Jarrold loves...five things to do in the summer holidays (part one)


From magical book readings to finding Black Beauty, this summer there is no time to be bored. Here's our pick of the top five things to do.

Top That! Storytelling and Crafts  

Join us for a day of storytelling and crafts with Heather from Top That Publishing. Meet characters from their range of books such as Hattie Peck, Cat and Dog, The Mighty Splash, Arty Mouse and Fidget the Naughty Puppy Dog. There’ll be opportunities to try out some novelty wipe clean and fuzzy felt books as well as their bestselling range of Arty Mouse activity book kits which aims to make early learning fun through art.

Top That! Storytelling and Crafts takes place on Wednesday July 26, between 11am and 4pm in the children’s book department, lower ground floor.

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Playmobil Roadshow

Head to the toy department for the Playmobil Roadshow. Join in the fun, enter competitions and get special offers and gifts with purchases on selected items throughout the toy department – while stocks last!

The Playmobile Roadshow is the first of many themed play days in the toy department at Jarrold this summer. Watch this space!

The Playmobile Roadshow takes place from Monday July 24 until Sunday August 6.

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140 years of Black Beauty

It was 140 years ago that Jarrold & Sons published the classic novel Black Beauty, so throughout the summer we are joining in the city-wide celebrations with Black Beauty themed events instore. Look out for competitions, special colouring and drawing competitions and workshops, a special Black Beauty themed afternoon tea at Benji’s and a book reading and signing by children’s author Lou Kuenzier on Saturday August 26, of her book Finding Black Beauty, a reimagining of Anna Sewell’s classic Black Beauty. For mums and dads there is a special Black Beauty beer created by Woodforde’s in our Deli.  

The 140 anniversary of Black Beauty takes place from Sunday July 23 until Thursday August 31 across the store.

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Take a trip to the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell

To find out more about the story of Black Beauty, head over to the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell to see the beautiful Black Beauty watercolours by artist Cecil Aldin.

Cecil Aldin was commissioned by Jarrold in 1912 to produce a series of 18 water colours to illustrate a new edition. The water colours lay undiscovered for many years until the Jarrold family found them carefully stored in a box in 1982. They were then framed and exhibited but can only be displayed for a short while as they need to be protected to preserve the vibrant colours.

Thirteen of these works will be on display at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell from Tuesday July 25 until Saturday November 25.

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Make your own Porch Fairies wand

We love the magical Porch Fairies created by local authors and illustrators Fi and Nick Bishop, so it’s exciting that they will be instore this summer to create a little bit of magic with a wand workshop. Create your free sparkly fairy wand, and listen to the fairies latest adventure as Fi and Nick read from their latest book The Lost Date.

Don’t forget to get your book personalised while you are there!

Suitable for children 5 years and over.

The Lost Date by The Porch Fairies Book Launch and wand making workshop takes place on Tuesday August 8, between 11am and 2pm, in the children’s book department on the lower ground floor.

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