Peterborough youngsters can get up close with some cute animals

Van Hage garden centre, Eye opening of their mini farm. Store manager  Luke Hopkins with rabbits and  Lyla Graves (7) EMN-190420-144352009
Van Hage garden centre, Eye opening of their mini farm. Store manager Luke Hopkins with rabbits and Lyla Graves (7) EMN-190420-144352009

Animal-loving youngsters got an egg-stra special Easter surprise with the opening of a new animal park at the Peterborough One Retail Park at the weekend.

The mini farm, which has become a permanent feature outdoors at the Van Hage store, off the Eye Roundabout on the Paston Parkway/Perkins Parkway junction opened on Saturday.

Van Hage garden centre, Eye opening of their mini farm. Staff Hollie Clarke and  Victoria Duffy with  hamsters EMN-190420-144403009

Van Hage garden centre, Eye opening of their mini farm. Staff Hollie Clarke and Victoria Duffy with hamsters EMN-190420-144403009

The new attraction is free to browse and has become home to rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, exotic birds and even some piglets and chickens.

Van Hage garden centre, Eye opening of their mini farm. John Van Hage with their piglets. EMN-190420-144330009

Van Hage garden centre, Eye opening of their mini farm. John Van Hage with their piglets. EMN-190420-144330009

Van Hage garden centre, Eye opening of their mini farm.  Hollie Clarke with one of the chickens EMN-190420-144341009

Van Hage garden centre, Eye opening of their mini farm. Hollie Clarke with one of the chickens EMN-190420-144341009