The Aardvark Blog

The Aardvark Blogger is always busy!

Lots going on with events and visitors to the bookshop. Not to mention plans for next year, markets and fairs, author events, live music and much more. Keep looking in to find out about everything that is happening in the bookshop in the middle of nowhere.

Aardvarks Back from Norfolk, Art of the Print, Point to Point, hard pounding21st April 2018

Back from a wonderful short break in North Norfolk on the coast near Holkham and Burnham. A fantastic area and I am glad to say one still full of bookshops and booklovers. Even though I was on holiday I found to buy a little group of books on dolls houses ( you can take the aardvark out of the shop, but  not the shop out of the aardvark). Great memories of the gardens around the ruins of Walsingham Abbey and of that fantastic beach in Holkham bay.

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What a week its been14th April 2018

Wow what a non-stop week its been here at Aardvark. On Monday we set off in a van to Oxford, where after going round the centre of the city three times ( thank you satnav) , we finally found our destination. Some hours later we were back on the road with nearly 2,000 extremely interesting British and world history books in the van. Many thanks to Aine and Stephen for their hard work and relentless good humour ( why is it that when one moves books it always starts to rain!).

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Busy week in the bookshop, 'Art of the Print', 'Out of the Hills' and Much More7th April 2018

The last week has been the busiest Easter holiday we have had for some years with the shop full from mid-morning to late afternoon every day. After an incredible Easter Saturday, Easter Monday was as busy as one of our event days and every day since has seen record numbers of customers. Many thanks to the hard working Aardvark team for keeping the show on the road ( particularly on Wednesday when in the afternoon Annie and Jo were on their own).

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Big thanks to all who made Easter so fantastic!2nd April 2018

I just want in this blog to thank all who made Good Friday and Easter Saturday so fantastic in the bookshop. That is our two wonderful artists Paul Caton and Paul Bearman, our brilliant Aardvark team,  (Annie, Serena, Bucky, Katie S, Aine, Paul and Tadhg), the stallholders  - and how lovely it was to have Kim from the Cottage Herbery back here for another Easter Hurrah - and most of all our brilliant Aardvark customers (without whom there would of course be no shop).

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Snow again, busy week, April book bonanza, Easter and sculpture, Jazz amongst the bookshelves24th March 2018

May I begin by apologising for our being closed last Sunday during the return of 'Snowpocalypse'. We have had to close early or entirely more this winter than for any winter since we started. Whilst all three Marches counties did a good job on clearing the main roads, the side roads remained tricky until Monday lunchtime. Again I am sorry if any-one did attempt the trip to see us. Let us hope that for the rest of the year things can return to normal.

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Snow no more, Borderlines Sponsored Film, even more books10th March 2018

My last few blogs have been entirely concerned with the snow and bad weather that we had at the beginning of the month, and I am delighted to say that we have had some very sunny days and 'snowmageddon' is but a distant memory. The next week should see some higher temperatures and periods of sunshine, so what better place to enjoy Spring than with a visit to the central Marches.

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Opening Hours 3rd of March3rd March 2018

We have opened for a few hours today in order to answer emails and process online orders, but will be closing again at 2pm. We will be open again for at least a few hours tomorrow and hopefully will be back to normal on Monday.


Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

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Closing Early 2nd March2nd March 2018

Apologies but we are again closing early due to the weather conditions. We will try to open again tomorrow but please call to confirm before leaving home.


Best wishes,

The Aardvarks

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Valentine's event is finally here17th February 2018

The sun came up t his morning and I realised that today is Aardvark's first event of our 2018 programme. And before I knew it  I was lifting in large boxes containing cake, helping unpack Sarah Rogers many boxes of delicious chocolates and today we also have a fantastic range of hand made country hats and accessories.

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Spring Fair, Epic victory in Kingsland Quiz, 'The Bookshop' performance at Courtyard, Valentine's Event10th February 2018

Riding on the coat tails of our brilliant and extremely knowledgable neighbours the Aardvark Allstars team managed to emerge victorious at the Kingsland Teddy Trust quiz, beating some 18 other teams to the coverted first prize. Never has a victory been less deserved as the Ivy House contingent were simply awesome. My main contribution was finally remembering what goes into a bearnaise sauce ( yes it is Tarragon, but for some reason I just couldn't fix on the right herb and opted for Tarragon as being the only one that I couldn't reject out of hand). A great evening and lots of money raised for the Teddy Trust that is a great cause which Aardvark has been supporting for the last couple of years.

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