Bourne End Community Library's 50th anniversary festival



Fifty years and still standing!

50 years ago on May 31, 1967 Bourne End Library was opened.

On the first day of opening 410 children's books were issued and 233 adult books in the first three hours!

An extension to the library was begun in 2008 following a lottery grant and completed in 2009. This gave much needed meeting room and exhibition space. There is also a lovely garden at Bourne End Community Library which makes a great place to read during the summer.

The library has hosted numerous events over the years and has become a partner of the Wooburn Festival a fantastic annual literary event.

Please join us for our 50th Anniversary festival celebrations - detail of events below.

Tickets may be purchased directly from Bourne End Community Library or by contacting the library by email at 

Fri 12 May 2017

Quiz Night

50th Anniversary Quiz Night, 

7pm to 10:30pm. Tickets £10 to include fish and chip supper.

Thu 18 May 2017

Author Talk: an Evening with Rachel Rhys

An evening with author Rachel Rhys, author of A Dangerous CrossingQ&A session hosted by Quentin Falk.

"An exquisite story of love, murder, adventure and dark secrets, Rachel Rhys brings this dangerous crossing brilliantly and beautifully alive." LISA JEWELL 

7pm to 10pm. Tickets £8 to include drinks reception.


Fri 19 May 2017

Afternoon Tea with Mark Mason

Join us for Afternoon Tea with Mark Mason, author of Walk the Lines

The only way to truly discover a city, they say is on foot. Taking this to extremes, Mark Mason set out to walk the entire length of the London Underground, overground, passing every station on the way.

3pm to 5pm. Tickets £10 to include afternoon tea.


Fri 26 May 2017

An Evening with Gerald Seymour

We welcome back best-selling author, Gerald Seymour to our library to discuss his new novel Jericho's War with Quentin Falk.

7pm to 10pm.  Tickets £10 to include drinks reception.


Sat 27 May 2017

An Evening with Vaseem Khan

An evening with Vaseem Khan, author of the Inspector Chopra novels set in Mumbai and hosted by Quentin Falk.

6pm to 8pm. Tickets £8 to include drinks reception and Indian Street Food. 


Tue 30 May 2017

"The Wonderful World of Patrick" - A Musical Event for Children

A musical event for children, accompanied by Quentin Blake artwork.

Cornford Music present The Wonderful World of Patrick by Quentin Blake

Join viola player Dan and pianist Marisa Cornford as they give a live musical performance of Patrick alongside big screen projections of illustrations by Quentin Blake.

2:30pm to 4pm. Tickets: Adults £9 Concessions £7. Family (to include 1 adult) £28. 

Tickets may be purchased directly from Bourne End Community Library or by contacting the library by email at 


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