenging times. Hopefully restrictions will soon be eased!

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For visitors requiring information regarding accessibility & inclusion in Stratford-upon-Avon, please visit the website 'My' Accessible Stratford-upon-Avon which includes a handy downloadable guide.

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Work Experience and Volunteering Opportunities - SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

Stratford Butterfly Farm offers a variety of work experience placements and volunteering opportunities. 

Unfortunately due to the impact of COVID-19, Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly are not offering work experience placements or volunteering opportunities for the forseeable future.

Animal Management Work Experience Placement

This programme involves caring for a range of animals including; invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, fish and birds.You will be asked to help with daily routines; i.e. cleaning and redesigning enclosures, feeds, assisting in health checks and completing general maintenance of the farm. You will also be asked to carry out ‘Animal Handling Sessions’ with the public and engage in visitor interactions.Some horticulture work would also be expected of you.

 Horticulture Placement

This programme involves caring for the wide range of tropical flora we grow in the farm. You would learn how to sow, propagate and cultivate; fruit plants, vegetable plants, and feed plants for our butterflies. You would help to maintain the aesthetics of the farm and the constant growth of new stock. Some animal care work would also be expected of you.

If you are interested in either one of our work experience placementments and are 17 years or older please send a CV and Covering Letter to

Become a volunteer at Stratford Butterfly Farm!

If you are interested in becoming part of the volunteer team and would describe yourself as a confident and friendly character then we would love to hear from you!

Our volunteers engage with visitors, enhancing their experience at the Butterfly Farm and help to care for our beautiful butterflies and captivating caterpillars.

Our Farm attracts all ages and we would like our volunteers to mimic that, so if you are aged 16-99 years then please contact us by emailing