Aardvark Events

News of Events at Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan

Our Next Events:

Tuesday 10th July, 6.30pm-8pm: Light Prints Book Group at Aardvark Books!

The book is: "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine" by Gail Honeyman. If you are interested, please contact www.lightprints.co.uk and on signing up you will get a free copy of the book!

If you can't make it to the book group but would like to read the book, there are a few copies for sale in the bookshop.

Saturday 14th July: Jazz Brunch and Sale Launch

with Paul Brooks' Ludlow Jazz Collective 11am-2pm, and a chance to be the first to shop our annual book sale!

The Ludlow Jazz Collective are: Paul Brooks on Piano, Roy Johnson on Saxophone, Dayne Cranenburgh on Acoustic Bass, and Andrew Sime on Drums. They palys well-known jazz standards, latin songs and some blues. They went down a storm last year, and we are delighted to welcome them back for our summer brunch event!

Last year the brunch included avocado, bacon and egg toasts, blueberry pancakes with maple syrup with orange juice and coffee or tea.

Call us in advance to book places for the Jazz brunch, 01547 530744. The event is free but you'll need to buy the brunches!

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

The Annual Aardvark warehouse sale, with hundreds of bargain books, and discounts throughout the shop, for two whole weeks! Come and browse!

Sat 4th - Sun 19th August: Art Exhibition

"Summer Sextet"

Opening on Saturday 4th August at 11am, we are delighted to present a group show of ceramics, sculpture, paintings and drawings by Rob Fountain, Kathy Heinzelmann, David Howorth, Brian Lammas, Kevin Street and Basil Titford. More details to be announced soon!

Sun 5th August: Brampton Bryan Scarecrow Sunday

The annual village fundraiser for St Barnabas Church, with lots of family activities on the Cricket Pitch by Brampton Bryan Village Hall, and Scarecrows all around the village. We will be open at Aardvark Books as usual for books, coffee and cake, and you will also be able to enjoy our Summer Sextet art exhibition (see above).

Monday 27th August: Aardvark Vide-Grenier/Attic Sale, 9am-3pm

With live Jazz by "Blue Moon", who return for this popular Bank Holiday market and live music event. Ludlow-based Blue Moon are: Jack Brett - guitar & slide guitar, Mal Salisbury - bass, Nic Rawlinson - drums, and Nick Hurt - keyboards, guitar and harmonica.

We'll have a bar, café refreshments and lots of stalls of vintage, bric-a-brac and antiques to browse, as well as the bookshop and special children's craft activities with Annie Thompson! Free entry, free parking.

Saturday 1st September: J L Carr Study Day, 9.30 -4.30pm

This unique event will be an entertaining and thought-provoking celebration of J L Carr and his work, and will include a showing of the film : "A Month in the Country", readings and discussion.

Tickets £10 each, bookable in advance at Aardvark Books, call 01547 530744 or visit!

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


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 17th 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:

Monday 27th August 2018: 11am-3pm at the Aardvark Vide - Grenier, Annie Thompson will have a craft gazebo for children.

Annie will have returned from WOMAD once again with lots of crafty ideas, and children love her creativity with natural materials and paints. Free activities. come along and have a go!

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!

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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