Aardvark Events

Exciting May events at Aardvark: Maps, Gardens, Brocante!

We will be at the British Red Cross Great Spring Gardening Event at Newport House

on Wednesday 26th April, 10.30am-4.30pm with Paul Caton,

and a selection of gardening, art and design books, greetings cards. It's very exciting to be invited to take part in this amazing event and we're lookign forward to it!

Maps and Mansions: Opens 11am, 29th April 2017, until Sunday 14th May

This year’s exhibition which opens at 11am on Saturday 29th April, contains many rare and important maps of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Radnorshire, together with fine 18th and 19th century views of the significant houses from the counties.

South-East View of Brampton Bryan Castle, by BuckMap of Herefordshire for Michael Drayton's Polyolbion

‘Maps and Mansions’ compares work by key map makers across all three counties, and for the first time Aardvark will be showing the Johannes Blaeu maps of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Radnorshire at the same time. There will also be an opportunity to see rare first editions of Hole’s early 17th century maps made to accompany The Poly-Olbion, written by Shakespeare’s friend Michael Drayton. This long topographical poem describes England and Wales, with references to both contemporary science and ancient Arthurian mythology. The exhibition includes two Poly-Olbion maps of Shropshire, together with the map of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

Ogilby Road Map, 1675

There are numerous examples of Ogilby maps from the area , (including first editions), a rare first edition Speed of Herefordshire, fine examples of the large Blome maps of Herefordshire and Shropshire, and maps by Janssen, Harrison, Cary and Bowen, (a superb example of the large map of Herefordshire) to name just a few of the mapmakers whose works are included.

People often ask about when colour is added to maps, and the exhibition also includes an early example of the Humphrey Llwyd map of Wales from 1574, a year after its original publication, which has very early – possibly contemporary – colouring.

Amongst the highlights of the exhibition is a folio sized album of prints and sketches put together by nineteenth century Shropshire MP Stanley Leighton, as an aide memoire when he was preparing his magisterial ‘Shropshire Houses’. A number of the houses in the album no longer exist, and it is therefore an outstanding historical record. There are also prints by Buck of Brampton Bryan and Wigmore Castle, together with numerous hand coloured views from ‘Herefordshire Antiquities’ .

The exhibition will be open every day until 14th May. Please contact us if you are interested in receiving a price list.

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 still taking bookings, prices are: £10 for a 6ft space, plus £3 if you need to hire a table from us.

The Aardvark Woodburner in action

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 Childrens' Events 2017:

Our next craft event for children this year will be:

Saturday 15th April, 11am-3pm: Easter Crafts with Annie Thompson

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!

Valentine's Frieze 140216

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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