Month: August 2014


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.



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.



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.



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.



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.



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:


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


Maison White, a new boutique specialising in quality gifts, homewares and interior design has opened in the newly refurbished Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester town centre.

The store offers an extensive range of gifts and home décor accessories including modern and vintage furniture, cushions, alpaca blankets, home scents and candles as well as more unusual items such as a realistic buffalo head and large silver angel wings which are perfect for creating a dramatic feature within an interior or dressing a room for a special event.

Maison White is already renowned for its high quality plantation shutters service. Previously only available online, the new Maison White shop offers a full end-to-end design and installation service for made-to-measure shutters available in various colours.

The new 538 sq ft shop has opened in the oldest parts of Red Lion Yard, close to the Grade 1 listed Red Lion Hotel, and its historic interior provides the perfect backdrop for Maison White’s treasure trove of adorable gifts for homes.

Nina White, Store Manager, said:

“We are very excited about our new store here in Red Lion Yard and we absolutely love the location. Since we opened on Saturday we have been very busy and we are so pleased with the interest we have had. We are really looking forward to a busy autumn. “

To celebrate its opening Maison White is currently offering 20% off on its entire home scent collection. Offer ends 30September 2014.


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.”


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.”