Reviewed by Emma Booth
Me and my family went to visit the Butterfly and Fountain World on the Isle of Wight. We travelled over from Chichester and took the car on the ferry and got off at Fishbourne, from here it was less than 10 minutes drive away and was very easy to find.
We pulled into the car park and couldn’t help but think it looked a little tired and dull and the gift shop gave the same impression leaving just wondering what the Butterfly and Fountain area were going to be like, but we couldn’t have got it more wrong and shouldn’t have judged.
Once we stepped through into the Butterfly area there were loads of beautiful butterflies flying around surrounded by well maintained and cared for plants of all sorts of shapes and sizes, you could tell that a lot of effort has gone into keeping this area so well maintained. What I loved was all the information boards dotted around telling you all you need to know from the different species through to the life-cycle of the butterfly, but if a member of staff is around then they are more than happy to talk about these amazing animals and I left feeling astonished at these underrated animals. I’ve been to several butterfly houses and have never learnt so much as I did here, my daughter loved looking at this chrysalis that were soon to be hatching and the ones that had only just hatched out and were drying off.
You can then walk on through to the gardens which if my memory is right starts off with an Italian style with herbs commonly used in Italy and again it’s all very smart and neat, and also a Japanese garden with several ponds of koi carp swimming around, we were lucky to get there just in time to see the feeding and short talk on the fish which was very informative and they also let the children have a go at feeding them. It would have been handy to have known the feeding times before we went in as we could easily have missed this. The fish have such lovely surroundings and it’s nice to see the fish with plenty of room being very well looked after.
Next you come to the jumping jets were you have jets of water shooting all over, I was told that sometimes it goes across the path so expect to get wet and there is a small archway of shooting water that you can walk underneath, it all looks very idyllic I think the prices are very reasonable at £7.99 an adult and you could easily enjoy a couple of hours wandering around. My daughter’s favourite moment was when a butterfly landed on her face which made her giggle and there are also a few tanks with a tarantula and stick insects and a few more creepy crawlies. We also had a browse around the adjoining garden centre that had a wide variety of supplies and plants and with very reasonable prices. There is also a cafe there but we didn’t visit there today. We would definitely come back and would happily recommend it to anyone, it was a joy to listen to the man talk about the butterflies you could tell he was very passionate about them and about the work that’s been done making the place what is today.
Tickets cost £5.50 (Children 5-15 years, under 4’s go FREE), £7.99 (Adult)
For more information visit www.butterfly-world-iow.co.uk.
Butterfly World Isle of Wight, Staplers Road, Newport, IOW | 01983 883430