Relive last weekend’s Raspberry Pi pop-up store at Metrocentre
For the first stop on our three-location pop-up tour celebrating the Raspberry Pi Store’s third birthday, we headed to Europe’s biggest shopping centre. Here are a few snaps from our weekend up north at Metrocentre in Gateshead, UK.
We were based on the bank of the River Tyne and managed to squeeze in views of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge and the famous Angel of the North statue.
This was only our second ever pop-up store. We spent Black Friday /me sideeyesweekend last year in the heart of London’s shopping district on Oxford Street. But popping up in a sprawling shopping metropolis was an entirely different experience.
Seeing as Metrocentre is home to more than 300 shops, we were absolutely made up that so many people chose to visit us.
We brought our super knowledgeable and friendly staff from the Cambridge Raspberry Pi Store and they helped loads of visitors to get hands-on with tech and pick out whatever they needed to get started on their own projects.
We all <3 Babbage Bear
We love our Babbage Bear — who, as you can see from the photo below, is adorable — and we were touched to find that our pop-up shoppers do too. We were all sold out before the end of our first morning at Metrocentre.
We’re sure that all of the Babbage Bears are settling in nicely to loving new homes. And don’t worry; we’ll bring new stock of Babbages to our next pop-ups.
I missed it! Are you doing another pop-up?
Don’t worry if you couldn’t make this particular pop-up weekend, or if Gateshead is a little too far from home for you. We have two more pop-ups happening this year:
St James Quarter, Edinburgh
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 July
Oxford Street, London
Friday 29 & Saturday 30 October
Did you come and visit us at Metrocentre? Let us know in the comments what you thought of the store and what you bought.
I am impressed that there was a queue!
it was great I bumped into people who I haven’t seen since they ran a gateshead raspberry jam in March 2020 before lockdown I bought a power supply ,T-shirt, a trolo bot ,sticker pack and I got one of those limited edition bags I would love raspberry pi to have a permanent store in the centre.
Raspberry Pi Staff Helen Lynn
Oh brilliant – how cool that you bumped into some old Raspberry Jam acquaintances! Thanks for commenting. This was really nice to read.
We went on Sunday and got an 8GB 4B, a power supply and a bag. It’s not the most convenient place to get to (50 mile round trip) but still cheaper than buying from ebay.
Raspberry Pi Staff Liz Upton
AND MORE FUN, amirite?
You are right and you can’t buy fresh pretzel dogs while shopping on ebay.
I hope the was as the architect rather than a way to pass many idle hours at the weekend? :) great shop BTW, visited it recently.
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