Month: July 2016


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:

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:

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


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 (

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.


To celebrate this year’s Olympics Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre asked four local schools to create works of art depicting the Olympic ethos, its iconic symbols and what the games mean to the pupils.

Pupils from Lexden Springs, Kingswode Hoe, St John’s Green and St Thomas More’s schools spent part of their summer terms designing and making a variety of colourful pieces of art to celebrate the Olympics.

The art was unveiled with the help of pupils from St John’s Green and Lexden Spring schools and will be on display in the centre throughout the summer while the Olympics and Paralympics are taking place.

Peter Scopes, Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard Centre Manager said: “This is one of those rare things we get to do, nowhere near often enough, that lets us say a huge thank you to Colchester. These children, through their work, have not only displayed the Olympic themes, but also the values of the communities they come from. The designs look fantastic and all the children involved should be so very proud of what they’ve created. When people pay us a visit through the summer we’d like for everyone to take a moment out of their day to take a look and reflect on what it means to live with values of Friendship, Respect and Excellence.”

The children learnt about the Olympic values and ethos defined by the mottos CITIUS – ALTUIS – FORTIUS (meaning Faster – Higher – Stronger) and Excellence, Friendship and Respect, which they have illustrated through their displays. They also learnt about the countries competing in the games including food, animals and traditions as well as discovering the huge number of different sports that make up the Olympics.

The pupils explored art through a variety of mediums and materials and have created the imaginative, colourful and illustrative pieces for the Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard display.

Lexden Springs School, on the Halstead Road west of Colchester, caters for pupils aged 3 – 19 years with educational needs. Pupils from the school took part in a sponsored swim to cover the distance from Colchester to Rio in the school swimming pool (equating one length to one mile). The swim raised money for outdoor play and educational equipment for the school. The pupils made flags to represent a selection of countries competing in the Olympics which are now displayed as bunting in Red Lion Yard.

Kingswode Hoe School, the Sussex Road community day special school for girls and boys from 5 to 16 years old who have moderate learning difficulties, designed wonderfully colourful pieces of artwork to symbolise what the Olympics meant to them.

St Thomas More’s, a Catholic primary school in the town centre created Olympic flags and rings filled with landmarks, animals and foods associated with the participating countries, and festival masks to represent Rio, the host city.

And finally, St John’s Green Primary – near Abbey Field – produced artwork to represent each word of the Olympic motto, to be displayed as window vinyls Lion Walk.


Vicky Pattison, ITV Loose Women panelist and winner of last year’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, is coming to Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard in Colchester on Wednesday 27 July. Lion Walk’s WHSmith has arranged for Vicky to be in Colchester as part of her book tour, promoting her new book “The Real Me: Fashion, Fitness and Food Tips For Real Women – From Me to You”.

Fans of the Geordie celebrity have the opportunity to get a signed copy of the book and meet their idol by purchasing a wristband, in advance, from the WHSmith store. The £8.49 wristband covers the cost of your copy of “The Real Me”, which Vicky will sign on the day, and will guarantee your place in the queue.

It is expected that the event will sell out so people wishing to meet Vicky are advised to buy the wristband as soon as possible.

Vicky Pattison is said to know how to play hard but also understands the importance of working hard – in her own words “grafting hard, training right, eating well… and having a good time.” The Real Me” – Vicky’s 4th book – is a guide to living life to the full and is packed with her favourite recipes, fashion and beauty tips, training programmes and straight-talking advice on dealing with everything from job interviews to first dates. It is the ultimate guide to living life to the full, the Vicky Pattison way.

Vicky Pattison will be signing copies of her new book from 4pm in Unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard (next to Mane Creations) on Wednesday 27 July and queuing will start from 3pm. Wristbands are currently on sale in WHSmith. You will receive your book on the day. No entry to the queue without a wristband.