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‘Must-have’ Pastel Pieces for Spring/Summer

With that warm winter wardrobe hung up and folded away for another year, it’s time to look forward to a palette that is lighter, more comforting, and symbolic of the optimism of spring. Pastels are back, with last year’s catwalks awash with tones of tranquillity and connotations of wellness and self-care; and collections full of mint, lemon and peach looking as beautiful as they sound delicious.

Here are our top picks of the must-have pastel pieces you need in your wardrobe this season.


Orange Gingham Square Neck Midi Dress


Dress dreamy in this orange gingham midi. This the perfect midi dress to take you from day to night, just switch out your sandals for a block heel and you’re ready for cocktail hour.


Blue Pintuck Zip Up Cropped Hoodie


We’re loving the clash of the casual and the classy, with influencers taking the humble tracksuit to new levels with monotone pastel sets paired with statement gold jewellery and sunglasses.



Pink Ombré Oversized T-Shirt

New Look

Festival season is just around the corner, so what better reason to rock the washed-out tie-dye tones with a fit that’s both comfortable and comforting.


Green long sleeve frill hem mini dress

River Island

From beaches to barbecues to beer gardens, out-out means outdoors this summer. The perfect dress fits any occasion – it’s easy to wear, and accessorises up or down wherever you’re going (or whatever the weather.)


Purple high rise skinny jeans 

River Island

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to switch out those classic blue jeans for something fresh. We’ll be adding these lilac high rise skinny jeans from River Island straight into our basket.



Mint Twist Handle Crossbody Bag


Not quite ready to embrace the head to toe pastel look? Instead, opt for a pop of pastel with this mint crossbody bag from Primark.

Bank Holiday Weekender

Colchester’s music scene is buzzing and we want to showcase some of the best talent around! Join us over the bank holiday weekend for free live music at the Summer Drinks Terrace.


Friday 28th August 
Live set from Gabriela Eva, with special guests Hung Velvet and Sheikha Ziza. Get ready for the weekend with some alternative soul / nu-jazz / funk. 6pm til late.

Saturday 29th August

Actual Radio DAB takeover – live ‘ON AIR’ pre-launch for Colchester’s newest and only digital radio station. Competitions, cocktails, dancers and a whole lot more!

Monday 31st August
Live set from DJ  Odgee Poore
Mahoosive 9 hour back-to-back Ibiza themed house music. Good vibes, chilled out melodic and nu: school house – 130bpm is the way to go this bank holiday Monday! 12pm til late.

Summer Drinks Terrace is open all day everyday, serving you the best lagers, ciders, cocktails, prosecco and more! Sit back with a refreshing drink and soak up the holiday vibes.

Remember to stay safe and boogie the last of the summer days away!

Black History Month

Black History Month Colchester is kicking into full gear this October. Marked for more than 30 years in the UK, BHM addresses the inequality, unfairness and exclusion of the contributions made to society by black people, instead celebrating their achievements and contributions, and highlighting the systematic failings that still exist.
The Black History Month Project project will begin with table top displays and exhibitions of Arts and Crafts and a series of programmes and activities for young people and adults throughout the month of October, with a theme for 2021 of ‘CELEBRATE!’ A full lineup of events will take place around the town, and includes some of Colchester’s most iconic landmarks and fittingly historical places.
One Colchester Community Hub will see a shop front and art exhibits for all the community, with the support of the Minories Gallery and Community 360. Also, We Are the Minories Gallery will host ‘The Art of Protest’, an exhibition and display of placards highlighting the work of Black Lives Matter Colchester.  Mercury Theatre hosts the British Premiere of ‘Antigone’, a modern retelling of the classic Greek tragedy is a powerful thriller whose poetic passion transcends time; alongside ‘The Spoken Word’, an evening of music and entertainment with Omar Aziz, Antony Woodley and Poet, Lawrence Savage. Finally, Colchester Castle are celebrating Black History Month this year with exhibition the WindRush Migration.
You can find out more about the BHM events throughout Colchester here:

Christmas Gift Guide

It is officially that time of year again, and if you are someone who leaves their Christmas shopping until the very last minute, this one is for you.

From fashion and beauty to homeware, we have the whole family covered this Christmas!

Check out the ultimate Christmas gift guide, all from your one-stop shopping centre here:

Christmas Lights Switch On

Tis’ our favourite time of the year! Join us at Lion Walk on the 17th November 2021 for a festive evening of magic and joy. Whether you’re bringing the whole family along or it’s just another excuse to get the gang back together, get ready to celebrate this Christmas in style. From a magical Father Christmas show to an incredible fireworks extravaganza, you won’t want to miss this one! Events begin at 4pm until 11pm. 

What can you expect?

All day – 4pm until 11pm

Actual Radio with Pete Chapman, including Dom from Breakfast and Dave Gowland from Drivetime.


4:20pm until 4:50pm

Say hello to Father Christmas in the Magical Father Christmas show.


4:50pm until 5:50pm

All Star Rock School showcasing Colchester’s freshest talent singing live rock hits.


5:50pm until 6:50pm

Live music from Cushti covering your favourite chart anthems and their very own Christmas song.


6:50pm until 7:10pm

Live singing and stage production from Disney’s Elsa, Anna & Olaf.


7:10pm until 7:30pm

Live music from the Colchester Choir, Colchester Choral Society “The Colchester Singers”.


7:30pm until 7:45pm

Christmas panto special ‘Widow Twanky & Humphrey The Camel’ by Mercury Theatre.


7:45pm until 7:55pm

Christmas lights switch on and dynamic fireworks with Colchester Mayor, Robert Davidson, plus artists and guests.


7:55pm until 11pm

Dance DJ anthems with live percussion including saxophones and bongos.

Colchester Fringe Festival

Lion Walk has teamed up with Colchester’s Fringe Festival to host a variety of  entertainment this May Day. The event will be hosted by DJ, Ben Howard at Lion Walk’s Secret Garden!

Below you can find out more about the acts that will be performing on the day.

Movement Space Dance Company
We observe the potency of Greek God Dionysus, known as “liberator”, born from rain & earth. Followers who partake in their mysteries are known to become possessed and empowered. Themes of this piece include, unity, ecstasy, wild frenzy, community rituals, festival & wine. Join MOVEMENT SPACE tumbling into a Utopia, where an eclectic fusion of dance styles, coupled with storytelling presents a battle of desire, loss and highlights the strength of humanity. Music styles include drum & base, tribal, folk & pop. Expect a vivid show rich in skill and truth.

MOVEMENT SPACE Dance Company’s second piece sends us to a futuristic era. Tangled in the vines of mass-extinction, like a phoenix we watch performers rise from the ashes. Triumphantly basking in a new age where humanity has established harmony with Mother Earth. They dance till dawn. Music styles include house and pop-culture.
Bird Rave
Bird Rave brings together live artists Miss High Leg Kick, Abi Cunliffe, Steve Nice, Luciana Hutt and Reggie Roberts for a “dancefloor ornithology” performance inspired by our changing relationship with nature (and each other) in lockdown.

Bird Rave is also a celebration of rave music and the “freedom to dance” days of early rave, self-expression and group unity through dance. The raving birds you might see include Hooded Crow, Hummingbird, European Nightjar, Blue-backed Manakin, Arctic Tern, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Tufted Titmouse and Penduline Tit. Plumages by Darren Evans.

The acts will be performing from 12pm to 4.30pm.You can find out more about the performers here!

Rosalind Harris

Polly Haynes


COVID 19 Update

Covid-19 Update
As of Tuesday 30th November, it will be mandatory to wear a face covering in all our stores.

The health and safety of our customers and our employees is our priority at all times and we will continue to follow formal guidance provided by our local authorities. All of our retailers will be implementing their own health and safety processes and we encourage you to check their social media platforms for any changes to opening times. We will continue to update our website and social media with up to the minute information.

Discover Colchester: New Family Activity Books!

We’re proud to announce Lion Walk’s partnership with Will Quince MP and artist, Veronica de Vera, on a very exciting new project, Discover Colchester.

The community project has been created to bring joy and something to focus on during a period that has lead to much uncertainty and strain on many people’s lives.

Discover Colchester presents two wonderful activity books; a colouring book filled with ten beautiful illustrations of local landmarks, and an activity book comprised of a series of thought provoking questions.

As part of the experience, we have also launched six competition prize giveaways worth £50 each! To enter into the competition, all you need to do is submit you work to                                                                                               Competition closes on April 9th.

The project has been created for everyone to enjoy so if you or your children are interested and want to learn more about Colchester’s landmarks and the history behind them download them here:

Discover Colchester Activity Book
Discover Colchester Colouring Book

The activity books will also be sent to all local primary schools, for those without printing facilities at home, and hard copies will be made available free of charge from Boots store, located on Lion Walk, in Colchester town (special thanks to Purav Patel – Store Manager). These should obviously only be collected as part of an essential shopping trip, due to current COVID-19 restrictions.

We hope you have fun and good luck!

Eat Out To Help Out

Throughout August, there’s even more reasons to visit Lion Walk.

Muffin Break are taking part in the government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme – so you can enjoy 50% of food and drink ever Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. As many times as you like!

That’s lunch sorted.


Get in the Halloween spirit with our fang-tastic guide!

For all the ghouls and boys getting spooky this season (because Halloween isn’t cancelled, right?), we’ve listed 5 ways you can trick or treat yo’ self to a scarily good Halloween.


1. Chocolate treats

Start your Halloween on an extra-sweet note with delicious chocolate treats from Choccy Heaven .


2. Wear your costume!

Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you shouldn’t step out in your funniest, spookiest, or cutest costume. Baby pumpkins are highly encouraged. Check out Primark‘s kids section.

3. Decorate the house

Nothing will get you more in the Halloween spirit than decking out your house in all things black, orange, and yellow. Throw in a couple of decorative pumpkins and you’re all set. Card Factory has you sorted with their 86 piece Halloween bundle!


4. Host a virtual party

Zoom and FaceTimes have become the norm this year, so send out that invite link and tell people to mark their calendars. Bonus points if everyone wears a costume for a virtual costume party—or makes a Halloween-appropriate treat to enjoy on the call!


5. Play Halloween games!

All of the classic Halloween party games can be just as fun with only your family, like apple bobbing! Get creative and make your own homemade games.


Have the spookiest of Halloweens!


Get ready for pancake day

Preparing for pancake day has never been so easy! M&S have all the essentials you need to create delicious pancakes, guaranteed to make your family smile this Pancake Day. From speedy short-cut ingredients to tasty recipe ideas and toppings, these are sure to keep the family sweet.

Tips on how to up your pancake game

Pancake Day Box

For totally fool-proof pancakes, the Pancake Day Box is perfect for those who prefer to spend time on getting creative with the toppings!


Plant Kitchen vegan shaker mix

Making vegan pancakes has never been so easy. All you need to do is shake the Plant Kitchen vegan mix with either the Plant Kitchen oat or almond drink and you have yourself 6 delicious pancakes! So simple.


Ready-made Percy Pig pancakes

There’s only one thing better than the much-loved Percy Pig sweets, and that’s Percy Pigs in pancake form! These super easy to make pancakes are sure to be a family favourite.


The Percy Pig Pancake bites

These super-cute Percy Pig mini ‘panapés’ are perfect for getting the little ones involved. Simply layer mini pancakes with fresh strawberries and whipped cream, then drizzle over Percy Pig dessert sauce and finish with a Percy Pig sweet, using mini skewers to hold everything together.


Pumpkin spice up Pancake Day

This easy-peasy pancake idea is sure to be a hit with the whole household. Packed full of warming pumpkin flavour, simply add a teaspoon or two of the Cook With M&S pumpkin spice seasoning to your pancake mix.

Here we go again…

In light of the new lockdown guidelines, many of the shops at Lion Walk have temporarily close their doors for a second time.

We are open for essential shopping and limited in-store pick-up, including Boots, Holland & Barrett, M&S, Nanna’s Yarn Barn and the Post Office. Pick up a freshly made snack or coffee at Muffin Break or Costa Coffee.

If you are visiting us don’t forget to wear a mask!

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and daily Christmas inspiration to be keep your spirits high this November!

We are looking forward to fully welcoming you back to Lion Walk soon!

Let’s Get Creative This Half-Term!

Lion Walk is excited to team up with The Pop Up Club to host a series of free online craft workshops this Easter!

Each workshop is hosted by an experienced maker to guide you through each activity.

A Magical Morning with Rainbow Fairy Tara

Join Rainbow Fairy Tara from Tiny T’s Storytelling & Theatre for 45 minutes of Storytelling, Spells & Magic, Dancing, Games and Castle Crafting. Suitable for ages 3-8 years, however those that love Fairies, Wizards and magic can join in the fun too!

The children will also receive a magic card and the Easter Edition of Tiny T’s monthly ‘Magic Magazine’.

When: Sunday 18th April @ 11.30am -12.30pm

Materials included: Castle pack includes toilet roll holders, card, tissue paper, biodegradable glitter and ribbon.

Sign up: via eventbrite 

Suitable for 3-8 years. Limited to 20 tickets. Book by Saturday 10th April to get your materials.

Easter Terrarium Making with The Copper Cacti – SOLD OUT!

Fun for all the family, get together and get messy making an Easter-themed living terrarium! Supplied with 2 plants, soil, decoration and the bowl, you and your family can create a miniature garden to enjoy for many years to come.

When: Sunday 11th April @ 11.ooam-12.00pm

Material included: Small fishbowl vessel, 1 succulent and 1 airplant, soil, gravel, decorative stones and moss, Easter themed decorative items, cacti and succulent feed dropper

Suitable for adults and children with adult supervisation, fun for all the family. Limited to 20 tickets.

Easter Egg Pom-Poms with Little Dot Loves – SOLD OUT!

Join Little Dot Loves for an exciting workshop to make Easter Egg Pom-Poms, using bright yarn and thread, you will learn to make a multi-coloured Pom-Pom. Gather some sticks from outside, decorate and make your own happy!

When: Friday 9th April @ 11.00am – 12.00pm

Materials included: 3 balls of brightly coloured yarn, pom-pom maker, twine, glue, bright card and downloadable instructions

Sign up: via eventbrite

Suitable for adults and children 3 and over, fun for all the family. Limited to 20 tickets.

Easter Cards with Little Dot Loves – SOLD OUT!

Join us for a fun workshop to make Easter Cards, using bright patterned paper, washi tape and templates, you will make some cards to send to special people. Cut, glue, stick, decorate and make your own happy!

When: Friday 2nd April @ 11.00am – 12.00pm

Materials included: 4x cards and envelopes, selection of washi tape, variety of patterned paper, pom poms, stick on gems, templates, glue and downloadable instructions

Suitable for adults and children 3 and over, adult supervision needed. Limited to 20 tickets. Book by Tuesday 30th March to get your materials. 

Important Workshop Information 

  • Look out for the workshop package in the post and look forward to seeing you for our live workshop!
  • You will receive an email to join the live workshop and a workshop pack in the post to the given shipping address.
  • All workshops will be recorded to watch back for a limited time.
  • We do not hold any responsibility for lost workshop packs or delayed post. We are seeing delays due to COVID-19 but will post packs with due time.

Lion Walk Presents: Summer Drinks Terrace

We’re in the full-swing of summer and our Summer Drinks Terrace is now open!

Open everyday, all day ’til late until the end of the summer. So pull up a deck chair and enjoy a refreshing range of drinks, including cocktails, beers, ciders and soft drinks.

Sip-sip hurray!

Lion Walk Presents: The Winter Garden

Christmas is upon us…

Lion Walk is set to launch our best-ever Christmas experience from 2nd December!

Enjoy festive drinks, Bavarian-style hot food, Santa’s majestic grotto and a magical Christmas light display – all set within our canopy-covered, heated Winter Garden.

The Winter Garden is open daily from 12pm -10pm.

Santa’s Grotto is open Monday-Friday from 2pm – 7pm and Saturday-Sunday from 9am – 8pm.

For more information and tickets to see Santa please visit

Important Safety Notice

  • The Winter Garden is covid-19 compliant. Please observe the latest Tier 2 guidelines in place.
  • Maximum of 6 to a table in our outdoor seating area
  • Food must be ordered with drinks (see full menu)
  • Please drink responsibly

Stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you this Christmas!

Lion Walk Shopping Centre Welcomes JD Sports

Lion Walk Shopping Centre celebrates the arrival of JD Sports, the leading UK trainer and sports fashion retailer. JD Sports has everything you need to elevate your everyday casual look to eye-catching new heights. Shop the latest footwear from popular brands such as Nike, adidas, Vans and Puma that deliver performance, style and comfort to fit your on-the-go lifestyle.

If you’re looking for athletic slides, basketball sneakers, casual shoes, running gear and everything in between, JD Sports has you covered. Whether you’re training for your next race, refreshing your gym to street look, or just snagging some comfy kicks for everyday, there’s something for everyone at JD.

With sportswear like joggers, hoodies, leggings and so much more, JD Sports is more than just a sneaker store. Upgrade your style all year long, in the latest and greatest apparel and accessories from the brands you love.

JD Sports is now open at Lion Walk Shopping Centre. Find them at 20 / 21 Culver Walk.

Local and Community History Month

There’s so much happening at Lion Walk and throughout Colchester to look forward to, it’s sometimes easy to forget what has come before. There are so many layers of history that makeup what the town is today, and generations of stories, anecdotes and artefacts waiting to be rediscovered.

This local and community history month we’re taking a dive into the past and visiting some of Colchester’s most interesting historical landmarks!



The iconic old water tower has long been one of the most visual landmarks in Colchester, with its copper pyramid roof dominating the town’s skyline since 1883. Its nickname comes from London Zoo’s Jumbo the elephant, and its tank can hold over 230,000 gallons of water.


Balkerne Gate

Built-in the first century, the Balkerne Gate is the largest surviving Roman gateway in Britain. The Grade I listed building forms part of the old wall of Camulodunum – the Roman settlement that would eventually become Colchester. This was also once the site of a triumphal arch, built to honour Emperor Claudius, and its endurance remains a cause of celebration to this day!


Colchester Castle

The history doesn’t come much more layered than Colchester Castle, which was built during Roman times upon the foundations of the Temple of Claudius. One of England’s most important heritage sites, the Castle was founded by Henry I and has witnessed much conflict – from the First Baron’s War in medieval times, to a siege in the time of the English Civil War. Today it pays tribute to this rich history with exhibits and archaeological collections spanning over 2,500 years.


Where will you explore next?

Lockdown Update

With Colchester now facing tighter government restrictions, all non-essential shops at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard will now be closed. All our essential shops remain open and you can still grab takeaway food and drinks. The Winter Garden will also be closed. Please check online for any updates, and with individual retailers for last-minute changes in opening times.


We’re encouraging everyone to stay home and help stop the spread, and we’ll be doing everything we can to make sure we can reopen again safely and as soon as possible. We also want to support and help those whose Christmas plans have been affected by the changing restrictions, so we’ll be sharing links and resources raising awareness and giving back to those who find themselves isolated or in need – with contributions from our customers most welcome. Stay safe, and see you soon.

Men’s Summer Fashion

Here’s hoping for a heatwave! Whether it’s time for a festival-ready bucket hat, or it’s just raining buckets, British summer is on its way and everyone has something to celebrate. From the beach to the bar, from The Secret Garden to the Summer Drinks Terrace, this season is all about versatility and getting the most out of a capsule wardrobe. We’ve selected a few key pieces that will stand out whatever the occasion, and whatever the weather.

River Island Ecru Denim Jacket

River Island Resort Shirt

River Island Pull On Shorts

Newlook Chain Print Shirt

Newlook Tapered Chinos

Newlook Shacket

M&S Pure Linen Shirt

M&S Polarised Sunglasses




Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

Meet Mid and North East Essex Mind during Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event, this year taking place from 10th – 16th May, and aims to raise awareness of mental health problems and services that are available to support people.

Mid and North East Essex Mind are the local mental health charity and staff from the charity will be visiting various town and shopping centres during the week engaging with the public, providing tips for good mental wellbeing and raising awareness.

Julie Arthur, Marketing and Fundraising Manager said “Mental Health Awareness Week is our opportunity to promote good mental wellbeing and given that we have all suffered a year unlike any other due to the pandemic, it is even more important for us to focus on our own mental wellbeing as well as that of those around us.  Raising awareness and starting conversations about mental health will almost certainly help someone to reach out for help.”


This year the focus is nature and so why not get out in the fresh air and come to meet the Mid and North East Essex Team who will be at the following locations between 10am and 3pm.

Monday 10th May at Maldon Prom, supported by Moat Foundation

Tuesday 11th May at Chelmsford, High Street with a special visit from Cllr Jude Deakin, Mayor of Chelmsford

Wednesday 12th May at Colchester, Lion Walk Shopping Centre supported by Liz Kirwan, ‘thisfitMum’

Thursday 13th May we will be at Braintree Village