Best of bookshops for atmosphere: Serendip, Lyme Regis
Situated in the seaside town, this bookshop is a must for all visitors. Once inside, the atmosphere tempts you to linger, with great lighting and eclectic background music. Step further into the shop and you’ll find seating for comfortable book-browsing.
Best of bookshops for views: Avon Beach Shop, Christchurch
It’s not often you’ll find a comprehensive range of books for sale at a shop perched on the edge of a beach. Through the shop window, you get glimpses of the bay and there can be no better place to choose your holiday reading. Mind you don’t get sand between your toes!
Best of bookshops for use of space: Imagine Books, Weymouth
Tucked away on a charming little street, only yards from the seafront, Imagine Books contains a host of surprises. As you meander through the rooms, linked by an internal courtyard, you’ll find a large range of products for sale.
Best of bookshops for location: The Book Shop, Bridport
Directly opposite Buckey Doo Square, where the weekly market sprawls across the pavement, you’ll find Book Shop. Right at the heart of the town, Book Shop does what it says on the sign, sells books to customers in a straightforward and efficient manner.
Best of bookshops with a bonus: Winstone’s, Sherborne
This is one of the largest bookshops I’ve come across, double fronted with a generous children’s section. The shop is easy to navigate and one of its draws is the cafe area where high quality coffee and cakes can be purchased.
Best of bookshops with friendly staff: Gullivers, Wimborne Minster
Close to the Minster, Gullivers is a family run business, committed to community involvement. The staff are enthusiastic about their role in promoting reading with families and children and are always keen to talk about books and promote book-related events.
Best of bookshops for quirky stock: Black Pug Books, Wimborne Minster
While this is the only bookshop in the tour that sells ‘loved and used books’, it is well worth a visit. Occupying the front room of Victoria Sturgess’s house, you’ll soon feel at home there, poring over the shelves.
Hmm…what shall I do for 2013? Best of independent cinemas, perhaps. Let me know what you think.