Tag: Lion Walk Shopping Centre

SHOPPERS FLOCK TO LION WALK AND RED LION YARD’S SPECTACULAR LIGHT SWITCH ON

Colchester’s Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard welcomed the festive season on Sunday (30 November 2014) with a day of family entertainment, a visit from Santa to switch on its Christmas lights. The annual light switch on event, which attracted 2,500 people, ended with the spectacular traditional firework show.

 

This year, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s Christmas lights were switched on by Colchester United’s goalkeeper Sam Walker, its fluffy mascot Eddie the Eagle and Santa himself. Colchester United has recently opened a pop-up shop in Red Lion Yard that will stay open until end of January.

 

While tracking down the perfect gifts among Lion Walk’s big brand stores and Red Lion Yard’s quirky independents, shoppers enjoyed an afternoon of festive entertainment from local groups including the 40s harmony group Fox, Wiggle and Sass, The Valentine School of Dance, The Military Wives, Colchester Operatic Society and Theatricool.

 

Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard were buzzing with people from noon to the light switch on at 4.30pm and retailers across the centre have reported a successful day of trading. Costa Coffee doubled its sales compared to a normal Sunday. BHS with its three-day Black Friday event reported strong sales on the day along with Body Shop and New Look.

 

The Bavarian Christmas market, which is in Lion Walk until 30 December, also proved to be a huge success among shoppers wanting something warm to eat and drink on the day while temperatures were dropping.

 

Louise Jensen Deputy Centre Manager said: “We are very pleased with the light switch on, the Centre couldn’t have been busier. I think the combination of our big brand stores and the independent retailers, makes us such a great place for Christmas shopping. Our annual firework show is always popular and this year we had a great line up of acts to create a fun festive atmosphere.”

 

THE FUN DOESN’T STOP HERE – to get everyone in the Christmas spirit Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard are also putting on a busy programme of FREE festive family fun and entertainment every Saturday and every Wednesday evening, when the shops stay open to 9pm, in the run up to Christmas.

 

Award winning choir Funky Voices will put on a show of upbeat, foot tapping, festive songs for Wednesday’s late night shopping on 10 December to support the Rotary Club’s Christmas collection. Colchester District Pipes & Drums will provide further support to the collection on Wednesday night on 17 December.

On Saturday 13 December Colchester Operatic Society and Colchester Theatretrain will be raising the Christmas spirit in the centre.

For the final Saturday of festive entertainment (20 December) Mother Christmas makes a stop at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard before continuing her journey back to the North Pole. She will make sure that any final Christmas wishes are reported back to Santa. Plus a brass jazz quartet will be playing festive tunes during the day.

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SPOOKTACULAR FUN AT RED LION YARD & LION WALK

Are you brave enough to pay us a visit?

From 24 October, the historic Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester, gets an amazing spooktacular Halloween makeover with witches that cackle and glow; giant spiders spinning their webs, just waiting to pounce on the unwary visitor; and scary creatures crawling out of the sewers. And, watch out for the ghostly apparitions and spooky sounds.   Are you brave enough to pay us a visit?

It’s all alongside {Colchester Presents} Light & Shade – the Halloween event taking place across Colchester town Centre.

AND, on Halloween itself (Saturday 31 October), Red Lion Yard will host scary storytelling, making even the most courageous kids shiver; frightening face painting and trick or treating for the kids – all FREE. PLUS, the ghostly monk – who tradition has it haunts the Red Lion Hotel – will be a little less elusive than usual, roaming Red Lion Yard and Lion Walk posing for photos with those who dare!

The scary storytelling is organised by Boots Optician in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. The programme encourages children to read for enjoyment but also sets out to raise awareness of the link between eye health and literacy. The storytelling will take place in unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard – which will be decked out with ghostly fog and scary music to set the mood. Reading sessions are held around 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

For even more Halloween fun on 31 of October in the same unit (or outside it if the weather allows), kids can get a new scary Halloween look with our FREE face painting, getting them ready for trick or treating around Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard. To take part in the Trick or Treating, all they have to do is to pick up a Trick or Treat bag from Unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard and visit participating retailers (those with a trick or treat poster in the window) to pick up a treat (or maybe get a trick played on them).

Peter Scopes Centre Manager at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard said: “This year we are going all out to create an amazing Halloween experience for families to enjoy. Red Lion Yard will be completely transformed beyond anyone’s imagination and is definitely worth a visit – if you dare! So for a spooktacular Halloween and scarily good shopping come down to the centre and take part in everything we have going on. ”

 

Programme of Halloween fun:

24 Oct – 31 Oct: Red Lion Yard gets a spooky Halloween makeover

31 Oct:  Spooky storytelling in Red Lion Yard unit 8/9 around 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

31 Oct: FREE face painting also in unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard from 12noon to 4pm.

31 Oct: Trick or treat from 12noon, pick up your trick & treat bag from unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard and visit participating retailers to collect a treat.

 

For more details about {Colchester Presents} Light & Shade see: www.visitcolchester.com/SpookyFun.aspx

You will find more details about National Literacy Trust and Boots Opticians partnership here: www.literacytrust.org.uk/news/6645_we_launch_an_exciting_new_partnership_with_boots_opticians

 

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SPOOKY HALLOWEEN ACTIVITIES AT LION WALK AND RED LION YARD

For a spooktacular Halloween bring the kids to Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard, in the heart of Colchester, to take part in FREE spooky, spine chilling, frightening family fun and games. From 30 October to 1 November we have ghostly story telling and supernatural themed craft workshops. A giant pumpkin will also be wandering around the centre on Friday 31 October.

For all three days kids can visit the “Land of Darkness” nestled in Red Lion Yard to listen to hair-raising ghost stories, making even the most courageous shiver. As well as scary stories children visiting Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard during Halloween will get the chance to bring out their witchcraft skills by joining the Halloween make and take craft workshops designing snakes, bats and other Halloween creatures.

Also, between 25 October and 2 November the centre is running a scary selfie Halloween competition, where shoppers can win fantastic prizes from the centre’s retailers. The best entry will get a £50 gift voucher from GAME plus there are more prizes up for grabs. To enter the competition simply take a selfie, the scarier the better, in front of the haunted house Halloween backdrop in Red Lion Yard and post it on the Lion Walk Facebook and/or Twitter page using #LionWalkSpook.

 

Programme of Halloween activities, Red Lion Yard unit 8/9:

25 Oct – 2 Nov: Scary Selfie Halloween Competition

30 Oct: Halloween make & take craft workshop – all day.  Ghost stories 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm

31 Oct: Halloween make & take craft workshop – all day.  Ghost stories 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm.  Giant Pumpkin walkabout, Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard

1 Nov: Halloween make & take craft workshop – all day.  Ghost stories 11.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm

STARS TOOK TO THE CATWALK AT LION WALK SHOPPING CENTRE & LARRY THE LION GOT AN NEW OUTFIT

In the grand finale of ‘Style Destination’, Colchester’s first ever fashion week (24 April – 2 May), seven lucky ‘Dress Like a Star’ competition winners showed off their new celebrity looks at the catwalk style shows held at Lion Walk Shopping Centre on Saturday 2 May. Plus on the same day in The King’s New Clothes craft workshops, kids were busy designing a new outfit for Larry the Lion, the centre’s mascot.

 

The ‘Dress like a Star’ winners were treated to a complete makeover, before taking to the catwalk, including celebrity look-alike fashion from Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard retailers plus hair and makeup to achieve the looks of celebrities such as Amanda Holden, Caroline Flack, Melissa McCarthy, Nicole Kidman, Beyonce and Jennifer Aniston.

 

Heading up the makeovers was stylist Suzy Makin, who has over 35 years of experience in the fashion industry. Suzy worked closely with Lion Walk fashion retailers BHS, River Island, New Look, TopShop as well as Boots, Boots Opticians and Vision Express to carefully select the celebrity inspired outfits and accessories for each contestant.

 

The ‘Dress Like a Star’ event set out to showcase fashion and accessories for all ages, personal styles and shapes from the centre’s tenants. The participants had either entered the competition themselves or been nominated by a friend or family.

 

On the same day, in Red Lion Yard, kids had fun designing a new outfit for the centre’s mascot in the King’s New Clothes workshops. Outfits in all imaginable colours and shapes were created but one design in particular by Millie aged 9 stood out to the judges, making her the winner of the fantastic Colchester Zoo Lion adoption box.

 

Spending two hours in the workshop perfecting Larry’s outfit, Millie’s fun and creative design consisted of red trousers, stripy orange and purple shorts and a puff shoulder jacket. All the designs are currently being displayed within the centre and on the Lion Walk Facebook page.

 

The first ‘Style Destination’ event at Lion Walk took place on Friday 24 April – the fashion week’s launch day. Fashion went pink at Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard to help raise awareness of and support Cancer Research’s ‘Race for Life’ event later in the year (Sunday 19 July). Six live mannequins appeared across the centre and in places you might not have expected such as iStore, Costa and Vision Express – dressed in fabulous pink fashions from retailers’ including TopShop TopMan, New Look, BHS and River Island.

 

Cancer Research’s ‘Race for Life’ team had a successful day at the centre encouraging 100s of people to sign up for the race.

 

For more details about ‘Style Destination’ and the events that took place during the fashion week see www.facebook.com/colchesterstyledestination

STYLE DESTINATION COMES TO LION WALK & RED LION YARD

DRESS LIKE A STAR CELEBRITY MAKEOVERS, LIVE MANNEQUINS & FREE KIDS WORKSHOPS

 

Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard kick off their Colchester Style Destination activity today (Wednesday, 22 April) with the launch of their “Dress Like A Star” competition to find 8 lucky people to enjoy a fabulous makeover to look like a celebrity and take part in a catwalk-style show at Lion Walk on Saturday 2 May. The two centres want people of all shapes and sizes, ages and sexes to get involved – nominating a friend, relative or even themselves by completing the entry form and submitting a photo at http://www.lionwalkshopping.com/dress-like-a-star-competition/ (competition closes at 5pm on Tuesday 28 April 2015).

 

Style Destination, Colchester’s first ever fashion week, will see a host of fantastic events and promotions taking place across the town centre from Friday 24 April to Saturday 2 May. Backed by Lion Walk and Culver Square with support from Colchester Council, the event is a celebration of everything that’s stylish about shopping in Colchester from big brand High Street retailers to the wonderful line-up of independents. Details about all Style Destination events and promotions can be found at www.facebook.com/colchesterstyledestination

 

Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard is hosting three fabulous, fun events as part of Style Destination:

 

IN THE PINK | FRIDAY 24 APRIL

First up, on Friday 24 April – the fashion week’s launch day – fashion goes pink at Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard to help Cancer Research UK raise money and awareness for its ‘Race for Life’ later in the year (Sunday 19 July). Live mannequins will be sponsored to appear “IN THE PINK” – dressed in fabulous pink fashions from retailers’ including TopShop TopMan, New Look, BHS and River Island. Look out for them around the centres from 11am to 3pm – some of them will be in places you might not expect such as iStore, Costa and Vision Express. Come and give them your support.

 

Cancer Research UK will also be on site encouraging shoppers to support and sign up to ‘Race for Life’ with the help of Heart FM Angels.

 

Shoppers are encouraged to wear pink on Friday to show their support for Cancer Research UK and to be in with a chance of winning an amazing, very on trend pink prize, Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 On-Ear Headphones from iStore at Lion Walk (other colours are available) in our special prize draw. Shoppers can just pick up an entry form from the promo team, fill it in and hand it back to them to be entered into the draw.

 

DRESS LIKE A STAR | SATURDAY 2 MAY

The main event in Lion Walk’s Style Destination activity is the “Dress Like Star” shows in the Style Tent on Saturday 2 May – which will see 8 lucky competition winners take to the catwalk to show off their new celebrity-style looks.

 

Will it be Kim or Kayne, Olly or Ellie, Rita or Zane? The complete celebrity makeovers include celebrity look-alike fashion from Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard retailers, hair and make up and the winners’ new star-struck style being revealed on stage in the Style Tent (near River Island) with shows at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

 

People are invited to nominate a friend, relative or even themselves by completing the entry form and submitting a photo at http://www.lionwalkshopping.com/dress-like-a-star-competition/. The competition to win a “Dress Like A Star” makeover opens today (Wednesday 22 April and closes at 5pm on Tuesday 28 April).   Winners will be advised on 29 April and must be able to come to Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard on 2 May.

 

THE KING’S NEW CLOTHES CRAFT WORKSHOPS | 2 MAY

Style Destination at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard also offers loads of fun for kids, who are invited to design a new stylish outfit for Larry the Lion, Lion Walk’s mascot, in the FREE kids craft workshops running on Saturday 2 May between 11am and 3pm in Red Lion Yard.

He may be king of the jungle, but in his period style costume, he doesn’t make much of a (claw)mark on the (big)cat walk, so Red Lion Yard wants the kids of Colchester to design a new outfit for him. All the designs will be displayed within the centre and on Facebook.

 

And, thanks to Colchester Zoo (www.colchester-zoo.com), the best one (as decided by the judges) will win a fantastic Lion Adoption Box with an adoption certificate to confirm their adoption of the lions at the zoo. The box also includes photographs & information about lions, a cuddly toy, Colchester Zoo mug and keyring. PLUS, the first 30 kids to take part in the workshops will each receive a Colchester Zoo goodie bag complete with a postcard, notebook, pencil, ruler and some leaflets.

 

PLUS Larry himself will be out and about on 2 May giving out balloons – he may even try to sneak up on stage to take part in the “Dress Like A Star” event.

 

For more details about Style Destination and the competitions see www.lionwalkshopping.com and www.facebook.com/colchesterstyledestination

 

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THE LIONS’ DEN – DADS’ CHILL OUT ZONE

Bosses at Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre are setting up a special Chill Out Zone for dads & their kids on Saturday (20 June 2015).

With comfy seating, magazines and newspapers to read, nibbles and samples supplied by some of the businesses in the two centres and great music, it promises to be the perfect antidote to a hectic shopping trip and provide a little bit of pre-Father’s Day down time.

And, for those who like their relaxation a little more active, enter our Dad’s Day Challenges with table football plus giant Jenga and Connect 4 – and great “on the spot” prizes. And, enter the prize draw to win £100-worth of vouchers to spend at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard.

Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard are the perfect places to pick up a great gift for Dad – from great men’s fashion and accessories to cool gadgets, tech and games plus travel, men’s health and grooming, great eats, cards and much more all in one place – there’s sure to be something for every Dad.

TOPSHOP & TOPMAN MILITARY DISCOUNTS

TOPSHOP and TOPMAN Colchester – both in Lion Walk Shopping Centre – are launching a new 10% Military Discount, with a special 20% off introductory evening.

RMP night is 6pm to 9pm on Monday 9 June 2014. Other regiment nights TBC.

Don’t  forget to bring your Military ID and Warrant Card to claim your discount.

Topshop/Topman, Culver Walk, Lion Walk Shopping Centre, Colchester

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LION WALK & RED LION YARD HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE THIS CHRISTMAS

 

Track down some roaringly great gifts and fabulous festive fashions in the big brand names stores and funky independents at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre this Christmas. And, while you’re there, check out the centres’ programme of fantastic family fun.

 

To mark the countdown to Christmas, Lion Walk Shopping Centre is launching a giant Advent Calendar (2.7m high x 3m wide) in a window near Boots Opticians and BHS. From the 1 December, right up to Christmas Eve (24 December), a new message or fun photo will be revealed each day.

 

And, the display is much more than just an Advent Calendar. Adding to the FREE fun for Christmas shoppers, the calendar is also a unique 3D augmented reality (AR) matching pairs game, one of the first of its kind in the UK.

 

The interactive game – just download the free Lion Walk AR fun app from the App Store to play – will offer shoppers a fun Christmas brain workout while trying to match the pairs up. Complete the game and fill in the online form to be entered into one of three weekly prize draws to win a stocking stuffed full of £50 worth of fabulous presents from Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard retailers. Prize draws are made on 8, 15 and 22 December.

 

Shoppers can also be in with another chance to win a stocking full of presents by following Lion Walk on twitter or liking the Facebook page between 1 and 24 of December.

 

The advent calendar is also a great backdrop for selfies – don’t forget to Tweet us at @ShopLionWalk with your photos or post them on our Facebook page Lion Walk Shopping Centre.

 

 

PLUS, to get everyone in the Christmas spirit Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard are also putting on a busy programme of FREE festive family fun and entertainment every Saturday from 6 December and every Wednesday evening, when the shops stay open to 8pm, in the run up to Christmas. Shoppers will be entertained by everything from giant Christmas belles, Mother Christmas, street theatre and live music from various groups.

 

Award winning choir Funky Voices will put on a show of upbeat, foot tapping, festive songs for Wednesday’s late night shopping on 10 December to support the Rotary Club’s Christmas collection. Colchester District Pipes & Drums will provide further support to the collection on Wednesday night on 17 December.

 

Panto Duo: Ronny & Kenny’s Christmas market kicks off the Saturday Christmas fun on 6 December with Fairly famous. Two cockney barrow boys who try to sell the latest must-have Christmas gifts to unsuspecting passers-by. On the same day charming giant Christmas Belles will be walking around the centre on stilts. The following Saturday 13 December Colchester Operatic Society and Colchester Theatretrain will be raising the Christmas spirit in the centre.

 

For the final Saturday of festive entertainment (20 December) Mother Christmas make a stop at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard before continuing her journey back to the North Pole. She will make sure that any final Christmas wishes are reported back to Santa. Plus a brass jazz quartet will be playing festive tunes during the day.

 

Programme of Christmas entertainment:

 

Date Act Time
6 Dec Panto Duo: Fairly famous with Ronny & Kenny’s Christmas market & giant Christmas Belles. Between 11am – 3pm
10 Dec Funky Voices Choir in aid of the Rotary ClubNB. Rotary Christmas Collection all day 6.30pm – 8pm
13 Dec Colchester Operatic Society  1pm -1.30pm
Colchester Theatretrain  2.30pm – 3.15pm
17 Dec Colchester District Pipes & Drums in aid of theRotary ClubNB. Rotary Christmas Collection all day 6.30pm – 8pm
20 Dec Mother Christmas & Festive brass jazz quartet Between 11am -3pm