An indoor beach, a pirate ship, peacock stilt walkers, garden games and more were on offer during intu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square’s spectacular summer party.
Over the weekend, shoppers enjoyed a host of free family fun with live music, food, entertainment, children’s activities and prizes galore.
At intu Metrocentre shoppers started the summer in style, relaxing in a giant deckchair while the North Tyneside Steel Band provided a joyful, tropical soundtrack.
Giant seagulls circled the malls while little ones played at the indoor beach, tried their hand at crazy golf and snapped selfies with the hilarious Granny Turismos.
The summertime fun continued over at intu Eldon Square where shoppers were treated to an eclectic mix of music and chic beauty demonstrations, while peacock stilt walkers delighted visitors of all ages.
The shopping centre’s smallest visitors enjoyed garden games, face painting and creative children’s crafts, including the chance to decorate your own garden gnome.
Samantha Dixon from Consett, visiting intu Metrocentre with her husband Alan and daughter Payton Lola, said; “There’s such a lively atmosphere at the centre today. The music from the steel band is making everyone so happy and everyone is being so nice. We’re really enjoying our day!”
Nicola Buglass from County Durham, with her son Thomas, aged four, said, “We only came to intu Metrocentre for a bit of shopping and we spotted the beach. Thomas loves playing in the sand so it looks like we’ll be spending the rest of the day here. It’s such a great event and we love the seagulls flying around the beach.”
Rebecca Bowen, from Morpeth was visiting intu Eldon Square with her partner James and their two sons Matthew and Steven. Rebecca said: “We’ve had a really great day, the live music has been fantastic and the boys have loved having a go at croquet and getting their faces painted.”
David Stevens, from Newcastle, popped to intu Eldon Square with his wife Susan and daughter Paige, age 9. David said: “It’s been a really fun day out – we’ve enjoyed the food sampling and hearing the buskers playing around the shopping centre. Paige even won a prize on the tombola!”
Karen Carr, regional marketing manager, intu north, said: “It’s been wonderful to see so many people enjoying a fabulous day out with family and friends. This year’s summer party at intu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square has been one to remember – with a fantastic atmosphere, tasty treats and smiles all round.”
Over the summer holidays a host of children’s activities will be taking place at intu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square.
Summer fun at intu Metrocentre:
From Monday 31 July until Monday 28 August The Metrognomes will be taking young shoppers on a new pirate adventure every week!
Herbert, Sherbet, Maggot and Rusty are ready to go on their greatest adventure yet as they leave intu Metrocentre in search of their very own TREASURE ISLAND!
Bringing this classic tale of gold, rubies, pirates and excitement to life, the Metrognomes summer shows will have you riding on the crest of a wave.
Summer fun at intu Eldon Square:
Spend long summer days in all kinds of ways with four weeks of free activities lined up for your little ducklings from 7 August – 1 September.
11am – 4pm
Get creative every Monday with free summer arts and crafts – We’ve got a beach bag full of summer themed arts and crafts throughout the holidays to keep the little ones entertained.
Monday 7 August: 11am – 4pm
Paint pens and sparkly gems at ready to decorate your very own ceramic duckie money box!
Monday 14 August: 11am – 4pm
Get ready for some fun in the sun with your brand new beach bag, designed by you!
Monday 21 August: 11am – 4pm
Bring your little explorers along to design a bird house which they can take home for the birdies in the garden.
Monday 28 August: 11am – 4pm
Children can get into character making wooden spoon and hand puppets.With 2 child sized puppet theatres children can get creative as they don the puppet stage with their own imagination and role play some fairy tales.
11am – 4pm
Candy Floss making – Make sure the kids get into the fun of the party by making their own candy floss! PLUS, free summer crafts, from decorating ice cream fridge magnets to creating your own wind mill there’s something for everyone to enjoy this summer!
Tuesday 8 August: 11am – 4pm
Create your own flower crown with fun summer themed stickers.
Tuesday 15 August: 11am – 4pm
Design a wooden summer themed key ring.
Tuesday 22 August: 11am – 4pm
Craft your own wind mill with gems and stickers.
Tuesday 29 August: 11am – 4pm
Get into the summer spirit and design your very own ice cream fridge magnet.
11am – 4pm
Free face painting – From small bejewelled eye designs to fun animal faces, kids can enjoy free face painting every Friday.