National Book Tokens at Bookbarn

We have exciting news!

Thanks to our membership with the lovely Booksellers Association, we have been able to set up our shop so that we can take National Book Tokens.


If you’re not sure what National Book Tokens are, let me tell you.

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Books to Get You Through the January Blues

-By Emma Bilsborough, Marketing and Retail

January, my friends, is the worst of all months. There’s no use fighting it. We’re all poor, it’s cold, it lasts for about ten years, and going back to our usual routine after a month of nothing but merriment is almost impossible.

So, with that in mind, we’ve created this little list of recommendations for books to keep you going! Let us know what you think, and if there are any books that always cheer you up when you are in a slump, let us know those too. We love receiving recommendations from our customers and fellow book lovers.

So, let us begin.

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New Year, New Books

You may have noticed if you’ve paid us a visit that we’ve recently created a large space in our entrance area for new books of varying prices. We’re very excited about this change, as it’s bringing us some high quality, interesting books, that still fit in with the rest of our stock, as they’re all different and you may not find them in your usual high street bookshop.

We have a range of different subjects available, from fiction, to memoirs, to photography books, there’s even some particularly interesting looking Encyclopedias.

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A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

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And what a year it has been!

Plenty of change and growth has happened in 2018 for Bookbarn, including renovations to our lovely Full Stop Café, shop changes, new staff and new services.

We want to say thank you to all of our new and old customers who have made this such a brilliant year for us, and we look forward to everything that awaits us in 2019.

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Festive Favourites

-By Emma Bilsborough, Retail Team Leader

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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