Visit the town of Kirriemuir in Angus and you can wander through the house where J. M. Barrie was born and lived until the age of eight. There’s no doubt kids will get a sense of what life was like for a family of 10 children sharing a weaver’s cottage in the late 19th century. But if they want a glimpse of the true magic that’s woven through Peter Pan, that’s to be found at Moat Brae House in Dumfries.
The creator of ‘The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up’ attended Dumfries Academy from the age of 14 and it was the garden of Moat Brae House where he and his friends invented the fantastically daring games that inspired the enchanted island of Neverland, home to Peter Pan and his Lost Boys.
Moat Brae House is now the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling and opens for the first time this spring. This will be the perfect time to explore the Neverland Discovery Garden, take a tour of the newly restored house and celebrate the imagination of J. M. Barrie through a whole range of exciting family activities and events.