Aardvark Events

News of Events at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan

Our Next Events:

Sat 5th May - Sun 20th May: "The Art of the Print" Exhibition of Prints and Printmaking

Books and Prints

This year we are holding an exhibition of antique and contemporary prints and printmaking, with demonstrations of linocut , woodcut, and collagraph printing by Drusilla Cole.

The exhibition is designed to highlight the full range of what is possible in the medium of print, and brings together works by contemporary print makers as well as antique prints from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It includes works by master printmakers Frank Brangwyn, CRW Nevinson and the Japanese 'Floating World' artist Kuniyoshi, as well as mezzotints by Stephen Cox RA and Drusilla Cole's linocuts and other prints.

A particular emphasis is placed on showing works created using different printing techniques such as engraving, colotype, aquatint, linocut and lithograph.

Drusilla Cole will be in the exhibition demonstrating printing techniques with a mobile press on Bank Holiday Monday 7th May!

Opening Saturday 5th May 11am-2pm, with complimentary glass of wine, soft drinks and nibbles available.

Light Prints Book Group, Tuesday 8th May 6.30 - 8pm, will be discussing Joanna Cannon's "The Trouble with Goats and Sheep".

Interested? Contact Light Prints to sign up and get a free copy of the book:


NEW event at Aardvark Books! Friday May 11th, 7.30pm: An Evening of Jazz, with Simon Deeley's Blue Haze Quartet

We are delighted to host the Blue Haze Quartet for an evening of jazz at Aardvark in May!

Showcasing 11 original compositions by jazz pianist Simon Deeley, the quartet plays in styles ranging from the lively Latin jazz of 'On a Wing and a Dance' to the 'in-the-groove-jazz' of 'Soul of the West' to gentle reflective ballads such as 'Ballad of the Blue Waters' on their new CD, "From the Blue Hills". Simon says his music is inspired by the Welsh Border country and the blue hills of the Marches, and the quartet line-up features Martha Skilton on saxophone, Charlie Russell on drums, Ian Cooper on bass, and Simon Deeley on piano.
Tickets £10 in advance, Bar & Cafe refreshments also available; contact us to buy tickets.

And, our first Flea market event of the year will be:

Monday 28th May: Bank Holiday Brocante, 9am-3pm

Our popular flea market event returns in May, and bookings are coming in already! We'll have lots of stalls of vintage, bric-a-brac, crafts and more for you to browse, with live music and café refreshments!

If you are interested in taking a stall, we have decided to hold last year's prices for 2018: £10 per 6ft space, plus £3 if you wish to hire a table. Give us a call on 01547 530744; we ask for payment in advance to reserve places on the list.

The Aardvark 2018 Events Calendar

We have set some dates for next year's events, so here is a sketch preview of our plans!

Please note that dates may change, but this is what we plan to do in 2018:

Saturday 17th February: Valentine's Event, with book-signing: "False Lights" (paperback edition) with KJ Whittaker, and Sarah Rogers Chocolates!

Saturday 31st March: Easter Event with The Cottage Herbery

31st March - Sunday 15th April : Art Exhibition, featuring Paul Caton and Paul Bearman

Sat 5th May - Sun 20th May: "The Art of the Print" - exhibition of antique prints

Monday 28th May: Aardvark May Brocante

Sat 2nd - Sun 10th June: "Out of the Hills" Marches Art 18 Exhibition

Saturday 14th July: Jazz Brunch and Sale Launch

Sat 14th - Sun 29th July: The Aardvark SALE!

Sun 5th August: Brampton Bryan Scarecrow Sunday

Sat 11th - Sun 19th August: Art Exhibition

Monday 27th August: Aardvark Vide-Grenier / Attic Sale

Sat 8th-Sun 23rd September: h.Art Week exhibition, curated by Drusilla Cole

Sunday 21st October: Aardvark Autumn Brocante

Saturday 17th November: Winter Event

Sunday 9th December: Aardvark Christmas Fair!

If you would like more information about any of our events, would like to exhibit in our Gallery or would like to book a stall for a Flea market (prices will be kept at this year's rates until 31st December), please contact Sarah Swinson on 01547 530744 or email Aardvark Books Thank you!

Aardvark Children's Events:

Our next children's events will be:

Thursday March 1st: World Book Day was snowed off, but your WBD £1 tokens will be valid for the whole month, until 31st March, and we accept them at Aardvark Books.

This means you can get £1 off any children's book you buy with a World Book Day voucher in the month of March... do come and choose a book!

Saturday 31st March, 11am-3pm: Easter/Spring Crafts with Annie Thompson

Annie Thompson will be doing crafty activities with children all around the theme of plants and growing things. Free entry, come along and create something with Annie and Tilly!

In 2016 the craft activities included creating a pretty Valentine's frieze, and at our Easter Event in April 2014, look what Annie Thompson created with the children - A beautiful Spring Frieze!

Spring Frieze in BookBurrow by Annie Thompson

Here are the Christmas crafts created by Annie Thompson at one of our Winter events, hand sewn, popular with children and adults too!

Christmas Crafts

Aardvark Books Schools' Events

We often host children's authors and have recently welcomed Katy Moran and Paul Dowswell to talk about their books. We can also provide educational visits to our art and map exhibitions, and visits by arrangement. Children from local schools have also enjoyed visits to the BookBurrow.

Children's Activities at Aardvark Books

The BookBurrow is always open during bookshop hours for browsing, play and reading! Do come and see the castle, pirate ship and princess seat, and enjoy a happy hour or two in a space created for inspiration and imagination.

We are always open to ideas for educational and enjoyable activities: please contact Sarah Swinson 01547 530744 for more information or to arrange a school visit or activity, or email Aardvark Books

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