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Our Events

Our events programme moved online for the last eighteen months but once again we are now preparing to welcome you back to physical events at the shop. Events will be posted below as they are announced.

Red Lion Books
125 High Street

Death Club
…because it’s good to find time to talk
Sunday, 23rd June 10.30am
Red Lion Books

Colchester Arts Centre

Daytime Book Club in collaboration with Essex Book Festival:
Helen MacDonald and Sin Blaché
Discussing novel THE PROPHET
Doors Open 1030am for 11am start
At Colchester Arts Centre
Thursday 27th June 2024

Red Lion Books

Monthly Writing Club
Upstairs at Red Lion Books
June 29th

Red Lion Books

Monthly Silent Book Club
…because we all need to schedule in reading time
Bring your own book & a blanket!
1st July 2024, 5pm

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Book Clubs

are a place to share your enthusiasm for books and reading. We host a range of book clubs for adults and children.

Are You A Local Author?

We work with local authors in many ways and enjoy supporting the vibrant writing and author community in and around Colchester



What Our Customers Say

At Red Lion Books every customer counts and we will always do our very best to help you find the book that is perfect for you. Here are some reflections from our customers.

One of the best independent bookstores in essex! Has a great online store as well.

Eleanor Wilson Avatar Eleanor Wilson

Excellent shop with so many books. I've never seen so many Childre 's books. There is a downstairs too! A chess board is set up so i expect you can play. Great service !

darron welch Avatar darron welch

What a lovely little book shop! Crams in far more than you'd expect, gives you a personal experience as opposed to chain bookstores and there's an amazing children's section. Accessibility to a basement level will be difficult for those with physical disabilities (it's a little old building) so staff are very happy to browse and collect for you.

Matthew N Avatar Matthew N

An amazing bookshop, a little gem in the heart of Colchester. Everyone that works there is so kind and willing to help you find a book that suits you, but they're not afraid to suggest new genres once they get to know you! 💜☺️

Aphrodite Kagia (Aphrodiety) Avatar Aphrodite Kagia (Aphrodiety)

Visited this lovely store today and what can I say? Plethora of books and great customer service!

Mauricia Lewis Avatar Mauricia Lewis

Every time I am in Red Lion Books the staff are always lovely and helpful, always willing to give suggestions and help me find books and sometimes just up for a chat about how much we love certain books. I have been going here since I was a young child and throughout College, they were perfect for my English Literature exam books, I even used a voucher I won at primary school to buy my College books 😂. I will forever shop here and also I love your TikTok. Such a great place!

Grace leahmae Avatar Grace leahmae

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