Eldon Square 'Tiny Toon' unveiled as summer play area for children

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Young visitors to Newcastle will have an exciting new pretend-play village to explore this summer full of familiar businesses, buildings and a scaled-down Metro train.

NE1’s Tiny Toon, delivered in association with Tyne and Wear Metro, is an incredible new addition to NE1’s Summer in the City activities in Old Eldon Square, complementing the other NE1 activations in the area - Screen on the Green and Play Rebellion.

Commissioned by Newcastle’s Business Improvement District team, Tiny Toon will open on Monday July 22, remaining in place until the end of the school summer holidays on 1st September.  Kids and parents can join the fun every day from 10am - 5pm (4.30pm on Sundays).

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Local businesses, Boutique Events and MCW Design, have designed and built the Tiny Toon city, complete with its own mini Tyne Bridge and Tyne and Wear Metro train. Other city additions include Eldon Square, the Theatre Royal, and a My Delhi Restaurant – all sponsored by their namesakes and lovingly recreated.  

All scaled-down versions of these recognisable businesses and landmarks will allow kids to pretend to be metro drivers, retail workers, restaurant staff or customers - or even perform on the stage of a mini Theatre Royal.

The team have worked to ensure every detail is captured as part of the designs. The Metro is a child-sized version of the new trains coming into service on the Metro network later this year, together with the same interior design, even down to the seat covers and with high-vis vests for mini-workers.  The mini-Metro will even have its own platform, creating a new station for the summer, Old Eldon Square.

Thanks to support from the city’s retail destination, Eldon Square, the shopping centre will be recreated in miniature form with a shop, featuring a large window and stocked with different outfits reflecting films showing at Screen on the Green, or in-store activities happening in the real shopping centre.

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Young fashionistas will also be able to dress up and play at being live mannequins in the window with ample photo opportunities for parents and carers to capture the moment.

Rachel Barlow, Head of Marketing and Events at NE1 said: “We’re incredibly excited about this year’s newest installation, Tiny Toon. We can’t wait to see the kids’ reactions and the fun that will be had over the summer, limited only by their imagination!

“For the past few summer holidays, we’ve developed Old Eldon Square as a destination for play, and the scale of the activities has grown year on year.  This year, we wanted to create something children would love that is distinctly and authentically Newcastle.

“We hope young people will come and enjoy Tiny Toon, fostering pride and appreciation for their city, its wonderful architecture, transport links, and businesses.”

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