Popular venue expands after successful opening two months

(left to right) Ross Sanderson from Cramlington was the 10,000 visitor to Venue along with his family , Ann Sanderson, Niamh Sanderson and Livvi Curtis.
(left to right) Ross Sanderson from Cramlington was the 10,000 visitor to Venue along with his family , Ann Sanderson, Niamh Sanderson and Livvi Curtis.

A DIGITAL venue has proved a massive hit after attracting its 10,000 visitor in less than two months – leading to an expansion.

Venue, run by social enterprise company Digital Community Youth, opened in Cramlington’s Manor Walks Shopping Centre in June with the aim of engaging more youngsters in the community.

It features a multi-media suite, virtual gallery, video diary booths, digital graffiti wall and games including snooker and air hockey.

And its popularity as led to a second floor expansion, due to open in the autumn, which will incorporate a music entertainment area, a diner, IT training suite, games room, music recording studio and a green-screen video recording suite.

The project has launched a membership scheme, which for £25 per year entitles members to free entry to the upper floor, discount on games and competitions, 20 per cent discount on computer repairs and discounted hire rates for mobile discos.

Ross Sanderson, from Cramlington, was the 10,000 visitor along with his family. He was presented with a certificate and free membership card.

Digital Community Youth project manager Mick Harland said: “We had high hopes that Venue would be popular with the Cramlington community as there is nothing similar to this in the town, but we never expected it to exceed our expectations as quickly as it has with 10,000 visitors in just two months.

“We have been praised by the local community – parents, councillors, police officers and we even received a letter from Downing Street praising us on our efforts.

“Expanding our services was a natural progression due to the high demand we’ve witnessed.

“We’re really looking forward to welcoming new and existing visitors to Venue to enjoy the array of new facilities we’ll have on offer once the second floor is complete.”

Manor Walks Shopping Centre general manager Bruno Coppola said: “We have put a lot of investment into the project to ensure it is a success and are pleased to see that people from Cramlington and beyond are utilising Venue.

“The range of facilities have appealed to people young and old and it has proved to be successful at attracting more footfall into the centre”

For more information contact Venue on (01670) 730298 or Facebook.com/digitalvenue.