Nickelodeon Adventure at intu Lakeside

‘Adventure’ adds family fun to Essex shopping centre

The leisure development centre intu Lakeside in Essex recently opened a new children’s indoor adventure experience featuring themed play zones and a 4D cinema. The Nickelodeon Adventure Park is the first of its kind in the UK and covers an indoor area of over 50,000 square feet and has a capacity of 2,000. There are four themed play zones in total, all featuring main characters from the Nickelodeon cartoon portfolio. These include characters from SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, PAW Patrol and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. There is also a Nick…

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Old Odeon Cinema site, Colchester

Is CPO best option for ‘unviable’ Essex cinema regen?

COLCHESTER Council looked into the prospect of compulsory purchasing the derelict former home of the town’s old Odeon cinema, a top councillor has said. Communities, wellbeing and public safety boss Mike Lilley revealed the authority had explored the idea after becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of movement on the site. The council has issued Blumarble with another Section 215 notice in relation to the Crouch Street premises, where plans for 57 apartments have stalled due to issues over financial viability. Council bosses want to see further remedial works to…

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Frankie and Benny signage.

UK casual dining crisis: Restaurant Group accelerates closures

The owner of Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito is to speed up plans to close restaurants. Restaurant Group said it would close up to 90 restaurants by the end of 2021 and it will temporarily suspend its dividend. Initially it had planned to make the closures – which were first signalled last year – over a six-year period. The group has seen sales fall at many outlets, despite stronger performances in its Wagamama and pubs units. Shares in Restaurant Group fell more than 6%. The Restaurant Group shut 18 Frankie…

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