Tag: Lion Walk

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!

 

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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HOT SUMMER DEALS AT NO1 CURRENCY

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.

 

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