Festive Favourites

You know how we love a book list, and we look forward to writing this one each year. Christmas is a time to be with family and friends and do lots of festive and fun things, like eating lots of gingerbread and drowning in Mulled Wine. It is also the time of year where many of us book lovers are spoiled by our loved ones and given lots of new books to add to our reading list.

However, this list is not a to-be-read list, as we’ve yet to see what we’ll be gifted with this year. This is a list of our festive favourites. Books that we return to each year to get us in the spirit of the season, and that make us feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Without further ado, here is this year’s long awaited (by us at least) list of Christmas favourites. Ho ho ho!

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Bookbarn’s Bookish Advent Calendar

This year, for the first time, we will be posting a special offer or festive treat for each of the 24 days of advent.

In much the same way that you open the doors on your calendar to see which chocolate shape waits for you, we will post a Christmas gift to our Facebook page each day.

From our favourite literary Christmas quotes, to quiz questions with prizes, to special in store offers and discounts, throughout the month of December we are going to help you keep the spirit of the season going.

So far we’ve posted…

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Gifts for Your Favourite Book Lovers

We hope your Christmas shopping is going well, and that you’ve managed to find some real treats to show all of your loved ones how much you care. It’s the best time of year to treat the people in your life and spread good cheer to all those around you, but we know how stressful Christmas shopping can be when you’re short on gift ideas.

We thought we’d remind you of the wonderful gifts that we have in store here at Bookbarn, in the hopes that we’ll inspire you somehow or help you to find just what you’re looking for.

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Full Stop Café Wins Silver Award!

You’ll remember from our blog post last week, that the café were finalists for Best Café/Tea Room in the 2018 Somerset Tourism Awards.

Last night The Full Stop Cafe team were given the accolade of a Silver award, and we are all incredibly pleased for them. 


The team had a wonderful evening, celebrating being nominated and excitedly waiting to hear the results…

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See The Barn Poets at this year’s Winter Fayre

Our resident poetry group, The Barn Poets, are publishing their first collective works after just one year of working together.

barn poets

To celebrate and promote their book, they’re going to be performing some of their works at our Winter Fayre on the 22nd of November (just one week away!!), between 4pm and 9pm.

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Last chance to book for our Winter Fayre!

Winter in retail can be absolute madness, trying to help customers to find the perfect Christmas gift for each of their loved ones. And for us at Bookbarn, it also brings us our Wonderful Winter Fayre.

We’ve been taking bookings since early September, and we’ve now got just 2 spaces left for stallholders. If you’re reading this and considering giving it a shot – we encourage you to do so. Email us at bookbarn_bookbarninternational.com for an application form. It’s just £20 for a stall and we promise you an evening of festive fun (yes, that includes mulled wine)!

We also may be interested in outdoor exhibitors, if there is interest.

We love having new and different stall holders each year, and we’ve already got an exciting list of artists and craftspeople who are going to be filling up our café and shop with unique and irresistible items.

Winter Fayre

We are also doing a special Winter Giveaway on our Instagram, all you need to do is keep an eye on our feed for the competition post during the last week of November. Once the post is up, give it a like, give us a follow and tag a friend, and you could be in with the chance of winning one of these lovely Christmas books.


Each one perfect as a gift, or just to give you some ideas of fun activities throughout the festive season. Don’t miss the chance to win!


Our Favourite Spooky Books

By Emma Bilsborough, Shop and Darwin Team Leader

October brings us cold weather, multicoloured leaves and trees, and spooky carved pumpkins, and for us here at Bookbarn, it means entertaining all of our little half term visitors to the best of our ability.

We’ve had lots of painted faces, silly headbands and scary masks visiting us this week, so we’ve being seeing out the season in a brilliant way. Before we move into Winter, which for us means Craft Fayre planning, recommending Christmas presents and putting up our Book Tree, we wanted to (belatedly) celebrate All Hallows’ Eve in our own special way, by making a list of our favourite spooky/horror/thriller books. We hope you’ve got a cushion to hide behind…

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Have you heard about our Books by the Yard service?

In the last few years, we’ve tried harder than ever to provide a multitude of unique and different services for our customers, not only for the customers who visit our shop near Bristol, but also our online followers.

Amongst these services is our bulk buy/interior design service, Books by the Yard.


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