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Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s Santa’s Post Office

Santa’s Post Office is back bigger and better than ever!



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.


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.


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.


Love is in the air and you’ll find everything you need for a Valentine’s to remember at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard. With a mix of big high street names and smaller independent shops, there’s gorgeous gifts, cards and outfits to suit everyone from young lovers to old romantics.

Why not treat your special someone to a scent-sational gift from The Perfume Shop? Great value fragrances for both him and her start at just £19.99, including Lacoste Touch of Pink EDT Spray (50ml) and Boss Orange EDT (50ml).

For the chocaholic in your life, Thortons has boxes of chocolates starting from £4.29 and personalised tasty treats from £1.50. If gift-wrapping leaves you in a tangle, Thorntons team of expert wrappers can take care of that too.

Bed & Home in Red Lion Yard specialises in high quality bedding and unusual vintage-style homeware at a fraction of department store prices. Pick up a quirky Valentine’s treat from just £1, with 10% off all gifts until Friday 14 February.

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to cards with a wide range of funny and romantic options available at Clintons Cards and Card Factory.

Lion Walk makes dressing to impress your Valentine’s date easy with all the high street favourites including Marks & Spencer, Topshop, Topman, River Island and New Look.

Need a sweet treat or a caffeine boost after all that shopping? Costa will even stencil a heart on to your coffee to celebrate the month of love!

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!”


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.

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.



Colchester’s Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard welcomed the festive season on Sunday (30 November 2014) with a day of family entertainment, a visit from Santa to switch on its Christmas lights. The annual light switch on event, which attracted 2,500 people, ended with the spectacular traditional firework show.


This year, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s Christmas lights were switched on by Colchester United’s goalkeeper Sam Walker, its fluffy mascot Eddie the Eagle and Santa himself. Colchester United has recently opened a pop-up shop in Red Lion Yard that will stay open until end of January.


While tracking down the perfect gifts among Lion Walk’s big brand stores and Red Lion Yard’s quirky independents, shoppers enjoyed an afternoon of festive entertainment from local groups including the 40s harmony group Fox, Wiggle and Sass, The Valentine School of Dance, The Military Wives, Colchester Operatic Society and Theatricool.


Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard were buzzing with people from noon to the light switch on at 4.30pm and retailers across the centre have reported a successful day of trading. Costa Coffee doubled its sales compared to a normal Sunday. BHS with its three-day Black Friday event reported strong sales on the day along with Body Shop and New Look.


The Bavarian Christmas market, which is in Lion Walk until 30 December, also proved to be a huge success among shoppers wanting something warm to eat and drink on the day while temperatures were dropping.


Louise Jensen Deputy Centre Manager said: “We are very pleased with the light switch on, the Centre couldn’t have been busier. I think the combination of our big brand stores and the independent retailers, makes us such a great place for Christmas shopping. Our annual firework show is always popular and this year we had a great line up of acts to create a fun festive atmosphere.”


THE FUN DOESN’T STOP HERE – to get everyone in the Christmas spirit Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard are also putting on a busy programme of FREE festive family fun and entertainment every Saturday and every Wednesday evening, when the shops stay open to 9pm, in the run up to Christmas.


Award winning choir Funky Voices will put on a show of upbeat, foot tapping, festive songs for Wednesday’s late night shopping on 10 December to support the Rotary Club’s Christmas collection. Colchester District Pipes & Drums will provide further support to the collection on Wednesday night on 17 December.

On Saturday 13 December Colchester Operatic Society and Colchester Theatretrain will be raising the Christmas spirit in the centre.

For the final Saturday of festive entertainment (20 December) Mother Christmas makes a stop at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard before continuing her journey back to the North Pole. She will make sure that any final Christmas wishes are reported back to Santa. Plus a brass jazz quartet will be playing festive tunes during the day.