Monthly Book Fair held on the First Sunday of Every Month at Churchdown Community Centre in the village of Churchdown in Gloucestershire. 1000s of quality second-hand & antiquarian books for sale from up to 30 dealers.
We hope you are all keeping safe and well and still have plenty of books to read.
We are looking forward to seeing you again later in the year when we are able to resume the monthly book fairs. We have had several enquiries as to when that might be, but unfortunately we are not able to set a firm date for when this will be possible. Thank-you all for your patience and understanding.
As you may know, the Churchdown Community Centre is currently being used as a Covid Vaccination Centre serving the population of Churchdown, Brockworth, Longlevens, Hucclecote, Aspen and Alney. This means the hall will not be used for other bookings while the vaccination programme is ongoing at the venue.
As soon as we have any further news about the Book Fair we will, of course, keep you all updated.
Terry and Jane would like to wish all our customers a safe and peaceful Christmas and a happier 2021
As you know, the last two fairs of 2020 unfortunately had to be cancelled due to the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus pandemic and the safety of our customers and book dealers.
There will now be no fair in either January or February 2021. We will be looking at the situation again as far as the March fair is concerned and will let everyone know whether that can go ahead nearer the time.
2020 has been a difficult year for us all and we would like to thank-you for your support and patience.
Regretfully we have taken the decision to cancel the December Book Fair which was due to be held on Sunday 6th December at the Churchdown Community Centre.
It was felt in the current circumstances that it would be unwise to hold the fair given that Gloucestershire is now in Tier 2. The advice is to avoid all unnecessary travel and many of our book dealers and customers come from other areas or fall into vulnerable categories.
Please continue to support the book dealers who attend the fair. You can find all their details here
We will be posting regular updates to keep everyone informed about future fairs. We also send out emails through our newsletter so if you haven’t already done so please sign up for this using the link on the right hand side.
We are very sad to announce that Phill Robbins, one of our longstanding book dealers, has died. He had been in ill-health, borne with fortitude and humour, for a number of years. His health had deteriorated over the last few months and he died on Sunday 18th October.
Terry and Jane would like to send their condolences to his wife Jane and also to their family. Although he hadn’t had a stall at the fair for a number of years he was a regular visitor and will be greatly missed.
We just wanted to say a big thank-you to everyone who came along to the Churchdown Book Fair on the 6th September. We’d also like to thank the dealers who attended. It was a great day with lots of socially distanced book browsing & buying! We really appreciate everyone’s support and it was lovely to hear that you’d missed us!
We’re very excited about Churchdown Book Fair this weekend, so we thought we’d let you know which dealers will be there. Do contact them if you’d like them to bring something particular with them. Click on their name to link to their contact details:
Good news at last! The next Churchdown Book Fair will be held on Sunday 6th September 2020. Churchdown Community Centre have been working with the fair organiser Terry Sims to make sure the venue is safe for the event to be take place.
Social distancing measures will be in place which will mean that the fair may look and feel a little different but these will ensure a safe environment for dealers and visitors alike. There will be hand sanitiser available on entry and visitors will be asked to wear their masks (unless exempt). You may also be asked by particular stall holders to apply hand sanitiser before handling any of their stock.
Unfortunately there will be no refreshments
If anyone who is considering coming to the fair has any concerns or questions Terry Sims would be happy to hear from you. His contact details are in the ‘Dates and Details for 2020‘ section of the website.
This is an update on the current situation as of 29th July regarding the Chuchdown Book Fair.
Although there will be no Churchdown Book Fair in August, Churchdown Community Centre is currently looking at how they are going to reopen and going through the risk assessment process to ensure events can take place safely.
This means that we may have news of when the Book Fair will be able to take place again before too long – so ‘watch this space’ as the saying goes.
In the meantime, in case you’re all missing your monthly fix, we thought we’d let you know that some of our bookdealers are still selling online at the moment.
Clicking on each of the links below will take you directly to their online listings. If you want to know more about any of the dealers check out this list of the Bookdealers who regularly stand at the fair.
Why not sit down with a cup of coffee and a piece of cake and browse through some of their books:
Ed Bailey sells from his Book Room on the top floor of Tara Antiques in Stow on the Wold
As the easing of the lockdown progresses there may well be more of our dealers who are able to trade online again, so keep checking back for updates.
We hope you are all keeping safe and well and look forward to seeing you again at the fair in the not too distant future. If you need to get in touch our details are in ‘Dates and Details for 2020’ link at the top of the page. Best wishes, Terry and Jane Sims.