Aardvark Events

Next Events at Aardvark Books:

Poetry Breakfast: Wednesday 27th March, 9.30-10.30am

The theme for this month is "Take some More tea, said the March Hare to Alice"

Saturday 20th April: Easter Garden Event with The Cottage Herbery, 10am-4pm

Tulips grown by The Cottage Herbery

The Aardvark Easter Garden Event returns, on Easter Saturday, 20th April!
We are delighted to welcome back long-standing collaborators The Cottage Herbery, who will be bringing an amazing display of unusual and delightful garden annuals and perennials, flowers and herbs. Each year there is a different selection, depending on the season (and Easter is late this year).
We are also delighted to have Annie Thompson who will be holding craft workshop activities in the BookBurrow and there will be live music too, from Trevor Davies, Dayne Kranenburg and Deborah Rose, 12-2pm.
Also, as part of our art exhibition, potter Tony Hall will be demonstrating throwing on his wheel, from 11am onwards!
There will definitely be chocolate cake in the café, and we are also hoping for other chocolatey treats... watch this space!
Free entry, free parking, all are welcome! Bookshop, café and art exhibition will be open from 10am-5pm.

Saturday 20th April - Monday 6th May: The Flower Garden, Art Exhibition

You are invited to join us for the opening of 'The Flower Garden' at 11am on Saturday 20th April, at our Easter Event!
This stunning mixed media exhibition on botanical themes features flower photography by Sabina Rüber, paintings by Ruth Kirkby, sculpture by Lottie O'Leary and a range of garden pots by Tony Hall. The exhibition coincides with the publication of "The Flower Garden: How to Grow Flowers from Seed" by Clare Foster and Sabina Rüber in late March, and copies of the book will be available for sale at the Opening and during the exhibition, which is open every day - except Easter Sunday 21st April - until Monday 6th May.


We are holding the Private View beforehand with complimentary refreshments, and a chance to meet the artists. Free entry, please contact us for invitations. Date and time to be confirmed!

The Aardvark 2019 Events Calendar

Fourth Wednesday of the month, 9.30am - Aardvark Poetry Breakfast with Anna Dreda.

Poetry breakfasts will be held on 4th Wednesday of the month except for July and August, and on the 3rd Wednesday in December. Themes:

27 February:  The madness of love
27 March:  Take some more tea, said the March Hare to Alice
24 April:  A Moveable Feast
22 May:  Blossom by blossom the spring begins
26 June:  So is mine eye enthralled
7 July:  Aardvark Poetry Day – details below
24 July:  Midsummer madness

Saturday 23rd March, 11am-2pm: Spring Music Event

12th -14th March: The Aardvarks visit the London Book Fair

Friday 19th April : Private View of "The Flower Garden"

Saturday 20th April – Monday 6th May: The Flower Garden,

Art Exhibition, featuring artists Sabina Rüber, Ruth Kirkby and Lottie O'Leary.

Open every day except Easter Sunday, 21st April.

Saturday 20th April, Easter Garden Event with The Cottage Herbery


Sunday 21st April: Easter Sunday, we are CLOSED

Sunday 26th May: Aardvark May Brocante 10am-3pm

Lots of stalls of bric-a-brac, vintage and antiques to browse, live music and café refreshments! Free entry, free parking, all welcome!


Saturday 1st - Sunday 16th June: "Out of the Hills 2019"

A dozen artists in one great Art Exhibition, curated by Maggie and Kim Davis

Sunday 7th July, 10am-5pm, Poetry in the Barn:

A summer celebration of poetry with special guest  Gillian Clarke, curated by Anna Dreda.


Saturday 13th July, 11am-2pm: Jazz Brunch and Sale Launch

Cool summer music to open our summer book sale. Brunch tickets: £8, bookable in advance

Saturday 13th - Sunday 28th July: The Aardvark SALE!

Hundreds of bargains in the warehouse and discounts in the shop!

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August: Brampton Bryan 375th Anniversary Civil War Re-Enactment

with The English Civil War Society! Tickets £5 per person, per day, payable on the day.

Monday 26th August, 9am-3pm: Aardvark Vide-Grenie/Attic Sale

with live music, crafts for kids and over 30 stalls of antiques, bric-a-brac and vintage! Free entry & parking.

Saturday 7th - Sunday 22nd September: Herefordshire Art Week

"Great Pots", a memorial exhibition for Gordon Crosby

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September:

Aardvark Festival Bookshop at Ludlow Food Festival (25th anniversary year!)

Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd September:

Aardvark Festival Bookshop at Abergavenny Food Festival

16th -20th October: The Aardvarks visit the Frankfurt Book Fair

Sunday 27th October, 10am-3pm: Aardvark Autumn Brocante

Lots of stalls of bric-a-brac, vintage and antiques to browse, live music and café refreshments! Free entry, free parking, all welcome!

Saturday 23rd November, 10am-4pm: Aardvark Winter Shopping Event

Sunday 15th December, 10am-3pm: Aardvark Christmas Fair


If you would like more information about any of our events, please contact Sarah Swinson on 01547 530744 or email Aardvark Books Thank you!

Aardvark Children's Events:

Our next children's event will be on Easter Saturday, 20th April 2019.

Easter and Spring Crafts with Annie Thompson and Tilly, 11am-3pm: Free activity for children!

Annie's crafty activities with children all around the theme of plants and growing things were really popular at our Easter Event last year, and another painted frieze was added to the Bookburrow walls...

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

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.

Aardvark Books Schools' Events

We can host children's authors and have welcomed writers such as Katy Moran, Paul Dowswell, and in 2017 Polly Peters to talk about their books to children from local schools. We are always open to hosting visits by arrangement.

We welcome 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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