Flights of fancy at Butterfly World in St Albans

THE SUN shone brightly on Bank Holiday Monday as more than 2,700 people flocked to Butterfly World to enjoy a range of activities as part of its Family Fun Day.

The tourist attraction in Chiswell Green featured a host of butterfly-themed events, including a pageant, a treasure hunt and face painting. The pageant attracted over 30 entries and more than 500 children arrived wearing butterfly wings, which guaranteed them free entry to the park.

Storytelling sessions were held inside a giant flowerpot, and Caterpillar Music sessions together with nature activity walks aimed to educate and entertain children about the pressing importance of conservation.

The weekend comes after a successful summer for Butterfly World with its new breeding house and insect study centre attracting many people as well as the opening of the first phase of a children’s play area since the last fun day in May.

The scheme is due for completion in 2011 with the opening of a massive biome filled with 10,000 tropical butterflies which is set to become a living rainforest.

Entry is �6 for adults, �5 concessions, �4 for under 16s and is free for under threes and Blue Peter badge holders.

A family ticket is �19 and Butterfly World is open daily until October 31.