What’s on at Retford Library

by | 2 July 2019 | Children's Group, Heritage, Hobbies, Library

A talk by local author and historian Harry Foxley
Thursday 4th July 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Having been a market town for six centuries, Retford embraced the industrial revolution in the 19th century with a plethora of manufactories to include iron and brass foundries; engineering works; brick and tile works; coachworks; rubber works; rope works; sack-cloth and sail-making and a host of supporting industry. In his talk, Harry Foxley describes the rise and demise of all but a single survivor in the 21st century. Tickets cost £1.00, to include refreshments. Booking is essential.

The Summer Reading Challenge launches on Saturday 13th July. Register for the challenge to keep your children reading over the summer holidays and find out about the exciting activities taking place in the library.

Saturday 20th July, 10.00am to 3.00pm
Free drop-in
Calling all gamers! Retford Library is inviting you to attend a new style of board gaming. These games come from all over the world and have a different style and playability than the more traditional board. Don’t worry if you have never played a Tabletop game before, staff are on hand to show you how to start. They also have games suitable for families and for adult gamers of all different ages and experience. Tabletop gaming is becoming one of the more popular styles of gaming all over the country, so if you want to play a game that’s a little different from your normal board gaming experience then please come and join us.

Crime Rhyme and Cocktails
A special summer evening of words presented by the Poetry and Crime Cafés
Thursday 25th July, 6.30pm to 8.00pm
Join Retford Library staff for a relaxing evening of poetry and words with a slightly darker theme. Bring a poem or short extract to share or simply come along to listen and enjoy. A summer cocktail and nibbles are included in the ticket price of £2.00. Booking is advised.


  • Writers’ Group
    Thursday 4th and 18th July, 2.00pm to 4.00pm
    Come along, listen and share. For further information you can contact Kevin on 07903 654499 and kpm2@talktalk.net.
  • Craft and Coffee Club
    Wednesday 10th and 24th July, 1.30pm to 3.00pm
    Bring along your project, swap ideas, patterns and materials over a coffee — 50p for refreshments.
  • Family History Group
    Monday 8th and 22nd July, 5.00pm to 7.00pm
    Library facilities, including the Local Studies Rooms and free computer access to the Ancestry website are also available.
  • Local and Family History Drop-In Surgery
    There will be no surgery in July or August. The next surgery will be on 19th September.
  • Rattle, Rhyme and Roll
    Every Wednesday and Friday, 10.00am to 10.20am
    Songs, rhymes and musical instruments for babies and toddlers.

For further information about any of these events and activities please contact Retford Library on 01777 708724 or retford.library@inspireculture.org.uk.