A new ‘entertainment haven’ sporting a state-of-the-art arcade and premium desserts restaurant is set to open next month.

YuMe World will fully open its complex on The Riverwalk in Durham in March following a £1.3 million investment.

A spokesperson for the brand has said the new facility will create 25 new jobs.

They said the company decided on a Durham location following the success of their site inside The Gate in Newcastle.

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John Sullivan, managing director of YuMe World Group, said: "This is an incredibly exciting time for the YuMe World brand as we introduce our first ever YuMe Desserts offering alongside our entertainment experience in one of the country's most historic and stunning cities.

“I am genuinely thrilled to offer families, students, and visitors of this great city with a first-class leisure venue.

“This harmonious blend of competitive socialising and the indulgence in luxurious desserts signifies a pioneering experience - the first of its kind in the UK.

“As YuMe World Newcastle has shown, the business caters to all ages and has proven to be immensely popular among families and students alike.

"It doesn't matter if you're six or sixty – adults love it and experience a nostalgic thrill from arcade family fun that transports them back to their own childhood days.”

A YuMe World Durham spokesperson said the business will have “everything from timeless arcade classics to the most cutting-edge titles.”

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YuMe Desserts, will offer guests a selection of premium desserts, gelato, soft serve ice cream, milkshakes, and handcrafted non-alcoholic beverages.

It added the venue will provide a “safe” and “inclusive” environment for people of any age to enjoy.

Offers available for the venue’s full launch include Discount Days on Mondays and Tuesdays, Student Day on Wednesdays, and a special date day every Thursday.