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30 years on The Royals hosts a month of birthday fun

To mark the 30th birthday, the shopping centre is hosting a series of fun, family orientated events.  Throughout March, there will be free activities to experience and enjoy every weekend – the highlight surely being the chance to win a £2000 voucher to spend on a dream vacation with Virgin Holidays with A Right Royal Getaway with Virgin Holidays. Not only that, travel to the airport in style with Taylormade Chauffeurs and Baggage World are offering free luggage as part of the prize. Hairdressers Toni and Guy will give you the celebrity treatment with a complimentary cut and blow dry before you jet off. En route you can snack on some delicious nibbles courtesy of Grape Tree and you can pop your cabin essentials into your new rucksack from Animal.

All you have to do is enter a free draw*, which will take place on Monday 19 March. The lucky winners will be invited to receive their prizes at a VIP breakfast on the 23 March where they get the chance to meet 2017 X Factor finalist, Southend’s very own, Matt Linnen.  Other highlights of The Royals’ celebrations include free bunches of daffodils as part of our Mothers’ Day weekend festivities, chocolate coins for children, shared from magical pots of gold, on St Patrick’s Day (Saturday 17 March) and a fabulous fashion show - see below

The Royals hosts 30th birthday catwalk shows

The Royals Shopping Centre in Southend first opened its doors in March 1988 and, as part of the popular shopping centre’s 30th birthday celebrations, a fashion show is being staged on Saturday 24 March, when you and the family can enjoy a series of catwalk shows, featuring the pick of the hottest looks from major High Street labels.

There will be five runway shows inside The Royals - at 11am, 12pm, 1pm 2pm and 3pm – displaying collections from your favourite Royals stores, including Hotter, Animal, Debenhams beauty counters, Baggage World and Supercuts.

Gorgeous professional models and dancers will show you how to wear it well and inspire you with looks that are perfect for work, relaxing with friends, or dressing up for a date-night with your significant other.  

For more information visit the Royals Facebook page, log on to or follow @Royalsshopping on Twitter.

Sea Life Centre Additions (19/2/18)

When an Essex zoo announced it would close for good in December 2017, finding new homes for the animals became a priority for its owners.  Although most were safely relocated to other zoos and wildlife parks, the owners had to temporarily postpone their retirement, so that they could look after a family of meerkats and three unusual tortoises.

The twenty Slender-Tailed meerkats and three Giant African Spurred tortoises have now to their new home at the brand new WILD attraction at Sea-Life Adventure in Southend-on-Sea – the first part of which opened yesterday

Essex Book Festival announces Peace Panels to mark the centenary of the end of WW1 (19/2/18)

To mark the silencing of the guns nearly one hundred years ago, the 2018 Essex Book Festival is hosting a series of countywide special events and activities, including three Festival Peace Panels, throughout March.

Held in iconic venues, and featuring a plethora of eminent panellists, each panel will tackle the subject of War and Peace from a different perspective.

The first Peace Panel, titled ‘Figuring Peace’, takes place on Sunday 4th March at the Firstsite Gallery in Colchester. Chaired by the award-winning writer, performer and festival patron AL Kennedy, this event features contemporary painter/ sculptor Maggi Hambling, documentary photographer/photojournalist Giles Duley, and activist/writer/curator/artist, Hamja Ahsan.

Hambling’s 2015 exhibition War Requiem & Aftermath, which includes an extensive body of paintings of battlefields and war victims, explored the senselessness of the most gruesome of human endeavours. Duley’s latest exhibition and book, Legacy of War is the product of five years in conflict zones: something that has impacted on his own life.  While working as a war photographer in Afghanistan, he stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) and suffered catastrophic injuries. Giles lost both legs and an arm. Eighteen months later, driven to document the suffering of others, Giles returned to the war zone. Hamja Ahsan, author of Shy Radicals, is a campaigner for prisoners, human rights and civil liberties. He was shortlisted for the Liberty Human Rights awards for the Free Talha Ahsan campaign.  

The second Festival Peace Panel – ‘Picking Apart Propaganda’ - is taking place underground in Kelvedon Hatch Secret Nuclear Bunker on Sunday 25th March.

Picking Apart Propaganda, a panel discussion that will be looking at how and why propaganda is used to persuade the public. Rachael Jolley, the award-winning editor of global magazine, Index on Censorship, will lead the conversation. Joining her will be the writer and Daily Telegraph tech blogger Jamie Bartlett, The Times’ columnist David Aaronovitch, and The Guardian contributor, Chinese-British journalist, Xuē Xīnrán.

During the daytime, the Bunker will host a series of free, family peace workshops, including activities designed and led by Silverend Scouts, haiku poetry writing workshops led by the CND Education Team. There will also be a series of author talks and panel discussions, including ex-British Ambassador Sir Rodric Braithwaite, talking about his latest book Armageddon and Paranoia: the Nuclear Confrontation, and a Speculative Fiction event, 2084: A Science Fiction Anthology, inspired by George Orwell’s 1984.

In the evening, the Bunker will metamorphose into The Nuclear Option: a labyrinth of unearthly delights in Essex’s very own Dantesque underworld. An evening of live performances, film screenings, dystopian storytelling, a Live Poetry Juke Box, Protest folk songs led by festival favourite Adrian May, Gogol’s Silent Disco, and the Picking Apart Propaganda panel in the Government Rooms.  

The third and final event in the series – The Children’s Peace Panel - takes place at Jaywick Martello Tower, on Thursday 29th March. This will include the culmination of a letter-writing project, ‘Peace Matters’, between local school children living in the Clacton and Jaywick area, in conjunction with children living in Tendring’s twin cities, Valance (France), Bilberach (Germany) and Swidnica (Poland). The Essex youngsters will be asking their European counterparts What Does Peace Means to You? They will then read out both their own letters and the responses from their European peers to an audience of invited guests in the historic tower. The letters, along with the origami peace cranes, will then form part of the Festival Peace Wall, which will be on display at the Tower as part of the Festival Finale on Saturday 31st March.

Throughout March, the Essex Book festival plays host to over 120 events, in over 40 venues across the county, including theatres, libraries, schools, universities, through to cafes, museums, towers, bunkers and art galleries.

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