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AMERICAN DINER WITH MODERN TWIST OPENS IN RED LION YARD

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.”

 

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ARE YOU READY?

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.

 

BECAUSE NOT ALL UNIFORMS ARE THE SAME

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.

 

THERE’S A CHILL IN THE AIR

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.

 

MAKE SURE THEY GET AN EYEFUL

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.

 

BOOKS, PENS & MORE

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.

 

BABY BOUTIQUE STALKS COUTURE BRINGS UNIQUE OFFER TO COLCHESTER

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.”

 

BIKEABILITY SUMMER SESSIONS

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: www.colchestertravelplanclub.co.uk

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: http://bffcolchester.org.uk

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 http://bikeability.org.uk/what

CELEBRATE THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT AT LION WALK & RED LION YARD

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.

 

COLCHESTER SHOPPERS DREAM OF SPENDING VALENTINE’S DAY WITH A CELEBRITY

A recent survey carried out at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre reveals that 23% of shoppers would like to spend Valentine’s Day with a celebrity. Stars on shoppers wish lists included Bradley Cooper, Kylie Minogue, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kelly Brook. But, it would seem that on the whole Colchester people are very much in love – with an overwhelming majority (nearly 70%) saying that the person they would most like to spend Valentine’s Day with is their current partner.

 

Nearly 80% of people taking part in the fun street poll – which was carried out in the shopping centre over the two weekends before Valentine’s Day – said they were planning to buy someone a Valentine’s gift, while a surprising 20% had other plans.

 

Shoppers were also asked what gift they would like to receive on Valentine’s Day. Most wished for traditional Valentine’s gifts such as jewellery (15%) followed by perfume (9%), flowers (8%) and chocolates (7.5%). Nearly 10% shoppers were hoping for something a little more adventurous – such as a spa day or even a holiday.

 

Louise Jensen Deputy Centre Manager commented:

“We thought it would be fun to find out who shoppers wanted to spend Valentine’s Day with. To be honest, we expected more people to dream of spending it with someone famous. I think it’s quite romantic that so many shoppers in Colchester would rather be with their real partner on Valentine’s Day than with anyone else in the world!

“The run up to Valentine’s Day is always very busy in Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard, with shoppers looking to find that perfect gift for the one they love. This year promises to be even bigger as the big day falls on a Saturday. With our great mix of big brand stores in Lion Walk and the quirky independents in Red Lion Yard, there’s something here just right for every taste and pocket. To make the day extra special, shoppers can also stop off at the East Coast Diner for Valentine’s cocktails before they go home or even stay out and enjoy a romantic Valentine’s dinner at the Red Lion Hotel.”

COLCHESTER ZOO LEGACY STATUE TO BE UNVEILED AT LION WALK

A giraffe statue commissioned as a legacy to Colchester Zoo’s Stand Tall For Giraffes campaign will soon be settling into its new home at Lion Walk Shopping Centre.

The two-metre tall giraffe, which was designed by local school girl Lauren Connell from St Luke’s Primary in Tiptree, will be installed in early June. It follows a large-scale public art event last year (2013) that saw the zoo install more than 100 colourful giraffe statues across the county as part of its 50th birthday celebrations.

John Fleming, Lion Walk centre manager, said: “Lion Walk was lucky enough to host one of the hugely popular Stand Tall For Giraffes statues last year and we didn’t hesitate when the zoo asked if we could find a permanent home for the legacy statue. We’re looking forward to unveiling our new arrival in all her glory next month.”

The legacy statue will be called Zoe and feature a creative design reflecting several animal species supported by Colchester Zoo, including Amur Tigers and Leopards. Visitors will be able to watch local artist Jenny Leonard bringing the design to life at the zoo on Saturday 24 May and Sunday 25 May.

Alex Downing, Development Director at Colchester Zoo, said: “People have told us how much they miss the colourful Stand Tall For Giraffes statues so we’re pleased to be celebrating the campaign’s legacy with a more permanent version. As the sponsor of our lion enclosure and great supporter of the zoo as a whole, Lion Walk seemed the natural choice of location.”

The Stand Tall For Giraffes campaign raised funds and awareness for Colchester Zoo’s charity, Action for the Wild. For more information, visit www.actionforthewild.org.

Colchester’s Park & Ride is now open

Colchester’s long-awaited Park & Ride is now open – located just off Junction 28 of the A12.

  • Buses do a loop of the town before heading back
  • Service runs Monday to Saturday
  • Adult return ticket £2, children (aged between 5 and 15 years inclusive) – daily £1, weekly £5, monthly £20
  • Children under 5 years old travel for free at all times
  • Discounted weekly and monthly tickets available
  • Buses depart from Park & Ride from 7am, the last bus to the Park & Ride leaves just before 7pm
  • Buses run every 15 minutes (more often at peak times)

For more information go to: http://tinyurl.com/ouutcop or go to the Essex County Council’s website

EDGY FASHION STORE WHITE DIRT OPENS IN RED LION YARD

White Dirt, a new edgy independent fashion boutique offering the best of fashion and creativity under one roof, is due to open soon in the recently refurbished Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester. The shop is currently being fitted out and it is hoped that the doors will open over the weekend (18 – 19 October).

The 305 sq ft store brings a strong line-up of fashion brands, many of which are completely new to Colchester, including Cheap Monday, Illustrated People, Serge DeNîmes and House of Sunny. A truly unique interior to the store fuses weathered wooden floors, exposed brickwork and a bare concrete ceiling with sleek, polished features. The whole vision behind the White Dirt concept, whether it is the brands stocked, the music played in store or the interior, is to merge different styles and materials, to make them work together.

White Dirt was founded by Loïs Mills and Will Randlesome, who met while studying at Nottingham Trent University in 2010. Randlesome, originally from Colchester, comes from a construction background, with a degree in quantity surveying and commercial construction management and Mills has a fashion background, with a degree in fashion, communication and promotion. The pair have years of experience in their specialist fields, but have dreamt of opening their own business since University. This is the couple’s first store but they plan to open more stores in London and the South East within the next five years.

Mills said: “We are extremely excited about opening our first store and pursuing our dream of running our own business. To open in Red Lion Yard was the perfect option for us, as we truly love the boutique feel the Yard offers – quite unlike any other part of Colchester. We feel that White Dirt’s quirky interior and individual offer fits perfectly with the interesting mixture of independent retailers Red Lion Yard has attracted since its recent refurbishment.”

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

ENTERPRISE IN EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP CELEBRATES SUCCESS OF “COLCHESTER INTO WORK” PROGRAMME

The Enterprise in Education Partnership celebrated the success of its Colchester Into Work Programme yesterday (16 December) by inviting sponsors to attend the Celebration of Achievements Ceremony at Colchester Castle.

 

The eight-week programme, which sets out to help job seekers to build confidence and necessary skills to move closer to employment, was initially launched in October 2014. On this occasion the initiative aimed to provide support for single mothers. The Enterprise in Education team has worked in close collaboration with local businesses and organisations, including Lion Walk, Culver Square, Colchester Borough Council, Williams & Griffin and Debenhams, which have all contributed to the successful outcome of the initiative. The team behind the Colchester Into Work programme operates from offices in Red Lion Yard next to Lion Walk shopping centre where several of the activities take place.

 

A total of 18 participants of the Colchester Into Work Programme have successfully completed either a work placement at a retail store in the town or undertaken voluntary work in the community as well as taking part in weekly training to improve IT skills, interview and CV writing techniques and develop team building skills.

Louise Jensen Deputy Centre Manager at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard, said: “We are very pleased with the opportunity to be involved with the Colchester Into Work Programme and to give young people a chance to develop those essential skills necessary to have when working in a retail environment. The programme has really been mutually beneficial to jobseekers and businesses alike and it’s encouraging to hear that several young people have found a job as a result of the programme.”

Jenny Healy from The Enterprise in Education Partnership said: “This bespoke employability programme has been a huge success due to a combination of positive factors: the willing participants, the motivational guest speakers, and the incredible support from local Business Partners and large Corporates, which have combined to re-energise, re-focus and re-engage these single parents. It has been our privilege to work with such inspiring women who are ready to return to the work force better prepared and with a sense of self-worth and great confidence.”

 

 

EXHIBITION CELEBRATES REGENERATION & RENAISSANCE IN COLCHESTER TOWN CENTRE

The Colchester Town Centre Team, a group of Colchester town centre businesses including Lion Walk, private organisations and public bodies, has organised an exhibition to promote the regeneration and renaissance that is taking place in the town centre and is inviting feedback from the public about the evolution of the town centre now and in the future. 

The Town Centre First exhibition opens to the public at 10am on Saturday, 11July and is open every day from 10am to 4pm until Sunday 26 July.

Well known for being the UK’s oldest recorded town, in 2015 Colchester is also one of the fastest growing areas in the country.  Around £3.5 billion is currently being invested in the borough, of which more than £500 million is being spent in the town centre on projects as diverse as free WiFi and gaining a Purple Flag quality mark for the town as a place to go out in the evening to major development schemes such as the Williams & Griffin redevelopment and the St Botolph’s Quarter.

The exhibition aims to show what an exciting and important time this is for Colchester, looking at what’s happened in the last few years and what’s in the pipeline.

Backed by Williams & Griffin, Colchester’s two shopping centres (Culver Square and Lion Walk) plus independent retailers as well as Colchester Council, the exhibition is being held in the old Job Centre at 138 High Street, Colchester.

Commenting on the exhibition, William & Griffin Managing Director Carl Milton said:

“Colchester town centre is a vibrant, exciting place to be right now. There has been a real renaissance in the town centre over recent years and, with so much private and public money earmarked for regeneration over the next five years, the future looks very positive.  The synergy between Colchester’s culture and heritage and the commercial heart of the town centre continues to be very special and it isvital that this is supported and protected for the long-term benefit of the local community and the local economy.”

Cllr Bill Frame, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development, said: “As the borough grows the town centre needs to evolve as a competitive, relevant focal point.  Change can be difficult, but it’s also exciting.  Supporting and protecting the development of the town centre is vital if Colchester is to continue to grow.”

Members of the public that are unable to visit the exhibition will be able to see a summary of the exhibition at www.colchesterpresents.co.uk where there will also be a online feedback form or they can email info@colchesterpresents.co.uk with their comments about the regeneration of Colchester town centre or for further information.

 

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FASHION EDITOR BRINGS ELEGANT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE TO RED LION YARD

The Fashion Editor, a new boutique offering the latest fashion and accessories for women of all ages, has opened in the historic Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester. The shop offers an elegant shopping experience, and stocks clothes, bags and jewellery for sophisticated women looking for reasonably priced fashion. Brands include Y.A.S, Jovonna and Ichi, amongst others.

 

The 336 sq ft boutique’s interior is minimalistic, with a white décor and chrome details throughout, but still offers a luxuriously warm welcoming atmosphere.

 

Fashion Editor is founded and owned by Jennifer Lock, a former fashion journalist with over 15 years of experience writing for the UK’s biggest fashion magazines. She regularly appeared on GMTV and radio to discuss women’s style issues. With her in-depth understanding of the industry, Lock felt compelled to set up her own business.

 

Lock choose Red Lion Yard for her first store, but is planning to open an additional five within a ten year period in the South East, North Essex and Cambridgeshire.

 

Commenting on the store, Lock said: “I’m excited about opening my first store here in Colchester. After having spent my whole career in London, leading a hectic city life, setting up a business in Colchester felt completely right. The town has all the vital ingredients for setting up a business, it’s vibrant and dynamic but idyllic at the same time and Red Lion Yard’s boutique feel made it perfect for the Fashion Editor.”

 

FATHERS & FAMILIES FUN DAY AT LION WALK

Join us for a fathers and families fun day in association with the Army on Saturday 18 June.

Come to Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard where you can get your hands on with the latest Army kit, gadgets and vehicles!

Face your fears and scale a climbing wall, try your hand at the interactive weapons in the ‘gun pit’ (no live ammo!) and experience life in the field with our virtual reality goggles, plus much more! 

Plus children’s face-painting from 11am – 3pm – donations to Colchester Hospital Children’s Ward and Great Ormond Street.

The Army have designed a bold, new recruitment campaign to encourage young people and those who influence them to notice the Army, and start having conversations with real soldiers and their friends and relatives. The Army should be one of the top career choices for 16-24 year olds wanting to better themselves, make their family proud and do something that matters.

The Army want young people to understand that it is about much more than just combat. Currently UK armed forces are deployed in more than 80 countries across the world, conducting a range of activity and the Army has done some really positive work assisting with humanitarian efforts and UK peacekeeping missions.

Make sure you’re at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard on Saturday 18 June to find out more about life as an Army soldier and see if a career in the Army could be for you.

GREEN LIGHT FOR RED LION YARD REVITALISATION

Colchester’s historic Red Lion Yard will be given a new lease of life as a boutique shopping location after planning consent was granted for a £600,000 revitalisation.

Plans to attract new shoppers and retailers through a sympathetic refurbishment were submitted to Colchester Borough Council by asset managers Sovereign Land (Management) Ltd in September. They were approved by the Council’s planners on 4 December 2013 and will see the revitalisation project commence in January.

Red Lion Yard links Colchester’s High Street with Lion Walk Shopping Centre and is home to the Grade 1 listed Red Lion Hotel. Designed by Colchester-based architects Stanley Bragg, the refurbishment will include the installation of attractive new shop fronts, painting and redecoration and improved lighting and signage.

Some of the smaller vacant units may be combined to create larger boutiques and the floor will be repaved with traditional York stone. The listed woodwork on the underside of the Red Lion Hotel entrance to Red Lion Walk will also be refurbished and returned to a brighter and more historically authentic lime-wash finish.

Max La Frenais, Director of Sovereign Land, said: “This is exciting news for Red Lion Yard which has a fascinating history but has become somewhat tired over the years.

“We’ll be investing a significant amount in creating a thriving retail hub with a boutique feel, which is sensitive to the Yard’s traditional heritage and also complements the great shopping experience already on offer at Lion Walk.”

Local surveyors Nicholas Percival are letting agents for the units in Red Lion Yard.

HALF TERM FUN WITH DREAM 100

School’s out and the Dream 100 roadrunners will be hosting half term fun and games at Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard on Friday 21 February from 11am til 2pm.

As well as visiting all your favourite stores, take part in the treasure hunt, colouring competition or hoola hoop challenge for the chance to win great prizes!

 

HOW MANY COLCHESTER DADS WILL GET THEIR PETROLHEAD DREAMS FULFILLED TOMORROW?

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.

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HUGE SUCCESS FOR SANTA’S MAGICAL POST OFFICE IN LION WALK & RED LION YARD

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.

 

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JOIN OUR “RIDE TO RIO” CHALLENGE TO RAISE MONEY FOR SPORT RELIEF 2016

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 https://www.lionwalkshopping.com/ride-to-rio/  download a sponsorship form or set up a justgiving.com 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 www.sportrelief.com

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JOIN THE RIDE TO RIO & WIN £50 FOR SPORT RELIEF & £50 TO SPEND

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.

TERMS & CONDITIONS
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.