A MEDITERRANEAN style open air lounge has opened in Colchester's city centre. 

The Vacay bar held its opening weekend over the Bank Holiday. 

A Latin American and South Beach theme goes alongside the bar which sits in the heart of Red Lion Walk and is a popular outdoor choice for people to sit down and enjoy a drink or two.

Gazette: Busy - Vacay Bar was rocking on opening weekend and saw many arrive for a drink or twoBusy - Vacay Bar was rocking on opening weekend and saw many arrive for a drink or two (Image: Martin Leatherdale)

Martin Leatherdale, centre manager said: “This has been our most elevated and immersive experience yet.”

“We have worked closely with all partners across the city, including Colchester City Council, to build on the incredible value of outside social and community spaces.”

“We have already agreed partnerships with the BID, Colchester Arts, LGBTQ+ communities, Fringe festival, Invasion Colchester and many other organisations.”

Gazette: Celebration - DJ's Shambhalah and Apollo gave the people of Colchester a great performance Celebration - DJ's Shambhalah and Apollo gave the people of Colchester a great performance (Image: Martin Leatherdale)

James Cracknell OBE, who is the Conservative candidate for Colchester, marked the reopening by cutting the ribbon at the eagerly anticipated opening of the bar.

Mr Cracknell said: “It’s a pleasure to see what has been done with this space in the city centre. When the sun comes out, it will be even more epic for the people of Colchester.”

Sunday saw the height of the bank holiday weekend celebrations, with international DJ Darren Shambhala performing, with many families joining in on the action.

Gazette: Family - Activities to keep the children happy included at Vacay BarFamily - Activities to keep the children happy included at Vacay Bar (Image: Martin Leatherdale)

The outdoor bar has arrived just in time for a summer of sport coming up. The bar will be showcasing Euro 2024 and Wimbledon, amongst other sporting events.

Sam Good, chief executive of Our Colchester BID, said: “To evolve as a city centre, it is crucial that we have spaces such as this courtyard space.”

“Its versatility to serve all ages and meet a wide range of needs for different visitors is fantastic. We are really excited to see it return to the city.”

Another option for residents to enjoy as the summer approaches and looks to cater for the needs of those who are looking for a good community space to enjoy with family and friends.

James Cracknell is standing for election on July 4. The other candidates are Pam Cox (Lab), Martin Goss (Lib Dem),  Terence Longstaff (Reform UK) and Sara Ruth (Grn).