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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.”


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!