Into We love books!

Written by: Jess Walker

Curling up on a rainy day with a good book or enjoying a read in the park, you just can't beat the feeling of relaxing with a great novel.

In Colchester, we are so lucky to have such a great selection of book shops to choose from, and this World Book Day we want to celebrate them! Here is our comprehensive guide to the town's bookshops and how to access them whilst 'non-essential' shops are still closed.

Ace Comics

Whilst you might not consider Ace Comics to be a conventional 'book store', their shelves are jam-packed with brilliant stories that will appeal to the more visual, adventure-driven reader. Founded in 1981, ACE Comics has a store in Colchester and whilst they're closed you can access them online. Not only that, but you can now register with their online subscription service for great stories straight to your door.

So whether you’re a fan of Spider-Man, Star Wars, Superman, Saga, Sonic The Hedgehog or something else, ACE Comics have some cool stuff you just might like…

GfB Colchester Book Shop

For those with a love for second hand or rare books, GfB Colchester is your go-to place! GFB holds books on art, history, philosophy, science and local interest titles The Colchester Bookshop occupies three floors of one of the town centres' most recognisable buildings: the archway leading to Tymperleys. Drop them a message to arrange click and collect.

Keep an eye out for a blog soon from GfB The Colchester Bookshop!

Red Lion Books

Red Lion Books have been operational in town for 40 years! With such an established reputation their team are happy to help in any way they can, putting their customers ahead of anything else. You can get your books delivered personally by the team or if you live further afield through the post.

You can get hold of the Red Lion Books team via their email, for friendly advice, recommendations and ordering your wonderful books.


Waterstones are probably one of the most recognisable bookshops across England. Whilst their usual store on the high street is closed you can still access their whole stock online to have them delivered to your home.

We can't wait to take trips to our lovely book shops again, but whilst we can't we hope this guide helps you find your next great read.

Stay safe, we can't wait to welcome you back into the town centre soon!


February 2021