Important information for planning a school visit to Stratford Butterfly Farm
This section contains all you need to know for planning your next school trip to Stratford Butterfly Farm including risk assessment and terms and conditions.
Information for teachers to help plan a visit.
School bookings are available term time Monday to Friday and subject to availability.
There is coach drop off and pick up at the Butterfly Farm gates with coach parking at the leisure centre.
Schools visits will be staggered with the visiting public.
All children must be supervised by a responsible adult at all times in all areas of the butterfly farm, with a minimum teacher student ratio of 1:10.
There is a choice of two 60 minute tours; Life-Cycle of a Butterfly & Discover the Maya.Both can be tailored to the topic being studied and the age and needs of the group and include an introductory talk and a Meet the Mini-Beast handling session
A typical visit lasts approx 2 to 3 hours depending on the group size and if packed lunches are being eaten at the butterfly farm.
Schools should arrive promptly so that their tour can start on time. Allow for toilet time and jumpers to be put into lockers.If your school is late we cannot guarantee an hour for your visit. If you are running late please call 01789 299288 to let us know.
The butterfly farm can accomodate more than one class at a time. We offer a tour guide ratio of 1 guide to approx. 30 children. When there is more than one class of children the tours are staggered at 10 minutes intervals from the Education Area.
On arrival please wait outside the Reception entrance. We ask that the lead teacher reports to Reception to announce the schools arrival. Your school will then be checked in and numbers confirmed.
On entry schools must follow the instructions of butterfly farm staff and place their belongings in the allocated lockers only.
Schools may not re-enter the farm once their allocated time of one hour is up but may use the outside gardens.
Schools may eat snacks or lunches at the Butterfly Farm. This must be arranged when booking as there is very limited space for lunches in the gazebo and Education Area. They are subject to availability and limited to a maximum of 45 minutes. There are picnic tables in the outdoor gardens, these cannot be booked and are on a first come first served basis. Schools are welcome to bring picnic blankets which may be used in the outside gardens.
Children can browse and make purchases in the gift shop. The butterfly farm accepts cash. We ask that they sanitise their hands before browsing and that they are supervised by their teachers.
Hand sanitiser is provided at key points throughout the butterfly farm.
Schools should depart the butterfly farm in an orderly fashion.
Schools are responsible for administering first aid to any member of their school party and should bring their own first aid kit. Sick bags are advisable.
Visiting schools are requested that if any persons in their school group are feeling unwell, they do not attend the trip. The Butterfly Farm will only invoice for those that attend on the day.