LOCATION Stratford Butterfly Farm, Stratford
TIME 10:00 to 15:00
Group Size   6
  •  A great opportunity for capturing a wide range of Butterfly species in an open tropical house environment
  • The biggest collection of tropical Butterflies in the UK with up to 250 species
  • Entrance to the venue
  • Photographic Guide
  • PDF notes
Not Included
  •  Camera
  • Macro Lens for Fuji, Olympus and Sony
  • Specialist food or drinks
  • Car Park Fees


Butterflies are one of the most popular subjects for nature photography, and understandably so when you see their beautiful, bright colours and the detailed intricacy of their markings. At the fantastic location of Stratford Butterfly Farm (the largest tropical butterfly display in the UK) we hope to achieve a range of great images from the diversity of opportunities we encounter. The greenhouse is a natural oasis and provides the perfect chance to capture butterflies while resting and feeding on various tropical plants/flowers.  On the day you will should see over 1500 free flying butterflies with over 250 species ensuring you have an abundance of subjects and variety to photograph.


Our ‘Butterfly Photography Workshop’ begins at 9.30am with a briefing from the photographic guide about what to expect and the best approaches and techniques for capturing good butterfly images. We will then have the chance to get into the greenhouse about 30 minutes before it is open to the general public. This time can be particularly useful in the caterpillar/pupae room where we might need space to carefully set up tripods on these small subjects. We can then move out into the main flight area to work on capturing images of the many different species.


After an hour’s break for lunch break when delegates can cool down form the greenhouse and eat a packed lunch, we can review our morning’s work and then have a second chance to build on the experiences of the morning. There will also be an opportunity for guests to visit the ‘Insect City’ area where a larger variety of invertebrates are on display.


Throughout the day your expert Wild Arena guide will be on hand to offer advice and tips and suggest different techniques for capturing these beautiful creatures, always ensuring time is given equally to get the best from everyone’s individual cameras and equipment. The whole day is designed to be a challenging learning opportunity, working with this most photogenic of subjects.

10:00:   Arrival at the Butterfly Centre for a welcome and briefing from your guide (NB: the center does not officially open until 10.00).

10:30:   Photography session 1 in the caterpillar room and the tropical greenhouses.

12:00:   Lunch Break and a chance to cool down (there is a café nearby or you can bring a packed lunch).

13:00:   Photography session 2 in the tropical greenhouse and bug room.

15:00:   Summary and Close.

Our itineraries are listed as a guide and we may need to alter them depending on unforeseen circumstances, weather conditions or the availability of the subjects. Start and finish times are fixed to enable transport planning.

More dates coming soon

How to Book

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Purchasing a Gift Voucher

If you are looking for a gift for a photographer then why not consider a gift voucher, our gift vouchers are valid for a year and along with our membership are sent as standard with an e-voucher, gift packs are available and these can just be added to your basket from the shop. We currently sell the gift vouchers in £50, £25 or £10 denominations or you can buy an event specific voucher. Simply click through to our shop here to see what is available.

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Wild Arena is delighted to offer an annual membership scheme with many benefits to reward our regular customers and encourage new guests to participate on our wide range of different events. We offer 2 types of annual membership, at different prices, the details of which are listed in the below.

Annual Membership – £19

Provides our regular customers with a discount of 20% on all our one day workshops, £50 off every tour booking, a quarterly newsletter, priority notice on all new events and special offers on late availability! All the memberships prices are listed next to the standard price on all products on the website. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your cart.

Annual Membership Benefits:​

  • 20%  discount on all one day events.
  • £50 discount on every tour booking.
  • Priority notice of discounted late space availability and new events.
  • Quarterly Newsletter.

Annual Membership Plus – £99

Not only provides all the benefits of normal membership, but also the opportunity to book a free workshop from the list below:

Members can choose one of the following events as your free workshop (1 session per year):

  • Macro Photography Workshop
  • Macro Exotic Mini Beast Session.
  • Big Cat Photography Workshop.
  • Safari Photograph Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Safari Photography Workshop.
  • Summer Evening Owl Photography Workshop.
  • Wild Red Kite Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Workshop.
  • Butterfly Photography Masterclass.
  • Landscape Photography Workshops.
  • Getting Started with your Camera

Not only does this make ‘Membership PLUS’ outstanding value, it also makes a perfect gift for anyone interested in photography. Each new member receives a welcome pack vie email, but if you would like a gift pack please select this from the shop and add to your basket.

To receive your members discount on website orders, simply use your membership number in the voucher section of the basket and for special offers use the code given on the promotion.

(Please note membership discounts cannot be used in conjunction with Tesco vouchers or other ad-hoc, generic offers as specified).

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