Tag: Lion Walk Shopping Centre


For an eggs-tra special and fun Easter bring the kids to Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard, in the heart of Colchester, to take part in FREE family fun and games on Good Friday and Easter Saturday (3 & 4 April). An Easter egg hunt and Easter themed craft workshops taking place both days as the centre celebrates the holiday weekend.


PLUS the Easter bunny and the centre’s own mascot Larry the Lion will be out & about giving away free chocolate eggs.


On both Friday and Saturday the kids can join Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard’s egg hunt, tracking down different coloured eggs around the centre. Everyone who completes the hunt will get a chocolate egg reward, plus be entered in to a draw for a chance to win a eggs-travagant giant Thorntons milk chocolate Easter egg, approximately 1ft high and weighing nearly 2lbs.


Our FREE Easter themed make and take craft workshops will see kids bring out their creative skills by decorating eggs and making their own Easter gifts to take home including baskets, cards and bunny masks.


The workshops will run in unit 8/9 in Red Lion Yard between 11am and 3pm. Also, the start and finish point for the Easter egg hunt.


Programme Easter family fun, unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard, 11am – 3pm:

Good Friday 3 April:

Easter make & take craft workshop plus Egg hunt

Easter Saturday 4 April:

Easter make & take craft workshop plus Egg hunt




Summer’s here and No1 Currency Exchange has great offers on holiday spends, including:

– Enhanced buy back rates when you return within one month of buying your currency*

– 0% commission

– No minimum spend

– Order online for collection in store

– Major currencies in stock

– International money transfer

You could also win one of six £200 currency prizes when you spend £600!**

*Only available upon provision of original receipt.

**Conditions apply.



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.


Show your mum just how lovely she is this Mother’s Day with perfect cards and gifts from Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard.

With a mix of big high street names and smaller independent shops, we’ve got everything you need to truly make your mum’s day.

Indulge hard working mums with a tailor made pamper package from The Body Shop, where the team of gift-wrapping experts will transform any selection of products into a beautiful Mother’s Day basket. There’s also a wide range of pre-packaged gift sets from just £6.

For mums with a sweet tooth, Thorntons has heavenly I Love Mum Cups (63g) for just £3.49 and a delicious Fudge Gift Box (350g) for £4.99.

Treat movie mad mums to a family film fest with 2 for £10 and 2 for £15 offers on DVDs at HMV plus a wide range of great value box sets.

Head to WH Smith for the mum who loves to bake and pick up the Hummingbird Bakery’s best-selling Home Sweet Home book of classic cakes and old fashioned treats for just £5 (RRP £20) when you buy any Mother’s Day Card**.

Got a fashion-loving yummy mummy on your hands? Look no further for the latest must have clothes, shoes and accessories as we’ve got all her high street favourites including Topshop, River Island, New Look and Marks & Spencer.

Bed & Home in Red Lion Yard is bursting with unusual vintage-style gifts and treats for quirky mums, including a set of three heart-shaped containers at £14.99, a four arm jewellery stand at £7.99 and cool make up bags from £2.99.

But what do you get for the mum who has everything? Let yours decide for herself with a gift card from BHS, where you’ll receive an extra £5 gift card free of charge when you buy one worth £25.

For the all-important Mother’s Day card, head to Card Factory where prices start at just 59p. They also have cute gifts available from 99p, including key rings, teddy bears, pens and mirrors. Clintons Cards also has a wide range of cards to suit the taste and style of any mum from just 99p.


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



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: www.lionwalkshopping.com


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 (www.justgiving.com/lionwalkshoppingcentre).

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.