The Book Market at Powderham Castle

Powderham Castle, Devon, EX6 8JQ
"Hire a bike to get to the Book Market" graphic from Exeter City of Literature


Powderham Castle and Exeter City of Literature are hosting a brand-new Book Market in the Castle grounds, featuring a plethora of independent booksellers and literary arts groups from across the county. Thirteen bookshops and booksellers will fill the atmospheric Old Riding School barn venue, alongside local food and drink vendors, The Novel Cure bibliotherapy, Inky Fingers notebooks, CircleTales board games, a vintage typewriter station, and a Reading Nook – perfect for squirrelling yourself away with your new literary purchases. Free entry!

Bookshops and Booksellers: Bookbag (Exeter) | The Bookery (Crediton) | Dogberry & Finch Books (Okehampton) | Fieldfare Books (Sidmouth) | Gnash Comics (Ashbutron) | Graham York Rare Books (Honiton) | Harbour Bookshop (Kingsbridge) | Liznojan (Tiverton) | Oxfam Bookshop (Exeter) | Sanctuary Bookshop (Lyme Regis) | Stevensbooks & The Mint Press (Exeter) | The Ivybridge Bookshop (Ivybridge) | Winstone’s (Sidmouth)

Arts & Literary Activities: CircleTales (Exeter) | Francis Kay Vintage (Exeter) | Inky Fingers Printshop (Exeter) | The Novel Cure Bibliotherapy (Somerset)

Food & Drink: Good Game | Authentic Thai | Cake or Death | Yarde Farm Ice Cream | Frobishers | Shepherd’s Hut Cafe

Access: Powderham Castle can be reached by bike, train, bus, boat, walking, or driving. Details can be found here. The grounds are wheelchair-accessible and disabled toilets are available.

Bike Hire: Saddles & Paddles (Exeter) | Exe Trail Cycle Hire (Dawlish) | Route 2 Bikes (Topsham) | Exmouth Cycles (Exmouth). See below for a bike route map and remember to reserve your bike in advance!

Parking: By donation (suggested: £2-£5 per vehicle).

Covid-19 information: When inside, everyone must wear a mask. Masks can be removed when outside or when eating/drinking. There is a maximum capacity of 150 people inside the Old Riding School. The Book Market will take place in The Old Riding School, which is huge, so while it is enclosed, there are very high ceilings and doors will be left open to enable good air flow.

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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.





  • On-Site café/restaurant

COVID-19 Response

  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions

Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Parking & Transport

  • Parking (charge) - Suggested donation £2-£5 per vehicle

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