Tag: Red Lion Yard

AMAZING MAY BANK HOLIDAY & HALF TERM OFFERS AT LION WALK & RED LION YARD

Visit Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard during the May Bank Holiday and half term and make the most of the fantastic retailer offers running at the centre (23 – 29 May).

 

BHS Summer Event at least 20% off everything (21 – 25 May)

Spring has finally arrived and summer is just around the corner. Pop into BHS for its amazing summer event – at least 20% off everything – to update your spring/summer wardrobe. The summer event runs to Monday 25 May. The store is open until 7pm on Friday 22 May and Saturday 23 May.

 

Lenny & Larry’s Cookies and Muscle Brownies now at Heroes Fitness

Training for a marathon or just to keep fit? Heroes Fitness in Red Lion Yard now stocks the popular and delicious Lenny & Larry’s Cookies and Muscle Brownies. Made of 100% natural ingredients and high in protein and fibre. Customers can also buy 1 get 1 free on selected Sci-MX- Nutrition Supplements.

 

Indulge in gorgeous chocolate from Thorntons

Thorntons has some amazing offers on – one a day till Tuesday.

Friday 22 May – Better Than Half Price! Dreamy Desserts (192g) was £12.00 – NOW £5.00!

Saturday 23 May – Better Than Half Price! Continental Milk, White & Dark Signature (300g) was £12.00 – NOW £5.00!

Sunday 24 May – Half Price! Decadently Dark Chocolate Collection (191g) was £10.00 -NOW £5.00!

Monday 25 May – Better Than Half Price! Summer Chocolate Collection (181g) was £7.00 – NOW £3.00!

Tuesday 26 May – Better Than Half Price!

Milk Chocolate Bear Necessities Model (150g) was £8.00 – NOW £3.00!

Milk Chocolate Monkey Business Model (150g) was £8.00 – NOW £3.00!

Milk Chocolate Clutch Bag (150g) £8.00 NOW £3.00!

 

AMERICAN DINER WITH MODERN TWIST OPENS IN RED LION YARD

The East Coast Diner & Bar has opened its doors in the historic Red Lion Yard, in the heart of Colchester. This is the second branch of the restaurant. Owned and operated by directors Lex Quinn and Julie Officer, the duo opened their first diner in Woodbridge in January 2013.

 

Offering a modern take on the classic American styled dining concept, by day the 810 sq ft Colchester East Coast Diner is perfect for breakfast, coffee and donut or a after school milkshake. In the evening a warm and welcoming atmosphere makes it the perfect meeting place for friends and couples wanting to enjoy a meal, freshly made cocktails and craft beers. It’s also great for long Sunday brunches.

 

The food served at the East Coast Diner can best be described as gourmet fast food and its trademark “Big Apple Hotdog” has been described as the best in Britain by The Times renowned columnist and restaurant critic Giles Coren.

 

The restaurant interior fuses quirky American with the historic features of a 600 year old, Grade I listed building. Art by London Street artist Tom Blackmore creates a contemporary feel and guests can choose to dine at higher bar tables or at more traditional ones. One American padded booth is also available.

 

Lex Quinn Owner and Director said: “We are very pleased with opening our second branch here in Colchester. Although it’s Britain’s oldest recorded town it feels very young in spirit. The town is both dynamic and vibrant and offers great shopping which is why we chose the location. We also felt that the recently refurbished Red Lion Yard with all quirky independent stores offered the perfect location for our diner.”

 

Louise Jensen Deputy Centre Manager of Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard said: “The East Coast Diner complements our tenant mix perfectly in Red Lion Yard and we are very excited about having a restaurant at the centre. Since we completed the refurbishment of the Yard in July (2014), we are now almost fully let and shoppers can enjoy a truly unique mix of independent retailers here and now also stop for a meal.”

 

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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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ARE YOU READY?

It’s been a great summer, but it’s nearly time to go back to school.

From uniforms to pencil cases, new glasses to new jumpers, with the perfect mix of big high street names and independent shops, you can find everything you need for the new term at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard, right in the heart of Colchester.

 

BECAUSE NOT ALL UNIFORMS ARE THE SAME

No matter what size, short, tall, big or small, head down to BHS to find the perfect school uniform from just £4. Sizes age 3 to 16. And, when you need a break from shopping visit BHS’s restaurant to try the new kids’ menu with 20% off your total bill when you buy a kids’ meal.

 

THERE’S A CHILL IN THE AIR

Pop into River Island to prepare for school and the more Autumnal weather. You can currently snap up 2 for £30 on selected shirts and jumpers in the men’s department.

 

Topshop and Topman’s autumn collection has also arrived including items perfect for the school start. In the women’s department look out for: black smart trousers £25, smart white shirt £20, Hype floral backpack £24.99 and the Khaki Parka coat for £65.

 

In Topman you will find stylish Corsten black soft pointed shoes for £32 and five pairs of black socks for £10 PLUS much more.

 

MAKE SURE THEY GET AN EYEFUL

The start of another school year is a good time to take your children to the optician to make sure their eyes are healthy and their vision is unimpaired. Boots Optician and Vision Express, both provide FREE eye tests for children up to 16.

PLUS, there’s 2-for-1 on children’s glasses at Vision Express and Boots Opticians is offering half price on a second pair.

 

BOOKS, PENS & MORE

Head to WH Smith to stock up on your school supplies.

Pick up a dictionary, prices start from just £1.49. You can also save £10 on a 24 pack of Sharpie Pens, now only £6.99.

Check out the cute pencil cases and exercise books from WH Smiths’ exclusive Bramblewood collection which features foxes and owls.

 

BABY BOUTIQUE STALKS COUTURE BRINGS UNIQUE OFFER TO COLCHESTER

Stalks Couture, a new independent luxury baby boutique, opened in the historic Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester on Saturday (28 February 2015). The store offers a wide range of top quality baby products from designer baby-clothing to prams, from nappy bags to beautifully handcrafted nursery furniture.

 

The attractively fitted out, well-stocked baby shop, which also has an online store, is home to brands including Babymel, Coco Bow, Furnique, Nova Harley and Ruby Freddies.

 

Delivering excellent service to its customers is a top priority for Stalks Couture. Shoppers visiting the 432 sq ft boutique will not only receive a warm welcome but also be offered a personal up-close service designed to ensure that each customer gets the products and outfits that are just right for their needs.

 

Stalks Couture is a family-run business founded by mum-of-two Vicki Morris, who moved from London to Colchester in 2011. While settling in Colchester to raise her first child she identified a gap in the market for a baby store that could provide a broader range of products that parents need for their toddlers without having to drive to another town or order online. With a wealth of customer service experience Morris decided to follow her dream of starting her own business.

 

Morris chose Red Lion Yard for her first store, but is set on scaling up and opening another store in Chelmsford once the brand has become established.

 

Commenting on the store, Vicki Morris said: “I’m extremely excited about opening my first store here in Red Lion Yard. I feel that we are bringing a unique, much-needed offer to Colchester, particularly when so many young families are choosing to settle in the town. Red Lion Yard really caught my attention after last summer’s refurbishment. The units are bright and airy and just the right size for someone starting a business. We also loved the quirky classy feel the Yard offers and its prominent location between the High Street and Lion Walk Shopping Centre.”

 

Better Than Half Price Deals At Thorntons

Tasty discounts are now available on huge selection of Thorntons favourites*, including:

Continental Viennese Box 304g – Was £12, now only £5   

Moments 250g – Was £4.50, now only £2

Continental (milk, dark and white) 490g – Was £16, now only £7

Milk Classics 590g – Was £14, now only £6.50

Bear Necessities, Monkey Business and Love the Bag 150g Models – Was £6, now only £2.75

Continental Diplomat Box 304g – Was £12, now only £5  

*While stocks last!

COLCHESTER SHOPPERS DREAM OF SPENDING VALENTINE’S DAY WITH A CELEBRITY

A recent survey carried out at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre reveals that 23% of shoppers would like to spend Valentine’s Day with a celebrity. Stars on shoppers wish lists included Bradley Cooper, Kylie Minogue, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kelly Brook. But, it would seem that on the whole Colchester people are very much in love – with an overwhelming majority (nearly 70%) saying that the person they would most like to spend Valentine’s Day with is their current partner.

 

Nearly 80% of people taking part in the fun street poll – which was carried out in the shopping centre over the two weekends before Valentine’s Day – said they were planning to buy someone a Valentine’s gift, while a surprising 20% had other plans.

 

Shoppers were also asked what gift they would like to receive on Valentine’s Day. Most wished for traditional Valentine’s gifts such as jewellery (15%) followed by perfume (9%), flowers (8%) and chocolates (7.5%). Nearly 10% shoppers were hoping for something a little more adventurous – such as a spa day or even a holiday.

 

Louise Jensen Deputy Centre Manager commented:

“We thought it would be fun to find out who shoppers wanted to spend Valentine’s Day with. To be honest, we expected more people to dream of spending it with someone famous. I think it’s quite romantic that so many shoppers in Colchester would rather be with their real partner on Valentine’s Day than with anyone else in the world!

“The run up to Valentine’s Day is always very busy in Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard, with shoppers looking to find that perfect gift for the one they love. This year promises to be even bigger as the big day falls on a Saturday. With our great mix of big brand stores in Lion Walk and the quirky independents in Red Lion Yard, there’s something here just right for every taste and pocket. To make the day extra special, shoppers can also stop off at the East Coast Diner for Valentine’s cocktails before they go home or even stay out and enjoy a romantic Valentine’s dinner at the Red Lion Hotel.”

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.

EDGY FASHION STORE WHITE DIRT OPENS IN RED LION YARD

White Dirt, a new edgy independent fashion boutique offering the best of fashion and creativity under one roof, is due to open soon in the recently refurbished Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester. The shop is currently being fitted out and it is hoped that the doors will open over the weekend (18 – 19 October).

The 305 sq ft store brings a strong line-up of fashion brands, many of which are completely new to Colchester, including Cheap Monday, Illustrated People, Serge DeNîmes and House of Sunny. A truly unique interior to the store fuses weathered wooden floors, exposed brickwork and a bare concrete ceiling with sleek, polished features. The whole vision behind the White Dirt concept, whether it is the brands stocked, the music played in store or the interior, is to merge different styles and materials, to make them work together.

White Dirt was founded by Loïs Mills and Will Randlesome, who met while studying at Nottingham Trent University in 2010. Randlesome, originally from Colchester, comes from a construction background, with a degree in quantity surveying and commercial construction management and Mills has a fashion background, with a degree in fashion, communication and promotion. The pair have years of experience in their specialist fields, but have dreamt of opening their own business since University. This is the couple’s first store but they plan to open more stores in London and the South East within the next five years.

Mills said: “We are extremely excited about opening our first store and pursuing our dream of running our own business. To open in Red Lion Yard was the perfect option for us, as we truly love the boutique feel the Yard offers – quite unlike any other part of Colchester. We feel that White Dirt’s quirky interior and individual offer fits perfectly with the interesting mixture of independent retailers Red Lion Yard has attracted since its recent refurbishment.”

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

EGG-SELLENT EASTER SHOPPING GUIDE

Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard has everything you need for a crackingly good Easter!

TASTY TREATS

Head to Marks & Spencer for sweet treats including Percy Pig Easter Eggs (£6) and bumper packs of colourful foil wrapped chocolate eggs (£5).  For the ultimate indulgence try the new range of dessert eggs from Thorntons, including the Fudge Brownie Egg (£14.99) or the whopping 1kg Marvellously Magnificent Egg (£24.99) – a feast for the whole family!

FAMILY FUN

Keep kids entertained with Paint Your Own Bunny Kits (£10) and Easter Finger Puppet Kits (£4) from Clinton Cards. At WH Smith, Easter cuddly toys are now half price including Big Chirpy Chick (£4.99) and Bertie Rabbit hand puppets (£2.99). For great value Easter cards, head to Card Factory where prices start at 39p or choose any eight for just £1.

FABULOUS FASHION

Look fabulous this bank holiday weekend with new spring and summer ranges now in store at Topshop, Topman, River Island, New Look, BHS and Marks & Spencer.

HOME SWEET HOME

Spruce your home up for spring with pretty vintage-style homeware from Bed & Home in Red Lion Yard. The new range from leading European designer Gisela Graham is now in store, including ornate birdcage tea light holders (£7.49) and quirky floral oven gloves (£14).

ENTER OUR SCARY SELFIE HALLOWEEN COMPETITION

How scary can you be? We would like to find out.

To win some spooktacular prizes from our retailers make sure you enter our scary selfie Halloween competition by following a few easy steps:

 

1.  Get yourself down to Red Lion Yard

2. Take a selfie, the scarier the better (feel free to dress up), in front of the haunted house Halloween backdrop that you find displayed in one of the shop windows in Red Lion Yard.

3.  Like the Lion Walk Facebook page and/or follow us on Twitter

4.  Post your selfie on Lion Walk’s Facebook and/or Twitter page using #LionWalkSpook

5. Best/most scary picture wins (as judged by our resident ghouls)

Competition runs between 25 Oct – 2 Nov

1st prize: £50 GAME gift voucher

10 runners-up: 10 x £10 gift vouchers from Boots, Costa Coffee, New Look, River Island, The Body Shop, The Perfume Shop, TopMan, TopShop, Thorntons, WHSmith top list . check domain worth .

FASHION EDITOR BRINGS ELEGANT SHOPPING EXPERIENCE TO RED LION YARD

The Fashion Editor, a new boutique offering the latest fashion and accessories for women of all ages, has opened in the historic Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester. The shop offers an elegant shopping experience, and stocks clothes, bags and jewellery for sophisticated women looking for reasonably priced fashion. Brands include Y.A.S, Jovonna and Ichi, amongst others.

 

The 336 sq ft boutique’s interior is minimalistic, with a white décor and chrome details throughout, but still offers a luxuriously warm welcoming atmosphere.

 

Fashion Editor is founded and owned by Jennifer Lock, a former fashion journalist with over 15 years of experience writing for the UK’s biggest fashion magazines. She regularly appeared on GMTV and radio to discuss women’s style issues. With her in-depth understanding of the industry, Lock felt compelled to set up her own business.

 

Lock choose Red Lion Yard for her first store, but is planning to open an additional five within a ten year period in the South East, North Essex and Cambridgeshire.

 

Commenting on the store, Lock said: “I’m excited about opening my first store here in Colchester. After having spent my whole career in London, leading a hectic city life, setting up a business in Colchester felt completely right. The town has all the vital ingredients for setting up a business, it’s vibrant and dynamic but idyllic at the same time and Red Lion Yard’s boutique feel made it perfect for the Fashion Editor.”

 

FATHERS & FAMILIES FUN DAY AT LION WALK

Join us for a fathers and families fun day in association with the Army on Saturday 18 June.

Come to Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard where you can get your hands on with the latest Army kit, gadgets and vehicles!

Face your fears and scale a climbing wall, try your hand at the interactive weapons in the ‘gun pit’ (no live ammo!) and experience life in the field with our virtual reality goggles, plus much more! 

Plus children’s face-painting from 11am – 3pm – donations to Colchester Hospital Children’s Ward and Great Ormond Street.

The Army have designed a bold, new recruitment campaign to encourage young people and those who influence them to notice the Army, and start having conversations with real soldiers and their friends and relatives. The Army should be one of the top career choices for 16-24 year olds wanting to better themselves, make their family proud and do something that matters.

The Army want young people to understand that it is about much more than just combat. Currently UK armed forces are deployed in more than 80 countries across the world, conducting a range of activity and the Army has done some really positive work assisting with humanitarian efforts and UK peacekeeping missions.

Make sure you’re at Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard on Saturday 18 June to find out more about life as an Army soldier and see if a career in the Army could be for you.

GET FATHER’S DAY ALL WRAPPED UP: SHOPPING GUIDE

Treat your dad on Sunday 15 June.

With a mix of big high street names and smaller independent shops, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard have everything you need to make dad’s day.

Our top gift ideas…

Whatever his style, help dad dress to impress with summer menswear ranges now in store at Marks & Spencer, BHS, Topman and River Island.

Make the most of scent-sational Father’s Day discounts at The Perfume Shop with free gift wrapping too. Offers include Hugo Boss Red EDT Spray (200ml) and Boss Bottled Night EDT Spray (200ml) both reduced to £39.99.

Thorntons is jam packed with sweet treats for dads including I Love Dad Cups at £3, Beer Mug Plaques at £5 and chocolate Trophy Models at £8.

Spoil dad with the latest video games, consoles and accessories from GAME. Why wait wait for the World Cup when you can kick football fever off early with FIFA 14 for Xbox One, PlayStation4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC?

Finally, don’t forget the card! Prices start from just 59p at Card Factory and 79p at Clintons.

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.

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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HOW MANY COLCHESTER DADS WILL GET THEIR PETROLHEAD DREAMS FULFILLED TOMORROW?

A special pre-Father’s Day survey carried out at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard in Colchester town centre earlier today (Saturday 20 June 2015) revealed that the gift Colchester dads would most like to receive is a car (and it’s also the gift Colchester women would most like to give their dad).

Dads were asked “if money was no object, what gift would you most like to receive for Father’s Day?”, while women were asked “If money was no object, what gift would you most like to give your dad”.  More than 35% of respondents mentioned some sort of car, while others thought even bigger -with one Dad suggesting that he might like airplane and another a yacht!

And, Colchester men are not going to be happy with just any car!   The vehicles on the town’s dads’ wish lists range from a quite modest VW Beetle via Porsche and BMW to an Aston Martin DB9, Bentley and the eye-poppingly expensive Bugatti Veyron.

Dads also requested a night out, shoes, a holiday or a gold ring.  Women wanted to buy their dad a new house (or mansion in one case) or to pay off their mortgage, or treat them to a holiday.

The good news is that some Colchester dads have their feet firmly on the ground – when asked the “if money was no object, what gift would you most like to receive for Fathers’ Day?” question, one Colchester father replied “socks”.  Guess which dad is most likely to get his wish come true!

The survey was undertaken as part of The Lions’ Den, Lion Walk and Red Lion Yard’s special Chill Out Zone for dads & their kids set up in the centre today.  With comfy seating, magazines and newspapers to read, nibbles and samples supplied by some of the businesses in the two centres, great music, table football and computer games, the “man creche” proved to be popular – the perfect antidote to a hectic shopping trip and providing a little bit of pre-Father’s Day down time for Dads.

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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.

ISN’T SHE LOVELY: MOTHER’S DAY SHOPPING GUIDE

Show your mum just how lovely she is this Mother’s Day with perfect cards and gifts from Lion Walk & Red Lion Yard.

With a mix of big high street names and smaller independent shops, we’ve got everything you need to truly make your mum’s day.

Indulge hard working mums with a tailor made pamper package from The Body Shop, where the team of gift-wrapping experts will transform any selection of products into a beautiful Mother’s Day basket. There’s also a wide range of pre-packaged gift sets from just £6.

For mums with a sweet tooth, Thorntons has heavenly I Love Mum Cups (63g) for just £3.49 and a delicious Fudge Gift Box (350g) for £4.99.

Treat movie mad mums to a family film fest with 2 for £10 and 2 for £15 offers on DVDs at HMV plus a wide range of great value box sets.

Head to WH Smith for the mum who loves to bake and pick up the Hummingbird Bakery’s best-selling Home Sweet Home book of classic cakes and old fashioned treats for just £5 (RRP £20) when you buy any Mother’s Day Card**.

Got a fashion-loving yummy mummy on your hands? Look no further for the latest must have clothes, shoes and accessories as we’ve got all her high street favourites including Topshop, River Island, New Look and Marks & Spencer.

Bed & Home in Red Lion Yard is bursting with unusual vintage-style gifts and treats for quirky mums, including a set of three heart-shaped containers at £14.99, a four arm jewellery stand at £7.99 and cool make up bags from £2.99.

But what do you get for the mum who has everything? Let yours decide for herself with a gift card from BHS, where you’ll receive an extra £5 gift card free of charge when you buy one worth £25.

For the all-important Mother’s Day card, head to Card Factory where prices start at just 59p. They also have cute gifts available from 99p, including key rings, teddy bears, pens and mirrors. Clintons Cards also has a wide range of cards to suit the taste and style of any mum from just 99p.