Literary events at recent fairs:
Children's Story Time 11am with "Auntie" Jeanette
Family Stories with
Poetry at The Fair Open mic poetry
Book signings by a wide variety of authors
Chance to play Bookchase, a new literary board game...
Book binding demonstration with Jacquiline Arscott
West Kent Book Fair
Old Big School hall, Tonbridge School, High Street, Tonbridge, TN10 3AB
Fair currently under review
Watch this space for details about future events.
-Up to 30 booksellers from all over the South East
-Thousands of rare and collectable books on every subject imaginable; many bargains
Enquiries to Mr. Books, Tonbridge 01732 363000
See details and directions below
Book Fairs Mr. Books exhibiting at 2013:
Dorking Book Fair in Dorking Halls; Farnham Book Fair in The Maltings; Bloomsbury Book Fair at the Royal National Hotel; plus occasional smaller local fairs such as Otford, Tunbridge Wells and Lewes.
For a detailed street map of how to find Tonbridge School
How to find Tonbridge School for the fair and lit fest:
Follow the A21 South towards Hastings, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge; take the Weald/Sevenoaks/Hildenborough turn off onto the B245 and continue through Hildenborough and on to Tonbridge. You will see the entrance to Tonbridge School on the right before you arrive at the main traffic lights at the junction with Shipbourne Road and the High Street. Drive in here and park around the back of the School where you'll find plenty of parking; then walk through the archway and turn right for Old Big School, there will be signs out to guide you in once you are on the school grounds. Exhibiting sellers can park at the front by driving through the High Street entrance; drive in the main gate between the two boars heads.
Drive/walk all the way through Tonbridge High Street, (left out of the railway station if you are coming by train) over the town bridge, past the Castle on your left, straight over the traffic lights with the Ivy House pub on your right, Tonbridge School is less than 100 yards on your left; through the Boars Heads main gate or, if driving, continue to next traffic lights and turn left towards Hildenborough and Sevenoaks; soon after turning you'll see the main gate to the school on your left; drive in and follow road around the back of the school, where you'll find plenty of parking, then walk through the archway and turn right for Old Big School, there will be signs out to guide you in once you are on the school grounds.
More About the fair
The West Kent Book Fair and Literary Festival is held in the superb surroundings of Old Big School hall twice a year, usually in May and October. See Literary Events at fair in left hand side bar of this page for updates.
Please contact the organiser, Mark Richardson, on 01732 363000 for details
Exhibitors: £30 per pitch (table and chairs provided)
Double pitch £50.
Look at the pictures below to get a flavour of the event now in its 8th year. The oak panelled walls provide just the right atmosphere for the fair.
the lighting is perfect
there's disabled access
flat loading for sellers
Around 25 booksellers
children's story time
poetry at the fair
and the literary festival flavour makes the public want to linger for longer at the event
You'll usually find about 25 booksellers selling a huge range of rare and out-of-print books as well as many bargain new and secondhand books.
The fair has grown from nothing to this in seven years and is getting more and more popular with the book buyer from a wider and wider area
believe it or not someone actually came over from Canada especially to coincide with a recent fair. Now that's keen!
It's common for visitors to the fair to travel from all over the South East.
Some pics from past Tonbridge fairs