Huge second-hand and antique book fair comes to Preston

The Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association is bringing its next fair to Brockholes, Preston, Lancashire, next weekend (Friday 5th July from 12 noon 5.00pm and 10.00 – 4.00pm on Saturday 6th July).

The event promises to offer thousands of second-hand, antiquarian and rare books for sale from dealers around the UK.

Brockholes, Preston. Image: Bentham Imaging
Brockholes, Preston. Image: Bentham Imaging

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy a day of perusing the book stalls in the fabulous natural surroundings at Brockholes, which is owned and managed by Lancashire Wildlife Trust.

Admission is free and free parking will be available – and a selection of food and drink available to enjoy.

Leah Ince, Conference and Wedding Sales Manager at Brockholes, said: “It’s great to be hosting the PBFA fair for the second year running at Brockholes – it was incredibly popular last year.

“We know a lot of our visitors love reading and shopping sustainably, so this is a great way to combine the two and attract new faces who might not have visited our reserve previously.”

Neil Summersgill, organiser of the event, added: “We’re really looking forward to bringing our book fair to Brockholes again. Around thirty of our PBFA members will be offering a wide variety of books and materials for sale, so there will be something for everyone.

“It will be a great day out for bookworms and nature lovers alike – come along, have a browse and a bite to eat and enjoy the nature trails surrounding the floating visitor village.”

The idea of bookseller Gerry Mosdell was to take books out to the people with “Book Fairs”. The first event was held in the Hotel Eden in Kensington in 1972. The Fairs expanded rapidly and after the first York Book Fair in October 1974 the Provincial Booksellers’ Fairs Association or PBFA was founded. 

Today, PBFA fairs now cover the length and breadth of the country. The not-for-profit organisation’s members display a wide variety of books both second-hand and antiquarian and often with prints, maps and ephemera. Their Code of Practice ensures all items are correctly described and fairly priced.

Brockholes is owned and managed by The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester & North Merseyside and has hosted over one million visitors since it opened in April 2011. Based on the site of an old quarry, the Trust has used their expertise to create habitats for lots of different wildlife. It is a 250-acre reserve with a network of trails and hides.

The floating Visitor Village was the first of its kind in the UK, bringing its visitors as close to nature as possible. The Visitor Village hosts a Welcome Centre, an activity room and two cafes.

• Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association Fair, Brockholes, Preston, Lancashire, Friday 5th July from 12 noon 5.00pm and 10.00 – 4.00pm on Saturday 6th July | Full details here on the PBFA web site

• Directions for Brockholes can be found on the reserve’s website here

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