NEW … Peter Wright’s Book Launch

A heartwarming love letter to the places, people and creatures of Yorkshire​ by the county’s beloved vet, Channel 5’s Peter Wright.

The Yorkshire Vet takes us on an enchanting journey through the hidden gems of the most beautiful county in the world, sharing charming tales of his life in Thirsk as well as fascinating nuggets of local history.

Packed with engaging tales of the animals, people and places around him, Peter Wright looks back on the bygone ways of his childhood, while also exploring the fusion of tradition and modernity that characterises the Yorkshire countryside today.

Peter’s passion for nature shines through on every page, as he explains why our environment is so important – and what we can do to protect it for future generations.

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Danny Dragon Story!

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Latest news!

All the latest September News is here … 
Diary dates
SOLD OUT – Weds 4 Sept An Evening with The Yorkshire Shepherdess, Ripon Spa Hotel.
Tues 17 Sept – An Evening with Peter Robinson at Ripon Spa Hotel.
Sat 28 Sept – Author Event with Madeleine Bunting at Ripon Library.

New Book out by ‘The Yorkshire Vet’ Peter Wright in October …. more news to follow.
Plus more new book recommendations for the new season!

September News –

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We have 2 Vacancies in the Cafe

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Book choices this week

Book of the Week is ‘Veg’ by Jamie Oliver. This is really a book for everyone looking to expand their repertoire of inventive, delicious, fuss-free recipes that they can confidently make for the whole household, especially flexitarians or anyone looking to reduce their meat intake.

Children’s Choice this week is ‘100 Things To Know About Planet Earth’ a visually stunning book, filled with 100 fascinating facts, from Usborne Publishing .

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Last chance for the ‘Bear Hunt’!

This weekend the kids could have fun doing our ‘Bear Hunt’! Find the ‘Bear’ in 10 shop windows around Thirsk Market Place, & win prizes, that will be presented on Mon 26 Aug.

The main prize is this colourful & sturdy children’s backpack. It’s free to enter. Good Luck!

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Our Environmental news

OUR ENVIRONMENTAL NEWS- We already do a lot of recycling of glass, tin, & plastic here, every day.

We’re phasing out our use in the Cafe, of single-use plastic bottles soon.

We can all try to encourage our children & the younger generation to think about their use of plastic in their daily lives. There are some lovely books on this theme.

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Latest Summer News is here

If you are looking for something to do this summer join our ‘Bear Hunt’ from now until 25th Aug. Pick up your ‘Bear Hunt’ sheet at the bookshop, and find the ‘Bear’ in 10 shops around Thirsk Market Place…. lots of prizes to be won!

Learn to draw at our Danny Dragon Workshop Sat 10 Aug, 10.30am FREE.

Get the September author events on your Calendar now, with Ripon International Festival. See our link below to the Newsletter.


Try out our new Italian designer Cafe furniture, & new August Drinks menu, meet friends and family in our unique garden, & check out our Staff Choices for all your holiday reads.

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FOOD & SPACE THEMES for our Book Choices this week 22/7

OFFER on our Book of the Week – RRP £20- we’ve got £2 OFF this week only …. Nadiya Hussain’s ‘Time to Eat’

“You’ll love Nadiya’s brand new cookbook, packed with over 100 time-saving and mouth-watering recipes.
Feeding a family and juggling a busy work load can be really tricky so Nadiya has crafted over 100 recipes that will teach you how to be time-smart in the kitchen.” Penguin Books.

Book Group are enjoying ‘Mob Veggie’ by Ben Lebus. Our Anna says, “This book has proved its worth already, I have used at least 6 of the recipes. My favourite being Tomato & Roasted Pepper Summer Salad!”

From the author of the No.1 Bestseller ‘MOB Kitchen: Feed 4 or more for under £10.’ Having taken the social media world by storm with his 1-minute, how-to-make recipe videos, MOB Kitchen founder Ben Lebus is back with his second book ‘MOB Veggie’.

Children’s Book of the Week

‘Man on the Moon, A day in the life of Bob’ by Simon Bartram.
Of course there aren’t any aliens in space – Bob knows!!
This humorous, informative and brilliantly illustrated book will keep you searching for Aliens on every page.

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Book Choices this week 15th July

Book of the Week is ‘The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read (and Your Children Will be Glad That You Did)’ by Phillipa Perry. Full of sage and sane advice, this is the book that every parent will want to read and every child will wish their parents had.

Children’s Choice of the Week is ‘Ariki and the Island of Wonders’ By Nicola Davies, Illustrated by Nicola Kinnear. For fans of Moana, a new series for young, newly independent readers. 
A nail-biting adventure with a strong message about endangered animals and human intervention, and a wonderful partner to Ariki and the Giant Shark.

The Adult Book Group are reading ‘SKYMEADOW’ by Charlie Hart. A gardening memoir for summer reading.
“Charlie Hart’s wonderful memoir Skymeadow encapsulates perfectly the healing quality of horticulture” Daily Mail Book of the Year.

Anna’s recommendation – ‘Irreplaceable’ by Julian Hoffman. The fight to save our wild places, Anna says “It is beautifully written and wonderfully hopeful”

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