Month: August 2019

Back to School with Lion Walk!

Pulling your hair out about back-to-school prep? Worry not! Lion Walk has done all of the hard work for you. Take a look at the top picks available from our retailers.



WhSmith – £11.99 

The kids can take their furry friend into class with WhSmith! They have a huge range of notebooks with sequins, fluffy covers, sassy quotes and more! We’re loving this pastel bear fluffy notebook.


Primark – £1.50

Even as adults, we can’t deny that we have a favourite pen. Now your mini-me can learn from the best with this super cute Minnie Mouse pen!


River Island

Style isn’t just for outside the classroom, let the little ones add personality to their uniform with a range of back to school clothes and accessories. For the older kids studying at college or university, they will be delighted to know that River Island offer 10% student discount!


Boots – £5.49

Send the kids to school with happy minds and bodies with these Mr. Men multivitamins from Boots! With vitamins to help the development of their vision, immune system and mental performance. Not only are these gummies super tasty, the Mr. Men will be the kids’ best friend this school term. Different flavours are also available! Did you know that Boots also offer 10% student discount? So if your little one is not so little and studying at college or university, they can head into Boots and pick up discounts!


Topman – £18.00

Perfect for everyday use at school, this durable rip-stop fabric backpack is not only trendy, but super convenient for storing school books too. Students can also get 10% off themselves!


Lion Café, Bar and Bistro

Students need to get down to Lion Café Bar and Bistro! Their amazing menu will tickle their tastebuds, and they also do 20% off student discount during term time!


Marks and Spencer – £26.00

These flowery school shoes are the perfect way to make school uniforms reflect a bit of style. Made for long lasting wear and plenty of durability, they are also slip resistant and made with non-marking soles.


New Look – £17.99

If your golden girl is starting her adventure as an adult at college or sixth form, this smart-casual Black Ditsy Floral High Neck Frill Top will be perfect for her day to day outfits. If she’s studying in Colchester, even better! Students can get 10% off with an exclusive discount.


Holland & Barrett – £1.49

The kids can have a tasty snack with this healthy Berry Bite Bar. Bursting with flavour, this energy bar is packed with fruit, nuts and feel good benefits to keep the kids brainpower soaring high at school. These bars are also available in Banana and Chocolate Orange flavours!


Card Factory

The Card Factory have 10% off their Back to School range! Including backpacks, lunch bags, notebooks and pencil cases. What’s more personalisation is available in-store, helping the kids explore their creative side.


Santis Watches

Santis Watches have just started stocking Jelly Cats! The perfect BFF that your little one can take on their first at school if they are feeling a little nervous.


The Perfume Shop

Did you know that The Perfume Shop offer student discount?! If your child is flying the nest and going away to university, they can take a little scent of home with them.


The Body Shop

The back to school prep doesn’t need to be just for the kids. The Body Shop are currently offering Buy One Get One Half Price on skincare and makeup! Perfect for disguising those early morning school runs and dreaded homework help.

Hopefully this guide has helped you with those back to school jitters. Let us know if you picked up any of the products, or have your own tips and tricks!




*All items are subject to availability at Lion Walk.

Lion Yard Lanterns

You may have noticed our beautiful new lanterns in Red Lion Yard. But did you know you could win £160.00 worth of vouchers the next time you see them?!

For more information on how you can enter the competition, just click here. 

T&C’s apply.

Winner will be selected on 30th September.


Lion Yard Lanterns Social Media Competition

  • One entry per person
  • All entries to be submitted via Facebook
  • No responsibility will be accepted for entries that are illegible, delayed or damaged electronically or online during the promotion.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  • Automated/bulk entries and entries from third parties will be disqualified.
  • Winner details will be announced on Lion Walk Shopping Centre Facebook page.
  • Entries from people using multiple email addresses will be disqualified.
  • The winning entries will be drawn shortly after the closing time/ date.
  • Prizes are as stated, are not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  • Entries to all free prize draws must be received as stated by the closing date specified.
  • If you are a winner, you must claim your prize within 28 days of being notified. We will contact you twice using the details you have supplied to us and if you have not responded within 28 days of our first contact, the prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen.
  • By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • Entries that are not submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions will be disqualified.
  • Lion Walk Shopping Centre does not take responsibility for any prizes damaged in transit or collection.
  • Winner must present valid ID to receive the prize
  • Entries submitted after 12pm on 30th September 2019 will not be valid
  • Terms and conditions may apply to individual retailers

Muffin Break opens at Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Muffin Break the popular café bakery, renowned for freshly baked goods and great coffee has opened its first store in Colchester at Lion Walk Shopping Centre. The new venture has created 15 part- and full-time opportunities for the town.

Muffin Break is located in a large unit beside the Library and Holland & Barrett. To celebrate the opening, the first 50 lucky customers through the door received a golden voucher. This contained a free freshly made item from the menu, such as a coffee, muffin or flatbread, so customers could sample some of the brand’s favourites. The Muffin Man mascot was also in the centre handing out balloons to entertain the youngsters.

Martin Leatherdale, centre manager at Lion Walk Shopping Centre said: “We’re delighted to have Muffin Break joining us at the centre. They’re a popular brand and I’ve no doubt they will be a huge success with our customers, as well as a positive asset for the centre, encouraging people to come and visit.”

Muffin Break’s stores and menu utilise seasonal produce with their onsite kitchens providing freshly baked goods daily, whilst catering to a range of dietary needs including gluten-free, dairy-free, Vegan and light options.

Joshua Nixon, Head of Estates at Muffin Break said: “Colchester has been a target town for many years, and we are excited to open our first Muffin Break in the town in a beautiful corner unit at the entrance to Lion Walk Shopping centre. We believe that there is a real gap in the market here for a high-quality coffee offer and we are looking forward to showcasing our new vegan and breakfast offering. Lion Walk Shopping Centre boasts the strongest footfall in the town and Muffin Break will a great addition to an already strong tenant mix.

Colchester will be our third new store opening this month, following Hastings and Poole and we are pleased to still be on an expansion drive despite the challenging retail market. Demand from Landlords and franchisees for new stores remains strong and we have a busy pipeline ahead in the run up to Christmas.”

Official opening of the store. Middle: Tatiana Kasprisinova, Right: Abdul Majid