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Butterfly World Project

Butterfly World Project

Butterfly World is now permanently closed [Nov 15]

Butterfly World re-opens for its seventh season on 23 March 2015.

Butterfly World, St Albans springs into life for its seventh season with an all new Music Meadow. New features such as the British Butterfly Garden, Bee Zone and a whole range of new activities will be coming throughout the year, making this season the most exciting yet.

Discover the new Music Meadow in a secret corner of the antennae walks. Children will love to bash out a tune on one of seven giant instruments made from recycled and household materials. Try a bamboo xylophone, wind chimes made from metal table legs, huge drainage tube air pipes or a corrugated tube scraper.

The much loved tropical butterfly house is home to clouds of over 600 beautiful tropical butterflies. There are 27 acres of specially created gardens and spectacular wildflower meadows. Younger visitors will enjoy Bug World an interactive exhibition in the Insect Study Centre. Here kids can get closer to nature than ever before with hissing cockroaches, stick insects, fat caterpillars, ant colonies and African snails while observing Leaf Cutter Ants in their natural habitat cutting leaves and taking them back to their nests via rope walkways.

Children can also run wild and free in the Natural Play Area complete with willow tunnels, slides and swings and meet the Very Hungry Caterpillar™ in his edible garden while others can relax by the Chrysalis lake, browse the specialist plant shop for butterfly and bee attracting plants or refuel in the cafe.

For garden enthusiasts: a Through the Flowerpot Garden allows visitors to see the world from an insect's eye view; the Spangle Gall Garden engages children in ten different mini-installations and the Theatre of Insects Garden shows how even the strangest of man-made objects can create an ecologically sensitive habitat for insects. Visitors can also enjoy a spiral Proboscis walk and Antennae paths lined with south-facing chalk banks and wildflowers to attract native butterflies and insects.

Butterfly World is served by local buses, St Albans train station and is situated just off the M1, junction 6a and M25, junction 21a. View our photo gallery from Phase 1 (2009).

Admission (2015): Adults, Concessions (over 60s or students with ID) and Children (£7.50 / £6.50 / £5.50 / Family - 2 adults & 2 children £22.50 from 1 May). Under-threes are free.

Seasonal memberships available - please visit their website for details.

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Trestle Arts Base

Trestle Arts Base

Tickets for all performances at Trestle Arts Base can be bought online here

A beautiful conversion of a Victorian chapel, Trestle Arts Base (TAB) is a unique centre hosting theatre, dance, films, art installations, exhibitions and community events. It is home to the touring Trestle Theatre Company and the Trestle Mask Workshop.

The Gallery Cafe serves a selection of hot and cold drinks and cold snacks.

Trestle Taking Part offers a wide-ranging programme of workshops, residencies and training for all ages and abilities from pre-school children to professional performers. Creative activities include:

  • Story Tent (2 years+) – storytelling and craft for pre-school children and parents
  • Trestle offers an extensive range of training from mask and physical theatre INSET and CPD courses for teachers, professional practitioners and workshop leaders, an MA in Education (Drama),  to corporate training for business groups.
  • Trestle has an inspiring and exciting programme of drama workshops in physical, visual and mask theatre delivered by our professional practitioners. From two hour theatre workshops to week long residencies, we offer activities to suit all levels and abilities.
  • Trestle Theatre Masks are handcrafted on site and shipped all over the world.

Follow Trestle Arts Base on Twitter and Facebook.

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Museum of St Albans

Museum of St Albans

The Museum of St Albans is now closed (Sep 2015).  A new museum in the centre of St Albans will be opening in the future.  Please see St Albans Museums website for more info.

Founded as the Hertfordshire County Museum in 1898, the Museum of St Albans tells the story of St Albans from the departure of the Romans to the present day. Find out about Alban, Britain's first Christian martyr, the Abbey and the development of St Albans from a small market town into a bustling commuter city. The museum offers special exhibitions, events and activities for all ages.

Funded by St Albans City and District Council

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Verulamium Park

Verulamium Park

Purchased in 1929 from the Earl of Verulam, and named after the Roman city on which it stands, this 100-acre park has year-round historic, cultural and sporting attractions, including Verulamium Museum, the Abbey Theatre and Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre.

Its central ornamental lake is home to remote control boating enthusiasts, a heronry and a wide range of waterbirds, including coots, moorhens and pochards. Water voles and rabbits live in and alongside the river Ver.

A popular place for a leisurely walk, the park also has a 9 hole golf course, tennis courts, crazy golf, a basketball/netball court, the 'adizone' outdoor gym and sports pitches with changing facilities. Sports enthusiasts can enjoy the swimming pool, gym and athletics track at Westminster Lodge. The children's playground is a popular place for little ones to climb, swing and slide before cooling off in the splash park (May to September).

Refreshments are available from two cafés: Inn on the Park and the Westminster Lodge cafeteria, as well as ice cream stands during the summer months.

The local voluntary group Friends of Verulamium Park help to support, preserve and promote the park. See their website for news, talks and special events. 

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