We had a lovely time at Studley Grange today, the butterflies were absolutely stunning. The kids loved the fact that the butterflies were unafraid to come near and even land on you if you stood still enough. It is a fantastic opportunity to get close to these beautiful creatures which you would not otherwise get to see unless you are lucky enough to regularly holiday in the tropics! The meerkats were beautiful and the babies adorable. There were goats, geese and chickens that could be fed with bags of food purchased from the shop for £1. All the animals, birds, reptiles and butterflies look like they are well cared for, and the kids loved getting up close. There has obviously been investment recently, and the outside farm area is coming along nicely. My only criticism would be that the centre is a little rough round the edges. Unplanted plants left in too small pots, obviously dead plants and weeds have not been removed for some time, and the rabbit hutch could do with lick of paint. Recycling materials is all well and good, but it can be done without looking shabby. Visitors like to think they have had value for money, and a little more attention to detail is more likely to have people returning for repeat visits and recommending your venue to friends and family. I looked around for any information on volunteering groups but could find none. That said, I will be bringing my family again just to see the breathtaking butterflies. A good afternoon out, that could be made great with a little imagination.
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