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Dumfries hosts Big Draw Festival

Children with their drawings from the 2015 event Credit: Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust

Children of all ages are being encouraged to take part in the Big Draw Festival which takes place in Dumfries today.

It's the third time the event is being held at Moat Brae House, where J.M Barrie drew inspiration from to pen his famous novel 'Peter Pan'.

The festival features a number of creative activities led by artist and young entrepreneur Rachael Speedie.

The theme for this year is Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

We hope lots of people will drop in to Moat Brae for this event where science and space meet stories and sketches. We’ll provide the glitter, glue, pens and paper, and ask you to use your imagination to add your own creations to our giant mobile in the starlight dome.

"We are hoping for some surprises as well as the usual planets, planes, birds, butterflies, kites, balloons, helicopters, rainbows, fairies, Peter Pans, rockets, space stations, galaxies and black-holes…”

– Rachael Speedie, Big Draw Festival

Entry to the event is free and it runs from 11am until 3pm.

The 2015 event proved popular with the youngsters Credit: Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust


Moat Brae hosts World Book Day for Dumfries children

Moat Brae Credit: ITV Border News

Children from a Dumfries Primary school are visiting what will soon become Scotland's National Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling.

Moat Brae house secured a grant of £300,000 earlier this week to finish its redevelopment.

The building, which inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan, is hosting today's event to celebrate world book day.

Our reporter Fiona Mcilwraith went along to tour:

Peter Pan plans come to life

Dumfries and Galloway Council has approved proposed designs for Moat Brae House and garden as a National Centre for Children's Literature in Dumfries.

Author J.M Barrie spent a lot of time at the house, and the gardens are where he drew his inspiration for the story of Peter Pan.

The Moat Brae Trust say they are happy and relieved at the decision.


Creative Scotland supports Moat Brae Trust

Major new funding has been secured to help restore the house that inspired one of our best known children's stories.

Moat Brae House in Dumfries is where JM Barrie was inspired to write the famous children's book, Peter Pan.

More than half a million pounds has now been added to the trust, which aims to turn Moat Brae into a children's literature centre.

Lori Carnochan has more.

Peter Pan house for children and adults

Moat Brae House in Dumfries has been awarded more than half a million pounds in funding from Creative Scotland.

Cathy Agnew, Project Director for Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, says their plans to turn the house into a children's literature centre will appeal to children - and their teachers too.

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