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Help Us Make This Dream Come True

An Enchanted Land of Children’s Stories

Let’s inspire the imagination of every child!

Over £6.1m raised already! Our target for Capital Works is £6.5m. There is still much work to be done and funds to be raised for specific features at Moat Brae, and we will keep in touch with you as the next chapter of our development unfolds

Help us create An Enchanted Land of Children’s Stories at the Birthplace of Peter Pan.

This is why

“… when shades of night began to fall, certain young mathematicians shed their triangles, crept up walls and down trees, and became pirates in a sort of Odyssey that was long afterwards to become the play of Peter Pan. For our escapades in a certain Dumfries Garden, which is enchanted land to me, were certainly the genesis of that nefarious work, Peter Pan.”

JM Barrie – creator of Peter Pan

About Moat Brae

Discover the place where a legend was born and imagination first took flight – where Peter Pan began…

Moat Brae – the ‘enchanted land’ in Dumfries, South-West Scotland was the childhood playground of J.M. Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, and the place where he first found Neverland.

“All children, except one, grow up” JMB

About the Trust

Inspired by the cultural legacy, heritage and history of Moat Brae, the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust is creating a National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling with a Neverland Discovery Garden.

Celebrating the place where Peter Pan began, we will soon be able to bring exciting new opportunities for generations of children and young people to enjoy.


How You Can Help

Join the Big Adventure and help us reach our target of £5.8m.

Together we can bring the best of childhood to every child.

There are lots of ways you can get involved, it’s easy and fun.


“Dreams do come true, if only you wish hard enough.” JMB

Latest News

A Talk About Tea and A Tasting To Boot

Leslie and Baggott Antiques, Art, Interiors present A Talk About Tea and A Tasting To Boot Tuesday 19th June, 3.30 - 6.00pm at Leslie and Baggott, Isle Tower, Holywood, in aid of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust (PPMBT)

Our Pop-Up Charity Shop 2018

Running 6th to 11th August 2018 at The Bakers Oven Dumfries. Last year's shop raised over £3,000 for The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust and we are looking forward to another great event this August. All donations of bric-a-brac, books, clothing etc are welcome.


The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust is seeking an artist, or group of artists, who specialise in creating large signature puppets for carnival events to work at this year’s Youth Beatz Festival in Dumfries.

Tales of Country Life at Ellisland Farm

A Special Event at Ellisland Farm, Auldgirth. Follow the Rural Ramblings of Robert Burns and JM Barrie in the country home of the great Bard.

Funders & Friends