Birds, bees and butterflies flutter to Botanical Gardens

Children’s imaginations will take flight at May bank holiday half term with a host of activities at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

The five-day extravaganza will start May bank holiday, Monday 25th May with captivating storytelling and arts and crafts that will celebrate birds, bees and butterflies. Children will be given the chance to explore the gardens on special trails that will teach them which plants attract bees and butterflies to keep the gardens buzzing.

The Edgbaston-based gardens will be opening the doors to its popular Butterfly House on Saturday 23rd May, just in time for the half term events. The sanctuary is the only one of its kind in Birmingham giving visitors and their families the chance to walk amongst tropical butterflies from the native climates of Central America, Africa and the Philippines.

The Botanical Gardens will receive hundreds of pupas on a weekly basis once the Butterfly House is open to ensure that breath-taking butterflies will be emerging throughout the summer months. Visitors will enjoy watching the butterflies move gracefully from sugar feeders, fresh fruit and occasionally landing on people.

James Wheeler, chief executive of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, said:

Following the success of last year, we’re thrilled to be hosting a fun-filled half term event that will teach children about pollination and how our gardens continue to grow. Butterflies could even start emerging in our newly opened Butterfly House which will give children the chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most beautiful insects.
We know that it can be hard for parents to plan a full week of activities to keep the children entertained, which is why we thought we’d take the pressure off them with five planned days of fun.

The half term events will start on Monday 25th May and will run until Friday 29th May (11am – 3pm). The Butterfly House will be open daily from Saturday 23rd May and will remain open until September. General admission for adults is £7 per person and £4.75 for children over five years old. Children under five will be admitted for free.

For more information, please visit http://www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/ or call 0121 454 1860.

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