We fancied a break from the freeze last weekend and headed to Lancaster’s tropical Butterfly House. Open the doors to this unusual Edwardian building and you are transported from a chilly January day to a warm, lush oasis filled with plants and many different species of butterfly.
We enjoyed trying to spot the butterflies some of which were camouflaged amongst the foliage and vines. My eager seven year old son watched them feasting on very ripe bananas, they didn’t move once as he advanced ever closer to look at these delicate creatures.
I enjoyed warming up my bones after a long stroll around Williamson Park. The park is sits on a hill overlooking Morecambe Bay, with good views to the Fylde Coast and Lake District. Its a lovely park with woodland walks, great hills to roll down in the summer plus a play area.
There is also Ashton Memorial, which sits atop of the park and for a small charge offers even better views across Lancaster and out to sea. The second floor is also home to the Williamson Gallery.
This summer we will be heading back to Williamson Park for a walkabout theatre production of Robin Hood. We can’t wait to join Robin Hood and his band of merry men as they rob from the rich and give to the poor!
Entry to Williamson Park is free. Tickets to the Butterfly House can be purchased from the shop next door and entry costs £3.60 for adults, £2.60 for children and students, £3.20 for concessions and £11.50 for a family ticket (2 adults 2 children). Also included in the ticket price is entry to Mini-Beasts (which includes a couple of tarantulas) and the small animal zoo (it is a very small zoo!).