Red Lion BookS A place to find your next favourite read Welcome to Colchester's independent family bookshop Love reading? Escape with a new story Explore the shelves for our carefully curated stock and the pick of new titles arriving each week

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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

Book Launch
A Home for All Seasons by Kay Prestney and Becca Cherry
11th July 2024, 6pm

Red Lion Books
125 High Street

Author Talk with Nancy Stevenson
Beach Hut People
Saturday 13th July, 2024 11am

Red Lion Books

Monthly Writing Club
Upstairs at Red Lion Books
July 20th
previously the 27th. NB Date change

A private wood between Colchester and the Sea

Words In The Woods
Save the Date
5 authors, food, fire circle
Sunday 21st July 2024
AK Blakemore, Kate Worsley, James Henry, Ben Aitken, Mary Novakovich

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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.

Love this bookshop. Helpful, friendly and knowledgeable staff and excellent books on the shelves. Ordered books are obtained in just a couple of days. Cannot fault this wonderful bookshop.

Mary McCarthy Avatar Mary McCarthy

Really lovely staff, so friendly, chatty and kind. A huge range of beautiful books, new, old and collectible!

Jess March Avatar Jess March

Heart and soul of the town. My whole family loves Red Lion Books and the staff. They've been such an important part of our whole households love of literature. I can get my kids to go to any boring town based task if I promise a quick trip to Red Lion!! Thank you Red Lion Books for everything that you do!

Charlie Farlie Avatar Charlie Farlie

A fabulous book shop. Their events are the best, from meet the author to their monthly book club for children.

Nicole S Avatar Nicole S

Wonderful bookshop packed full of enticing reads, some unexpected. Super friendly well informed and well read staff. A real treat.

Tim Regan Avatar Tim Regan

A local book shop with a good selection of stock. The staff are very friendly and they were extremely helpful when I placed an order for a selection of books for my place of work. Thank you

Andrew Faithfull Avatar Andrew Faithfull

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