Aardvark Events

Welcome to Aardvark Summertime: August 2017 in Brampton Bryan!

Monday 28th August - Our August Bank Holiday Vide Grenier (Attic Sale): with "Blue Moon" live music!

Antiques, vintage, plants, live music from Blue Moon, children's craft activities, hot and cold café refreshments and a bar; the French-style "empty your attic" sale, book a stall or come and buy! Also, free crafts for kids with Annie Thompson,: creative activities using natural materials, and more. Free entry, free parking. To book a stall please call in to the bookshop or call us on 01547 530744, a 6ft space is £10, plus £3 if you need to hire a table from us.

Looking ahead to the autumn, literary, musical and art events in store are:

8th-10th September: Literary Ludlow at Ludlow Food Festival!

We will be mounting a pop-up bookshop in Ludlow Castle this year - the first at a Food Festival, we believe! - and an exciting programme of author events is planned - do come and find us in the Food Festival and enjoy a coffee while you browse the books - Aardvark comes to Ludlow!

9th-24th September: Herefordshire Art Week Exhibition: Weft and Warp

This year we are delighted to be showcasing the work of textile artists including Jenni Stuart-Anderson, Sarah Cage, Su Pascoe, Caroline Goyvaerts Everett and Charlotte Gardiner as well as linocut prints by Drusilla Cole, work by Lorenzo Gavarini, and stick chairs and more by Terry Browne. More details to be announced very soon!

 

Friday 15th September, 6-8 pm: Special book launch at Aardvark Books!

What if Napoleon, instead of Wellington, had won at Waterloo?

Napoleon has crushed the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo, and his ex-wife Empress Josephine presides over French-occupied Britain. Cornwall erupts into open rebellion, and young heiress Hester escapes with Crow, Wellington's former intelligence officer, a half-French aristocrat haunted by his part in the catastrophic defeat.

We are very excited to have the opportunity to launch False Lights by KJ Whittaker. Come and meet Katy and hear about her new novel - she will be a familiar face to bookshop regulars! You can find out more about the book here at the website of Katy's publisher. Tickets for the launch are available now - please contact us for more details!

 

Saturday 7th October: Arcadia at Aardvark, Special Festival event with Hugh Webb and Roger Nichols.

Hugh Webb will give an illustrated talk on the harp, followed by "Sense and Sensuality", a talk in which Roger Nichols (Chevalier de la Legion D'Honneur) looks at a few of the features that make French music so alluring, with live musical illustrations by a string and harp ensemble. Truly a Classical treat, not to be missed! Tickets for this event alone (Event 3 in the Arcadia Festival) are £10, or entry is included in this year's new Festival Pass ticket at £40.

The Aardvark 2017 Events Calendar!

Our calendar of events for this year is here  -  there are many treats in store!

Saturday 8th-23rd April  - "Fire and Earth"  Special ceramics exhibition, showcasing the work of 18 potters, clay artists and ceramicists, curated by Shannon Donovan. Artists include Stephen Cox RA, Andrew Crouch, Shannon Donovan, Ken Eastman, Andrew Eastwood, Rob Fountain, Nancy Frost, Tony Hall, Verity Howard, Garry Jones, Corinna Kenyon-Wade, Maggie Kingston, Hajeong Lee, Bev Milward, Jonathan Phillips, Phil Rogers, Gill Tennant-Eyles, and Basil Titford.

(see full entry under 'Gallery' on website)

Saturday 15th April, 10am-4pm - the Aardvark Easter Event with The Cottage Herbery, live music and children's Easter crafts with Annie Thompson.

Saturday 29th April "Maps and Mansions" The Aardvark antique map exhibition 2017 opens 11am - exhibition runs to Sunday 14th May, 4pm.

Monday 29th May, 9am - 3pm  -  Our popular Bank Holiday Brocante sale with live music from Norrie Davies, fabulous antique and vintage stalls and homemade soup and cake! We're taking bookings, prices are: £10 for a 6ft space, plus £3 if you need to hire a table from us.

Saturday 3rd -18th June  -"Worlds and Otherworlds", Shropshire Hills Art Week exhibition, artists wil be: Susie Cawley, Bob Cunning, Kim Davis, Maggie Davis, Nancy Frost, Michael Hancock, Tim Harral, Isobel Hutton, Sarah Jameson, Jane Keay, Helena Orlowski, Katherine Soutar Caddick, Pearl Taylor, and Bronte Woodruff.

Saturday 24th June - Sunday 2nd July: "The Solstice" Group exhibition by the Solstice Painters of Montgomery

Saturday 15th - Sunday 30th July - Our annual sale opens in summer this year, with a cool Jazz Brunch on Saturday 15th July, 11am-2pm.

Saturday  12th and Sunday 13th August - we are delighted to once again host the English Civil War Society, who will bring a grand Re-enactment of the Sieges of Brampton Bryan, with cannon, muskets, living history village and much more 17th century fun!

Monday 28th August - Our August Bank Holiday Vide Grenier - antiques, vintage, plants, live music and bar with hot and cold refreshments; the French-style "empty your attic" sale, book a stall or come and buy!

Saturday 9th-24th September - the Aardvark h.Art Exhibition: a Textiles extravaganza and more!

Friday 8th-10th September - once again Aardvark Books will be the official bookseller at the Ludlow Food Festival.        

Saturday 7th October, 2pm -Arcadia Music Festival event at Aardvark Books: "French Music and the Harp" Illustrated talks by Roger Nichols and Hugh Webb, tickets £10.00, please reserve seats in advance.

11th-15th October - the Aardvark annual visit to the Frankfurt International Bookfair.

Sunday 22nd October, 10am - 3pm  - Our Autumn Brocante event - antiques, vintage and live music from Norrie Davies.

Saturday 18th November, 10am-4pm - a fabulous Winter Event, plus live music, children's crafts with Annie Thompson and warming homemade soup!

Sunday 10th December, 10am-3pm - the Aardvark Christmas Fair, antiques, vintage, crafts, live music, mince pies, mulled wine.... Jollity!

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 or other event, please contact Sarah Swinson on 01547 530744 or email Aardvark Books   Thank you!

Aardvark Children's Events 2017:

Our next craft event for children this year will be:

Monday 28th August 2017, Aardvark Vide-Grenier: Annie Thompson's summer crafts

We're always delighted to welcome back Annie Thompson and Tilly. Annie specialises in creating original crafty things out of natural materials, and is a regular at WOMAD.

Last year, Sat 14th February 2016 the craft activities included creating this frieze: pretty, and fun!

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Valentine's Frieze above window Feb16

At our Easter Event 19th 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!

     

Easter crafts - making Easter cards at our Easter event:

  

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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