Phase II of this spectacular project, described as ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã âLondon's own Eden ProjectÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬ÃÂ, is open this season as a taster for the completion of the massive rainforest biome in Summer/Autumn 2011. This year the focus is on education with some new features to include a dedicated teaching area, the Insect Study Centre, a children's play zone and a ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬ÃÅChrysalis Lake', so that we can watch our water-based mini beast friends. This is as well as the 27 acres of wildflower meadows, 19 ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬ÃÅbonkers' individual gardens, tropical butterfly house with 500 butterflies, butterfly breeding house and not forgetting the Very Hungry Caterpillar lunchboxes. It is a fun and educational day out for all ages and provides an imaginative and hands-on opportunity for children to learn about how helping butterflies and insects survive can be interesting and why it's so important. Situated just off the M25 and M1 near St Albans, there is a picnic area, cafÃÆÃÂ©, plant boutique and gift shop. Children's parties are welcomed in the Very Hungry Caterpillar Solardome with special rates and either a beautiful butterfly or Very Hungry Caterpillar cake for free. Supported by the patronage of Sir David Attenborough, Professor David Bellamy, Alan Titchmarsh, Emilia Fox and others, the project is set to become the biggest butterfly experience in the world ÃÂ¢Ã¢âÂ¬Ã¢â¬Å and it's right on your doorstep.
Now that we are in autumn everyone is looking for things to do with the kids to celebrate this lovely colourful season. Here we have some great ideas, and they don't all involve being cooped up indoors! Get out and enjoy the cooler, fresh air and the crunchy leaves under foot - you can always return home afterwards for a hot chocolate and a snuggle
Be safe this Bonfire Night
Be safe this Bonfire Night by making sure that you, pets and your family know and follow the very important Fireworks Code. Have fun if you are going to an event or having friends and family round at home. It includes safety rules for sparklers too! You will also be able to download our Fireworks Code poster to display if you are hosting an event.