Foyles, and meeting Pip and Posy!

Friday, 10 June 2016

Jellybean loves Pip and Posy.

I've written about Pip and Posy before in this post, but essentially, they are stories about two best friends and how they help each other to overcome the emotional issues that small children face. (Issues like losing ice creams or falling off scooters). They are really gentle, lovely and sweet, and we're slowly collecting them all.

We went up to Foyles bookshop in Cabot Circus last week, and Jellybean immediately spotted the newest Pip and Posy. A lovely lady that worked there told us that they were hosting a Pip and Posy Picnic in the store next week, and tickets were £5, if we wanted to go.

Obviously we said yes.

We had a bit of a weird day though because my baby brained idiocy led us to get there really really early and we had to hang around waiting for it, but once we were in, it was lovely.

We really like Foyles. It's not that big, but it's crammed full of books that are displayed really nicely. There is a lovely children's section:

The staff didn't mind that we were there really early and we had a nose around while we waited.

The children sat on a picnic blanket and had Pip and Posy stories read to them by a lovely lady called Megan (snap!) and then they bought out some food with the help of Posy (apologies for the blurry photographs that follow - my phone wasn't enjoying the lighting!):

There was loads of food (for the grown-ups too) and then some activity sheets for the kids to do. Then they met Pip:

Jellybean was very excited to see Pip and Posy, but did NOT want to go anywhere near them (to be fair they were massive). She just waved nervously from afar. They got lovely goody bags, which to my surprise included a Pip and Posy book:

As well as stickers and balloons and colouring sheets and other things small children really love.

We paid £5 to attend the picnic, which lasted an hour, and we were really pleased with it. The staff at Foyles are lovely, chatty, and helpful, and are quite happy for you to sink into a beanbag and read with your kid for a while. They put a lot of effort into the party and we really appreciated it.

I think events like these really help to instill a love of books into children from a young age - to get them excited about reading and connecting with characters and stories. Foyles have a lot of events happening in their Bristol, Birmingham and London stores over the summer, including loads of fun things for kids: illustrators hosting drawing workshops, craft activities, and more. Click here if you want to see their upcoming events.

You can follow Foyles on Twitter @Foyles and you can find their Facebook page for the Bristol store here!

Pip and Posy are published by Nosy Crow. Find them on Twitter @NosyCrow.

Linking up with:

My Random Musings

Pick N Mix Fridays

Talk of the Town


  1. Love, love, love this Meg. Agree with you 100%. Such a special hour for LO and worth so much more than the £5.
    ps LO has a great pencil grip for a left hander :)

    Thanks for linking #TalkoftheTown

    1. It really was a lovely time. She talks about it every day! And thank you, she was ambidextrous for a while but it looks like she'll be a lefty :) xx

  2. So cute and such a big children's section. I love places like this where kids could feel the magic of books. Lovely post. #AnythingGoes

  3. I'm so jealous that you got to attend the picnic. It looked a lot of fun.
    That's the kind of event that bookshops should be promoting to encourage young readers and hence boost their sales.
    Shame I'm not closer to a Foyles bookstore.

  4. What a lovely idea! Also very reasonably priced, considering the food and the bag at the end wow.

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

    1. Yeah I thought it was a bargain! Thank you x


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