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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

Newlook

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

Primark

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

Primark

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.

5 Essential pick me ups for winter

Winter brings snowy scenes and thoughts of being wrapped up in a warm blanket or even cosy days with a tasty hot chocolate, but sometimes it’s easy to lose that motivation you had in summer.

The good news is that it doesn’t have to be like that. Get motivated to face the winter and build your winter wellness defences with our winter pick-me-ups.

Defend yourself against cold lethargy

When you compare summer’s light warm mornings and winter’s cold, dark mornings it’s easy to see why we’re sometimes demotivated when we wake up. The cold will unfortunately always impact your body, slowing your blood flow and muscle strength, making you feel lethargic.

While it’s easier to hit the gym in the summer, in the winter kick off your day with something less demanding and yet still beneficial like stretching, meditating or even yoga.

If you struggling with joints, aches & pains then Holland & Barrett may be able to help. They have 100s of muscle support and joint pain supplements that will have you doing those stretches with a lot more ease.

Exercise

Exercise is the perfect remedy to rid those winter blues. A 30min brisk walk a day has been shown to improve mild symptoms of depression, improve mental healthy, vitality and your social functioning.

Less binging

With winter and bad weather come an increase of our cravings for white carbs. We try boost our mood with carb and calorie heavy pizza, burgers and takeaways which should be done in moderation.

Instead of giving into the cravings and we know how difficult it is, but try switch up your diet and look for high quality carbs like parsnips, pumpkin, sweet potato. They are all a good source of fibre and natural vitamins.

More brightness into your life

In the depths of winter we have more darkness. For some, you leave home when it’s dark and don’t get to leave work until it’s dark again. Bringing a bit of brightness into your life has never been more important! Brighten your day and mood with artificial light for even half an hour. Our bodies crave the sun’s natural light and it’s important that we get light to help our bodies.

Spend time with friends

One of the biggest factors in reliving stress and improving your well-being is spending time with friends and family. According to research, having face to face time with friends during the winter rather than screen time can really banish the winter blues.

A rockin’ day with All Star Rock School

We had a rockin’ day at Lion Walk on 22nd February with All Star Rock School!

Afternoon Tea at Wivenhoe House 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
  • Voucher includes afternoon tea for 2 guests only
  • Any other drinks not included in afternoon tea will be charged as extra
  • Cannot be used on specific dates throughout the year, subject to availability, exclusions apply.
  • Voucher must be shown on time of arrival
  • Afternoon Tea for 2 must be pre-booked
  • Available Wednesday-Sunday

Autumn Season Edit

Is your wardrobe autumn ready? The seasons have changed and we’re heading back into our knitwear, long-sleeves and jackets wardrobes. While you may think swapping the sun for rain is a negative, it’s not all bad news! To make the transition easy for you this season,we’ve created a trends list to revamp your autumn wardrobe, with every piece in this guide available at Lion Walk Shopping Centre!

River island Black Lace Up Zip Boots – £48.00

Every wardrobe should be stocked with a quality boot as the seasons change A classic pair of black leather boots, like these by River Island, can be worn in formal and informal settings, and paired well with dark-fitted jeans and a knitted jumper.

Primark Chevron Cable Knit Jumper – £14.00

In our opinion, chunky knitwear will never go out of fashion! This season however it’s a little different – layering is in. This Primark Chevron Cable Knit Jumper will comfortably fit underneath your coat and offers style at an affordable price.

New York Yankees 47 Brand Haymaker ‘47 Cuff Knit – £17.00

The New York Yankees hat has become a signature, style accessory seen to be worn by thousands across the globe – you don’t need to follow sports to wear it! It’s a simple add-on that instantly makes your outfit stylish. This New York Yankees Hat by Lids, paired with a trench coat, hoodie and joggers is the perfect autumn outfit to turn heads, while also keeping you at optimal comfort levels.

JD Sonneti Varsity Bomber Jacket – £45.00

The prep style is still in and continues to rule every autumn, with varsity jackets leading the way. This JD Varsity jacket is a good alternative to a blazer or heavy cardigan with a little extra warming. Layered with a hoodie, you’ll be serving that old school, punk rock look this autumn.

River Island Blue Slim Fit – £36.00

These River Island blue slim fit jeans are a great alternative to skinny jeans, with a more relaxed and stretchy fit. The combinations are endless with denim jeans, mix and match to create an array of outfits this new season!

Back To School Guide 2022

Hello September – the new school year is officially upon us! It’s an exciting time for both parents and their children. In some cases, it may be the start of a new school and adjusting to new routines, or just simply returning to normality after several weeks at home.

However, preparing for a new school year can also be overwhelming, and with so much going on, it can be difficult to keep on top of everything! To make life a little easier for you, we’ve created a quick guide to help get your little ones into back-to-school mode and start preparations for the new school year.

Class is in session!

1 – Bedtime routine

If your little one’s sleep routine is out of sync since the summer holidays, the first weeks of school can often be challenging! It’s key to establish a bedtime routine as early as possible to give your children more time to adjust. Rewarding your child with things like trips to the park or meals out for the early wake-ups also goes a long way in establishing a good sleep routine.

2 – Uniform… Check!

If you haven’t already bought your kid’s uniforms for the new school year, it’s not too late. You can still find plain shirts, t-shirts, trousers and skirts in places like Primark for an affordable price. But, it’s important to make sure their uniform fits, everything is labelled – to avoid those P.E. changing room mishaps – and check their school shoes are comfy. A great place to purchase your children’s school shoes is JD at Lion Walk, with their products coming in all shapes and sizes.

3 – “Muuuum! I can’t find my pencils!”

A new school year also means new school supplies luckily. Let your child choose their new pens, markers, notebooks and other stationary items. Get creative with your child and personalise those supplies – help them turn a plain notebook or binder into their own personal work of art! If you’re on the hunt for supplies, WHSmith has a wide range of school stationery supplies including notepads, exercise books, pens, pencils, planners, lunchboxes and much more!

Hopefully, you’ve found some relief in the guide. Especially now that you know you can visit Lion Walk Shopping Centre to get all your back to school supplies.

Back to School Supplies

 

 

The summer holidays are almost over so now’s the time to get ‘back to school’ ready. Lion Walk retailers* have been busy filling their shelves with fun and inspiring items that will have your children skipping back to class, here’s a small sneak peek of what you might find:

 

WHSmith
Doughnut Print Clear Chunky Pencil Case – £8.99
A snazzy new pencil case is an essential back to school item and WH Smiths at Lion Walk has plenty to choose from. This bright and fun donut print case will sweeten school days.

 

WHSmith
Games Controller Black Neoprene Pencil Case – £5.99
WH Smiths also have this games controller design bound to be a real hit with gaming fans.

 

 

 

New Look
Black Nylon and Leather-Look Backpack – £19.99

A new school year calls for a new school bag and this black nylon and leather-look backpack is perfect for older ch

 

 

 

 

Primark
Harry Potter Hufflepuff Notebook – £3.00
Harry Potter Gryffindor Notebook – £3.00

Whether it’s a magic spell or spelling test, Primark’s Harry Potter notebooks are perfect for taking down information that really matters.

 

 

 

Clintons
Marvel Thor – Tritan Bottle – £7.00
Mary Poppins Large Water Bottle – £8

Learning is thirsty work so keep your kids hydrated every day with a fun, re-usable water bottle. Clintons have a great selection featuring handy flip top lids and everybody’s favourite characters.

 

 

EE Kitsound Metro Wireless Headphones – £24.99

These Kitsound Metro wireless headphones are perfect for journeys to and from school. Whether practicing their foreign language skills or listening to their favourite tunes, school days will sound simply awesome!

 

 

 

* All items are subject to availability at Lion Walk Shopping Centre

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.

THE LINE UP

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!

Beach Bag Ready Competition

WIN a fantastic bundle of goodies to get you BEACH BAG READY!

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.
  • By entering this competition you are agreeing to have your photograph taken for media purposes.
  • Competition closes on Monday 30 July 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.

Beehive Event Facebook Competition

 

 

 

Win a fantastic bundle of honey related goodies from Holland and Barratt, Boots, The Body Shop and Primark.

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 t hese 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.

Behind Lion Walk Shopping Centre lies a rich history

Red Lion Yard, the small shopping district leading from the high street to Lion Walk shopping centre, has a very rich history. But as shoppers, we often don’t take a moment to appreciate the history of the things around us.

Built in 1481 by the first Duke of Norfolk, Red Lion Hotel was the Duke’s town-house in Colchester. The land behind the building also belonged to the duke, then was later passed to the Red Lion Inn, however Red lion Yard had always acted as a public carriageway to Lion Walk. The street crossed Culver Street and extended south to the junction with Eld Lane. First mentioned in 1748, Lion Walk was originally called Cat Lane. Since 1357, it has been referred to as Lion Walk.

Between 1971 and 1974, excavations were conducted on the site of the Lion Walk shopping centre. A huge amount of archaeological evidence was recorded, including an early Roman fortress and its outer defences, post-Roman buildings and included a 12th century stone house. The discoveries didn’t stop there; two mosaic floors from the Roman era were among the finds, one of which depicted a walking lion.

When the Lion Walk shopping centre was redesigned, they replicated the ‘walking lion’ mosaic and installed this on the wall near the Lion Walk church spire. Volunteers from the Trust and children from the local school worked together to recreate the design.

There is a lot of history in Colchester, and it’s always nice to know that your hometown played a part in remarkable archaeological finds.

Busy Bees And Friends

Come down to Lion Walk Shopping Centre for our busy bees and friends event.

From Thursday 31st May – Saturday 2nd June from 11am – 4pm.

We will have craft events, book readings, wildlife experts and a fantastic trail to complete.

See you there!

Celebrate Bike Week With Us!

Bike week is coming!

Celebrate everything that is great about cycling from 8-16 June.

Bike Week is a great opportunity to celebrate the social, health and environmental benefits of cycling.

To find out more, visit www.bikeweek.org.uk

Christmas at Lion Walk – Watch our Video!

Welcome to Christmas at Lion Walk.
From independent boutiques and coffee shops to some of the best national retailers available, we have all you need for the best Christmas presents and wonderful winter days out.
Can you spot yourself at our Christmas Light Switch On?!

Christmas Light Switch On 2022

Christmas in Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Christmas 2022 is coming to Lion Walk Shopping Centre and it’s set to be the most magical yet.

 

Celebrations start on the 16th of November

Throughout the Christmas season, Colchester will be transformed into a magical winter wonderland and similar to last year’s Light Switch On, this year is going to be spectacular! The Christmas 2022 Light Switch On event will take place on November 16 and will officially launch Colchester into a season of festivities.

We don’t want you to miss out on the event, so we’ve created a helpful schedule for the event, so you know what’s happening, where and when.

Late Night Shopping

A majority of retailers in the city centre will also be welcoming shoppers up until 9pm, so shoppers can browse and find all their festive gifts.

Must-do experiences

Visit Santa’s Grotto

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prior to the main stage appearance, Santa’s Grotto will launch at Lion Walk Courtyard from 3pm until 6pm and will run every day until Christmas. There you can see Santa, receive a gift and on some days meet his elves. There will be a £10 admission fee to visit Santa and have the full Christmas experience, including having pictures with Santa.

SANTA’S FULL SCHEDULE 

NOVEMBER

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  – 15:30 pm – 18:30 pm

Wednesday – 15:30 pm – 19:30 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

DECEMBER

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  – 15:30 pm – 18:30 pm

Wednesday – 15:30 pm – 19:30 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

HALF TERM 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Wednesday – 10:00 am  – 15:00 pm

Saturday – 10:00 am – 14:00 pm

Sunday – 10:00 am – 16:00 pm

Live music performances

 

 

 

 

 

From 6pm onwards at the Lion Walk Main stage, you can enjoy a special appearance from Father Christmas, Elsa, Anne & Olaf from Frozen. The live entertainment doesn’t stop there, enjoy the music from the local band Cushti and the great DJ skills of Darryl Wright and friends from Actual Radio.

The Après Party

The Après Party, a ski themed party including Chalet Bar & Food will be opening at 9pm. With live music, drinks and a festive atmosphere for all to enjoy. The evening entertainment will continue everyday until Christmas.

Find out more about the Après Party and see the main stage line up for the 16th of November at ColchesterChrismasParty

 

Firework Display and Light Switch On

The Christmas Celebrations will then begin at 4pm with a light parade which will march from the Mercury Theatre and through the city centre, before concluding at Firstsite around 6pm.

At 7:30pm we will all marvel at the stunning fireworks display and Light Switch On at the main stage area. This will be the hallmark event everyone has been looking forward to and will be an amazing display everyone should attend.

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
https://www.facebook.com/RosalindHarniessMusic

Polly Haynes
https://www.facebook.com/pollyhaynesuk/

Blooms
https://www.facebook.com/bloomsbanduk

Colchester to Ukraine: Humanitarian Aid

In light of the recent events in Ukraine, on behalf of World Food Aid, Lion Walk Shopping Centre has one mission: To urgently deliver 100% non for profit humanitarian aid directly from Colchester to Ukraine.
“Ukraine Humanitarian Aid – Direct from Colchester to Ukraine” Our aim is to send one artic lorry per week of essential aid, that is within the requests of Ukraine to neighbouring countries. Withstanding, multiple governments advice and support of efficient and essential aid delivery. We have phenomenal backing based entirely from the local community, including a host of local charities and organisations. Notably Lion Walk Shopping Centre, The George Hotel, Surya Foods, World Food Aid, Community 360, Colchester Foodbank, Colchester Borough Council, Colchester Rotary Club, Colchester Food Bank, Anti Loo Roll Brigade, Colchester Community Facebook group and many others.
Research shows items required include; “blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, bed linen, tents, first aid kits, bandages, painkillers, nappies, toiletries, torches with batteries, toothbrushes, toothpaste and toys.” This list will be explored, and updated, in real time with major organisations advice to the donating public. We will have the infrastructure in place to receive donations from the public at Colchester’s Lion Walk Shopping Centre, but also to purchase and/or produce bulk pallets of necessary food and nonfood items at discount/cost/production price.
Every penny raised will support the door-to-door the procurement, production, and delivery of this essential aid from the community of Colchester.
Donate HERE
Watch the full video HERE