Caxton Books & Gallery, owned by Judith Charlesworth and Sally Johnson, is a well-established independent bookshop in the heart of Frinton's renowned Connaught Avenue, just a stone's throw from the sweeping sands of Frinton Beach. The Gallery exhibits local and East Anglian artwork, ceramics and jewellery. We also have an exciting range of artistic greetings cards and other book-related products.

We are open Monday to Saturday from 9.00 to 5pm. We hope you will pay us a visit and see what we have to offer.

Orla Kiely joins the Books Are My Bag Hall of Fame

October 5th, 2017 by sally

Book Shop Day 2017 is THIS
Saturday – 7th October

Meet the Author…
Meet the Artist…

AND grab a Limited Edition
Orla Kiely BAMB Tote Bag

To celebrate Book Shop Day 2017 we have lots of exciting things to make you smile:

Join us for coffee and cake at 11am on Saturday to meet local author Neil Watson who will be talking about his first thriller Muddy Water, set in his home town of Wivenhoe.  For more information about the book, please see our Book Shop page.

Neil will be joined by his wife Jane Watson who is a self-taught artist with a passion for colour.  She is a regular exhibitor in the gallery and will be showing some new work this Saturday to celebrate BAMB Day.  The delightful boat collage above is one of her recent works.



And while you are here, we also have 3 great offers for you:

Offer 1:  Grab a Christmas Catalogue and 20% DISCOUNT TOKEN for all orders placed from the catalogue by 5pm on Halloween.

Offer 2:  Spend £30 and get this year’s beautiful Limited Edition BAMB Bag designed by award-winning designer Orla Kiely (while stocks last).

Offer 3:  Take away a free Children’s Tote Bag featuring Pip and Posy


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Re-live the Amazing Weeley Festival of 1971

September 5th, 2017 by sally

The Great British Woodstock – Weeley Festival 1971 with DJ Ray Clark

Thursday 28th September at 7pm

Walton & Frinton Yacht Club

Tickets £5.00

Ray Clark is a radio presenter with more than 30 years’ experience. Starting his career onboard Radio Caroline in the 80’s, he’s since been heard on a number of radio stations  – Notably Breeze and BBC Essex, presenting the breakfast shows of both radio stations for a total of 15 years – he was responsible for waking up many thousands of radio listeners every day in Essex.

He has written two books …. so far: Radio Caroline – The true story of the boat that rocked – and The Great British Woodstock – the incredible story of Weeley Festival.

Ray attended the Weeley festival as a 17 year old … as did 150,000 others – a truly amazing event, the likes of which would …. and could never happen again.

Join us to hear Ray’s account of this ground-breaking event, together with tales of his time aboard the boat that rocked!

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Join us to meet best-selling thriller writer John Connolly

August 18th, 2017 by sally

Saturday 2nd September in the Mcgrigor Hall at 7pm

John Connolly, best known for his hugely popular Charlie Parker thrillers, will be launching his new book he. 

This book was born in 1999, when John Connolly was visiting a friend in LA.  A derby hat was mentioned in the course of the conversation – one given as a gift by an aging comic actor and this planted a seed from which comes an extraordinary fictional reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known.   He was a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved and was loved in turn; who betrayed and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake…  And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it; his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.

With he, John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists, and one of the most enduring and beloved partnerships in cinema history: Laurel & Hardy.

Join us for a short Laurel & Hardy film and to hear John Connolly talk about his amazing journey discovering the truth about this extraordinary character.

he is Stan Laurel,

But he did not really exist.  Stan Laurel was a fiction.

And this is his tale….


Tickets £5 with 10% off the book.  There will be a pay bar.

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Only one week to go before our next fascinating event …

August 9th, 2017 by sally

Wednesday 16th August at 7pm at Walton & Frinton Yacht Club…

Rosheen & Cal Finnigan will be talking about their new book

Letters from the Suitcase

A love affair through letters, this is an enchanting, poignant and incredibly moving account of the five year marriage between two lovers divided by war and the legacy they left for their only child. These letters reveal David and Mary’s surprisingly frank and modern attitudes on everything from sex to politics together with details of their lives: Mary working as a secretary at Bletchley Park and David as a young officer in action on the other side of the world. It is also the story of a father that Rosheen Finnigan never knew, and a fascinating social history, utterly unique in the telling.

Tickets are still available at £10 each which includes a glass of wine, canapés and 10% off the hardback book.

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Only 9 Days to Go…..

July 4th, 2017 by sally


t p fieldenriviera expressCRIME AND CANAPÉS WITH AUTHOR


at Walton & Frinton Yacht Club

Thursday 13th July at 7pm.

Tickets £15 which includes a glass of wine, canapés and Fielden’s latest book, The Riviera Express.

‘A delicious adventure’ – Daily Mail

Murder on the Riviera Express is a cross between the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency and The Durrells – you are sure to love it!

Join us for what will be a truly entertaining evening.

For more information about the book, please go to our Events Page.

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Independent Bookshop Week is here!

June 24th, 2017 by sally

IBW logo 2017bear hunt

To celebrate Independent Bookshop Week

& 25 years of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt


We’re inviting you to go on a Bear Hunt in Frinton!

  1. Pop into the shop to pick up an entry form.
  2. Find the Bears hidden in Connaught Avenue between 24th June and 1st July
  3. Bring your entry back to the shop
  4. Join us for Story Time and Prize Giving on Saturday 1st at 11am

The first 3 correct answers out of the hat will receive a £10 Caxtons Token

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IBW Annual Summer Party

June 6th, 2017 by sally

IBW logo 2017

Independent Bookshop Week begins on Saturday 24th June so to celebrate we are once again holding our annual

Book Club Summer Garden Party
on Friday 23rd  June 2017 – 6.30 for 7pm.

Tickets are £15 which includes a glass of prosecco, canapes and one of the authors’ books

paul coopernatasha pulley


Two excellent authors of superb historical fiction will be joining us from Bloomsbury Publishing: Natasha Pulley and  Paul M M Cooper.

Natasha’s debut novel The Watchmaker of Filigree Street was published to huge acclaim, she will also be talking about her latest novel The Bedlam Stacks due to published in July this year.

Paul has written for magazines and websites and as an editor and journalist.  According to The Times  his first novel River of Ink is what historical fiction should be: ‘immersive, illuminating and captivating’.

For more information about their work – please see our Events page.

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Douglas Carswell talks about Rebellion!

April 29th, 2017 by sally

carswellJoin us to hear

Douglas Carswell

on how to overthrow the emerging oligarchy

Thursday 25th May – 7.00 for 7.30pm

at McGrigor Hall

Tickets £5 each and there will be a pay bar.

rebelPolitics has never been more unpredictable, with the rise of radical populist movements across the Western world. Rebel explains how we got here, and where we are heading – by someone who has been at the forefront of the insurgency against politics-as-usual.

A major reassessment of the history and politics of the West, Rebel puts forward a bold new thesis, explaining the forces that have caused nations to thrive or fail. In doing so, Rebel places the rise of the new radicals today in a historic context, drawing comparisons with what happened as oligarchy emerged in the Roman, Venetian and Dutch republics of the past.

Rebel goes on to propose a radical reform of politics and capitalism to free democracy from the cartels. Drawing on Carswell’s first-hand experience in taking on and beating the established political parties, it shows practical steps to make this revolutionary change happen.

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Launch of Carmen Palop Jewellery Coming Soon!

April 12th, 2017 by sally

camen palopWe are delighted to announce that we will be launching a new jewellery range


Thursday 27th April in the Shop between 6 and 7.30pm.

Join us for a glass of wine with the jeweller, Carmen Palop, and be the first to see her beautiful range of contemporary silver designs.

carmen pictureCarmen was born in Valencia on the eastern coast of Spain. Since 2001 she has been living in Norwich, U.K. where she began silver-smithing. Her passion for silver craft has developed as a journey of experimentation and discovery into the raw beauty of the metal. Her ambition is to expose the core of silver in a way it can complement and enhance the wearer in any situation.

Carmen produces her designer jewellery in her workshop in Norwich using the highest quality 925 Sterling silver, semi-precious stones and fresh-water pearls.

carmen jewellery“My aim is to create unique, simple and organic forms in a contemporary style, whilst keeping a timeless feel. I believe less is more and try to focus on the simplicity of each piece, finishing the jewellery with textured matt surfaces and scratches that result in a greater reflection of the light. By the very nature of how the pieces are created, every piece is slightly different”

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Only One Week to Go!

April 4th, 2017 by sally

Our next exciting author event takes place in just 7 days’ time!

louise doughtykate hamerJoin us at

Walton and Frinton Yacht Club


Tuesday 11th April

at 7pm

to meet authors

Louise Doughty


Kate Hamer

Tickets are £15

This includes a glass of wine and  one of the authors’ books.

We will also be offering 10% off further book purchases on the night.

Louise will of course talk about Apple Tree Yard, but will be promoting her new book Black Water, an epic novel that explores some of the darkest events in recent world history through the story of one troubled man.

Many of you will remember Kate from our event in 2015 when she introduced us to her first novel The Girl in the Red Coat, which enjoyed tremendous success.  Her second novel The Doll Funeral is a haunting story of love, loss, family and friendships as told by the ethereal Ruby, a teenager who inhabits the past and the present.

For more information about the books, please go to our Events Page.


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