Pre-loved books at Hatchlands Park
Our second-hand bookshop at Hatchlands Park has moved and expanded. Thanks to generous contributions from visitors, staff and volunteers this new venture will help towards our fundraising efforts to expand our children’s natural adventure area. From fiction and crime to gardening and natural history, there are dozens of titles to choose from.
Fanny Boscawen, the original lady of the house, loved a good book. ‘If I ever take off the embargo which I lay upon all novels, I am lost to all other employment whatever, and do nothing till I have got through all my adventurers’ adventures, and seen them all safely provided for.’
You can now join her love of a long read and find yourself a new world to escape into from our new pre-loved book shop. Located in the old stable in the cobbled courtyard, you might find yourself a bargain or two amongst the saddles and riding boots. If you can’t wait to start reading them you can relax in the cosy old armchair and get stuck in.
The Bug Burrow
The books in the stable have all been generously donated by visitors, staff and volunteers and all the money we raise goes directly towards our fundraising project for this year. Since building our natural adventure area in 2012, we’ve already expanded it once with the addition of a magical tree house. Now we’re concentrating our efforts closer to the ground with a brilliant Bug Burrow. We think it’ll be great fun for everybody, big and small.
It could fill the role of a spooky cave, a secret hideaway, or just a dry spot for a picnic. It’ll also be a real life opportunity to get down into the earth and up close to nature with a transparent section enabling you to watch the creepy-crawly world slither past your window on its way through Great Wix Wood. You can also contribute to this project through buying a raffle ticket when you visit, or just popping some loose change into one of our collection boxes.
To keep our shelves full we’re always looking for book donations. If you are having a clear-out do please give us a thought as we can only keep this new venture going with your support. If you have books to get rid of but can’t get them to us, we’d be happy to arrange collection within the local area.
We hope you’ll enjoy browsing our pre-loved books and find yourself lost in adventures, just as Fanny did.