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Our events play a big part of our life here at Simply Books and we love hosting them! From our regular events in the bookshop to our Headline author events and our Simply Cinema film screenings - we have something for everyone!

Simply Books events!

Our regular bookshop events


Join Sue for stories & fun creative activities!

Rescue Chair

Date: 30th August

Time: 10.30am

Baby Book Club

Stories & rhymes perfect for 0-3 year olds!

Our headline event...

Baby Book Club

Date: 7th September

Time: 2.00pm

Beginners to advanced knitters -

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Informal Italian conversation


coffee &


An entertaining half hour chatting about books with Andrew.

Coffee & Conversation

Date: 6th September

Time: 11.00am

Caffe e Conversazione

Date: 29th August

Time: 11.00am


Our upcoming events and Simply Cinema screenings...

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Held on the third Thursday of every month...

Held on the first Wednesday of every month...

Held on the last Tuesday of every month...


Held on the first Thursday of every month...

Café y Conversacion

Date: 1st September

Time: 11.00am

Enjoy informal Spanish conversation

over cake

and coffee.

Note change of date...usually the first Friday of the month..

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Click on the images below to find out more about our regular events!

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Knit & Natter

Date: 17th August

Time: 3.00pm

Patrick Barkham introduces his new book Islander…an enticing exploration of the smallest islands around Britain…

An evening of 'behind-the-scenes' gossip and some mouth-watering dishes which John will be preparing for us to sample...

Part of our Children's Bookish Festival this August!

A practical 'hands-on' workshop to create, cover and bind your own very special book to take home.

Want to write the perfect detective story? Join Saviour Pirotta a wonderful storyteller and a great favourite of ours.

Find out what goes on at our Book Reviewers' Clubs and take home a book to review!

Time to rescue parents and grandparents! Sue will be reading 'What the Ladybird Heard on Holiday' by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks. We'll entertain the children and you relax with a complimentary drink!

We've planned a range of children's activities for all ages across three days in the shop - a summer fest!

Our first ever Children's Bookish Festival from Wednesday 30th August to Friday 1st September!

Day One:

Rescue Chair - Story and Creative Activities...  Buy Tickets!

Book Reviewing for Beginners... Buy Tickets!


Day Two:

Writing Academy with author Saviour Pirotta... Buy Tickets!


Day Three:

Book Artistry Workshop with book artist Alison Waters... SOLD OUT!


Songs, dancing, romance…the perfect way to round off the summer at Simply Cinema…

Exploring the 'Golden Age' of vintage detective stories.

Simply Books Annual Picnic... Yorkshire Sculpture Park

Date: Wednesday 23rd August

Time: 11.00am - 6.00pm

Venue: Yorkshire Sculpture Park


Info: For this year's picnic we have decided to make a return trip to The Yorkshire Sculpture Park near Wakefield - we have very fond memories of our previous outing there and there's always lots going on in the way of exhibitions, both in the park itself, and if the weather's not great there are some lovely indoor galleries too. This year we have decided to go midweek. Our coach will leave from the shop at 11.00am and return at approx 6.00pm.

As in previous years the plan will be to picnic on arrival (there's very nice cafe/restaurants too!). Then there'll be time to wander at leisure: maybe visit the galleries or for the more energetic there are several trails out to the various sculptures set across open parkland. If you'd like more details please give us a call at the shop (0161 439 1436); if you'd like to put your name down for the trip just let us know as soon as possible or book your tickets online (first come first served).


Ticket Price: £20 - ONLY ONE PLACE LEFT! To book please call the shop ASAP.

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