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UK Book Fairs You Should Check Out

UK Book Fairs You Should Check Out
READING PROGRESS
Created By: Amira Adelon 04 July, 2022

Through seminars, panel discussions, and presentations, book fairs help book trade professionals learn about current developments in the industry. A variety of networking-oriented events are also offered at book fairs. If you’re a bookworm that loves reading, then book fairs are the perfect place for you. You will get to explore a wide selection of books to choose from. Here’s a list of UK book fairs you should check out! 

UK Book Fairs You Should Check Out

1. Northampton 

Up to 20 book vendors selling used and rare books, maps, prints, and other items will be at the expo, which takes place in the town of Northampton.

Time and Date: July 9, 2022, 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: The St Thomas Centre at Northampton Cathedral, Kingsthorpe Road, Northampton, NN2 6AG

Travel Information

Train: Just over a mile from Northampton railway station

2. Ilkley

The Ilkley Book Fair is a long-running and friendly event, and the entrance to the fair is free. 

The Grove and the central parking lot are a short, easy walk from the King's Hall and Winter Garden venue, which is ideally located across from the Ilkley train and bus station. About 50 bok dealers will be present, many of whom are from Yorkshire and Lancashire, but others come from as far away as Scotland and the south coast. They will be selling thousands of items, including used and antiquarian books, fiction and non-fiction, and related ephemera, at prices starting from pennies and going up.

Time and Date: July 29, 2022, 12:00 - 18:00

                            July 30, 2022, 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: King's Hall and Winter Garden, Station Road, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 8HB

Travel Information

Bus: Town centre stop, then a 2-3 minute walk

Train: Ilkley station, 2-3 minute walk

3. July Online Book Fair

This book fair offers secondhand, rare and antiquarian books, maps, prints, posters, manuscripts, and ephemera with prices to suit everyone. 

You will deal directly with the exhibitor selling the book. You must contact the dealer by phone or email and arrange payment methods, delivery, etc.

The "Members Books for sale" section of the website will contain a list of any unsold books from this fair or other online fairs. This has almost 14,000 books and is fully searchable.

Time and Date: July 29, 2022, 12:00 - Onwards

4. Topsham

A wide variety of used, rare, and antiquarian books, maps, prints, and other ephemera are available during the second Topsham Book Fair of the year to suit all budgets.

Lunches, snacks, tea, coffee, and soft drinks are available at the fair.

Time and Date: August 7,  2022, 10:30 - 16:00

Venue: Matthews Hall, Fore Street, Topsham, Exeter, Devon, EX3 0HF

Travel Information

Bus: Bus routes from Exeter and Exeter/Sidmouth are available
Train: Topsham; regular service from Exeter St David's and Exeter St Thomas

5. Bakewell

This is the largest book market in Derbyshire's Peak District, with about 30 vendors present. The fair welcomes everyone, including children and pets. There’s also disabled access throughout, as well as cafes and refreshments. 

The venue is located close to the town centre, shops, and other tourist destinations, including Chatsworth and Haddon Hall.

Time and Date: August 13,  2022, 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: Bakewell Agricultural Centre, Agricultural Way, Haddon Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AH

Travel Information

Bus: To Bakewell - Trans-Peak from Derby or Manchester; X18 or 240 from Sheffield or 170 from Chesterfield

Train: Matlock 9 miles, Grindleford 9 miles, but no taxi rank at either

6. Wilton

The Wilton Book Fair offers a large selection of used, rare, and antiquarian books, frequently along with maps, prints, and other memorabilia. This is one of the best book fairs to visit and offers an opportunity to spend a beautiful day outdoors in a lovely locale.

There are light meals and hot drinks available all day. 

Time and Date: August 21, 2022, 10:30 - 16:00

Venue: The Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton, Wiltshire, SP2 0JS

Travel Information

Bus: Regular service

Train: Salisbury, then bus or taxi (3 miles distance)

7. August Online Book Fair

With pricing to fit every budget, this book fair includes used, rare, and antiquarian books, maps, prints, posters, manuscripts, and ephemera.

Dealings with the exhibitor who is selling the book will be direct. To set up payment methods, delivery, etc., you must call or email the dealer.

Any unsold books from this fair or other online fairs will be listed in the website's "Members Books for sale" section. This is completely searchable and contains approximately 14,000 books.

Time and Date: August 29, 2022, 12:00 - Onwards

8. York National Book Fair

Anyone who enjoys reading and books will love this fair; it’s one of the best UK book fairs. This is a terrific place to start collecting and is not just a fair for dealers; it is open to everyone, young, and old. Where else can you examine, touch, admire, and even buy so many rarities under one roof with over 100,000 books for sale? Attending the York National Book Fair is a fantastic way to meet new local dealers if you are already a collector.

The York National Book Exhibition has expanded from humble beginnings with only 20 exhibitors at the White Swan Inn in York in 1974 to become the biggest and, according to many, friendliest rare, antiquarian, and out-of-print book fair in the UK and Europe.

You can find books that are more than 500 years old, review copies of recently released books, and everything in between at the York September Book Fair. The York Racecourse will host the book fair. The location is quite accessible, and there is unlimited free parking as well as a free shuttle bus that runs every 20 minutes from the Railway Station (Memorial Gardens) to the Fair.

Time and Date: September 9, 2022, 10:00 - 19:00

                           10th September 2022, 10:00 - 17:00

Venue: The Knavesmire Suite, York Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

Travel Information

Bus: Free shuttle bus from and to York railway station (Memorial Gardens)

Train: York station, just over a mile away

9. London Autumn Book Fair

This is one of the best UK book fairs to visit. At this fair, you will find gems across a myriad of subjects and genres – secondhand, rare, and unusual. 

There are cafes, bars, and restaurants on-site.

Time and Date: September 18, 2022, 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: Holiday Inn London - Bloomsbury, Coram Street, London, WC1N 1HT

Travel Information

Underground: Russell Square

Train: Euston or Kings Cross

10. St Ives

The renowned Porthmeor Artist Studios, which provide a view of Porthmeor beach, are the new venue for the St. Ives fair in 2022. 

The fair is held during the final two days of the St. Ives September Festival, and around a dozen exhibitors will present a variety of publications, including several Cornish and works of art.

Although there isn't any food on-site, there are plenty of cafes, bars, pastry shops, and restaurants nearby. 

Complete accessibility is provided (though there is no disabled parking within about 300 yards). 

Time and Date: September 23, 2022, 10:00 - 16:00

                             September 24, 2022, 10:00 - 16:00

Venue: Porthmeor Studios, Back Road West, St Ives, Cornwall, TR26 1NG

Travel Information

Bus: 10-minute walk away

Train: St. Ives, a 10-minute walk away

There you have it! These UK book fairs are among the best book fairs there are and they’re the ideal place for readers who consider themselves to be bookworms. A large number of books will be available for you to browse and explore. If you’re a book lover and you’re always on the move, worry not, traveling book fairs are ideal for you! Also, check out this Arrival Guide for International Students in The UK while you’re at it!


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