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Creepy crawlies on display as Down House invites youngsters to discover Darwin this half-term

11:35 06 February 2017

A chameleon will be on display at Darwin Day

A chameleon will be on display at Darwin Day

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The naturalist and evolutionary theorist, who lived at Down House, was born on February 12

Youngsters will be able to discover an array of creepy crawlies at an event to mark the birthday of Charles Darwin this half-term.

A tarantula, stick insects, giant hissing cockroaches, giant millipedes and a praying mantis will be among the specimens lurking around at Down House’s Darwin Day on Sunday, February 12.

There will also be a chameleon and a snake on display, while visitors will have the chance to find out about classification, adaptation, habitats, camouflage, predators and prey and life cycles.

During half term week, from Tuesday, February 14 to Saturday, February 18, youngsters will be able to answer some of the biggest questions about the natural world with Discover with Darwin.

Down House was Darwin’s family home, and visitors can see the study where he wrote On the Origin of Species, and the newly recreated bedroom he shared with his wife, Emma

Cate Milton, London and east events manager at English Heritage, said: “We’ve got two exciting events taking place at Down House this February half term so there’ll be something for the whole family to enjoy.

“From getting up close to exotic creatures Darwin may have encountered on his voyage on the HMS Beagle, to finding out the answers to questions which he posed and then uncovered, a visit to Down House promises to be a great day out.”

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