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Octavia’s Bookshop, Cirencester

A magical, nostalgic and award-winning children's bookshop in the heart of the Cotswolds

Muddy Awards 2019 Winner
Muddy Awards 2021 Winner


If you’re looking for a magical literary experience head to this gorgeous independent bookshop in the heart of Cirencester. With its enchanting purple exterior and beautiful, seasonal shop window, it’s one of the loveliest bookshops we’ve come across.

Owner Octavia has always been passionate about children’s literature and learnt about the business working for Ottakar’s and then Waterstone’s, before opening the locally-adored emporium in her own hometown. It’s stacked with the best children’s titles around, both classic and new, from buggy books to fab teen fiction but you’ll also find a selection of titles for grown-ups from bestsellers and beautiful reference books to great book club choices.

Beautifully designed inside with rows of wooden shelves stacked with colourful books, it’s a lovely place to browse and buy. Plus, the shop holds regular book signings, events and an annual children’s literary festival. Not sure what to choose? Octavia is always on hand for recommendations, or pick up a gift voucher.

The accolades are well deserved for this mighty little independent; it has been runner up in the Telegraph’s Best Small Shops in Britain Awards 2012, Best Children’s Independent Bookshop in The Bookseller Industry Awards, and Best Bookshop in our Muddy Stiletto Awards for the last three years.

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24 Black Jack Street Cirencester GL7 2AA
01285 650677

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