Friday 9 September 2011

Barefoot Books moves into Summertown

Back in 1905, the beautiful building on the right of this photograph of Summertown was the Twinings Grocery Shop. Now it's about to become the latest "must visit" destination for anyone interested in children's books. 

Barefoot Books have set up an interesting mixture of shop, Storybook Cafe and events space in this fantastic location. The aim is to provide the feeling of stepping into a story book when you walk through the door. 

The Storybook Cafe will be run by Michelin-trained chef Vladmir Niza (who previously worked at Raymond Blanc's cookery schools and also Le Manoir Aux Quat Saisons). As well as plenty of treats for your tummy, there are books, books and more books (we've already enjoyed plenty of Barefoot Books' range including "I Dreamt I was a Dinosaur" by Clare Beaton and Stella Blackstone). 

The new studio will stay true to Barefoot Books' philosophy of producing fantastic books for children that break away from the all-too-familiar commercialisation and branding that seems to be increasingly pushed at kids from an early age. 

An Open Weekend will take place on October 8th and 8th 2011. 

For more information on this exciting new venue, visit

The Barefoot Books Studio is at Twining House 294 Banbury Road Oxford OX2 7ED

Opening hours are 8.30am to 5.30pm, 7 days, with late nights on Wednesdays to 8.30pm.

See you there!