A NEW attraction in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands has opened its doors.
Beaver Hall in Bradnop, around three miles out of Leek on the Ashbourne Road, officially opened its new farm park and nature trail in an event on Sunday.
The farm park has various animals including pigs, goats, horses – including Shires and miniature ponies, –sheep, Llamas, donkeys, rabbits, hens and guinea pigs
The nature trial has been created on 60 acres of farmland, helped by the planting of 12,500 trees.
A café, shop, and caravan and camping facilities are also available at the complex.
Visitors can also watch any horse jumping competitions taking place at the venue.
The premises are owned by Anne Pearn and David Kinsella.
Welcoming guests to the official opening, Mr Kinsella said: "We opened the premises 14 years ago as an equestrian centre.
"We wanted to open the venue further to the public to bring in families.
"We now have a farm park, nature trail and café.
"There are lovely walks where people can enjoy the beautiful countryside and also watch horses in the Staffordshire Moorlands."
The day was attended by chairman of Staffordshire County Council, Ian Lawson, who officially opened the venue.
Also present was Keith Harrison, Mayor of Leek.
Mr Lawson said: "It gives me great pleasure to be here to open this new attraction.
"The family and I go back 60 years.
"I thought to myself, what are they doing when they said they were buying the premises.
"It is a miracle what they have done to it. It is brilliant."
The nature trail extends to approximately two miles and the trees have been donated and planted by the Forestry Commission.
Anne said: "We wanted to make an attraction that was affordable for people and their families.
"Opening it as a public attraction has always been the key.
"Developing the whole site into a thriving rural business has always been our dream since we first set up the family business as an equestrian centre 14 years ago.
"We now employ 19 people, but if the new venture is successful more jobs will be available.
"We also have some wonderful volunteers."
David added the centre wanted to focus more on equine activities.
He said: "We are also offering additional amenities including pony rides, riding school pony parties and instructors are available to teach people of all abilities to ride as we also want to encourage sport at the centre."
Admission to the new venue is £2.
For more information about the centre or activities taking place there, visit the website at www.beaverhall.co.uk or telephone 01538 304433.