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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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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

St Botolph’s Street, Colchester CO2 7EE

St Botolph’s Music Society
Concert Elgar Cello Concerto
3rd February 7.30 pm

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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.

An independent book shop with an excellent selection of titles and authors. An informative and friendly staff with an easy to navigate selection of books. Highly recommended.

Stephen Gibbs Avatar Stephen Gibbs

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

Nice independent book shop on Colchester High St. Worth finding. Good selection. Enthusiastic staff. Go there

A King Avatar A King

Went in for the first time and bought a beautiful hardback that I hadn’t seen before. lovely staff & very reasonably priced!

Elouise Goodchild Avatar Elouise Goodchild

I have been shopping at Red Lion Books for decades. It doesn't matter if I go into the shop, ring them up, or contact them online, I always get the same terrific service. The people there are knowledgeable, efficient, good humoured and helpful. I cannot count the times they have gone beyond just good service but added a little extra. During the lockdowns they were exceptionable and their attention to my requests helped keep me and my family sane. I cannot recommend them too highly.

dingdong Avatar dingdong

Great bookshop and friendly staff. Happy to order in books for you and lovely for a browse.

Trish O Avatar Trish O

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