Joanna Lumley opens 'Enchanted Land' in Dumfries

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Moat Brae is gearing up to welcome visitors and recruit volunteers to join the team as it's set to open its doors.

The new National Centre for Children's Literature aims to promote and encourage imagination and creativity in everyone who steps inside.

The Georgian townhouse, known as the 'enchanted land', is where author J.M Barrie was inspired to write Peter Pan. He played in the house and garden as a child.

Joanna Lumley, a patron of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, cut the ribbon in a ceremony, held on 31 May, at the centre in Dumfries and Galloway.

"We hope that people young and old will feel inspired by the boy who never grew up and be transported back to childhood in a place where their imagination can run wild, drawing visitors from far and wide, growing the economy, creating jobs and sustaining communities”

PAULA WARD, VISITSCOTLAND REGIONAL LEADERSHIP DIRECTOR

Earlier this month, Moat Brae hosted a number of events for schools, groups and the public which has played a role in improving the region and its community.

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"Its a real pleasure to welcome the new members of our team as we make the final preparations to open our doors.

SIMON DAVIDSON, MOAT BRAE'S CENTRE DIRECTOR
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The attraction site have 18 employed staff and is appealing for volunteers to join the team.

The variety of opportunities involve contributing to visitor services, events and caring for the Neverland Discovery Garden.

It is expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors.

The National Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling fully opens its doors on 1 June 2019.