Aardvark Events

Next Events at Aardvark Books:

Saturday 1st June- Sunday 16th June: Out of the Hills 2019

Private View / Opening: Saturday 1st June 11am-2pm, Free entry, refreshments

Bardsey View, linocut by Amanda Hillier

Image: "Bardsey View" linocut print by Amanda Hillier

Eleven artists living and working in the Marches area come together in the second "Out of the Hills" art exhibition at Aardvark, curated by Kim and Maggie Davis.

The artists are: Jason Braham, Julienne Braham, Nik Burns, Julie Cooper, Anna Cumming, Kim Davis, Maggie Davis, Amanda Hillier, Ivan Jones, Kinki Glass and Jane Wells.

A selection of work for Out of the Hills 2019Images show work by (L to R, from top): Maggie Davis textile/mixed media; Kim Davis Woodturning; Julienne Braham painting; Julie Cooper landscape artist; Jason Braham potter; Ivan Jones, pastel artist and Amanda Hillier, linocut printing.


Out of the Hills debuted last year as a successor to the very popular Shropshire Hills Art Week which ran for five years up until 2017. After a successful beginning last year with excellent sales and good visitor numbers, the curators, artists Kim and Maggie Davis from Lingen in Herefordshire have rung the changes introducing a much wider range of work, and bringing to Aardvark a number of accomplished artists who have not exhibited at the venue before.

This year the exhibition opens on Saturday 1st June: amongst the newcomers are husband and wife Jason and Julienne Braham, who will be showing superb salt-glazed stoneware and celebratory pastoral paintings; Kinki Glass who will be exhibiting a range of dramatic, colourful modern glass, Amanda Hillier whose handmade linocut prints are inspired by nature and landscape, whilst artists Julie Cooper and Anna Cumming work in Mixed media and oils respectively. Finally Nik Burns creates extraordinary burnished animal metal sculptures.

Image shows work by Nik Burns, Jane Wells and Ivan JonesSelection of work for Out of the Hills 2019 (2)

Amongst those returning to show at Aardvark are Kim and Maggie themselves (Kim turns wood and Maggie is a mixed media artist, Ivan Jones who creates animal portraits in pastels and Jane Wells who will be showing her water colours and portraits.

As Aardvark Books owner Sheridan Swinson says: ‘I am astonished by the variety of artists that Kim and Maggie have brought together, and am very excited to welcome new and returning artists. I am particularly interested to see the latest works by Julienne Braham whose recent work has blown me away.’

The exhibition doesn’t have a single theme, but much of the work does show an engagement with the natural world, whether that is in terms of light experiments (Kinki Glass), or visions of the Marches landscape (Amanda Hillier), or dramatic animal forms (Nik Burns).

All works are for sale and many of the artists also undertake works on commission. Open every day during bookshop hours from 1st-16th June. Opening and Private View, Saturday 1st June 2019, 11am. Contact us for more details: 01547 530744.

 Wednesday 26th June, 9.30-10.30am: Poetry breakfast with Anna Dreda.

Theme: "So is mine eye enthralled"  - poetry to inspire and enchant, with French breakfast (coffee and croissants) at Aardvark Café!

Join us! Cost £8  - includes breakfast.

Sunday 7th July: Poetry in the Barn


Saturday 13th July: Jazz Brunch and Sale Launch

Mr Aardvark's poster says it all!

  And in August, the English Civil War Re-enactment returns to Brampton Bryan!

Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th August 2019: 375th Anniversary Civil War Re-enactment Weekend!

The English Civil War Society are bringing their re-enactment of the Sieges of Brampton Bryan in 1643 and 1644 in this 375th anniversary year. Not only will you be able to experience the cannon, musket and pike actions, but you will also hear the story of the bravery of Lady Brilliana Harley and the sieges of Brampton Bryan Castle. To understand what life was like in 17th Century England, you will be able to visit the Living History Village, complete with Inn, craftspeople and lots of activities. We understand that there may be horse (although perhaps not cavalry this time).

There will be a full programme of activities each day between 10am and 4pm - details to be announced.

Come and join us for the biggest and best Brampton Bryan re-enactment yet! Entry £5 per adult per day, under-16s free. Free parking. Bar and refreshments available on site.



Aardvark Events Programme 2019: The Full List


Fourth Wednesday of the month, 9.30am - Aardvark Poetry Breakfast with Anna Dreda.

Poetry breakfasts will be held on 4th Wednesday of the month except for July and August, and on the 3rd Wednesday in December. Themes:

27 February:  The madness of love
27 March:  Take some more tea, said the March Hare to Alice
24 April:  A Moveable Feast
22 May:  Blossom by blossom the spring begins
26 June:  So is mine eye enthralled
7 July:  Poetry in the Barn: a summer celebration – details below
24 July:  Midsummer madness

Saturday 23rd March, 11am-2pm: Spring Music Event

12th -14th March: The Aardvarks visit the London Book Fair

Friday 19th April : Private View of "The Flower Garden"

Saturday 20th April – Monday 6th May: The Flower Garden,

Art Exhibition, featuring artists Sabina Rüber, Ruth Kirkby and Lottie O'Leary.

Open every day except Easter Sunday, 21st April.

Saturday 20th April, Easter Garden Event with The Cottage Herbery


Sunday 21st April: Easter Sunday, we are CLOSED

Sunday 26th May: Aardvark May Brocante 10am-3pm

Lots of stalls of bric-a-brac, vintage and antiques to browse, live music and café refreshments! Free entry, free parking, all welcome!


Saturday 1st - Sunday 16th June: "Out of the Hills 2019"

Eleven artists in one great Art Exhibition, curated by Maggie and Kim Davis

Sunday 7th July, 10am-5pm, Poetry in the Barn:

A summer celebration of poetry with special guests Gillian Clarke, Jonathan Edwards, Paul Henry and Pauline Prior Pitt, curated by Anna Dreda. Tickets £30 including tea and coffee during day.


Saturday 13th July, 11am-2pm: Jazz Brunch and Sale Launch

Cool summer music to open our summer book sale. Brunch tickets: £8, bookable in advance

Saturday 13th - Sunday 28th July: The Aardvark SALE!

Hundreds of bargains in the warehouse and discounts in the shop!

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th August: Brampton Bryan 375th Anniversary Civil War Re-Enactment

with The English Civil War Society! Tickets £5 per person, per day, payable on the day.

Monday 26th August, 9am-3pm: Aardvark Vide-Grenie/Attic Sale

with live music, crafts for kids and over 30 stalls of antiques, bric-a-brac and vintage! Free entry & parking.

Saturday 7th - Sunday 22nd September: Herefordshire Art Week

"Great Pots", a memorial exhibition for Gordon Crosby

Friday 13th – Sunday 15th September:

Aardvark Festival Bookshop at Ludlow Food Festival (25th anniversary year!)

Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd September:

Aardvark Festival Bookshop at Abergavenny Food Festival

16th -20th October: The Aardvarks visit the Frankfurt Book Fair

Sunday 27th October, 10am-3pm: Aardvark Autumn Brocante

Lots of stalls of bric-a-brac, vintage and antiques to browse, live music and café refreshments! Free entry, free parking, all welcome!

Saturday 23rd November, 10am-4pm: Aardvark Winter Shopping Event

Sunday 15th December, 10am-3pm: Aardvark Christmas Fair


If you would like more information about any of our events, please contact Sarah Swinson on 01547 530744 or email Aardvark Books Thank you!

Aardvark Children's Events:

Our most recent children's event was on Easter Saturday, 20th April 2019.

Annie's crafty activities with children all around the theme of plants and growing things were really popular at our Easter Event, and another painted flower frieze has been added to the Bookburrow walls...

In 2016 the craft activities included creating a pretty Valentine's frieze, and at our Easter Event in April 2014, look what Annie Thompson created with the children - A beautiful Spring Frieze!

Spring Frieze in BookBurrow by Annie Thompson

Children's Activities at Aardvark Books

The BookBurrow is always open during bookshop hours for browsing, play and reading! Do come and see the castle, pirate ship and princess seat, and enjoy a happy hour or two in a space created for inspiration and imagination.

Aardvark Books Schools' Events

We can host children's authors and have welcomed writers such as Katy Moran, Paul Dowswell, and in 2017 Polly Peters to talk about their books to children from local schools. We are always open to hosting visits by arrangement.

We welcome ideas for educational and enjoyable activities: please contact Sarah Swinson 01547 530744 for more information or to arrange a school visit or activity, or email Aardvark Books

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