A SHOPPING village is being revamped after announcing a new management team is taking over.

Petersfield Village, in Gosfield, is being taken over from February, with the new owners hoping to breathe new life into the attraction.

Originally a working farm, it was transformed to an antique shopping village by owner Michael Butler in 2005, and opened by antique expert Tim Wonnacott of the Antiques Roadshow.

It consisted of a main area hosting antiques and homewares made in the style of a village, including vintage streetlamps and individually designed shop fronts.

Later expansions included the opening of a cafe and restaurant, farm shop, animal feeds barn and a vinyl shop.

However, the site has suffered in the pandemic and the cafe has closed.

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Halstead businessmen John Potter and Charles Dawson, alongside the Butler family, are taking on the day to day running of the village.

Mr Potter said: “I have been involved with the village since its opening in 2005, through running stalls and other bits.

“I have taken the step up to management and we are looking forward to hopefully bringing it back to its best.”

They will be investing time and money into improving the village from February 1.

The cafe will soon reopen under new owner Robert Fox, and Braintree hairdresser and beauty expert Asti Martin is opening a beauty and wellness centre.

The village will also offer camping and glamping for visitors from further afield.

Some events for 2022 are also planned at the village.

Mr Potter said: “There is an MGB 60th anniversary car show, the North Essex Food Fair, a classic car and TVR rally, and much more.”

Petersfield Village opens under new management next month and later hopes to stage an official grand reopening once improvements are in place.

Mr Potter said: “Although we re-open on February 1 we are all going to have a very busy few months cleaning, painting, and restructuring the whole village.

“We will be aiming for an official opening day at the beginning of April where we hope to have the village reopened by an antiques celebrity.”

It will be open seven days a week, from 9am to 5.30pm, with more information at petersfieldvillage.co.uk.