Screen Shot 2015-06-02 at 13.47.26SUNDERLAND shoppers will be forgiven for thinking the latest Hollywood blockbuster has come to life next week – when an unexpected visitor arrives in the city.

Jurassic World is set to open in cinemas around the country on June 11 and to coincide with the film release Sunderland will be welcoming a dinosaur of its own.

As part of the late night shopping activities in the city centre, shoppers will come face to face with Tiny the Stegosaurus, a 3.5 metre long, part animatronic creature.

Tiny will be interacting with shoppers as part of a number of natural history shows which will take place at 5.30pm, 6.30pm and 7.30pm at the Bridges.

The dinosaur visit is part of a programme of activities organised by Sunderland’s Business Improvement District on Thursday evenings as part of a campaign to highlight the city’s after hours retail and leisure offer.

“Shoppers in Sunderland are definitely going to get more than they bargained for,” said Ken Dunbar, Chief Executive of Sunderland BID.

“The nearest most people are going to get to a dinosaur is watching them on the big screen when Jurassic World opens.

“We’ve gone one step further and brought one of our own right into Sunderland for what promises to be a really fun event for both adults and children alike.”

Each show will last for 20 mins and will give shoppers the opportunity to get up close and personal with Tiny.

Free after 3pm in all council car parks and The Bridges car park is free from 5.30 – 9.30pm