Transformation for house

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Christmas has come early to Lancaster’s Williamson Park with the re-opening of the Butterfly House this weekend and a host of new residents are ready to greet visitors.

Repair work on the Edwardian Butterfly House has been completed ahead of schedule and the doors will re-open on Saturday December 19.

Improvement works on the Edwardian Butterfly House included replacing the drainpipes internally and externally.

The new inhabitants are settling in well amongst the varieties of butterflies and include a chameleon, geckos, rats, a blue tongued skink and two yellow footed tortoises.

The former Palm House resembles a tropical rain forest with flowers, trees, vines, foliage and colourful butterflies.

Come along and walk amongst some of the world’s most beautiful species, including brilliant swallowtails, and cleverly camouflaged Owl butterflies within a natural habitat.

The pupae of new butterflies can be seen in a special display case and you may even see a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis.

In the stream that flows around the forest you may also spot a koi carp.

Tours of the Butterfly House take place every weekend and during half term at 11.30am.

The Butterfly House is accessible to wheelchairs.

Entry to the attractions is via the shop and costs £3.80 for adults, £2.80 for children and students, £3.40 for concessions and £12 for a family ticket (two adults two children).A Wild Card which entitles a family of four unlimited 
entry to the butterfly House, Mini Beast Cave and Animal Garden for a whole year.

For more information visit www.lancaster.gov.uk/williamsonpark or www.facebook.com/williamsonpark or call 01524 33318.

Williamson Park’s two play areas are to get a well deserved makeover over the winter months, and the new play areas are scheduled to reopen in the spring.