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A special pre-Father’s Day survey carried out at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre earlier today (Saturday 20 June 2015) revealed that the gift Colchester dads would most like to receive is a car (and it’s also the gift Colchester women would most like to give their dad).

Dads were asked “if money was no object, what gift would you most like to receive for Father’s Day?”, while women were asked “If money was no object, what gift would you most like to give your dad”.  More than 35% of respondents mentioned some sort of car, while others thought even bigger -with one Dad suggesting that he might like airplane and another a yacht!

And, Colchester men are not going to be happy with just any car!   The vehicles on the town’s dads’ wish lists range from a quite modest VW Beetle via Porsche and BMW to an Aston Martin DB9, Bentley and the eye-poppingly expensive Bugatti Veyron.

Dads also requested a night out, shoes, a holiday or a gold ring.  Women wanted to buy their dad a new house (or mansion in one case) or to pay off their mortgage, or treat them to a holiday.

The good news is that some Colchester dads have their feet firmly on the ground – when asked the “if money was no object, what gift would you most like to receive for Fathers’ Day?” question, one Colchester father replied “socks”.  Guess which dad is most likely to get his wish come true!

The survey was undertaken as part of The Lions’ Den, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s special Chill Out Zone for dads & their kids set up in the centre today.  With comfy seating, magazines and newspapers to read, nibbles and samples supplied by some of the businesses in the two centres, great music, table football and computer games, the “man creche” proved to be popular – the perfect antidote to a hectic shopping trip and providing a little bit of pre-Father’s Day down time for Dads.



Santa’s Magical Post Office in Colchester’s historic Red Lion Yard, which links the popular Lion Walk Shopping Centre with the High Street, has been a huge success to date with more than 600 children having already visited to write their letter to Santa and there is still plenty of time to go.

Colchester children’s wish lists have been varied but traditional toys such as LEGO (7% of kids) and “a doll” (6%) have been the most popular. One child just asked for happiness for his family.  A car, a bike, an iPad or smart phone have also been popular requests among the children.   Some really brave kids would like a dinosaur for Christmas whereas quite a few have asked for a reindeer.  Many children have said they would be happy with a surprise.

For kids who haven’t written their letter yet there is still time to visit Santa’s Post Office where Santa’s elves are on hand to help to decorate the letter to make sure each one really stands out, then post it in the enchanted Post Box and watched the letter travel all the way to Lapland on the magic map.  Santa’s Post Office is open next on late night shopping Wednesday 16 December from 4pm to 8pm and then Saturday 19 December and Sunday 20 December from 11am to 4pm. Plus Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 December.

Every letter that’s posted in the box will get a response from the big man himself, so don’t forget to include a return address!

And, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard are grrreat places for Christmas shopping, where shoppers can be sure to track down some roaringly good gifts and fabulous festive fashions in the big brand names stores and independents stores.




Hungry?! – New menu at East Coast Diner

Red Lion Yard’s American style diner, East Coast Diner, has just launched a new menu.


Check out the new tasty grilled chicken burgers:

– Breaded chicken breast fillet with cheddar cheese, smoked bacon & coleslaw – £6.95

– Peri-peri marinated chicken breast fillet with fresh lime & rocket – £7.50


Both burgers are served in brioche buns directly from Colchester’s best artisan baker.

PLUS try the amazing milkshakes available throughout half term featuring the new ‘Salted Caramel’ shake. Milkshakes from £4.

IGL Boutique is Now Open

This month we’re giving a warm Lion Walk welcome to IGL Boutique. Among our fabulous Jubilee celebrations, the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester came down to Lion Walk themselves to cut the ribbon and open up the new shop offering handmade gemstone jewellery, ladies’ fashion, accessories, handbags and more.

However, IGL ( is not just about fashion. They’re about feeling good about yourself, empowering yourself and inspiring women to feel confident, peaceful and happy. They believe that beauty comes from within.

Their handpicked fashion collection ranges from summer silks, cotton and linens to winter wools and cashmere. In addition, the shop offers an extensive range of beautiful and affordable fashion accessories to suit all shapes, styles and sizes. There’s also a handpicked leather and non-leather collection of fashion bags to browse for all styles and budgets.

Our favourite part of IGL Boutique is the handmade collection, which is exclusive to the store and handmade by Karen. She crafts affordable, bespoke jewellery made from sterling silver, including gemstone jewellery which perfectly flaunts the attributes of crystals and gemstones. What we like about the handmade collection is that it’s an opportunity to own a unique piece of jewellery – both beautiful and inspiring.

Finally, IGL Boutique offers an affordable collection of gifts, handpicked to be inspirational and personal whether it’s a gift to yourself, for a friend or for a loved one.

Independent home boutique Dear Grace to Open in Red Lion Yard

We are very excited to announce that a new, independent boutique, Dear Grace, will open in Red Lion Yard this weekend. The store, run by Victoria and David Johnson will offer a handpicked collection of inspired home furnishings and gifts including glassware, soft furnishings, furniture and dining ware.

The shop is located in Unit 8/9 Red Lion Square and will be officially opened on Saturday 23rd June by the Mayor of Colchester. Why not come along to the opening as there will be celebratory drinks and nibbles served throughout the day with gifts and giveaways as well as free sampling of Dear Grace’s fabulous homemade fudge and Belgian chocolates.

Dear Grace is the culmination of 30 years’ experience in the retail industry for Victoria who took inspiration from her childhood growing up in the Essex countryside and combined it with her love of French country styles culminating in Dear Grace’s unique offering. The product range blends soft, natural fabrics and neutral colours to give a chic, artisan feel.

David Johnson says “We are thrilled to be opening in such a fabulous setting. My wife has a long family history in Colchester and is excited to be returning to her home town. We feel we have so much to offer our customers and can’t wait to share our individual style with them.”

Our Centre Manager, Peter Scopes said: “It’s terrific to see another independent boutique opening in Red Lion Yard. Dear Grace will benefit from the unique, vibrant atmosphere of Lion Walk and offer customers yet more choice with their wonderful range of handpicked, chic home products.”

Dear Grace will join several other interior boutiques in Red Lion Yard including Maison White and Abode Collections making it a must-visit destination for anyone looking for home styling solutions.

Join Lion Walk for a week of fun jungle themed activities this summer!

Lion Walk will be hosting a week packed full of fabulous events and activities from Monday 29 July to Saturday 3 August when we launch our King of the Jungle event!

Shoppers can expect a roaringly good time with the daily jungle themed antics and activities. Simba the amazingly lifelike animatronic lion, almost indistinguishable from the real thing, will be there to impress and pose for pictures on Thursday 1 August.

Spell binding zebra and giraffe stilt walkers will tower over you on their travels around the centre, posing for pictures on their way. Fabulous balloon modellers will bend and flex balloons, turning them into popular jungle shapes including all manner of animals, birds and butterflies, ready to give away to passers-by.

Ostrich Explorers with attitude and altitude are guaranteed to make heads turn and cause mischief as they scurry through the centre, creating laughs and entertainment and on Tuesday 30 July, a Safari Ranger and Jungle Jeep will be accompanied by a cuddly zebra character as they mix and mingle with the crowd.

An Animal Encounters zone will be a fun, hands-on event, allowing children to get up close with some animals, handling some really unusual species as if they were in the jungle themselves, and for the more intrepid explorers there will even be snakes and lizards!

If that’s not enough children can also immerse themselves in story telling with Nala’s Stories, told by the Queen explorer of the jungle as well as a creative Hakuna Matata Puppet Craft session. Families can also take part in a letter trail activity, exploring the centre to find the letters which will be located in shop windows. Once they have completed the trail, they will be entered into a competition to win cinema tickets to see the new Lion King film!

Finally a rousing performance from the incredibly talented Colchester based ‘Quire’ will open and close the week’s event on 29 July and 3 August.  With astounding vocals, the choir will perform a selection of uplifting songs and medleys some with an African twist.

Full details of each day’s activities can be found online at

Daily Schedule:

29 July: Balloon Modellers / Choir

30 July: Jungle Jeep / Facepainting

31 July: Ostrich Explorers

1 August: Zebra and Giraffe stilt walkers / Animatronic Lion

2 August: Animal Encounters / Nala’s stories

3 August: Hakuna Matata Puppet Craft / Choir


Join Lion Walk Shopping Centre for some spooctacular fun this Halloween!

This Halloween, Lion Walk Shopping Centre will be providing a double bill of FREE spooktacular entertainment for children in and around Colchester!

On Saturday 26 October and Thursday 31 October the shopping centre will be offering a safe, but fun trick or treat experience for all ages with stores in Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard getting the Halloween games going by taking part in a tricksters trail. Children will be able to collect a trail map and goody bag from event staff, located near Topshop, before taking to the special route, collecting their goodies from the sweetie cauldrons on display in each shop.

As well as the obligatory sweetie treats on Saturday 26 October there will be plenty of other Halloween antics taking place around the centre, including ghoulish face painting – so the little ones can really get in the mood! Visitors should also be on the lookout for the balloon modeler who will be roaming the walkways playing tricks and giving out spooky inflatable creations throughout the day.

All activities on Saturday October 26 will take place between 11am and 3pm. The Trick or Treat trail (only) will be available from 11am to 3pm on Halloween itself – Thursday 31st October.

Are you joining us? Let us know here.


Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard shopping centres in Colchester are looking for individuals, companies and groups to take part in a fun 5,760-mile “Ride to Rio” challenge on exercise bikes to raise money for Sport Relief 2016.

Participants are sure to have a great time, get some exercise all while raising funds for a great cause. Exercise bikes will be located in a special marquee located in Lion Walk (near River Island) from Saturday 19 March to Saturday 26 March.

The Ride to Rio has been designed to be a fun and challenging opportunity for companies, groups or individuals to take part in! PLUS there will be Sport Relief goodies up for grabs for everyone that participates in the ride.

To get involved pre-book a slot on a bike on our website at  download a sponsorship form or set up a page.

Alternatively you can just turn-up at the centre one of the day, donate £1, and grab a free bike and start pedalling.

Sport Relief takes place every two years (alternating with Comic Relief). It raises money to fund projects that make an incredible difference to people’s lives with 50% going to the world’s poorest communities and the other 50% used to transform lives right here in the UK. More information about Sport Relief is available at



We’re giving away £100 every day for the rest of this week (Thursday, Friday & Saturday) as part of the Ride to Rio SPORT RELIEF fundraising activity at Lion Walk in the heart of Colchester.

£50 will go to SPORT RELIEF and £50 will be vouchers for you to spend in the shops in Lion Walk or Red Lion Yard.

All you have to do to enter is get down to Lion Walk on Thursday, Friday and/or Saturday this week (24, 25 & 26 March) between 10am to 4pm each day and take part in the Ride to Rio Challenge, as we try to cycle the 5,760 miles from Colchester to Rio (on exercise bikes).

We will pick one winner at random from all of those that participate in the Challenge each day.  Make sure you complete the email section of the entry form so that we can contact you!

To prebook a bike click here or just turn up in Lion Walk while the Ride to Rio is taking place. Ends 4pm Saturday 26 March.

1) By entering this competition, you will be deemed to have accepted these terms & conditions.
2) The competition is only open to residents of the UK, aged 18 or over, excluding anyone professionally associated with the competition or the Challenge.
3)No purchase required.
4) All entry instructions for the competition form part of the terms.
5) To qualify for this competition, customers must take part in the Ride to Rio Challenge and complete the entry form.
6) The winners will be notified by email shortly after the Challenge entry closes on 26 March.
7) In the event of a winner not claiming their prize within 7 days, the prize will be reassigned.
8) The winners may be required to take part in promotional activity as a condition of receiving the prize (eg publicity photos). If the winners are required to take part in such promotional activity, they agree that we may (but are not obliged to) use images and footage in which they appear in promotional campaigns which may include press & magazine advertising, direct mail, outdoor & transport advertising, social media, leaflets, flyers and websites. The winners shall not be entitled to receive any payment for any such use of their image or footage in which he or she appears.
8) The decision of the judges is final and binding in all matters relating to the competition and no correspondence will be entered into.  The prizes comprise of vouchers to spend in specific stores in Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard.
9) The prizes must be taken in the form advertised and there is no cash alternative. The prize cannot be used at any another venue. The prize is non-negotiable, non-refundable and non-transferable.
10) Imagery used to promote the competition/campaign does not reflect prizes.
11) The prize cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers or promotions.
12) We reserve the right to: (i) award alternative prizes of equal or greater value; (ii) in exceptional circumstances, vary, amend or cancel this competition at any time on reasonable notice, including varying the closing date for the competition; (iii) cancel or refuse any individual’s entry to the competition if they are in breach of these Terms or tamper with the entry process; and (iv) amend these Terms, in which case we will use reasonable efforts to notify such changes to entrants and potential entrants.
13) Other than for fraudulent misrepresentation or death or personal injury arising from our negligence, we exclude, to the full extent permitted by law, all liability for any loss, damage, cost and expense you may incur, whether direct or indirect and however caused, in connection with this competition or the prize.
14) The promoter of this competition is Halogen Ltd, 5 Southampton Place, London WC1A 2DA ,acting on behalf of Lion Walk.
15) These terms and the competition are governed by English law and you submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England & Wales.


Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard at the heart of Colchester town centre are putting on a programme of FREE summer fun activities and entertainment every Friday and Saturday during the school holidays. Running to Saturday 30 August, activities range from craft workshops to treasure hunts, giant games to face painting.

On Friday 15 August kids will be able to participate in a lion themed treasure hunt, seeking out clues located throughout Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard, and with the opportunity to win some roaringly good prizes.  Meanwhile, on Saturday 16 August shoppers of all ages can chill out to some live music.

The following weekend, Friday 22 August and Saturday 23 August, kids can participate in a number of fun activities including a craft workshop, face painting as well as the popular lion treasure hunt.

The final weekend of summer fun, Friday 29 and Saturday 30 August, will see Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s marvellous mascot Larry the Lion giving away free balloons and posing for selfies (post your selfie at Lion Walk or Red Lion Yard with Larry on Facebook to be in with the chance of winning a great prize).There will also be the opportunity to take part in a sand art workshop as well as having fun in the giant games zone.

For more details of each activity visit Lion Walk website:


Programme of summer fun activities at Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard

15 Aug Go wild in our lion-theme treasure Hunt – track down the clues and win a prize

16 Aug Live music

22 Aug Make & take lion craft workshops

23 Aug A second chance to win prizes with our Treasure Hunt PLUS free face painting

29 Aug Sand Art Workshop

30 Aug Larry the Lion & Giant Games Zone


On Sunday 10 July, Larry, the Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard mascot, will be taking part in the 5k Colchester Race for Life event. Louise Jensen, Deputy Centre Manager will be wearing the Lion costume and taking part in the race to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Larry the Lion would be grateful for any sponsorship donations towards this very worthy cause. If you would like to donate please visit our Lion Walk Just Giving page (

The race takes place this Sunday 10 July in Colchester starting at 11am at Lower Castle Park, High Street CO1 1XN.

Come and meet Larry on the day, he would love for you to come and cheer him on as he makes his way around the course.


There are just a few more days left to enter Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Colchester Zoo’s selfie competition, with the chance to win an amazing zookeeper for the day experience. The competition closes at midnight on Tuesday 30 June.

Lion Walk Shopping Centre has been working closely with the Zoo on a number of initiatives, including the selfie competition, since becoming the official sponsor of Colchester Zoo’s lion enclosure in May 2014.

With only a few more days left to enter, shoppers need to hurry down to Lion Walk Shopping Centre and take a selfie to be in with a chance of winning this adventurous prize. The winner will be stepping into the boots of a zookeeper for one day, getting more up close and personal to the animals than ever before. Learning what skills are required to become a keeper and what it takes to care for some of the most incredible and endangered creatures on the planet are also on the agenda.

To enter all shoppers have to do is to take a fun selfie with Colchester Zoo’s Lion Bailey, which can be found in Lion Walk Shopping Centre 1-5 Culver Walk next to Boots Optician.

Try to be as fun and imaginative as possible for a greater chance to win.

After taking the selfie, post it to Colchester Zoo’s Twitter page @Colchesterzoo with the hashtag #wildaboutshopping.

The winner of the selfie competition will be selected after 30 June by Colchester Zoo.


Lids lands in Colchester


inside the lids store colchester

With over 1,200 locations in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, Lids is the largest sports retailer in North America. We’re happy to announce that Lids has now opened up one of its UK stores right here at Lion Walk!

Offering the city of Colchester a wide selection of American licensed and branded apparel and headwear, it’s time to find your unique style or express your passion for your favourite MLB, NFL or NBA team.

Expect a large assortment of hats and jerseys and carry top brands like Nike, New Era, Adidas and Mitchell and Ness. There are over 1,000 hat options to choose so we think it’s safe to say that Lids is the best place in Colchester to buy a hat!

staff outside lids store

For the latest products and styles, get involved with #LidsLoyal on Instagram or follow @lids & @lids_uk.


Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester town centre are inviting shoppers to enjoy FREE summer carnival fun taking place every Saturday in August.

Carnival mask-making craft workshops and carnival face painting for the kids, salsa dancers on stilts and samba tunes are all part of the carnival themed entertainment that starts on 1 August and runs until 29 August.

First out on Saturday 1 August is the comedy samba duo Los Romanticos. With their comedy songs and music the pair will bring love and laughter to shoppers.

On Saturday 8 August salsa dancing stilt walkers are at the centre putting on a show of high kicking, high tempo and crazy fun to salsa beats at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Also on the same day there will be FREE carnival inspired face painting from 12noon to 3pm.

The following Saturday, 15 August, the kids can participate in the centres’ FREE carnival mask-making workshop. The kids will also be able to get their face painted for FREE. cheap car rental . Both activities run from 12noon to 3pm.

On Saturday 22 August there will be another chance to see Los Romanticos in case you missed them the first time or you loved them so much you would like to see them again.

For the final Saturday of carnival summer fun, August 29, the FREE carnival mask-making workshop is back and the kids can also get the carnival look from the FREE face painter at the centre.

For more details of each activity visit ‘What’s On’ at Lion Walk website:

Programme of summer carnival fun at Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard


1 August

Los Romanticos: comedy songs and music at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

8 August

Salsa on Stilts: high kicking, high tempo and crazy fun to salsa beats at 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

Free carnival face painting at 12noon to 3pm

15 August

Carnival mask-making workshop at 12noon to 3pm

Free carnival-theme face painting at 12noon to 3pm

22 August

Los Romanticos: comedy songs and music at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm

29 August

Free carnival mask-making workshop from 12noon to 3pm

Free carnival-themed face painting from 12noon to 3pm

Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s Santa’s Post Office

Santa’s Post Office is back bigger and better than ever!



Children will once again have the chance to write their letters to Santa in the hope that they have been good enough for a reply in time for Christmas. This year, there will be a charge of £1 with all proceeds going to Cancer Research. All opening times and dates can be found below.

Sunday 20th November           14.30pm – 17.00pm

Saturday 26th November        11.00am – 16.00pm

Sunday 27th November           11.00am – 16.00pm

Saturday 3rd December           11.00am – 16.00pm

Sunday 4th December              11.00am – 16.00pm

Wednesday 7th December       16.00pm – 19.00pm         LATE NIGHT SHOPPING

Saturday 10th December          11.00am – 16.00pm

Sunday 11th December              11.00am – 16.00pm

Wednesday 14th December      16.00pm – 19.00pm        LATE NIGHT SHOPPING

Saturday 17th December           11.00am – 16.00pm

Sunday 18th December             11.00am – 16.00pm

Make sure you pay us a visit and to see if you have been naughty or nice. Santa and his elves will be in units 8 and 9 in Red Lion Yard (next to Maison White)

*Please note: no postage will be offered on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December to ensure that all letters arrive in time for Christmas.

Lion Walk donates new bike and scooter racks to local school


We are delighted to have donated some new bike and scooter racks to North Primary School. The racks accommodate up to 20 bicycles and 20 scooters and will help the children enjoy a more active lifestyle.

Lisa Eves, Health Coach at North Primary School, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Lion Walk Shopping Centre for supporting our school and donating the racks. They will make a real difference to many of our students who enjoy scooting or biking into school as well as reinforcing our efforts to encourage pupils to be more active each day.

“Through the teaching and awareness initiatives we have implemented in school, we have seen a real increase in the number of students who cycle and scoot here each day. Up until now, we hadn’t had any racks for the children which meant they had to lock them to the railings outside school which we didn’t feel was very safe.

“Now that we have a secure area on the premises, we are confident that even more students will start to scoot and cycle to school, benefitting their own health and helping to make a difference to the environment.”

Located on John Harper Street in Colchester, North Primary School educates 451 pupils between the ages of 3 and 11.  The school places a focus on healthy living and runs a number of initiatives including extra-curricular sporting activities, healthy cooking classes and an early morning fitness breakfast club to encourage children to lead healthy lifestyles.

North Primary School has also recently held its first cycling proficiency or Bikeability course for year 6 pupils in a further effort to encourage more children onto their bikes and to teach them how to use them safely when out on the roads.

Peter Scopes, Shopping Centre Manager, Lion Walk Shopping Centre, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to support these local school children by providing the racks for them to store their bikes and scooters securely during the school day.

“Encouraging kids to be healthy and lead an active life is very important and we hope that the new facilities will result in more pupils at North Primary School making their way to and from school in a fun and fit way!”

Lion Walk Presents: The Winter Garden

Christmas is upon us…

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

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

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

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

For more information and tickets to see Santa please visit

Important Safety Notice

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

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

Lion Walk Terms and Conditions Mercury Theatre Tickets

  • One entry per person
  • The tickets are only valid for the 7pm performance on either the 12th or 13th December for Cinderella
  • 2 tickets only included in the competition
  • All entries to be submitted via Facebook and Instagram
  • 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 3days 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 Friday 6th December 2019 will not be valid
  • Individual terms and Conditions may apply to the Mercury Theatre
  • Please collect your ticket directly from the Mercury Theatre Ticket Office

Lion Walk’s Extravagant Christmas Light Switch On 2018

On Wednesday 18th November, Lion Walk held our annual Christmas Light Switch On. Colchester’s Deputy Mayor, Nick Hope switched on the festive lights, followed by a dazzling firework display, bringing a big bang to the evening. Musical icon, Abbie Hartley took the stage, along with Theatretrain, who delivered a fun packed performance. Helen Connelly and the Colchester Institute also added buzz to the atmosphere with entrancing performances. To top the night off, Santa wowed the audience, practicing magic tricks with the aid of his trusty elves, who mingled amongst the crowd and showed off their eye catching juggling skills.