A new pop-up bookshop, The Bookshop at DQ, will open soon in the Eastbourne Visitor Centre.

The bookshop is a new chapter in a collaboration between Eastbourne Borough Council and The Hastings Bookshop, an independent business looking to expand into Eastbourne.

It will be open for business from Monday 1 November at the Visitor Centre – within the Welcome Building in Eastbourne’s Devonshire Quarter – over the coming months.

The opening coincides with the run-up to Christmas when half of all the books sold all year get bought.

The Hastings Bookshop will curate the stock, which will be a selection of new and best-selling titles; fiction, non-fiction and a broad mix of children’s titles.

It will include material of local interest and many items that will make ideal Christmas presents.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s Lead Member for Tourism and Culture, Councillor Margaret Bannister said, “We have been wanting to add to the growing mix of things to do and see at the Devonshire Quarter and the pop-up bookshop will be a perfect addition.

“The Welcome Building already has the Visitor Centre which sells souvenirs and Eastbourne-centric items to buy, the DQ Terrace Bar & Café and the opportunity to buy tickets for forthcoming events.

“With the addition of the pop-up bookshop, people will be able to shop and relax with a nice cup of coffee and a good book.”

Charlie Crabb is a young Sussex based entrepreneur who opened his first shop – The Hastings Bookshop – in Hastings last November and has been actively looking to expand.

The opening of the bookshop at the Visitor Centre will be on the one-year anniversary of his shop opening in Hastings.

Charlie said, “We are delighted to be partnering with the amazing team at the Devonshire Quarter to bring a specially curated selection of exciting new books to the people of Eastbourne.

“The bookshop will be situated in the Welcome Building and there will be books available for all ages and interests. We are also looking forward to putting on some exciting book events in the near future.”

For more information on the Visitor Centre visit

https://www.visiteastbourne.com/visitor-services