VISITORS braved the rain to celebrate a new attraction at a popular Dorset park.

Adventure Valley is a new activity zone at Moors Valley Country Park, involving an 18-hole adventure golf course and a mini Land Rover experience.

The golf course is based on the theme of the diverse wildlife and habitats living in the park, while the Land Rover track lets children navigate through an off-road journey in modern electric vehicles.

While the coronavirus pandemic had slowed plans down, the electric vehicles were purchased and delivered from Holland in March 2022.

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While the attraction is entirely open to the public, there are also future plans being put in place to expand the park.

A tunnel and signage are to be added to the Land Rover course, as well as additional planting and carvings on the golf course.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for highways, travel and environment, said: “Moors Valley is very special to me, as I live just a couple of miles away and visit quite often.

“Dorset Council has a great partnership with other bodies such as Forestry England and the RSPCA, who are so important to making Moors Valley the success it is.

“I'm so pleased to see so many youngsters enjoying themselves playing golf and learning how to drive, despite the typical British rainy weather.

“It is such a fantastic facility for the council to support and, as a Cabinet member, I'm proud to be responsible for making sure this place will get the funding and support it needs.

“I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved with this brilliant project.

“Particular thanks go to Park Ranger Emma Reeks, without whom this project would still just be an idea on paper.

“Her hard work, motivation, and attention to detail have ensured the Adventure Valley project became a reality, delivered to the high standard you can see today.”

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The lease for the main course was granted by the RSPCA in February earlier this year.