SITUATED between Spalding and King’s Lynn, The Butterfly & Wildlife Park in Long Sutton provides an enriching, full interactive experience for people of all ages.
With tropical houses displaying the exotic beauty of butterflies and reptiles, to the thrill of a 40m zip wire, or the tranquil gardens and orchards, there is something for everyone.
There can be no waiting around though, as March 31 to September 2 will be the final open season of the park after 25 years.
With an inviting and friendly family atmosphere, the butterfly houses are some of the largest in the UK. You can watch as a real-life representation of a tropical ecosystem unfolds before your eyes, with all the wonder and mystery keenly detailed around you.
There are many bizarre sights to see in the reptile enclosure, as you come face to face with scorpions, boa constrictors and bearded dragons, among others.
If you can bear getting even closer, there is the opportunity to handle certain snakes, lizards and spiders with expert assistance. Facing your fears is not just for children either, as adults can join in with the experience.
Its not just creepy crawlies you can interact with though. There are regular bird of prey displays to get involved with, as well as the chance to meet emus, raccoons and giant rabbits.
Taking things to a more physical level, the large adventure playground and adjoining toddler area gives the kids an opportunity to stretch their legs. Be it the wooden fort and castle, fireman’s’ pole and climbing frames or the 40m aerial zip line, there is plenty for them to enjoy.
Toddlers and younger children can also enjoy the sand pit with real diggers, or the coin operated driving circuit. Adults can look-on and relax from nearby picnic benches, with catering facilities also close-by.
To slow things down, you might like to take a stroll through the relaxing tea, herb or vegetable gardens.
By now you’ve likely built up an appetite, which is where the acclaimed tea room and gift shop can round off your Wildlife Park experience. Home made cakes, soups and sandwiches are just some of the items available, with all food freshly prepared daily.
To make sure you remember your time, there are a wide range of mementos, including the opportunity to adopt one of the animals in the park as your own.
Be sure to look out for special park events are they unfold throughout the season, including a final weekend Party at the Park.
How to find it:
Located to the north of Long Sutton, the park can be found just off the A17 heading towards King’s Lynn (East) or Sleaford (West). It can be found after half a mile on Roman Bank.
The Butterfly and Wildlife Park, Long Sutton, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 9LE
Tel: 01406 363833
March 31 to September 2, 2012. 10.00am to 5pm daily.
Adult £8.50 Child £6.50 Senior Citizen £7.50 Family £27.00 (2+2, each extra child £5.50)