intu Metrocentre and intu Eldon Square will host two days of free activities and entertainment on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 July as they kick off one of the North East’s biggest summer celebrations.

Visitors to intu Metrocentre will enjoy a host of free family fun to celebrate the start of summer in style. Shoppers can sit back and relax in a giant deckchair, soak up a tropical vibe as the North Tyneside Steel Band provides an uplifting, summery soundtrack, while little ones play in the sand at the indoor beach, or embrace their inner mini-swashbuckler on a pirate ship after decorating their very own pirate hat.

There’ll be crazy golf course, too, plus fun photo booths and even a digital caricaturist who will create digital portraits for shoppers to take away as a memento of the party. Herbert, Sherbert, Maggot, Rusty and the Fairytale Princesses will also be entertaining shoppers mall-walkers and kids can even snap a selfie with the giant roaming seagulls or the hilarious Granny Turismos.

The fun will continue over at intu Eldon Square, where an eclectic mix of bands, acoustic artists and singers will be serenading and putting smiles on the faces of intu shoppers. Kids and grown-ups can also get involved in fun garden games, creative crafts have their faces painted and enjoy free, live beauty demonstrations. Young gardeners will also have the chance to decorate and personalise their very own garden gnome and make veggie babies out of prize winning potatoes.

Foodies will be kept happy, too, thanks to the tasty food sampling that will be taking place across both centres, showcasing the very best food and drink offers available to visitors, as well as the chance to walk away with some fabulous prizes. 

At intu Metrocentre, visitors are invited to try to beat the giant ‘buzz wire’ machine (the quickest time wins a £100 intu Gift Card) and at intu Eldon Square, shoppers can try their luck at a traditional tombola, which will be offering hundreds of prizes and raising vital funds for Hadrian School in Benwell – one of intu’s Charities of The Year.  


Activities taking place at intu Metrocentre from 10am-6pm on Saturday 1 July and 11am- 5pm on Sunday 2 July include:

Crazy Golf Course: Town Square, near House of Fraser
Tee up for crazy golf this summer and enjoy the nine-hole course in lower Town Square.

Beach & Pirate Ship: Exhibition Square, near Primark
intu Metrocentre’s giant beach is back for the intu Summer Party. Sit back and relax while little ones play in the sand. They’ll even get the chance to climb aboard a pirate ship.

Giant Buzz Wire Competition: Upper Green Mall, near Topman
Try to beat the giant buzz wire machine – aim to get the quickest score at the end of the weekend for the chance to win a £100 intu Gift Card.

Topshop Photo Booth: Lower Qube
Capture your intu Summer Party memories in the Topshop Photo Booth.

Tasty Summer Treats: Lower Exhibition Square, near Primark
Check out the ice cream bike where retailers such as Movenpick and Bella Italia who will be enticing shoppers with the sweet taste of summer.

Digital Caricaturist: Lower Qube
Let the caricaturist work his magic and create a portrait using only his iPad. Guests will receive a 6 x 4’’ print out and an email with their portrait on too.

Roaming Entertainment: Throughout intu Metrocentre Malls
Look out for amazing entertainers who will be exploring the malls over the weekend. You’ll get to meet some Disney inspired Princesses, Giant Seagulls, the hilarious Granny Turismos and more! Herbert, Sherbet, Maggot and Rusty will also be joining in the fun.

North Tyneside Steel Band: Lower Exhibition Square, near Primark
The fantastic North Tyneside Steel band will be bringing the sound of summer using just pans and percussion.

Craft Activities, The Village
Mini-swashbucklers will be able to decorate their own pirate hat before they climb aboard the pirate ship in Exhibition Square! Ahoy there matey!

Activities taking place at intu Eldon Square from 11am–5pm on Saturday 1 July and Sunday 2 July include:

Live music: St Andrew’s Way, near Debenhams
Sit back relax and enjoy live music from a variety of bands, acoustic artists and singers all while sampling some of the best food and drink on offer within the centre.

Kids’ fun: Blackettbridge, near hmv

Saturday 1 July: Veggie babies. Pick a prize winning potato and turn it into a veggie baby, dress it and complete a birth certificate to take home.
Sunday 2 July: Gnome painting. Personalise your very own gnome to take home and pop in your garden ready for summer.

Summer party tombola: Grey’s Quarter
Roll up, roll up! The intu summer party tombola is raising funds for Hadrian School – hundreds of prizes are up for grabs including fabulous beauty hampers and yummy restaurant vouchers.

Foodie freebies: St Andrew’s Way, near Debenhams
Sample some of the very best food and drink on offer from intu Eldon Square.

Garden Games: Grey’s Quarter
Enjoy a range of garden games with friends and family, including croquet and giant ker-plunk.

Beauty demos & face painting: Chevy Chase, near Whittard of Chelsea
Enjoy free beauty demos and makeovers with free face painting for little ones.

Buskers: St George’s Way, near Waitrose
Fantastic local singers showcasing their skills and helping to raise funds for Hadrian School.

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