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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.

25.05.2024
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Red Lion Books

Monthly Writing Club
Upstairs at Red Lion Books
10am

30.05.2024
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Offsite. Please confirm location

May 2024 Daytime Book Club:
APPETITE BOOK CLUB (Age 18+)
11.30am at various venues

31.05.2024
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Red Lion Books

Linocut Workshop with Holly:
May 31st 2024
10am

31.05.2024
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Red Lion Books

Essex Walks with Neil D’Arcy Jones
Daily Walks 27th-31st May 2024
11am

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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

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Reviews

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 friendliest independent book shops I've ever been into. The staff are knowledgeable and are able to answer almost any question that you may have (on books at least, I have never challenged them on orthopedic foot care). Beware though, you'll want to buy loads of books!

Phil Hurst Avatar Phil Hurst
19/02/2018

Lovely independent bookshop, really inclusive and with a fantastic selection. Their displays are beautiful and staff are friendly. I could happily spend a mint in here!

Myra Smith Avatar Myra Smith
27/04/2023

Lovely and friendly staff. Happy to answer my questions and thoughts. Beautiful place warm and caring shop.

Worm Wood Avatar Worm Wood
03/12/2020

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
10/04/2022

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
13/02/2023

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
21/03/2023
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