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7 Days, 7 Presents

 

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

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

Here is what you could win:

Day 1: Invicta Foundation Teddy Bear

Day 2: The Perfume Shop: Juicy Couture Perfume

Day 3: Maison White Diffuser

Day 4: Costa Coffee syrup set and travel mug

Day 5: The Body Shop Gift Set

Day 6: WHSmith Colchester edition of Monopoly

Day 7: Topshop voucher

 

T&Cs

  • One entry per person
  • All entries to be submitted via Facebook
  • No responsibility will be accepted for entries that are illegible, delayed or damaged electronically or online during the promotion.
  • There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  • Automated/bulk entries and entries from third parties will be disqualified.
  • Winner details will be announced on Lion Walk Shopping Centre Facebook page.
  • Entries from people using multiple email addresses will be disqualified.
  • The winning entries will be drawn shortly after the closing time/ date.
  • Prizes are as stated, are not transferable and there is no cash alternative.
  • Entries to all free prize draws must be received as stated by the closing date specified.
  • If you are a winner, you must claim your prize within 28 days of being notified. We will contact you twice using the details you have supplied to us and if you have not responded within 28 days of our first contact, the prize will be forfeited and another winner chosen.
  • By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  • Entries that are not submitted in accordance with these terms and conditions will be disqualified.
  • Lion Walk Shopping Centre does not take responsibility for any prizes damaged in transit or collection.

 

APPLES & PEARS FIRST POP-UP STORE COMES TO RED LION YARD 20 – 21 JUNE

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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.

 

Centre Works

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

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.

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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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 Sportacular

Bring your children down to Lion Walk during Half Term to enjoy some FREE Sportacular fun! There will be the chance for children to decorate Frisbee or bat and balls to take home and enjoy the summer days outside.

For those children over the age of 4 they can also take part in egg and spoon races and sack races (weather permitting) and also have their faces painted. For budding detectives there will also be a puzzle trail, with missing letters scattered around the stores.
Come down and visit us in the church car park from 11am – 3pm on Tuesday 30th!

HAVE AN EGGS-TRA SPECIAL EASTER WITH FREE FAMILY FUN AT LION WALK & RED LION YARD

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

 

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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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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.

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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LAST CHANCE TO ENTER TAKE A SELFIE IN LION WALK AND WIN A ZOOKEEPER FOR THE DAY EXPERIENCE

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.

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LION WALK & RED LION YARD ARE GOING CARNIVAL CRAZY

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: www.lionwalkshopping.com

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!

 

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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’S KING TO JOIN RIDE TO RIO

Colcestrian Olympian Dominic King will be at Lion Walk in Colchester town centre at 10am tomorrow (Friday 25 March) to support the shopping centre’s Ride to RIo Sport Relief fund raising Challenge.

Long distance walker, Dominic qualified for Team GB for Rio 2016 last weekend after finishing as the leading British competitor at the Race Walking Challenge in Slovakia. Dominic also competed in the 2012 Olympics.

Lion Walk Shopping Centre will be supporting Dominic’s Olympic campaign over the coming months.

Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard shopping centres have been running the fun “Ride to Rio” Challenge since Saturday 19 March. The aim is to ride as far as possible from Colcehster towards Rio on exercise bikes to raise money for Sport Relief 2016. The Challenge finishes at 4pm on Saturday 26 March – so there is still time to take part.

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 are be Sport Relief goodies up for grabs for everyone that participates in the ride.

To take part, just turn up at the Ride to Rio marquee by River Island in the centre, donate £1 to Sport Relief grab a free bike and start pedalling. We don’t mind if you cycle 1 mile or 50 – it’s all part of the fun.

LOCAL SCHOOLS LION WALK OLYMPIC ART PROJECT

To celebrate this year’s Olympics Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre asked four local schools to create works of art depicting the Olympic ethos, its iconic symbols and what the games mean to the pupils.

Pupils from Lexden Springs, Kingswode Hoe, St John’s Green and St Thomas More’s schools spent part of their summer terms designing and making a variety of colourful pieces of art to celebrate the Olympics.

The art was unveiled with the help of pupils from St John’s Green and Lexden Spring schools and will be on display in the centre throughout the summer while the Olympics and Paralympics are taking place.

Peter Scopes, Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard Centre Manager said: “This is one of those rare things we get to do, nowhere near often enough, that lets us say a huge thank you to Colchester. These children, through their work, have not only displayed the Olympic themes, but also the values of the communities they come from. The designs look fantastic and all the children involved should be so very proud of what they’ve created. When people pay us a visit through the summer we’d like for everyone to take a moment out of their day to take a look and reflect on what it means to live with values of Friendship, Respect and Excellence.”

The children learnt about the Olympic values and ethos defined by the mottos CITIUS – ALTUIS – FORTIUS (meaning Faster – Higher – Stronger) and Excellence, Friendship and Respect, which they have illustrated through their displays. They also learnt about the countries competing in the games including food, animals and traditions as well as discovering the huge number of different sports that make up the Olympics.

The pupils explored art through a variety of mediums and materials and have created the imaginative, colourful and illustrative pieces for the Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard display.

Lexden Springs School, on the Halstead Road west of Colchester, caters for pupils aged 3 – 19 years with educational needs. Pupils from the school took part in a sponsored swim to cover the distance from Colchester to Rio in the school swimming pool (equating one length to one mile). The swim raised money for outdoor play and educational equipment for the school. The pupils made flags to represent a selection of countries competing in the Olympics which are now displayed as bunting in Red Lion Yard.

Kingswode Hoe School, the Sussex Road community day special school for girls and boys from 5 to 16 years old who have moderate learning difficulties, designed wonderfully colourful pieces of artwork to symbolise what the Olympics meant to them.

St Thomas More’s, a Catholic primary school in the town centre created Olympic flags and rings filled with landmarks, animals and foods associated with the participating countries, and festival masks to represent Rio, the host city.

And finally, St John’s Green Primary – near Abbey Field – produced artwork to represent each word of the Olympic motto, to be displayed as window vinyls Lion Walk.

Magical Mini Wonderland Launches In Lion Walk

Whatever the weather, it’s going to be a white Christmas this year in Colchester! Because we are bringing a magical, snowy experience to shoppers with the launch of a fun-filled Snow Garden.

The mini wonderland will be open to the public on specific days in November and December, starting from Wednesday 29 November at 11am. Entrance is entirely free.

Everyone is invited to join in the fun of the festive season, with the chance to throw snowballs and frolic in the frost-filled fantasia, but that’s not all. Father Christmas will be there too, entertaining everyone with fantastic magic tricks and illusions. The Snow Garden will be decked with twinkling fairy lights and children will have the opportunity to decorate snowmen with all kinds of scarves, hats, and other items, as well as playing in the delightful gingerbread house.

Peter Scopes, our centre manager said: “The Snow Garden will give shoppers the opportunity to enjoy some genuine festive fun – it’s going to be really special and we can’t wait for everyone to take part.”

The Snow Garden opens on Wednesday 29 November at 11am, closing at 4pm, and then will be open on certain weekends in December:

Saturday 9, Sunday 10 December
Saturday 16, Sunday 17 December
Saturday 23, Sunday 24 December

As an extra special treat, on Saturday 16 there will also be a free craft activity for children who want to make their very own ‘Santa Stop Here’ signs.

The Snow Garden will be located at Unit 85 next to Primark and opposite Game.

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!”