Aardvark Events

News of Events at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan:

The Aardvark 2019 Events Calendar

Aardvark Books: Dates for 2019 just ANNOUNCED!


Wednesday 23rd January, 9.30am - Aardvark Poetry Breakfast with Anna Dreda. Theme: "Endings and Beginnings". Poetry breakfasts will be held on 4th Wednesday of the month except July and August, and on the 3rd Wednesday in December.

Tuesday 19th February: Light Prints Book Group , 6.30-8pm

The books to be discussed are: I am, I am, I am by Maggie O'Farrell, and When Breath becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

Do come along if you're interested, the discussions are open to all, and if you contact Lizzie or Graham at LightPrints, they will provide copies of the books for you.

Thursday 7th March: World Book Day

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

Gareth Rees-Roberts plays Latin American guitar music to give us a spring in our step!

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 World Book Day, Thursday 7th March 2019. Watch this space for further details.

Crafts with Annie Thompson at our Winter Event on 17th November 2018 produced Christmas decorations and festive bunting which is now hanging in the BookBurrow!

Annie's crafty activities with children all around the theme of plants and growing things were really popular at our Easter Event this year, and another painted frieze has been 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

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

The Aardvark BookBurrow and Castle

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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