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The popular annual Invasion Colchester event is making a reappearance in Lion Walk Shopping Centre/Red Lion Yard and throughout Colchester on Saturday 6 September between 10am and 3.30pm to raise money for two very worthy, local charities, St Helena Hospice and the Colchester Hospitals Charity.


Since its inception back in 2011, the annual Colchester Invasion has become a “must-attend” event, and this year’s is looking to be the biggest and best yet.


Visitors to the event will be able to meet and greet their favorite heroes and villains from Buffy to Batman, Gamorrean Guards to Ghostbusters and Disney princesses to Judge Dredd.


For 2014, over 100 characters will be invading Colchester for the day providing plenty of opportunities for selfies with your favorite characters.


Another highlight of the Invasion is the impressive cars that will be on show including the Dukes Of Hazzard’s General Lee as well as cars from the renowned American cop series Starsky & Hutch. Also look out for some vehicles from the Resident Evil series.


Horror make-up maestro Clive Double will be at Invasion Colchester 2014 with his box of tricks, ready to turn members of the public into the undead, all for the price of a donation. There will also be live music performance happening in Lion Walk Shopping Centre along with many other fun activities.


John Fleming, Shopping Centre Manager at Lion Walk said:

“Invasion Colchester is always a fantastic day out and we are very proud to be part of Invasion Colchester again this year. One of Colchester’s most loved and visited events, the event provides entertainment and fun for the entire family and best of all it raises much-needed money for our local charities as well.”


Lion Walk’s new centre manager is off to a roaring start after putting the official sponsorship of Colchester Zoo’s lion enclosure at the top of his to do list.

John Fleming, who lives in Blackheath, spent more than two decades in the Royal Military Police before starting a new career in shopping centre management several years ago.  He has been part of the Lion Walk management team since November 2013 and was appointed as centre manager last month.

The sponsorship of Colchester Zoo’s lion enclosure is John’s first big initiative as centre manager and forms a key part of his plans to strengthen Lion Walk’s existing partnerships and build new relationships within the town.

John, who is originally from the North East of England, said: “I was based at Colchester Garrison for 10 years and my children were born here, so it very much feels like home.

“Colchester has so much to offer and I’m proud to be part of one of its top shopping destinations.  By working together with the Council, other retailers and visitor attractions I believe we can make our fantastic town centre even better.

“Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s names have a natural synergy with Colchester Zoo and sponsoring the lion enclosure is a chance to celebrate this in a fun way.  We’ll be working in partnership throughout the year ahead and have lots of exciting plans up our sleeves.”

Colchester Zoo celebrated its 50th birthday last year with a herd of colourful giraffe statues placed around the town, including one at Lion Walk.  The zoo is delighted to be strengthening this link with the sponsorship of the lion enclosure and is looking forward to working in partnership with Lion Walk.

Colchester Zoo is home to a male African lion called Bailey and two lionesses called Malika and Naja. domain ip


Splash of Ice, a new boutique specialising in high quality handmade silver jewellery, opened in the newly refurbished Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester on Friday, 15 August.

The 169 sq ft store offers an exclusive range of high-quality, handmade designer silver jewellery sourced from across the world including necklaces, rings, chains, earrings and pendants.

The shop also provides a bespoke service to create custom jewellery for customers with specific requirements. This allows customers to get a truly unique piece of jewellery ideal as a gift for special occasions including milestone birthdays, weddings and engagements.

Splash of Ice is an independent family run business by a mother Diane Gardner and her two daughters Rachel Connew and Sarah Gardner. All three are passionate about fine jewellery. The family successfully opened its first store 5 years ago in Chelmsford and, with demand for their quality products riding high, is now opening a second branch in Colchester.

Rachel Connew Owner said: “We are very excited about opening our second store. We believe Colchester, particularly Red Lion Yard is the ideal location. Our tailor made service is what makes us stand out as it allows our customers to find a truly unique piece of jewellery whether it is a gift or a piece to wear for a special occasion they are looking for”.

To celebrate the opening Splash of Ice is offering 10% off its entire range on Friday 15 August and Saturday 16 August to its first 20 customers each day.

Commenting on the opening, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard centre manager John Fleming said: “Splash of Ice is the second new boutique to open in Red Lion Yard since it was relaunched in July following a major refurbishment. Interiors store Maison White opened a couple of weeks ago and is trading really well. Plus, there are several other deals in the pipeline. It’s great to see the Yard filling up with interesting independent retailers that complement those already there as well as the big brand stores in the adjacent Lion Walk.”

Our Lights Switch On Will Be A Night To Remember

There will be not one, not two, but three singing sensations at our official Christmas Lights Switch On ceremony, as well as an amazing fireworks display and the town’s very own Deputy Mayor.

The festivities kick off at 5:30pm on Wednesday 29 November, when Cllr Peter Chillingworth will take to the stage with the Children’s choir of Brinkley Primary School, performers from local stage school Theatre Train and Colchester’s very own musical celebrity, Abbie Hartley.

What’s more Father Christmas will be there, performing magic tricks, ably assisted by his very own juggling elf, and Dream 100 FM will also be on hand to help with the fun. With special late night shopping and mulled wine and mulled cider available for shoppers, it promises to be an unmissable event.

The lights will be switched on at 7pm, followed by the fireworks display.

Peter Scopes, our centre manager said: “We are all so excited for this, as it promises to be the best ever Christmas lights switch on, with a truly special, party atmosphere. The town has really come together for this; we are so proud to host so many singers and performers at what is really the most wonderful time of the year. Truly, there will be something for everyone and we are asking the whole of Colchester to come along and show their support. And for one night at least, thanks to our amazing snow machine, it really will be a white Christmas!”


As part of the ongoing refurbishment of Colchester’s historic Red Lion Yard to create a boutique shopping & café quarter, painstaking work has started restoring brickwork and wooden beams dating back hundreds of years that form part of the Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel.

Thanks to a special chemical treatment that dissolves and washes away layers of modern paint, the original features are gradually being revealed behind the hoardings at the High Street entrance to Red Lion Yard. Dating back to 1465, the hotel is one of the oldest inns in Britain.

The process has already uncovered previously hidden historic features including areas of wood charred by the flames of candles, which would have been used to light the hotel before electricity was installed.

Once the paint has been stripped away from the listed brick and wooden beams on the underside of the entrance to Red Lion Yard, the surfaces will be treated to create a brighter and more historically authentic appearance.

The process, which is being carried out by Norfolk-based specialists The APR Company, is designed to be kind to very old buildings and is approved by The National Trust.

John Fleming, centre manager, said:

“Red Lion Yard is being completely transformed through the refurbishment. Treating the underside of the entrance will create a brighter, more inviting entrance from the High Street.

“This is the final phase of work and we’re already seeing lots of interest from retailers and restaurant/café operators wanting to take space in Red Lion Yard and look forward to announcing further details very soon.”

The sympathetic refurbishment of Red Lion Yard has included the installation of attractive new shop fronts, improved lighting and signage and complete redecoration throughout. The floor has also been repaved with a traditional York stone.

Works are due to complete next month. The official relaunch of Red Lion Yard will take place from Thursday 24 July to Saturday 26 July with three days of family fun and an exhibition about the Yard’s fascinating past and exciting future.

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


A £600,000 revitalisation scheme designed to give Colchester’s historic Red Lion Yard a new lease of life as a boutique shopping location will begin on Monday 20 January.

Red Lion Yard links the High Street with Lion Walk Shopping Centre and is home to the Grade I listed Red Lion Hotel and a number of independent shops, delis and hairdressers. The sympathetic refurbishment will include attractive new shop fronts and improved lighting and signage as well as painting and redecoration.

Local contractors First Choice Ltd have been appointed to carry out the works which are due to be completed in summer 2014. The revitalisation begins next week with the repaving of the floor in a traditional York stone.

Over the next few months, some of the smaller vacant units will be combined to create larger boutiques. 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: “Red Lion Yard is home to some fantastic local retailers but it’s no secret that there are a number of empty units too.

“The revitalisation is designed to create a boutique feel and attract the new shoppers and businesses needed to turn Red Lion Yard into a thriving retail hub. We’re looking forward to seeing the changes come to life over the next few months.”

Colchester-based architects Stanley Bragg are behind the design of Red Lion Yard’s refurbishment and local surveyors Nicholas Percival are acting as letting agents for the available units.


The completion of the painstaking refurbishment of Colchester’s historic Red Lion Yard to create a boutique shopping and café quarter will be celebrated with three days of entertainment and family fun starting on Thursday 24 July.

Work began on the £600,000 revitalisation in January this year (2014) and has included the installation of attractive new shop fronts, improved lighting and signage and complete redecoration throughout.  The floor has also been repaved with a traditional York stone.

The refurbishment also included the restoration of brickwork and wooden beams dating back hundreds of years, in the arch that forms the High Street entrance to Red Lion Yard and is part of the Grade 1 listed Red Lion Hotel.  A special chemical process stripped away layers of modern paint to reveal the original features that have been treated to create a brighter and more historically authentic appearance.

The celebrations will get off to a roaring start on Thursday with a Chinese lion parade through Red Lion Yard at 1pm, performance from Theatretrain stage school at 1.30pm and a children’s treasure hunt.

From Thursday to Saturday, shoppers will be treated to live music and children can enjoy free face painting, see the Lego lion, take part in Lego building challenges or lion craft workshops and meet Larry the Lion as he gives out balloons.

There’s also a chance to find out more about Red Lion Yard’s fascinating history at a special exhibition open to the public from 11am to 3pm on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 July.

John Fleming, centre manager, said:

“Red Lion Yard has been completely transformed over the last few months.  It really does look fantastic and the results are already speaking for themselves with a silver jewellery specialist, nail bar and women’s fashion boutique signed up to open new stores in the near future.

“This is the start of an exciting new era for Red Lion Yard and we’re looking forward to celebrating in style at our special events this week.”

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


Lion Walk’s River Island store is excited to announce the launch of their new active wear collection. RI ACTIVE is a high performance, fashion-forward women’s sportswear range that will keep you looking great whilst working out and has everything you need to train in style. The collection focuses on fusing fashion with function, using sleek silhouettes and premium sports fabrics.

Now available in the Lion Walk Shopping Centre’s River Island store and online.

Sam Walker and fluffy mascot Eddie the Eagle switches on Lion Walk Christmas Lights with Santa

Colchester United goalkeeper Sam Walker and fluffy mascot Eddie the Eagle will be helping to get the festive season underway in Colchester this Sunday (November 30), as they turn on the lights in Lion Walk Shopping Centre with Santa.

The U’s has recently opened up a Christmas shop in Red Lion Yard , and Sam – who has been ever present for the U’s first team in League One this season – will be on hand to light up Lion Walk ahead of a busy December.

The shot stopper will also be in the town centre shop from 3.30pm until 4pm to sign autographs for any festive shoppers.   Then all eyes will be on Sam at 4.30pm as he turns on the lights with Santa close to the Lion Walk Church.



Santa’s Magical Post Office is coming to Red Lion Yard, which links the popular Lion Walk Shopping Centre with the High Street this Christmas.

Santa himself will open his Post Office on Sunday 29 November at 12noon – the same day as the town’s Christmas lights are switched on. One lucky child will get to help Santa with the official opening – just enter on the centre’s Facebook page.  The whole town will be buzzing with festive fun and entertainment on Sunday 29 November, so make sure that you pay us a visit!

Santa’s Post Office will be open on the 29 November until 4.30pm and then every weekend from 11am to 4pm until Sunday 20 December plus Monday 21 and Tuesday 22 December. It will also be open from 4pm until 8pm on late night shopping Wednesdays.

Kids are invited to visit The Post Office and write a letter to Santa, with elves on hand to help to decorate the letter to make sure each one really stands out. Once the letter is written it can be posted in Santa’s enchanted post box and a magic map will show it travel all they way to Lapland!

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!

Even if the Post Office isn’t open, the children can write the letter at home and still post it in the magic post box from 7am to 6.30pm every day.

To be in with a chance of having your child open the Magical Post office with Santa just ‘like’ Lion Walk Shopping Centre’s Facebook page and the post about Santa’s Magical Post Office, PLUS comment on the post with the child’s name and age between Monday 9 and Sunday 22 November. Your child must be aged between four and ten see the website for T&Cs.

PLUS, to get everyone in the Christmas spirit, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard will host FREE festive entertainment throughout the Christmas period, with performances on most Saturdays and late night shopping Wednesdays.   Performances will include the award-winning Funky Voices choir on Saturday 5 December and Wednesday’s late night shopping on 9 December, when they are supporting the Rotary Club’s Christmas collection.

And, of course, don’t forget that Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard are grrreat places for Christmas shopping, where shoppers can be sure to track down some roaringly great gifts and fabulous festive fashions in the big brand names stores and independents stores.

For more details about Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard retailers, Santa’s Post Office, the Prize Draw and the festive entertainment see www.lionwalkshopping.com.