Red Lion Books Ltd

125 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1SZ

T: 01206 578584

Accepts Gift Cards

Accepts Paper Vouchers

E-Gift Vouchers not accepted

Book clubs / reading groups

Bookshop Description

Red Lion Books is the sole surviving independent bookshop in Colchester. (There were once 6). Situated on the High Street in the town centre it is still owned by Peter and Sarah Donaldson who founded the shop back in 1978. We are strongly embedded in the cultural life of our town and beyond. We have strong relationships with schools, taking books into Colchester schools, supporting author visits and providing book fairs particularly around World Book Day. We host in-store author events as well as monthly book clubs for adults and children. Through our involvement with the Essex Book Festival we travel around the county to provide books for literary events We support literary excellence enthusiastically in both adults & children's sections and do this by filling our shop with a large range of new titles each week, thoughtfully selected and attractively displayed, combined with a carefully curated stock holding.

We have recently started to deliver books nationally which includes a monthly subscription. We look forward to seeing you.

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 9am-5.00pm



We have a wonderful selection of greetings cards from independent smaller scale suppliers featuring specialist ranges and in particular designs from regional artists. We also have a gallery area downstairs featuring regularly changing exhibitions of work by local artists

What's on at Red Lion Books Ltd


Words In the Woods: Author talks, picnic, fire circle (AK Blakemore, Kate Worsley, James Henry, Ben Aitken, Mary Novakovich

Literature in nature, 5 Author talks, fire circle, Picnic food provided Set in a private wood between Colchester and the Sea (Exact locatio...




Author event about Severalls Psychiatric Hospital. Tom Lee 'The Bullet' A memoir of breakdown, 2pm

A memoir of breakdown, family and Severalls Psychiatric Hospital. Saturday 17th August, 2pm. Author event with author Tom Lee In August 201...



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