Book Fairs at Walsingham Road

Sunday 1st July 2018
Join us for a coffee or tea, a nibble on a biscuit and a browse through our books. Samaritans Book Fairs have become ‘must attend’ events for book lovers. Since 2012 over £24,000 has been raised in aid of Colchester Samaritans and over 6,000 people have passed through the doors.

Upcoming Book Fair dates for your diary:

  • 23th February 2019

  • 30th March 2019

  • 27th April 2019

at Walsingham Road Community Hall, Walsingham Road, Colchester, CO2 7BN - Click here for directions

Book Fairs play a crucial role in bringing together like-minded people and raise the profile of what Samaritans do in North-East Essex and the Suffolk Borders. Book Fair manager Pam is clear about the benefits: “The money raised is important, of course, but the social benefits are immeasurable. It’s a real joy to see everyone enjoying the day, whether customers or Samaritans Volunteers”.

The refreshment area acts as the social hub of the Book Fairs, where hot drinks, cakes and biscuits are served. Many people meet here for a sit down, a friendly chat and a cuppa. Sometimes they might even look at the books!

The success of the Book Fairs brings its own problems. “We have a high turnover of both fiction and non-fiction”, says Pam, “but we are always on the lookout for good quality non-fiction to meet demand”.

Samaritans’ Book Fairs are now a permanent fixture in the calendar.

During the hours when the Book Fairs are open, free parking is available to patrons at St John's Green School car park, next door to the Hall.

All proceeds in aid of Colchester Samaritans

If you have books to donate, or wish to help in any way, please contact: or phone 07905 994270