Tag: Colchester

AMERICAN DINER WITH MODERN TWIST OPENS IN RED LION YARD

The East Coast Diner & Bar has opened its doors in the historic Red Lion Yard, in the heart of Colchester. This is the second branch of the restaurant. Owned and operated by directors Lex Quinn and Julie Officer, the duo opened their first diner in Woodbridge in January 2013.

 

Offering a modern take on the classic American styled dining concept, by day the 810 sq ft Colchester East Coast Diner is perfect for breakfast, coffee and donut or a after school milkshake. In the evening a warm and welcoming atmosphere makes it the perfect meeting place for friends and couples wanting to enjoy a meal, freshly made cocktails and craft beers. It’s also great for long Sunday brunches.

 

The food served at the East Coast Diner can best be described as gourmet fast food and its trademark “Big Apple Hotdog” has been described as the best in Britain by The Times renowned columnist and restaurant critic Giles Coren.

 

The restaurant interior fuses quirky American with the historic features of a 600 year old, Grade I listed building. Art by London Street artist Tom Blackmore creates a contemporary feel and guests can choose to dine at higher bar tables or at more traditional ones. One American padded booth is also available.

 

Lex Quinn Owner and Director said: “We are very pleased with opening our second branch here in Colchester. Although it’s Britain’s oldest recorded town it feels very young in spirit. The town is both dynamic and vibrant and offers great shopping which is why we chose the location. We also felt that the recently refurbished Red Lion Yard with all quirky independent stores offered the perfect location for our diner.”

 

Louise Jensen Deputy Centre Manager of Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard said: “The East Coast Diner complements our tenant mix perfectly in Red Lion Yard and we are very excited about having a restaurant at the centre. Since we completed the refurbishment of the Yard in July (2014), we are now almost fully let and shoppers can enjoy a truly unique mix of independent retailers here and now also stop for a meal.”

 

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ARE YOU READY?

It’s been a great summer, but it’s nearly time to go back to school.

From uniforms to pencil cases, new glasses to new jumpers, with the perfect mix of big high street names and independent shops, you can find everything you need for the new term at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard, right in the heart of Colchester.

 

BECAUSE NOT ALL UNIFORMS ARE THE SAME

No matter what size, short, tall, big or small, head down to BHS to find the perfect school uniform from just £4. Sizes age 3 to 16. And, when you need a break from shopping visit BHS’s restaurant to try the new kids’ menu with 20% off your total bill when you buy a kids’ meal.

 

THERE’S A CHILL IN THE AIR

Pop into River Island to prepare for school and the more Autumnal weather. You can currently snap up 2 for £30 on selected shirts and jumpers in the men’s department.

 

Topshop and Topman’s autumn collection has also arrived including items perfect for the school start. In the women’s department look out for: black smart trousers £25, smart white shirt £20, Hype floral backpack £24.99 and the Khaki Parka coat for £65.

 

In Topman you will find stylish Corsten black soft pointed shoes for £32 and five pairs of black socks for £10 PLUS much more.

 

MAKE SURE THEY GET AN EYEFUL

The start of another school year is a good time to take your children to the optician to make sure their eyes are healthy and their vision is unimpaired. Boots Optician and Vision Express, both provide FREE eye tests for children up to 16.

PLUS, there’s 2-for-1 on children’s glasses at Vision Express and Boots Opticians is offering half price on a second pair.

 

BOOKS, PENS & MORE

Head to WH Smith to stock up on your school supplies.

Pick up a dictionary, prices start from just £1.49. You can also save £10 on a 24 pack of Sharpie Pens, now only £6.99.

Check out the cute pencil cases and exercise books from WH Smiths’ exclusive Bramblewood collection which features foxes and owls.

 

BABY BOUTIQUE STALKS COUTURE BRINGS UNIQUE OFFER TO COLCHESTER

Stalks Couture, a new independent luxury baby boutique, opened in the historic Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester on Saturday (28 February 2015). The store offers a wide range of top quality baby products from designer baby-clothing to prams, from nappy bags to beautifully handcrafted nursery furniture.

 

The attractively fitted out, well-stocked baby shop, which also has an online store, is home to brands including Babymel, Coco Bow, Furnique, Nova Harley and Ruby Freddies.

 

Delivering excellent service to its customers is a top priority for Stalks Couture. Shoppers visiting the 432 sq ft boutique will not only receive a warm welcome but also be offered a personal up-close service designed to ensure that each customer gets the products and outfits that are just right for their needs.

 

Stalks Couture is a family-run business founded by mum-of-two Vicki Morris, who moved from London to Colchester in 2011. While settling in Colchester to raise her first child she identified a gap in the market for a baby store that could provide a broader range of products that parents need for their toddlers without having to drive to another town or order online. With a wealth of customer service experience Morris decided to follow her dream of starting her own business.

 

Morris chose Red Lion Yard for her first store, but is set on scaling up and opening another store in Chelmsford once the brand has become established.

 

Commenting on the store, Vicki Morris said: “I’m extremely excited about opening my first store here in Red Lion Yard. I feel that we are bringing a unique, much-needed offer to Colchester, particularly when so many young families are choosing to settle in the town. Red Lion Yard really caught my attention after last summer’s refurbishment. The units are bright and airy and just the right size for someone starting a business. We also loved the quirky classy feel the Yard offers and its prominent location between the High Street and Lion Walk Shopping Centre.”

 

BIKEABILITY SUMMER SESSIONS

Fancy exploring the sites of Colchester by bike this summer but lack the confidence, practical skills or perhaps your bike just needs a few repairs?

Bikeability are offering adult and children sessions to get you set for a cycling summer at the Thomas Lord Audley School in Monkwick on 1 and 2 August. To book your space complete the booking form here: www.colchestertravelplanclub.co.uk

If you’re unable to attend or the sessions are over subscribed then complete the form anyway and they will be in touch if they organise further sessions.

If you live off or on Mile Road or Bergholt Road, seperate Bikeability courses are being arranged as part of the Best Foot Forward Project. For further details, please visit their website here: http://bffcolchester.org.uk

Bikeability Learn to Ride – one to one, 45 minute session for children or adults who are unable to ride.

Bikeability Fix – A practical hands on 1.5 hour session for kids 8+ and adults to learn simple repairs and adjustments.

Bikeability Level 1 – For those that can ride without stabilisers to age 8, road session to improve coordination, stopping, starting, sharing space and using gears.

Bikeability Combined Levels 1 and 2 – Suitable for age 9 to adults – Preparing for cycling on quiet roads, road positioning, communication with road users, recognising hazards, passing parked vehicles/side roads.

For more information and to learn more about the levels please visit http://bikeability.org.uk/what

CELEBRATE THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT AT LION WALK & RED LION YARD

Colchester’s Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard are inviting shoppers to join them in celebrating the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

Three brightly coloured, Olympic information towers are now on display in the centre. Each tower represents one word of the Olympic motto, FASTER-HIGHER-STRONGER and provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about corresponding Olympic and Paralympic records, fun facts, plus the not-to-be-missed opportunity to win £100 to spend at the Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard store(s) of your choice.

Do you know what the world’s strongest insect is or how many humans an elephant could lift? Who is the fastest sprinter of all time and would he beat a lion, a coyote or a zebra in a race? What’s the highest recorded high jump and how does that compare to a flea, a grasshopper or a horse?

Find out the answers to these and many more on our FASTER-HIGHER-STRONGER Olympic towers. Plus, Culver Walk will be showcasing a fascinating display illustrating the various sizes of all the different balls used in Olympic Sports.

There is also the opportunity to put your strength to the test and attempt to lift the weight of the men’s Olympic shot put, which, at 16 pounds, is the equivalent of 16 footballs or 48 bananas!

You’ll be amazed by some of our incredible Olympic fun facts and have the opportunity to enter our competition. You can even enter there and then using our free wifi!

Shoppers are invited to find the four Gold Winning Words, one on each tower and one on the Olympic Ball display in Culver Walk and enter the Lion Walk Olympic competition to be in with a chance of winning £100 to spend at the Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard store or stores of their choice.

Once you’ve found the four Gold Winning Words you will need to complete the entry form on the Lion Walk website which can be found under the What’s On tab.

These Olympic installations follow the unveiling of the local schools Olympic artwork in the centre last month (July 2016). Four local schools, Kingswode Hoe, St John’s Green, Lexden Springs and St Thomas More’s created wonderful pieces of artwork to celebrate the Olympics and what the Games mean to them. Their creations are currently on display as bunting in Red Lion Yard and window vinyls on Trinity Square.

All the Olympic displays will remain in place throughout the Olympics and Paralympics, with the competition closing on the same day, Sunday 18 September at 5pm.

 

COLCHESTER SHOPPERS DREAM OF SPENDING VALENTINE’S DAY WITH A CELEBRITY

A recent survey carried out at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre reveals that 23% of shoppers would like to spend Valentine’s Day with a celebrity. Stars on shoppers wish lists included Bradley Cooper, Kylie Minogue, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kelly Brook. But, it would seem that on the whole Colchester people are very much in love – with an overwhelming majority (nearly 70%) saying that the person they would most like to spend Valentine’s Day with is their current partner.

 

Nearly 80% of people taking part in the fun street poll – which was carried out in the shopping centre over the two weekends before Valentine’s Day – said they were planning to buy someone a Valentine’s gift, while a surprising 20% had other plans.

 

Shoppers were also asked what gift they would like to receive on Valentine’s Day. Most wished for traditional Valentine’s gifts such as jewellery (15%) followed by perfume (9%), flowers (8%) and chocolates (7.5%). Nearly 10% shoppers were hoping for something a little more adventurous – such as a spa day or even a holiday.

 

Louise Jensen Deputy Centre Manager commented:

“We thought it would be fun to find out who shoppers wanted to spend Valentine’s Day with. To be honest, we expected more people to dream of spending it with someone famous. I think it’s quite romantic that so many shoppers in Colchester would rather be with their real partner on Valentine’s Day than with anyone else in the world!

“The run up to Valentine’s Day is always very busy in Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard, with shoppers looking to find that perfect gift for the one they love. This year promises to be even bigger as the big day falls on a Saturday. With our great mix of big brand stores in Lion Walk and the quirky independents in Red Lion Yard, there’s something here just right for every taste and pocket. To make the day extra special, shoppers can also stop off at the East Coast Diner for Valentine’s cocktails before they go home or even stay out and enjoy a romantic Valentine’s dinner at the Red Lion Hotel.”

COLCHESTER ZOO LEGACY STATUE TO BE UNVEILED AT LION WALK

A giraffe statue commissioned as a legacy to Colchester Zoo’s Stand Tall For Giraffes campaign will soon be settling into its new home at Lion Walk Shopping Centre.

The two-metre tall giraffe, which was designed by local school girl Lauren Connell from St Luke’s Primary in Tiptree, will be installed in early June. It follows a large-scale public art event last year (2013) that saw the zoo install more than 100 colourful giraffe statues across the county as part of its 50th birthday celebrations.

John Fleming, Lion Walk centre manager, said: “Lion Walk was lucky enough to host one of the hugely popular Stand Tall For Giraffes statues last year and we didn’t hesitate when the zoo asked if we could find a permanent home for the legacy statue. We’re looking forward to unveiling our new arrival in all her glory next month.”

The legacy statue will be called Zoe and feature a creative design reflecting several animal species supported by Colchester Zoo, including Amur Tigers and Leopards. Visitors will be able to watch local artist Jenny Leonard bringing the design to life at the zoo on Saturday 24 May and Sunday 25 May.

Alex Downing, Development Director at Colchester Zoo, said: “People have told us how much they miss the colourful Stand Tall For Giraffes statues so we’re pleased to be celebrating the campaign’s legacy with a more permanent version. As the sponsor of our lion enclosure and great supporter of the zoo as a whole, Lion Walk seemed the natural choice of location.”

The Stand Tall For Giraffes campaign raised funds and awareness for Colchester Zoo’s charity, Action for the Wild. For more information, visit www.actionforthewild.org.

Colchester’s Park & Ride is now open

Colchester’s long-awaited Park & Ride is now open – located just off Junction 28 of the A12.

  • Buses do a loop of the town before heading back
  • Service runs Monday to Saturday
  • Adult return ticket £2, children (aged between 5 and 15 years inclusive) – daily £1, weekly £5, monthly £20
  • Children under 5 years old travel for free at all times
  • Discounted weekly and monthly tickets available
  • Buses depart from Park & Ride from 7am, the last bus to the Park & Ride leaves just before 7pm
  • Buses run every 15 minutes (more often at peak times)

For more information go to: http://tinyurl.com/ouutcop or go to the Essex County Council’s website