Meet the Gruffalo!

gruffalo and tree at Astley Park

Gruffalo Crumble Day, Saturday 24th June 11am-4pm

We have a very special, very tall & very hairy visitor coming back to the bookshop to celebrate ‘A Taste of Chorley’ – yes, it’s the Gruffalo!!
Book your place to meet the knobbly-kneed creature himself, join in with the story & activity based on the ‘Gruffalo Crumble’ cookbook and have some fun!
Meet & Make Sessions on the hour at 11, 12, 1, 2 and 3 o’clock.
Please note – this is a TICKETED EVENT with each Meet & Make slot lasting 30-40 minutes for a small group in our upstairs room.
Our last Gruffalo event was VERY popular so early booking advised!
Tickets available from the bookshop (call in, ring 01257 262773 or email
£5 1 adult/1 child (£2 off any full-priced Julia Donaldson book or Gruffalo range toy)
£3 extra child
As our upstairs room has limited space, the ticket system is designed to fit in as many children as possible rather than adults – we hope you understand! Spare adults are very welcome to browse our lovely books downstairs :)

An Evening with Sir Tony Robinson

Tony Robinson tour picAn Evening in Conversation with Sir Tony Robinson at Chorley Little Theatre – Tuesday 27 June 2017, Doors open 7.00 for a 7.30 start

Meet national treasure Sir Tony Robinson in Conversation with local poet & writer Dom Conlon at Chorley Little Theatre.
We’re thrilled that Sir Tony will be coming to Chorley to chat about his autobiography No Cunning Plan, answer questions and sign books in the theatre bar.
Doors 7pm, on stage 7.30pm
Tickets – £19 plus bkg fee (includes book) available from ebb & flo bookshop, Malcolm’s Musicland, Chorley Little Theatre or online at Eventbrite (plus booking fee)

Sir Tony Robinson is a much-loved actor, presenter and author with a stellar career lasting over fifty years. Now, in his long-awaited autobiography, he reveals how the boy from South Woodford went from child stardom in the first stage production of Oliver!, a pint-sized pickpocketdesperately bleaching his incipient moustache, to comedy icon Baldrick, the loyal servant and turnip aficionado in Blackadder.
It wasn’t all plain sailing though. Along the way he was bullied by Steve Marriott, failed to impress Liza Minnelli and was pushed into a stinking London dock by John Wayne. He also entertained us with Maid Marion and Her Merry Men (which he wrote and starred in) and coped manfully when locked naked outside a theatre in Lincoln during the live tour of comedy series Who Dares Wins. He presented Time Team for twenty years, watching countless gardens ruthlessly dug up in the name of archaeology, and risked life and limb filming The Worst Jobs in History.

Packed full of incident and insight, No Cunning Plan is a funny, self-deprecating and always entertaining read.


Cookbook of the Month


A Perfect Day for a Picnic

Cook book of the Month for June – 20% off

There’s nothing like eating outdoors to capture your sense of adventure, and add a flair to the food – whether you are entertaining a relaxed crowd of friends and family or preparing a romantic feast for two. Hop on your vintage bike to work up an appetite, hit the beach for a cook-out, or host a teddy bears picnic for little ones; these all feature within Tori’s 10 themed menus, each complete with recipes for savoury and sweet dishes, as well as drinks. On a balmy summers eve, hang paper lanterns from trees and serve Asian-inspired food in the Indochine picnic, or lay luxurious rugs and evoke a sense of the middle east with a meze platter and spiced citrus couscous for the Bohemian picnic.

Warm up during an autumn walk in the woods with a thermos of spiced squash soup and slabs of zingy ginger cake, or dream of sunnier climes with a Provenc,al-inspired feast. Whatever the occasion, A Perfect Day for a Picnic is your guide to enjoying the outdoors life.

cookbook June17

Coastline – the food of Mediterranean Italy, France & Spain

Cookbook of the Month in conjunction with

The Bees Country Kitchen

20% off during July 2017

Learn how to make the perfect paella, the perfect bouillabaisse, the perfect pesto and much more in this part-recipe, part-travel cookbook of delicious Mediterranean cuisine and culture.

Visit The Bees on Chorley Market to sample some of the recipes!