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.

Brilliant Scarecrow Sunday, lots of books, looking forward to J L Carr, H.Art and Ludlow Food Festival, sad goodbye11th August 2018

Congratulations to all behind the planning and execution of last Sunday's Brampton Bryan Scarecrow Day. A fantastic success with the village packed out with visitors, lots of people taking the castle tour and enjoying the terrific lunches. Things were also very busy at Aardvark all weekend - with Saturday's launch and lots of Scarecrow day visitors finding their way  to the bookery. Whilst final figures are not yet in I gather that it will also be a near record fundraising total for the day, which is brilliant as St Barnabas is an important church ( one of only six built during the Commonwealth period) and Scarecrow Day is vital to its ongoing finances.

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Scarecrow Sunday, Applications for Café position, Idle Thoughts of a musical & vinous bent5th August 2018

Today, as I never tire of telling people, is Scarecrow Sunday, Brampton Bryan's annual fete, when the village is teeming with Scarecrowws (this year on a musical theme), stalls and lots of activities and it is also the only time of the year when access can be made by the general public to the ruins of Brampton Bryan Castle, on guided tours led by Edward Harley. Plus the flower displays in the church are terrific. Aardvark is entering into the spirit of the proceedings and there will be guitar music from 11am-2pm courtesy of a  young man called Oran. To continue the musical theme, we also have our recently opened 'Summer Sextet' exhibition.

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Art Opening - Summer Sextet, Scarecrow Sunday, Radio Fame, Pop-Ups, lots and lots of books4th August 2018

It's a busy weekend in prospect here at Aardvark. First up we have the opening of our new art exhibition 'Summer Sextet' that has been curated by Rob Fountain and features paintings, sculptures, ceramics and multi-media art. The exhibition opens at 11am this morning, and then runs until Sunday 19th of August.

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Meetings with Remarkable Books, Summer Sextet, Scarecrow Sunday28th July 2018

Last week we started a new series of videos on our Facebook page 'Meetings with Remarkable Books'. The idea is to highlight some of the incredible books that come through the shop and to give people an impression of what makes an unusual or collectible book. Second instalment uploads next week and spoiler alert, it features Daphne du Maurier.

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28th July 2018

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So much has happened, and so much is coming up30th June 2018

The Aardvarks are back from a few weeks' holiday and looking back, I realise that it has been over a month since my last blog. First, many thanks to the people of the Loire and the Cher who were friendly, helpful and very forgiving of English people who did not always know exactly where we were going.

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Fabulous May Brocante about to open !28th May 2018

Stallholders are here and set up, the first visitors are starting to arrive and early deals are being done. Don't miss out, come out to the fabulous Aardvark May Brocante! No seriously we have our biggest range of stalls ever and I can't be left to buy everything ( our house is already full of bargains from previous Brocante's).

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Don't Forget - Bank Holiday Brocante27th May 2018

Yes it's our biggest Flea Market/Brocante ever tomorrow on Bank Holiday Monday. The weather may be overcast but are we downhearted - no off course we are not. Come and find that fantastic bargain you never knew you needed. Enjoy home made soup and over delicacies from the Aardvark Kitchen ( our new baker Jo has prepared some delicious treats!

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Bank Holiday Weekend, Out of the Hills19th May 2018

With all the excitement for today's Royal Wedding and the FA Cup Final I hesitate to mention that next weekend is the May Half-term Bank Holiday weekend and Aardvark will be open all weekend and we also have our fabulous May Brocante on the Bank Holiday Monday.


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Art of the Print, Blue Haze Quartet, new cake selection, looking forward to the Brocante and beyond13th May 2018

The fantastic weather over the Bank Holiday weekend was a real joy, and made a great opening to our art show 'The Art of the Print'. Thank you again to the artists Dru, Michael and Stephen who helped us  to put the show  together. If you haven't seen the show yet you have one more week to do so!


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