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JOIN US AT LION WALK & RED LION YARD FOR SUMMER FUN DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard at the heart of Colchester town centre are putting on a programme of FREE summer fun activities and entertainment every Friday and Saturday during the school holidays. Running to Saturday 30 August, activities range from craft workshops to treasure hunts, giant games to face painting.

On Friday 15 August kids will be able to participate in a lion themed treasure hunt, seeking out clues located throughout Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard, and with the opportunity to win some roaringly good prizes.  Meanwhile, on Saturday 16 August shoppers of all ages can chill out to some live music.

The following weekend, Friday 22 August and Saturday 23 August, kids can participate in a number of fun activities including a craft workshop, face painting as well as the popular lion treasure hunt.

The final weekend of summer fun, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August, will see Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s marvellous mascot Larry the Lion giving away free balloons and posing for selfies (post your selfie at Lion Walk or Red Lion Yard with Larry on Facebook to be in with the chance of winning a great prize).There will also be the opportunity to take part in a sand art workshop as well as having fun in the giant games zone.

For more details of each activity visit Lion Walk website: www.lionwalkshopping.com

 

Programme of summer fun activities at Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard

15 Aug Go wild in our lion-theme treasure Hunt – track down the clues and win a prize

16 Aug Live music

22 Aug Make & take lion craft workshops

23 Aug A second chance to win prizes with our Treasure Hunt PLUS free face painting

29 Aug Sand Art Workshop

30 Aug Larry the Lion & Giant Games Zone

LARRY THE LION DOES RACE FOR LIFE FOR CANCER RESEARCH UK

On Sunday 10 July, Larry, the Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard mascot, will be taking part in the 5k Colchester Race for Life event. Louise Jensen, Deputy Centre Manager will be wearing the Lion costume and taking part in the race to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Larry the Lion would be grateful for any sponsorship donations towards this very worthy cause. If you would like to donate please visit our Lion Walk Just Giving page (www.justgiving.com/lionwalkshoppingcentre).

The race takes place this Sunday 10 July in Colchester starting at 11am at Lower Castle Park, High Street CO1 1XN.

Come and meet Larry on the day, he would love for you to come and cheer him on as he makes his way around the course.

LAST CHANCE TO ENTER TAKE A SELFIE IN LION WALK AND WIN A ZOOKEEPER FOR THE DAY EXPERIENCE

There are just a few more days left to enter Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Colchester Zoo’s selfie competition, with the chance to win an amazing zookeeper for the day experience. The competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 30 June.

Lion Walk Shopping Centre has been working closely with the Zoo on a number of initiatives, including the selfie competition, since becoming the official sponsor of Colchester Zoo’s lion enclosure in May 2014.

With only a few more days left to enter, shoppers need to hurry down to Lion Walk Shopping Centre and take a selfie to be in with a chance of winning this adventurous prize. The winner will be stepping into the boots of a zookeeper for one day, getting more up close and personal to the animals than ever before. Learning what skills are required to become a keeper and what it takes to care for some of the most incredible and endangered creatures on the planet are also on the agenda.

To enter all shoppers have to do is to take a fun selfie with Colchester Zoo’s Lion Bailey, which can be found in Lion Walk Shopping Centre 1-5 Culver Walk next to Boots Optician.

Try to be as fun and imaginative as possible for a greater chance to win.

After taking the selfie, post it to Colchester Zoo’s Twitter page @Colchesterzoo with the hashtag #wildaboutshopping.

The winner of the selfie competition will be selected after 30 June by Colchester Zoo.

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LION’S KING ON RIDE TO RIO

Dominic King to join the Ride to Rio at Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Colcestrian Olympian Dominic King will be at Lion Walk in Colchester town centre at 10am tomorrow (Friday 25 March) to support the shopping centre’s Ride to RIo Sport Relief fund raising Challenge.

Long distance walker, Dominic qualified for Team GB for Rio 2016 last weekend after finishing as the leading British competitor at the Race Walking Challenge in Slovakia. Dominic also competed in the 2012 Olympics.

Lion Walk Shopping Centre will be supporting Dominic’s Olympic campaign over the coming months.

Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard shopping centres have been running the fun 5,760-mile “Ride to Rio” Challenge since Saturday 19 March. The aim is to ride the distance from Colcehster to Rio on exercise bikes to raise money for Sport Relief 2016. The Challenge finishes at 4pm on Saturday 26 March – so there is still time to take part.

The Ride to Rio has been designed to be a fun and challenging opportunity for companies, groups or individuals to take part in! PLUS there are be Sport Relief goodies up for grabs for everyone that participates in the ride.

To take part, just turn up at the Ride to Rio marquee by River Island in the centre, donate £1 to Sport Relief grab a free bike and start pedalling. We don’t mind if you cycle 1 mile or 50 – it’s all part of the fun.

LION’S KING TO JOIN RIDE TO RIO

Colcestrian Olympian Dominic King will be at Lion Walk in Colchester town centre at 10am tomorrow (Friday 25 March) to support the shopping centre’s Ride to RIo Sport Relief fund raising Challenge.

Long distance walker, Dominic qualified for Team GB for Rio 2016 last weekend after finishing as the leading British competitor at the Race Walking Challenge in Slovakia. Dominic also competed in the 2012 Olympics.

Lion Walk Shopping Centre will be supporting Dominic’s Olympic campaign over the coming months.

Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard shopping centres have been running the fun “Ride to Rio” Challenge since Saturday 19 March. The aim is to ride as far as possible from Colcehster towards Rio on exercise bikes to raise money for Sport Relief 2016. The Challenge finishes at 4pm on Saturday 26 March – so there is still time to take part.

The Ride to Rio has been designed to be a fun and challenging opportunity for companies, groups or individuals to take part in! PLUS there are be Sport Relief goodies up for grabs for everyone that participates in the ride.

To take part, just turn up at the Ride to Rio marquee by River Island in the centre, donate £1 to Sport Relief grab a free bike and start pedalling. We don’t mind if you cycle 1 mile or 50 – it’s all part of the fun.

MEET YOUR FAVOURITE HEROES AND VILLAINS AT INVASION COLCHESTER

The popular annual Invasion Colchester event is making a reappearance in Lion Walk Shopping Centre/Red Lion Yard and throughout Colchester on Saturday 6 September between 10am and 3.30pm to raise money for two very worthy, local charities, St Helena Hospice and the Colchester Hospitals Charity.

 

Since its inception back in 2011, the annual Colchester Invasion has become a “must-attend” event, and this year’s is looking to be the biggest and best yet.

 

Visitors to the event will be able to meet and greet their favorite heroes and villains from Buffy to Batman, Gamorrean Guards to Ghostbusters and Disney princesses to Judge Dredd.

 

For 2014, over 100 characters will be invading Colchester for the day providing plenty of opportunities for selfies with your favorite characters.

 

Another highlight of the Invasion is the impressive cars that will be on show including the Dukes Of Hazzard’s General Lee as well as cars from the renowned American cop series Starsky & Hutch. Also look out for some vehicles from the Resident Evil series.

 

Horror make-up maestro Clive Double will be at Invasion Colchester 2014 with his box of tricks, ready to turn members of the public into the undead, all for the price of a donation. There will also be live music performance happening in Lion Walk Shopping Centre along with many other fun activities.

 

John Fleming, Shopping Centre Manager at Lion Walk said:

“Invasion Colchester is always a fantastic day out and we are very proud to be part of Invasion Colchester again this year. One of Colchester’s most loved and visited events, the event provides entertainment and fun for the entire family and best of all it raises much-needed money for our local charities as well.”

NEW CENTRE MANAGER TAKING ‘PRIDE’ IN LION SPONSORSHIP

Lion Walk’s new centre manager is off to a roaring start after putting the official sponsorship of Colchester Zoo’s lion enclosure at the top of his to do list.

John Fleming, who lives in Blackheath, spent more than two decades in the Royal Military Police before starting a new career in shopping centre management several years ago.  He has been part of the Lion Walk management team since November 2013 and was appointed as centre manager last month.

The sponsorship of Colchester Zoo’s lion enclosure is John’s first big initiative as centre manager and forms a key part of his plans to strengthen Lion Walk’s existing partnerships and build new relationships within the town.

John, who is originally from the North East of England, said: “I was based at Colchester Garrison for 10 years and my children were born here, so it very much feels like home.

“Colchester has so much to offer and I’m proud to be part of one of its top shopping destinations.  By working together with the Council, other retailers and visitor attractions I believe we can make our fantastic town centre even better.

“Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s names have a natural synergy with Colchester Zoo and sponsoring the lion enclosure is a chance to celebrate this in a fun way.  We’ll be working in partnership throughout the year ahead and have lots of exciting plans up our sleeves.”

Colchester Zoo celebrated its 50th birthday last year with a herd of colourful giraffe statues placed around the town, including one at Lion Walk.  The zoo is delighted to be strengthening this link with the sponsorship of the lion enclosure and is looking forward to working in partnership with Lion Walk.

Colchester Zoo is home to a male African lion called Bailey and two lionesses called Malika and Naja. domain ip

NEW JEWELLERY STORE ADDS SPLASH OF ICE

Splash of Ice, a new boutique specialising in high quality handmade silver jewellery, opened in the newly refurbished Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester on Friday, 15 August.

The 169 sq ft store offers an exclusive range of high-quality, handmade designer silver jewellery sourced from across the world including necklaces, rings, chains, earrings and pendants.

The shop also provides a bespoke service to create custom jewellery for customers with specific requirements. This allows customers to get a truly unique piece of jewellery ideal as a gift for special occasions including milestone birthdays, weddings and engagements.

Splash of Ice is an independent family run business by a mother Diane Gardner and her two daughters Rachel Connew and Sarah Gardner. All three are passionate about fine jewellery. The family successfully opened its first store 5 years ago in Chelmsford and, with demand for their quality products riding high, is now opening a second branch in Colchester.

Rachel Connew Owner said: “We are very excited about opening our second store. We believe Colchester, particularly Red Lion Yard is the ideal location. Our tailor made service is what makes us stand out as it allows our customers to find a truly unique piece of jewellery whether it is a gift or a piece to wear for a special occasion they are looking for”.

To celebrate the opening Splash of Ice is offering 10% off its entire range on Friday 15 August and Saturday 16 August to its first 20 customers each day.

Commenting on the opening, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard centre manager John Fleming said: “Splash of Ice is the second new boutique to open in Red Lion Yard since it was relaunched in July following a major refurbishment. Interiors store Maison White opened a couple of weeks ago and is trading really well. Plus, there are several other deals in the pipeline. It’s great to see the Yard filling up with interesting independent retailers that complement those already there as well as the big brand stores in the adjacent Lion Walk.”

RED LION YARD REFURB REVEALS HOTEL’S HISTORIC LOOK

As part of the ongoing refurbishment of Colchester’s historic Red Lion Yard to create a boutique shopping & café quarter, painstaking work has started restoring brickwork and wooden beams dating back hundreds of years that form part of the Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel.

Thanks to a special chemical treatment that dissolves and washes away layers of modern paint, the original features are gradually being revealed behind the hoardings at the High Street entrance to Red Lion Yard. Dating back to 1465, the hotel is one of the oldest inns in Britain.

The process has already uncovered previously hidden historic features including areas of wood charred by the flames of candles, which would have been used to light the hotel before electricity was installed.

Once the paint has been stripped away from the listed brick and wooden beams on the underside of the entrance to Red Lion Yard, the surfaces will be treated to create a brighter and more historically authentic appearance.

The process, which is being carried out by Norfolk-based specialists The APR Company, is designed to be kind to very old buildings and is approved by The National Trust.

John Fleming, centre manager, said:

“Red Lion Yard is being completely transformed through the refurbishment. Treating the underside of the entrance will create a brighter, more inviting entrance from the High Street.

“This is the final phase of work and we’re already seeing lots of interest from retailers and restaurant/café operators wanting to take space in Red Lion Yard and look forward to announcing further details very soon.”

The sympathetic refurbishment of Red Lion Yard has included the installation of attractive new shop fronts, improved lighting and signage and complete redecoration throughout. The floor has also been repaved with a traditional York stone.

Works are due to complete next month. The official relaunch of Red Lion Yard will take place from Thursday 24 July to Saturday 26 July with three days of family fun and an exhibition about the Yard’s fascinating past and exciting future.

Colchester-based Nicholas Percival is acting as letting agent for the available units at Red Lion Yard.

RED LION YARD REVITALISATION UNDERWAY

A £600,000 revitalisation scheme designed to give Colchester’s historic Red Lion Yard a new lease of life as a boutique shopping location will begin on Monday 20 January.

Red Lion Yard links the High Street with Lion Walk Shopping Centre and is home to the Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel and a number of independent shops, delis and hairdressers. The sympathetic refurbishment will include attractive new shop fronts and improved lighting and signage as well as painting and redecoration.

Local contractors First Choice Ltd have been appointed to carry out the works which are due to be completed in summer 2014. The revitalisation begins next week with the repaving of the floor in a traditional York stone.

Over the next few months, some of the smaller vacant units will be combined to create larger boutiques. The listed woodwork on the underside of the Red Lion Hotel entrance to Red Lion Walk will also be refurbished and returned to a brighter and more historically authentic lime-wash finish.

Max La Frenais, Director of Sovereign Land, said: “Red Lion Yard is home to some fantastic local retailers but it’s no secret that there are a number of empty units too.

“The revitalisation is designed to create a boutique feel and attract the new shoppers and businesses needed to turn Red Lion Yard into a thriving retail hub. We’re looking forward to seeing the changes come to life over the next few months.”

Colchester-based architects Stanley Bragg are behind the design of Red Lion Yard’s refurbishment and local surveyors Nicholas Percival are acting as letting agents for the available units.