Family entertainment

Namco Funscape

Namco Funscape is Gatehead’s premier family entertainment centre! Entertaining people of all ages, the venue features 18 tenpin bowling lanes, an extensive arcade games area with all the latest and greatest machines, children’s soft play, a comfortable bar and pool lounge showing Sky Sports, delicious food and drink options, including Costa Coffee and Europe’s fastest dodgems!

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Heads of Fun

intu Metrocentre has appointed its new Heads of Fun - Laina Greer, 7, from Northumberland and Oliver Gibson, 8, from Monkseaton.

As Heads of Fun Laina and Oliver will be responsible for making sure that the centre continues to be child friendly, providing a host of free fun events and activities for children in the region and giving intu Metrocentre insight into the views of its youngest visitors.

The enthusiastic new mini-executives fought off stiff competition from hundreds of applicants from across the north east to bag the dream role which allows the children the opportunity to experience money can't buy fun with the centre’s retailers as well as the chance to play a huge part in the centre’s events.

The Metrognomes

Have you met Herbert, Sherbet, Maggot and Rusty, plus Rusty’s pet Metroshoposaurus yet?

The Metrognomes are intu Metrocentre's very own centre characters and they entertain children (and parents!) on the malls with FREE shows and activities during school holidays. Every show is interactive and great fun, with opportunities for young ones to sing, dance and get involved.

Meet the Metrognomes


About Herbert

Hi there!

I'm Herbert and I live in Forestland. I have a bright green beard and I look after Green Mall at intu Metrocentre. My best friend is Sam the Sparrow. He lives in Green Mall too, although he's not supposed to. You may be able to spot him on your next visit! He comes and lives in my roof every night.

Where I live

I live in Forestland underneath the Green Mall at intu Metrocentre. I live in a big tree house and have a garden full of trees and flowers. I love my house in Green Mall. My good friends, the bees, come along to visit and make honey for us all which is lovely on toast or crumpets. Sherbet often uses it for his cooking!

I love my garden and I like to care for the environment, I talk to the plants in my garden to help them grow big and strong and when Sherbet, Maggot and Rusty come to visit I give them my beautiful flowers from my graden.

I'm in a recycling club with the rest of the Metrognomes. Why don't you try recycling too?

My favourite things

  • Forest creatures
  • Decorating trees
  • Working in my garden
  • My treehouse
  • Flowers
  • Planting herbs, vegetables and shrubs and watching them grow
  • And of course, anything green