It’s a scorcher! Giant 'sun' created to extend the summer
25th September 2018
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The glowing, bright orange sphere which took 12 weeks to build, has a 15-metre circumference and shines as brightly as 12,000 lightbulbs. Its installation follows intu’s happiness survey, which reveals that four in five people in Watford (79 per cent) feel happier when it’s sunny. 

The artificial sun has been modelled on a photograph captured by NASA and will be shining inside intu Watford before going on a tour of 11 intu centres across the country as part of the shopping centre owner’s pledge to make shoppers smile. There will be a special ‘Sunny Spot’ at intu Watford people to sit back on deck chairs and bathe in the sun with ice creams and mocktails being handed out to lucky shoppers.

According to the intu Happiness Survey, one in four people in Watford (26 per cent) say 2018 has been their happiest summer in memory despite the economic uncertainty, with a third (33 per cent) crediting the sunshine for their increased happiness levels.  

The research from intu also revealed that over two-thirds of people living in the UK (69 per cent) feel happier in the summer than they do in the winter, with sunshine (27 per cent), longer days (24 per cent), summer holidays (16 per cent) and more outdoor activity (15 per cent) the top reasons given. 80 per cent say the much needed summer rays also make them feel healthier. 

Leigh Brooks, marketing manager at intu Watford comments: “The weather forecast this week at intu Watford is guaranteed to be ‘sunny’ so shoppers are encouraged to take a pair of sunglasses with them when they visit! We know that people feel happier when it’s sunny and after a glorious summer we wanted to extend the sunshine and create something sunny for our shoppers. At intu Watford we have something for everyone, so whether you’re on a shopping spree or just want to sit back and enjoy the sun, we have you covered.”

The 50-foot, artificial ‘sun’ will be visiting 11 intu shopping entres around the country including intu Trafford Centre, intu Lakeside and intu Metrocentre from 19 September to 8 October. For more information on when it will shining in your local centre follow #intuSun on Twitter. intu owns some of the UK’s largest and most popular retail destinations in the country including centres in Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow.


19-20 Sept: intu Trafford Centre, Manchester

22 Sept: intu Metrocentre, Gateshead

24 Sept: intu Derby, Derby

25 Sept: intu Victoria Centre, Nottingham

26 Sept: intu Potteries, Stoke

27-28 Sept: intu Merry Hill, West Midlands

29-30 Sept: intu Lakeside, Essex

1 Oct: intu Chapelfield, Norwich

2 Oct: intu Milton Keynes

3 Oct: intu Watford

5 Oct: intu Braehead

8 Oct: intu Eldon Square


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