Every year, my family and I visit RHS Wisley to see the butterflies in their glasshouse. There is something so special about seeing more than 6,000 exotic butterflies fluttering around. And while the children enjoy it, I especially love it. It is so calming seeing all their beautiful colours and patterns. And there are such exotic flowers and plants in the glasshouse, coupled with the heat that is needed to keep the butterflies alive, that you feel like you're somewhere tropical.
Children can do more than walk through the glasshouse. Wisley have a spotter's guide (for which they ask for a £1 donation) so the little ones can looks for specific butterflies and find out their names. We have been going since 2014, and I love looking at photos from previous visits to see how much Moozles and Dubz have changed.
Although it is fun going to Wisley as a family, it is especially nice going with friends - for a walk and a bacon sarnie (everywhere is better with bacon, fact). I am planning to go back in a couple of weeks, on my own. I would like to take my proper camera, although I think these iPhone 6 photos look pretty good.
If you're thinking about visiting Wisley, it takes about 30 minutes in the car from south west London. There is free parking in a huge car park. And if you get hungry after seeing the butterflies, there is The Glasshouse Cafe, which even has a little soft play. We prefer The Food Hall as they offer a better selection of food. (we spent about £35 today for a drinks, lunch and cake).
Tickets to see the butterflies are free if you have a membership to Wisley (we got our annual membership using our Tesco clubcard points). And you can pre-book your visit time online, as a member, to reduce your wait time. As we went on a snowy Saturday, there was no wait at all. If you're not a member, book online for a 10% discount (£32.40 for a family of four). Butterflies in the Glasshouse is on until the 5th March 2017.