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Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard kick off their Colchester Style Destination activity today (Wednesday, 22 April) with the launch of their “Dress Like A Star” competition to find 8 lucky people to enjoy a fabulous makeover to look like a celebrity and take part in a catwalk-style show at Lion Walk on Saturday 2 May. The two centres want people of all shapes and sizes, ages and sexes to get involved – nominating a friend, relative or even themselves by completing the entry form and submitting a photo at https://www.lionwalkshopping.com/dress-like-a-star-competition/ (competition closes at 5pm on Tuesday 28 April 2015).


Style Destination, Colchester’s first ever fashion week, will see a host of fantastic events and promotions taking place across the town centre from Friday 24 April to Saturday 2 May. Backed by Lion Walk and Culver Square with support from Colchester Council, the event is a celebration of everything that’s stylish about shopping in Colchester from big brand High Street retailers to the wonderful line-up of independents. Details about all Style Destination events and promotions can be found at www.facebook.com/colchesterstyledestination


Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard is hosting three fabulous, fun events as part of Style Destination:



First up, on Friday 24 April – the fashion week’s launch day – fashion goes pink at Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard to help Cancer Research UK raise money and awareness for its ‘Race for Life’ later in the year (Sunday 19 July). Live mannequins will be sponsored to appear “IN THE PINK” – dressed in fabulous pink fashions from retailers’ including TopShop TopMan, New Look, BHS and River Island. Look out for them around the centres from 11am to 3pm – some of them will be in places you might not expect such as iStore, Costa and Vision Express. Come and give them your support.


Cancer Research UK will also be on site encouraging shoppers to support and sign up to ‘Race for Life’ with the help of Heart FM Angels.


Shoppers are encouraged to wear pink on Friday to show their support for Cancer Research UK and to be in with a chance of winning an amazing, very on trend pink prize, Beats by Dr. Dre Solo2 On-Ear Headphones from iStore at Lion Walk (other colours are available) in our special prize draw. Shoppers can just pick up an entry form from the promo team, fill it in and hand it back to them to be entered into the draw.



The main event in Lion Walk’s Style Destination activity is the “Dress Like Star” shows in the Style Tent on Saturday 2 May – which will see 8 lucky competition winners take to the catwalk to show off their new celebrity-style looks.


Will it be Kim or Kayne, Olly or Ellie, Rita or Zane? The complete celebrity makeovers include celebrity look-alike fashion from Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard retailers, hair and make up and the winners’ new star-struck style being revealed on stage in the Style Tent (near River Island) with shows at 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.


People are invited to nominate a friend, relative or even themselves by completing the entry form and submitting a photo at https://www.lionwalkshopping.com/dress-like-a-star-competition/. The competition to win a “Dress Like A Star” makeover opens today (Wednesday 22 April and closes at 5pm on Tuesday 28 April).   Winners will be advised on 29 April and must be able to come to Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard on 2 May.



Style Destination at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard also offers loads of fun for kids, who are invited to design a new stylish outfit for Larry the Lion, Lion Walk’s mascot, in the FREE kids craft workshops running on Saturday 2 May between 11am and 3pm in Red Lion Yard.

He may be king of the jungle, but in his period style costume, he doesn’t make much of a (claw)mark on the (big)cat walk, so Red Lion Yard wants the kids of Colchester to design a new outfit for him. All the designs will be displayed within the centre and on Facebook.


And, thanks to Colchester Zoo (www.colchester-zoo.com), the best one (as decided by the judges) will win a fantastic Lion Adoption Box with an adoption certificate to confirm their adoption of the lions at the zoo. The box also includes photographs & information about lions, a cuddly toy, Colchester Zoo mug and keyring. PLUS, the first 30 kids to take part in the workshops will each receive a Colchester Zoo goodie bag complete with a postcard, notebook, pencil, ruler and some leaflets.


PLUS Larry himself will be out and about on 2 May giving out balloons – he may even try to sneak up on stage to take part in the “Dress Like A Star” event.


For more details about Style Destination and the competitions see www.lionwalkshopping.com and www.facebook.com/colchesterstyledestination






Bosses at Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre are setting up a special Chill Out Zone for dads & their kids on Saturday (20 June 2015).

With comfy seating, magazines and newspapers to read, nibbles and samples supplied by some of the businesses in the two centres and great music, it promises to be the perfect antidote to a hectic shopping trip and provide a little bit of pre-Father’s Day down time.

And, for those who like their relaxation a little more active, enter our Dad’s Day Challenges with table football plus giant Jenga and Connect 4 – and great “on the spot” prizes. And, enter the prize draw to win £100-worth of vouchers to spend at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard.

Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard are the perfect places to pick up a great gift for Dad – from great men’s fashion and accessories to cool gadgets, tech and games plus travel, men’s health and grooming, great eats, cards and much more all in one place – there’s sure to be something for every Dad.


TOPSHOP and TOPMAN Colchester – both in Lion Walk Shopping Centre – are launching a new 10% Military Discount, with a special 20% off introductory evening.

RMP night is 6pm to 9pm on Monday 9 June 2014. Other regiment nights TBC.

Don’t  forget to bring your Military ID and Warrant Card to claim your discount.

Topshop/Topman, Culver Walk, Lion Walk Shopping Centre, Colchester





Track down some roaringly great gifts and fabulous festive fashions in the big brand names stores and funky independents at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre this Christmas. And, while you’re there, check out the centres’ programme of fantastic family fun.


To mark the countdown to Christmas, Lion Walk Shopping Centre is launching a giant Advent Calendar (2.7m high x 3m wide) in a window near Boots Opticians and BHS. From the 1 December, right up to Christmas Eve (24 December), a new message or fun photo will be revealed each day.


And, the display is much more than just an Advent Calendar. Adding to the FREE fun for Christmas shoppers, the calendar is also a unique 3D augmented reality (AR) matching pairs game, one of the first of its kind in the UK.


The interactive game – just download the free Lion Walk AR fun app from the App Store to play – will offer shoppers a fun Christmas brain workout while trying to match the pairs up. Complete the game and fill in the online form to be entered into one of three weekly prize draws to win a stocking stuffed full of £50 worth of fabulous presents from Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard retailers. Prize draws are made on 8, 15 and 22 December.


Shoppers can also be in with another chance to win a stocking full of presents by following Lion Walk on twitter or liking the Facebook page between 1 and 24 of December.


The advent calendar is also a great backdrop for selfies – don’t forget to Tweet us at @ShopLionWalk with your photos or post them on our Facebook page Lion Walk Shopping Centre.



PLUS, 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 from 6 December and every Wednesday evening, when the shops stay open to 8pm, in the run up to Christmas. Shoppers will be entertained by everything from giant Christmas belles, Mother Christmas, street theatre and live music from various groups.


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.


Panto Duo: Ronny & Kenny’s Christmas market kicks off the Saturday Christmas fun on 6 December with Fairly famous. Two cockney barrow boys who try to sell the latest must-have Christmas gifts to unsuspecting passers-by. On the same day charming giant Christmas Belles will be walking around the centre on stilts. The following 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 make 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.


Programme of Christmas entertainment:


Date Act Time
6 Dec Panto Duo: Fairly famous with Ronny & Kenny’s Christmas market & giant Christmas Belles. Between 11am – 3pm
10 Dec Funky Voices Choir in aid of the Rotary ClubNB. Rotary Christmas Collection all day 6.30pm – 8pm
13 Dec Colchester Operatic Society  1pm -1.30pm
Colchester Theatretrain  2.30pm – 3.15pm
17 Dec Colchester District Pipes & Drums in aid of theRotary ClubNB. Rotary Christmas Collection all day 6.30pm – 8pm
20 Dec Mother Christmas & Festive brass jazz quartet Between 11am -3pm



Vicky Pattison, ITV Loose Women panelist and winner of last year’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, is coming to Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard in Colchester on Wednesday 27 July. Lion Walk’s WHSmith has arranged for Vicky to be in Colchester as part of her book tour, promoting her new book “The Real Me: Fashion, Fitness and Food Tips For Real Women – From Me to You”.

Fans of the Geordie celebrity have the opportunity to get a signed copy of the book and meet their idol by purchasing a wristband, in advance, from the WHSmith store. The £8.49 wristband covers the cost of your copy of “The Real Me”, which Vicky will sign on the day, and will guarantee your place in the queue.

It is expected that the event will sell out so people wishing to meet Vicky are advised to buy the wristband as soon as possible.

Vicky Pattison is said to know how to play hard but also understands the importance of working hard – in her own words “grafting hard, training right, eating well… and having a good time.” The Real Me” – Vicky’s 4th book – is a guide to living life to the full and is packed with her favourite recipes, fashion and beauty tips, training programmes and straight-talking advice on dealing with everything from job interviews to first dates. It is the ultimate guide to living life to the full, the Vicky Pattison way.

Vicky Pattison will be signing copies of her new book from 4pm in Unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard (next to Mane Creations) on Wednesday 27 July and queuing will start from 3pm. Wristbands are currently on sale in WHSmith. You will receive your book on the day. No entry to the queue without a wristband.


Following the success of last year’s {Colchester Presents} Style Destination, Colchester’s own fashion event returns to town for the second year running on 29 and 30 April.

For this year’s event Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard are teaming up with Cancer Research UK again to support its “Race for Life” campaign.

The centres will be adopting Cancer Research’s tribal-theme for its exciting “Fashion in a Flash” mobile catwalk shows that will take place around Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard on both days, showcasing the very latest fashions from the centre’s retailers.

The centres are on the hunt for members of the public to be models for the day. A Facebook competition to find two lucky winners will be launched on Facebook on Tuesday 5 April.

{Colchester Presents} Style Destination, Colchester’s own fashion week style event, is now in its second year. It aims to celebrate the wide range of fashion and style available in the town centre from big brand stores and independent boutiques and organised jointly by Lion Walk Shopping Centre and Culver Square. Shoppers will be able to enjoy fun and stylish events and promotions across the town centres during the two days.

More details about the two-day fashion event are coming soon on What’s On at www.lionwalkshopping.com and on www.facebook.com/lionwalkshoppingcentre