Whether people come for the great mix of shops, lunch overlooking Alexandra Lake or an evening at the cinema, they always find just that little more than they expect at intu Lakeside. Anchored by Debenhams, House of Fraser, Marks and Spencer and Primark and home to over 250 retailers, intu Lakeside is south east England’s favourite shopping destination. Since it opened in 1990 it has always been ahead of trends in shopping and welcomes 26 million visitors each year. This year intu Lakeside have had several exciting changes, including the upscale and re-fit of both Next & Superdry and the opening of a new Travelodge overlooking the lake. 2017 also saw the installation of a new Changing Places toilet facilities to support customers with profound and multiple learning disabilities and will also cater for people with other physical and non-visual disabilities who require extra equipment and space in a safe and comfortable environment.
In September 2017, intu Lakeside embarked on its multi-million pound leisure development, anchored by the first UK Nickelodeon experience and a 24 Hollywood Bowl; it will also be home to 11 new restaurants for customers to enjoy from late 2018. This exciting new leisure development is set to create the very best all-encompassing shopping and leisure experience in Essex.
Later this year, intu Lakeside will be one of 14 intu shopping centres up and down the country working with the National Autistic Society to launch the UK wide ‘Autism Hour’, with each of its retailers, restaurants and leisure operators being asked to reduce their lights, music and other background noise for an hour at 10am on Monday 2 October.
This November, intu Lakeside will be launching the festive season with a week full of Christmas cheer, in addition to hosting Santa’s Grotto and an ice rink for all the family to enjoy.