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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 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.

7 Days, 7 Presents



This Christmas you have the chance over 7 Days to win 7 Presents that are up for grabs.

All you have to do it like our posts on Facebook and comment in response to our daily questions for your chance to win.

Here is what you could win:

Day 1: Invicta Foundation Teddy Bear

Day 2: The Perfume Shop: Juicy Couture Perfume

Day 3: Maison White Diffuser

Day 4: Costa Coffee syrup set and travel mug

Day 5: The Body Shop Gift Set

Day 6: WHSmith Colchester edition of Monopoly

Day 7: Topshop voucher



  • 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.



The East Coast Diner & Bar has opened its doors in the historic Red Lion Yard, in the heart of Colchester. This is the second branch of the restaurant. Owned and operated by directors Lex Quinn and Julie Officer, the duo opened their first diner in Woodbridge in January 2013.


Offering a modern take on the classic American styled dining concept, by day the 810 sq ft Colchester East Coast Diner is perfect for breakfast, coffee and donut or a after school milkshake. In the evening a warm and welcoming atmosphere makes it the perfect meeting place for friends and couples wanting to enjoy a meal, freshly made cocktails and craft beers. It’s also great for long Sunday brunches.


The food served at the East Coast Diner can best be described as gourmet fast food and its trademark “Big Apple Hotdog” has been described as the best in Britain by The Times renowned columnist and restaurant critic Giles Coren.


The restaurant interior fuses quirky American with the historic features of a 600 year old, Grade I listed building. Art by London Street artist Tom Blackmore creates a contemporary feel and guests can choose to dine at higher bar tables or at more traditional ones. One American padded booth is also available.


Lex Quinn Owner and Director said: “We are very pleased with opening our second branch here in Colchester. Although it’s Britain’s oldest recorded town it feels very young in spirit. The town is both dynamic and vibrant and offers great shopping which is why we chose the location. We also felt that the recently refurbished Red Lion Yard with all quirky independent stores offered the perfect location for our diner.”


Louise Jensen Deputy Centre Manager of Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard said: “The East Coast Diner complements our tenant mix perfectly in Red Lion Yard and we are very excited about having a restaurant at the centre. Since we completed the refurbishment of the Yard in July (2014), we are now almost fully let and shoppers can enjoy a truly unique mix of independent retailers here and now also stop for a meal.”




Apples & Pears, an online clothing retailer offering affordable fashion for women size 14 and over, is opening its first ever pop-up store in 10/11 Red Lion Yard for two days this weekend (Saturday and Sunday 20 -21 June).

Apples & Pears is run and owned by Liz Smith, who set up the online shop two years ago. Smith’s passion for fashion coupled with her desire to build her brand and be able to offer more customers her collection of  gorgeous ‘feel good clothes’ that inspired her to open the pop up store.

Apples & Pears has never had a physical store presence before, however with customers saying that they wanting to see, feel and try on the clothes before buying, the owner decided to press ahead with her first pop-up concept.

Apples & Pears will be open 9.30am to 5.30pm, offering customers the opportunity to see a wide range of the fashion items available online. On the same day a live model will be in the store showcasing some of the carefully put together outfits plus customers will also be able to get fashion and make-up advice.  The store will be open from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Sunday.

Customers visiting the pop-up store over the weekend will also be able to get 20% off online on selected items.

Commenting on the store, Liz Smith said: “I am really excited over running my first physical store this weekend, it will be amazing to be able to showcase my colourful range directly to new and existing customers. With an already strong customer base here in Colchester and the quirky boutique feel that Red Lion Yard offers it seems like the perfect opportunity and location for me to try out my concept. I hope shoppers come and see us over the weekend and also take advantage of the fashion and make-up advice we offer.”





It’s been a great summer, but it’s nearly time to go back to school.

From uniforms to pencil cases, new glasses to new jumpers, with the perfect mix of big high street names and independent shops, you can find everything you need for the new term at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard, right in the heart of Colchester.



No matter what size, short, tall, big or small, head down to BHS to find the perfect school uniform from just £4. Sizes age 3 to 16. And, when you need a break from shopping visit BHS’s restaurant to try the new kids’ menu with 20% off your total bill when you buy a kids’ meal.



Pop into River Island to prepare for school and the more Autumnal weather. You can currently snap up 2 for £30 on selected shirts and jumpers in the men’s department.


Topshop and Topman’s autumn collection has also arrived including items perfect for the school start. In the women’s department look out for: black smart trousers £25, smart white shirt £20, Hype floral backpack £24.99 and the Khaki Parka coat for £65.


In Topman you will find stylish Corsten black soft pointed shoes for £32 and five pairs of black socks for £10 PLUS much more.



The start of another school year is a good time to take your children to the optician to make sure their eyes are healthy and their vision is unimpaired. Boots Optician and Vision Express, both provide FREE eye tests for children up to 16.

PLUS, there’s 2-for-1 on children’s glasses at Vision Express and Boots Opticians is offering half price on a second pair.



Head to WH Smith to stock up on your school supplies.

Pick up a dictionary, prices start from just £1.49. You can also save £10 on a 24 pack of Sharpie Pens, now only £6.99.

Check out the cute pencil cases and exercise books from WH Smiths’ exclusive Bramblewood collection which features foxes and owls.


Autism Anglia Conference and Information Day

On Thursday 27th June 2019, Autism Anglia will be hosting a Conference & Information day at the University of Essex in Colchester.

There will be a full day of talks, Q&A session, interactive workshops and a marketplace packed with autism services and information. They day is suitable for:

  • Individuals, parents and carers
  • Education, Health, Social and Public sector professionals

Tickets from £20 – £50.

Visit the autism anglia website for ticket sales and full details of the day. For all enquiries, call 01206 577678



Stalks Couture, a new independent luxury baby boutique, opened in the historic Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester on Saturday (28 February 2015). The store offers a wide range of top quality baby products from designer baby-clothing to prams, from nappy bags to beautifully handcrafted nursery furniture.


The attractively fitted out, well-stocked baby shop, which also has an online store, is home to brands including Babymel, Coco Bow, Furnique, Nova Harley and Ruby Freddies.


Delivering excellent service to its customers is a top priority for Stalks Couture. Shoppers visiting the 432 sq ft boutique will not only receive a warm welcome but also be offered a personal up-close service designed to ensure that each customer gets the products and outfits that are just right for their needs.


Stalks Couture is a family-run business founded by mum-of-two Vicki Morris, who moved from London to Colchester in 2011. While settling in Colchester to raise her first child she identified a gap in the market for a baby store that could provide a broader range of products that parents need for their toddlers without having to drive to another town or order online. With a wealth of customer service experience Morris decided to follow her dream of starting her own business.


Morris chose Red Lion Yard for her first store, but is set on scaling up and opening another store in Chelmsford once the brand has become established.


Commenting on the store, Vicki Morris said: “I’m extremely excited about opening my first store here in Red Lion Yard. I feel that we are bringing a unique, much-needed offer to Colchester, particularly when so many young families are choosing to settle in the town. Red Lion Yard really caught my attention after last summer’s refurbishment. The units are bright and airy and just the right size for someone starting a business. We also loved the quirky classy feel the Yard offers and its prominent location between the High Street and Lion Walk Shopping Centre.”


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.


Fancy exploring the sites of Colchester by bike this summer but lack the confidence, practical skills or perhaps your bike just needs a few repairs?

Bikeability are offering adult and children sessions to get you set for a cycling summer at the Thomas Lord Audley School in Monkwick on 1 and 2 August. To book your space complete the booking form here:

If you’re unable to attend or the sessions are over subscribed then complete the form anyway and they will be in touch if they organise further sessions.

If you live off or on Mile Road or Bergholt Road, seperate Bikeability courses are being arranged as part of the Best Foot Forward Project. For further details, please visit their website here:

Bikeability Learn to Ride – one to one, 45 minute session for children or adults who are unable to ride.

Bikeability Fix – A practical hands on 1.5 hour session for kids 8+ and adults to learn simple repairs and adjustments.

Bikeability Level 1 – For those that can ride without stabilisers to age 8, road session to improve coordination, stopping, starting, sharing space and using gears.

Bikeability Combined Levels 1 and 2 – Suitable for age 9 to adults – Preparing for cycling on quiet roads, road positioning, communication with road users, recognising hazards, passing parked vehicles/side roads.

For more information and to learn more about the levels please visit

Black Friday at Lion Walk!

It’s that time of year again… And Lion Walk’s retailers have all you need to treat your loved ones (and yourself… of course) for less! Check out the Black Friday deals you can expect today…



Boots have better than half price on a range of their items in-store! From the Oral B Genius to Makeup Gift Sets and more, you can pick up the perfect gifts for all of the family!

Card Factory

Pick up all of your Christmas wrapping paper with up to 50% off at the Card Factory!


Fill your home with the scent of Christmas with Clintons 30% off large Yankee candles deal!

Costa Coffee

Keep warm with Costa Coffee’s special double coffee club points deal for all members with a Costa card!


EE have LOADS of amazing Black Friday deals that you just can’t refuse! From Big seasonal savings on selected devices with a 24 month plan to Triple data for up to 6 months and many more, you just can’t refuse! Head in-store now to see all they have on offer.

Holland & Barrett

Treat yourself to all that Holland & Barrett has to offer with amazing savings! Get 15% off when you spend £25, 20% off when you spend £50 and 25% off when you spend £75 and over!


Treat yourself to a pamper at Lashious, pay for 5 treatments on a block booking and get 2 free!

Marks & Spencer

The gift of beauty… Shop 20% off all beauty brands at Marks and Spencer!


Treat yourself to new tech with deals on phones, tablets, sims and accessories! Head in-store now to check out the best deals for you at o2.

River Island

Treat yourself to a new winter wardrobe at River Island! Get 20% off in-store now.

Santis Watches

Santis Watches are really treating us this Black Friday with 15% off silver jewellery AND JELLYCATS! Head in-store now to stock up on everyone’s favourite fluffy toys.

The Perfume Shop

The Perfume Shop have their biggest ever deals! Buy 1 get 2nd half price on scentsational scents.

The Body Shop

The Body Shop are offering 30% off everything in-store, so when you are finally rested after a busy day of Black Friday shopping, you can relax with their amazing range of beauty and body favourites! What’s more, they also have 20% EXTRA off their gift range!

New Look

Fashion lovers! This one is for you, get up to 50% off EVERYTHING in New Look!


Get your Christmas party outfit sorted with Topshop, they have 25% off EVERYTHING! What’s more, they have 30% off killer buys! This is one deal you do not want to miss.

Vision Express

Ease the wait of sunnier days with 50% off selected sunglasses in Vision Express!

Calendar Club

Get ready for the new year with 3 for 2 on everything at the Calendar Club!

So there we have it! Enjoy your Black Friday! Please note, T&C’s apply with all offers featured, and end dates vary depending on each retailer.

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:

Bottomless Brunch at Wivnehoe House Valentine’s 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
  • Available every Saturday
  • Voucher valid for 2 guests only
  • Bottomless Prosecco, House wine, or Becks Bier, will last for 2 hours only.
  • Any other drinks not included in Bottomless Prosecco lunch 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
  • Bottomless Prosecco lunch for 2 must be pre-booked


Colchester’s Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard are inviting shoppers to join them in celebrating the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics.

Three brightly coloured, Olympic information towers are now on display in the centre. Each tower represents one word of the Olympic motto, FASTER-HIGHER-STRONGER and provides visitors with the opportunity to learn more about corresponding Olympic and Paralympic records, fun facts, plus the not-to-be-missed opportunity to win £100 to spend at the Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard store(s) of your choice.

Do you know what the world’s strongest insect is or how many humans an elephant could lift? Who is the fastest sprinter of all time and would he beat a lion, a coyote or a zebra in a race? What’s the highest recorded high jump and how does that compare to a flea, a grasshopper or a horse?

Find out the answers to these and many more on our FASTER-HIGHER-STRONGER Olympic towers. Plus, Culver Walk will be showcasing a fascinating display illustrating the various sizes of all the different balls used in Olympic Sports.

There is also the opportunity to put your strength to the test and attempt to lift the weight of the men’s Olympic shot put, which, at 16 pounds, is the equivalent of 16 footballs or 48 bananas!

You’ll be amazed by some of our incredible Olympic fun facts and have the opportunity to enter our competition. You can even enter there and then using our free wifi!

Shoppers are invited to find the four Gold Winning Words, one on each tower and one on the Olympic Ball display in Culver Walk and enter the Lion Walk Olympic competition to be in with a chance of winning £100 to spend at the Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard store or stores of their choice.

Once you’ve found the four Gold Winning Words you will need to complete the entry form on the Lion Walk website which can be found under the What’s On tab.

These Olympic installations follow the unveiling of the local schools Olympic artwork in the centre last month (July 2016). Four local schools, Kingswode Hoe, St John’s Green, Lexden Springs and St Thomas More’s created wonderful pieces of artwork to celebrate the Olympics and what the Games mean to them. Their creations are currently on display as bunting in Red Lion Yard and window vinyls on Trinity Square.

All the Olympic displays will remain in place throughout the Olympics and Paralympics, with the competition closing on the same day, Sunday 18 September at 5pm.


Centre Works

We’re having some work done on the grill on the crossroads between TopShop, WHSmith, the iStore and Vison Express. We know the barriers mean the walkway offers limited space and we do apologise for the inconvenience. Please be assured that everything will be back to normal very soon.  If you have any queries or problems, please call 01206 564957; we’re happy to help.

Chinese New Year

Lion Walk Shopping Centre brought dancing dragons to life on Wednesday as we celebrated the Chinese New Year with a number of colourful and energetic street performances.

The multi-talented acts offered high impact, attention grabbing performances, including traditional Chinese stilt walkers in traditional garb as well as energetic Giant Doll heads performing their swirling ribbon dances. The seasonal Dragon Dance, traditionally performed at New Year to scare away evil spirits, was a huge hit with families who turned out to watch the performances which started after the school hours so children could enjoy the festivities.

Thank you to everyone who joined us to celebrate Chinese New Year!

Chinese New Year

Lion Walk Shopping Centre will be marking Chinese New Year this year with a range of activities and events to celebrate the renowned festival in style.

The activities will take place on 6 February from 3.30pm, the day after the Chinese New Year which is traditionally a family day followed by a week of celebrations.

For those looking to kick start their year, the Chinese New Year celebrations will certainly add some colour and flair and be a visual treat for customers.

The multi-talented Chinese acts will offer high impact, attention grabbing performances including fabulous stilt walkers in traditional garb as well as energetic Giant Doll heads performing their captivating ribbon dances.

A historic performance for the Chinese New Year, the Dragon dance will also take place which is performed to scare away evil spirits and drummers will build the energy during the performances.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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 Light Switch On

On 27th November, we have our yearly Christmas Light Switch On EXTRAVAGANZA!

To let us know you’re attending and for event times click here

Join us for an evening not to be forgotten.

We have performances from the following:
Magical Father Christmas and his elf
Dream 100
The Company Dance School
Colchester Institute
Elsa, Olaf and Anna production
Blind Veterans march & The Royal Hospital School Band
Abbie Hartley local singer performance
Soul’d out band
Fireworks and Christmas lights

Plus our fabulously Christmassy Market.
And late night shopping until 9pm*

*Please be aware individual store times may vary.


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.



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


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


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.