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MAISON WHITE FINE GIFTS & INTERIORS OPENS IN RED LION YARD

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.

March for Veterans

Join our walk and step out in the month of March to help end isolation for blinded ex-Service men and women.
Come and walk alongside blind veterans and serving Army and RAF personnel as we march three quarters of a mile down
Colchester High Street.

  • Suitable for the whole family.
  • Thursday 28 March 2019, 11am – 1pm on Colchester High Street

For more information:

  • Email neil.hildred@blindveterans.org.uk
  • Call 07704 281 772
  • Visit walk.blindveterans.org.uk

 

MEET YOUR FAVOURITE HEROES AND VILLAINS AT INVASION COLCHESTER

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.”

Minnies Boutique Competition

Terms and Conditions

  • 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 one week of being notified. We will contact you twice using the details you have supplied to us and if you have not responded within one week 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.
  • By entering this competition you are agreeing to have your photograph taken for media purposes.
  • Competition closes on Friday 10th August at 2pm, anyone who enters after this time and date won’t be entered into the competition.
  • Entries from Lion Walk Shopping Centre staff are not valid.

 

Mother’s Day 2020 Gift Guide

 

 

Mother’s Day is coming up, and whether it be for your own mum, your grandma, a first time mum, or anyone that resembles “mum” to you, Lion Walk have you covered. No matter your budget or taste, we have all you need to gift the best present for the no.1 lady in your life.

Dear Grace – £4.50

Show some love this Mother’s Day with this amazing hammered heart tealight holder from Dear Grace!

Soul 2 Sole

Showcasing unique and beautiful shoes, Soul 2 Sole stock a large range of shoes, AND matching bags! What’s more, they are offering a free box of chocolates with every order for Mother’s Day.

New Look – £17.99

For a trendy yet organised mum, this vegan black leather-look mini backpack is the perfect present!

Muffin Break

Whether she prefers sweet or savoury, treat your mum to brunch at Muffin Break! Choose from a huge variety of hot and cold drinks, muffins, cakes, sandwiches and much more!

Santis Watches

You may have seen that Santis Watches have started stocking the luxurious home fragrance brand, Marmalade of London! Choose from various candles and diffusers in a range of sumptuous flavours such as pomegranate & pear, prosecco & juniper and many more. Head in-store now and get mum an enchanting scent for Mother’s Day.

Clintons – £40.00

Celebrate your loving bond with the Willow Tree figurines available at Clintons! We love the “For Always” model, portraying someone special and close to your heart.

Boots

Treat your hero with Boots! From up to half price on fragrance gift sets, indulgent bathing and skincare, give the gift of self-love this Mother’s Day.

Victoria Jewellers

Gift mum to a present that will last a lifetime with Victoria Jewellers. They have a large range of earrings, necklaces, rings and more.

Lashious

Mum deserves some glam time… From eyelash applications to manicures and facials, a pamper day at Lashious is the perfect treat.

Marks and Spencer – £15.00

For a lady of leisure, these textured lustre picnic wine glasses will be a welcomed edition to the household.

The Body Shop – £6.00

Mum deserves a bit of “me” time… The Body Shop’s petal soft British Rose treats include a cleansing and refreshing shower gel, and a glow enhancing body butter!

Primark – £11.00

Keeping mum cosy and relaxed, this embossed silver leaf robe will be the perfect snuggle buddy, available now from Primark!

WHSmith – £6.49

If, like us, your mum has love for Mrs Hinch, then head into WhSmith now to pick up the number one Sunday Times best-seller, Mrs Hinch: The Little Book of Lists! Mum can put pen to paper and be happy hinching!

Card Factory – £1.99

Remind your mum that she’s the best of the best with this unique and eye-catching pop-up Mother’s Day card from Card Factory!

 

 

And there you have it… lots of gift ideas for the superwoman in your life. Did you pick up any of these gifts? Let us know!

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

 

The gift guide on how to spoil your mum this Mother’s Day is here! Lion Walk has done all of the hard work or you, compiling a list of dreamy Mother’s Day presents no matter her style, age, interests… Or your budget! So, let’s get started.

 

Thorntons

Pass the love on with a sweet little indulgence that shows your mum just how much you really care with this customisable Milk Chocolate Heart Plaque from Thorntons (£8.00).

 

Abode

The perfect partner to chocolate? Bubbly, of course! The Pink Prosecco Candle from Abode is elegant and vivacious, it’s designed to create an energising and uplifting experience, something your mum will love! (£18.00).

 

Boots

Whether your mum is a beauty buff, or simply loves experimenting with the latest trends, Boots has the most show-stopping makeup palettes at the ready.

 

Card Factory

Add a thoughtful touch with the Card Factory! For example, this bright and beautiful Wonderful Mum card from the Card Factory’s Platinum range for a mum who means the world (£1.99).

 

Lashious Beauty

Treat your mum to some glam with a manicure! Lashious Beauty has a range of expert nail treatments from £10.00-£35.00.

 

 

Maison White

Is your mum obsessed with her precious pooch? This Yellow Labrador Milliners Dog Cushion from Maison White will melt her heart! (£54.95).

 

 

Holland & Barrett

Make mum feel beautiful with the Burt’s Bees earth friendly, natural lipstick at Holland & Barrett! With 8 striking shades, she’ll be spoilt for choice (£9.99).

 

 

Minnie’s Boutique

Give the boss lady some relaxation time with Minnie’s Boutique “This is My Day Off” Sweatshirt, new to the My Nelly collection (£30.00).

 

 

New Look

It’s all in the detail… Spoil your mum with these soft open-toe finish Black Suedette Bow Back Stilettos (£22.99).

 

 

The Perfume Shop

A personal treat to a loved one makes for the perfect bespoke gift. Gift your mum her favourite scent with The Pefume Shop’s range of gift sets; including the Alien Refillable 30ml au de parfum set from Mugler (£42.99), the Daisy eau de toilette gift set – 50ml from Marc Jacobs (£57.00), and many more.

 

Victoria’s Jewellers

Did you know that every product in Victoria’s Jewellers is now HALF PRICE?! Your mum deserves some luxurious, classic jewellery, and you can shop for less!

 

Marks & Spencer

Does your mum have a sweet spot for gin? This Keepr’s dry London gin infused with Cotswold honey is the perfect gift to be enjoyed for any occasion (£20.00).

 

Let mum know that she means the world to you, your own way. We’d love to hear if we inspired your gift buying this year!

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Muffin Break Competition

Terms and Conditions

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.

Closing for the competition is 14th February 2020 at 12pm, entries submitted after this date will not be accepted

Only 10 muffins are available in flavour Black Forest Velvet

Muffin Break reserve the right to withdraw the offer at anytime

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 by Sunday 16th February by 5pm

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.

The prize must be picked up by the winner, photo ID will be needed.

By entering this competition you are agreeing to have your photograph taken for media purposes

Lion Walk employees and tenants cannot enter this competition

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

 

National Tea Day Competition

Win delicious tea and scrumptious cake for two at Deja Brew.

Visit our Facebook page here to enter.

Terms and Conditions

  • 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 one week of being notified. We will contact you twice using the details you have supplied to us and if you have not responded within one week 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.
  • The winner must claim their tea and cake for two by Saturday 26 May 2018.

NEW CENTRE MANAGER TAKING ‘PRIDE’ IN LION SPONSORSHIP

Lion Walk’s new centre manager is off to a roaring start after putting the official sponsorship of Colchester Zoo’s lion enclosure at the top of his to do list.

John Fleming, who lives in Blackheath, spent more than two decades in the Royal Military Police before starting a new career in shopping centre management several years ago.  He has been part of the Lion Walk management team since November 2013 and was appointed as centre manager last month.

The sponsorship of Colchester Zoo’s lion enclosure is John’s first big initiative as centre manager and forms a key part of his plans to strengthen Lion Walk’s existing partnerships and build new relationships within the town.

John, who is originally from the North East of England, said: “I was based at Colchester Garrison for 10 years and my children were born here, so it very much feels like home.

“Colchester has so much to offer and I’m proud to be part of one of its top shopping destinations.  By working together with the Council, other retailers and visitor attractions I believe we can make our fantastic town centre even better.

“Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s names have a natural synergy with Colchester Zoo and sponsoring the lion enclosure is a chance to celebrate this in a fun way.  We’ll be working in partnership throughout the year ahead and have lots of exciting plans up our sleeves.”

Colchester Zoo celebrated its 50th birthday last year with a herd of colourful giraffe statues placed around the town, including one at Lion Walk.  The zoo is delighted to be strengthening this link with the sponsorship of the lion enclosure and is looking forward to working in partnership with Lion Walk.

Colchester Zoo is home to a male African lion called Bailey and two lionesses called Malika and Naja. domain ip

NEW JEWELLERY STORE ADDS SPLASH OF ICE

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.”

North Hill Hotel Valentines Competition T&C’s 2020

  • 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 14th February 2020 will not be valid
  • 1 night stay permitted for 2 people only
  • Booking must be taken for a weekend date

Open Event in the Colchester Hub

Find out all about the One Colchester Hub

Drop-in during this time and meet staff and volunteers from Community360 and partners, including:

• Volunteer Centre and Timebank
• Slipper Exchange
• My Weight Matters
• Dementia Action Alliance
• Community Transport

Thursday 1st August 3-5pm

Please RSVP to Adam Fox
seo3@community360.org.uk
01206 505250

The Hub is in Colchester Town Centre, at Unit 81, Culver Street East, Colchester CO1 1LF, next to Primark.

 

Our BIGGEST Christmas Light Switch On Yet!

Lion Walk Shopping Centre had its biggest ever Christmas light switch on! With a day of music and entertainment as well as a showstopping visit from The X Factor: Celebrity finalist, Megan McKenna.

Thank you so much to all who came down and celebrated with us on the evening.

Our Brilliant Busy Bees and Friends Event

We had a brilliant Busy Bees and Friends event last week. The event was designed to educate and entertain our visitors on the importance of bees and it created a real buzz around the Centre.

The event beginning on Thursday 31 May ran until Saturday 2 June and saw hundreds of our visitors take part in fun-filled activities and workshops on all things bees and bugs related. We were lucky enough to have talks from experts Adrian Knowles, from The Wildlife Trust and John Taylor, from Bumblebee Conversation Trust (BBCT). The talks proved very popular with those keen to learn more about how essential these creatures are to our eco-system.

Alongside the talks, children were able to create their own bee wings and listen to book readings all from inside an eye catching giant inflatable beehive. We also created a buzzy bee trail for visitors to follow.

Our Centre Manager, Peter Scopes said: “We are really pleased with how popular our bee event turned out. Visitors were very engaged and eager to learn more about bees and their importance in the environment and we saw lots of smiling faces on the children that had taken part. It was great fun, and we’re looking forward to doing it all again!”

 

Our Lights Switch On Will Be A Night To Remember

There will be not one, not two, but three singing sensations at our official Christmas Lights Switch On ceremony, as well as an amazing fireworks display and the town’s very own Deputy Mayor.

The festivities kick off at 5:30pm on Wednesday 29 November, when Cllr Peter Chillingworth will take to the stage with the Children’s choir of Brinkley Primary School, performers from local stage school Theatre Train and Colchester’s very own musical celebrity, Abbie Hartley.

What’s more Father Christmas will be there, performing magic tricks, ably assisted by his very own juggling elf, and Dream 100 FM will also be on hand to help with the fun. With special late night shopping and mulled wine and mulled cider available for shoppers, it promises to be an unmissable event.

The lights will be switched on at 7pm, followed by the fireworks display.

Peter Scopes, our centre manager said: “We are all so excited for this, as it promises to be the best ever Christmas lights switch on, with a truly special, party atmosphere. The town has really come together for this; we are so proud to host so many singers and performers at what is really the most wonderful time of the year. Truly, there will be something for everyone and we are asking the whole of Colchester to come along and show their support. And for one night at least, thanks to our amazing snow machine, it really will be a white Christmas!”

Our retailers have everything you need to celebrate Halloween!

Get ready for a spooktacular Halloween here at Lion Walk! Not only do we have an epic trick or treating event with mystical face painting, we also have a wicked witch, performing magic tricks and creating balloon characters!

Our retailers have everything you need to celebrate Halloween, so whether you’re partying with friends, hiding behind the cushions while watching scary films or joining us with the kids for trick or treating, we have all you need!

Belong (in GAME)

Fancy hosting your Halloween party surrounded by exciting video games and yummy snacks? Look no further than Belong in GAME! They offer several different hire options and have games including Fortnite, FIFA19 and much more catering for every taste!

Paul James Hairdressing for Men

Did you know you can now book your wicked haircut just in time for Halloween with Paul James NEW online booking form? Trendy trims have never been easier…

Thorntons – £8.00

If Halloween means settling down in front of the TV with a scary film and delicious chocolates, then Thorntons has just the ticket! Enjoy a seasonal collection of their most loved flavours such as Berry Ganache, Almond Praline and more.

Lashious Beauty

Are you dressing up like a wicked witch or a scary vampire this Halloween? Either way make sure you stop at Lashious to get the full makeover!

New Look – now £4.49

Fully embrace the Halloween spirit with this pumpkin bopper headband from New Look!

Santis Watches

If you prefer the softer side to Halloween, Santis Watches have a lovely range of Jelly Cats teddy bears!

Costa Coffee

You know it’s that time of year when Costa Coffee brings out their bonfire spiced latte. Who else wishes we had the pleasure of these all year round?!

The Body Shop – £15.00

You GLOW girl! Get that Halloween makeup look on point for your Instagram selfies, with The Body Shop’s Instaglow CC cream, available in Peachy Glow and Bright Glow. Did you know that you can vote for The Body Shop as the best Halloween makeup in Colchester and be in with the chance of winning £50.00 in The Body Shop vouchers?! Just click here to find out more.

Clintons – £8.00

This fun Halloween candle from Clintons has a lovely vanilla bourbon scent. The patent black jar features the sassy gold writing “If you got it haunt it”. The most spooktacular gift for a friend!

Beaux Cheveux

Have fabulous Halloween hair this year with the help of Beaux Cheveux! One of the latest salons to join us at Lion Walk, the team are incredibly talented and can transform your hair into luscious, extra boo-tiful locks!

Thanks to these FANGtastic products available at Lion Walk, your Halloween is officially sorted! Will you be picking any of these goodies up? Let us know!

 

RED LION YARD REFURB REVEALS HOTEL’S HISTORIC LOOK

As part of the ongoing refurbishment of Colchester’s historic Red Lion Yard to create a boutique shopping & café quarter, painstaking work has started restoring brickwork and wooden beams dating back hundreds of years that form part of the Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel.

Thanks to a special chemical treatment that dissolves and washes away layers of modern paint, the original features are gradually being revealed behind the hoardings at the High Street entrance to Red Lion Yard. Dating back to 1465, the hotel is one of the oldest inns in Britain.

The process has already uncovered previously hidden historic features including areas of wood charred by the flames of candles, which would have been used to light the hotel before electricity was installed.

Once the paint has been stripped away from the listed brick and wooden beams on the underside of the entrance to Red Lion Yard, the surfaces will be treated to create a brighter and more historically authentic appearance.

The process, which is being carried out by Norfolk-based specialists The APR Company, is designed to be kind to very old buildings and is approved by The National Trust.

John Fleming, centre manager, said:

“Red Lion Yard is being completely transformed through the refurbishment. Treating the underside of the entrance will create a brighter, more inviting entrance from the High Street.

“This is the final phase of work and we’re already seeing lots of interest from retailers and restaurant/café operators wanting to take space in Red Lion Yard and look forward to announcing further details very soon.”

The sympathetic refurbishment of Red Lion Yard has included the installation of attractive new shop fronts, improved lighting and signage and complete redecoration throughout. The floor has also been repaved with a traditional York stone.

Works are due to complete next month. The official relaunch of Red Lion Yard will take place from Thursday 24 July to Saturday 26 July with three days of family fun and an exhibition about the Yard’s fascinating past and exciting future.

Colchester-based Nicholas Percival is acting as letting agent for the available units at Red Lion Yard.