Longleat will host a swarm of colossal bugs this year – from familiar garden critters, to more exotic creepy-crawlies.
The Marvellous Monsters trail, scheduled to run from April 8 to October 29, will feature large, anatomically correct animatronic creatures around the Wiltshire estate.
Visitors will be able to get up-close-and personal to big bugs from British back gardens, such as bees, ladybirds and butterflies, as well as more unusual exotic creatures such as the orchid mantis, the Hercules beetle and the spine-tingling whip scorpion.
As well as the new trail, Longleat will be unveiling exhibitions in 2017 with a strong focus on conservation. There will also be workshops about the importance of bug populations and insect environments.
As well as being able to explore the grounds around the Wiltshire estate, visitors can also visit Longleat House, and the UK’s No.1 Safari Park.
Other upcoming events for 2017 include the Sky Safari hot air balloon show from September 15 to 17; firework displays from October 26 to 28; and, of course, the annual Festival of Light, from November 10.
Ticket-price information can be found at https://www.longleat.co.uk/tickets.
Day ticket prices at the gate are £33.95 (£28.85 online) for adults, £25.45 (£21.62 online) for children 3-15 years of age, £30.55 (£25.95 online) for seniors. Children under 3 years of age are admitted free of charge.
Two Day tickets, House and Garden tickets, Annual Pass tickets, and Longleat and Cheddar Gorge & Caves Combo tickets are also available both at the gate, and online.
For full details, visit https://www.longleat.co.uk/events.