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.

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Winter Soiree 2023:
Bookshop Party
7th December, 6pm
3 Authors & a Goodie Bag

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YA Book Club:
monthly event

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Monthly event – Daytime Book Club:
APPETITE BOOK CLUB Daytime Event (Age 18+)
11.30am at various venues

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Writing Club Club:
Hosted by Revival of The Arts
monthly event
Saturday mornings

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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.

Recommended by a relative. Super friendly and helpful staff! Bought The Queens Wardrobe.

Laura Beesley Avatar Laura Beesley

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

Eleanor Wilson Avatar Eleanor Wilson

An excellent independent book shop with knowledgeable about friendly staff. There are specialist reading sections over 2 floors in the shop and a lovely selection of greetings cards in a dedicated area by the entrance of the shop.

Wendy Buck Avatar Wendy Buck

Lovely shop, came in with my wife, it was our first time in the shop after it being recommended. My wife left happy with lots of new books.

Dan Mcnally Avatar Dan Mcnally

Some of the friendliest staff in Colchester, always a pleasant experience when I go in, and their enormous selection of books never fails to make me leave with something I didn't need, but desperately wanted

Jed Tyler Avatar Jed Tyler

Red Lion Books is a great local business. Has a wide selection of new and older publications. A very good place to find, or order less easy to find books.

David Hough Avatar David Hough

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