Discover Colchester Project Launch

Colchester MP Will Quince has teamed up with Lion Walk Shopping Centre manager Martin Leatherdale to bring families across Colchester a free community project.


Discover Colchester

The project entitled Discover Colchester aims to support families; education, learning, creativity, local history knowledge, mental stimulation, and much more, through lockdown.


There are two project activity books available that are free for families to download and print at home. Copies will also will also be sent to all local primary schools and are available free of charge from the Boots store located on Lion Walk, in Colchester town, these should obviously only be collected as part of an essential shopping trip, due to current COVID-19 restrictions.


One activity book features a collection of ten illustrations of local landmarks for colouring and the second activity book comprises a series of thought provoking / engaging questions to accompany the drawings. Details of the local artist we commissioned is in the front of the workbook (attached)


Landmarks include;

  • Colchester Castle & Band Stand
  • Colchester Zoo
  • Colchester Garrison
  • Roman Wall / Balkerne Gate
  • Town Hall
  • Abbey Gate
  • Tymperley’s
  • Firstsite
  • Jumbo


As part of the Lion Walk Shopping Centre sponsorship there will also be six x £50 competition prize giveaways, with the completed submission of work to [email protected]


Colchester MP Will Quince said  “I am so proud to be Colchester’s Member of Parliament, it is the most amazing town with a fascinating history. I put together the Discover Colchester project to celebrate our town’s unique heritage and set some questions which I hope will inspire a new generation to find out more about their home town.


Whether it is colouring in the ten wonderful illustrations by local artist Veronica de Vera or researching the history of these famous Colchester landmarks, I hope that these activities will give all young Colcestrians a thought-provoking lock-down project and parents a little time off! My sincere thanks go to Lion Walk Shopping Centre for kindly sponsoring the project. I hope you have fun with the project and good luck!”


Martin Leatherdale, Lion Walk Centre Manager said “We live in a beautiful town, steeped in history, with an amazing community spirit. Lockdown has presented a challenge for us all, and it has been a pleasure to use this time to support the young people of Colchester – embracing and engaging with our incredible history and culture.


I hope you have fun drawing and learning. I can’t wait to see them!”


The activity books can be downloaded here:

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