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Early Closing

Due to bad weather conditions, some stores have not been able to open or will be closing early today. Please check the store you wish to visit for opening times.

Half Term Sportacular

Bring your children down to Lion Walk during Half Term to enjoy some FREE Sportacular fun! There will be the chance for children to decorate Frisbee or bat and balls to take home and enjoy the summer days outside.

For those children over the age of 4 they can also take part in egg and spoon races and sack races (weather permitting) and also have their faces painted. For budding detectives there will also be a puzzle trail, with missing letters scattered around the stores.
Come down and visit us in the church car park from 11am – 3pm on Tuesday 30th!

Lion Walk Shopping Centre Reports Excellence 2017

We’re delighted to report that things are looking good for Lion Walk! Despite the ever-changing, and at times particularly challenging retail landscape, we have been able to report an upturn in footfall, reflecting the enormous support given by both the townspeople and tourists in the region.

Defying some of the gloom surrounding many of the nation’s high streets, last week our Centre Manager, Peter Scopes reported an increase in visitors from 3.4 million to 3.6 million during the final quarter of 2017.

A particularly encouraging result was that Lion Walk had operated at an eight percent increase over the previous year’s figures despite the year on year national average for all UK shopping centres reflecting negative growth of -2.45 percent.

“This is immensely positive news for Lion Walk Shopping Centre,” said Mr Scopes. “At a time when the retail offering of many towns are struggling, we are going from strength to strength, thanks to a combination of exciting and determined retailers, and a hugely supportive community of shopping in Colchester, and of course, further afield.

“Highlights include a vibrant independent scene in Red Lion Yard, and the transformation of the old, empty unit previously occupied by BHS, to the massively successful and much sought after opening of Primark. “Colchester can be proud of its retail offering,” he added.


Magical Mini Wonderland Launches In Lion Walk

Whatever the weather, it’s going to be a white Christmas this year in Colchester! Because we are bringing a magical, snowy experience to shoppers with the launch of a fun-filled Snow Garden.

The mini wonderland will be open to the public on specific days in November and December, starting from Wednesday 29 November at 11am. Entrance is entirely free.

Everyone is invited to join in the fun of the festive season, with the chance to throw snowballs and frolic in the frost-filled fantasia, but that’s not all. Father Christmas will be there too, entertaining everyone with fantastic magic tricks and illusions. The Snow Garden will be decked with twinkling fairy lights and children will have the opportunity to decorate snowmen with all kinds of scarves, hats, and other items, as well as playing in the delightful gingerbread house.

Peter Scopes, our centre manager said: “The Snow Garden will give shoppers the opportunity to enjoy some genuine festive fun – it’s going to be really special and we can’t wait for everyone to take part.”

The Snow Garden opens on Wednesday 29 November at 11am, closing at 4pm, and then will be open on certain weekends in December:

Saturday 9, Sunday 10 December
Saturday 16, Sunday 17 December
Saturday 23, Sunday 24 December

As an extra special treat, on Saturday 16 there will also be a free craft activity for children who want to make their very own ‘Santa Stop Here’ signs.

The Snow Garden will be located at Unit 85 next to Primark and opposite Game.

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.

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!”