This is probably one of my favourite bits of the whole week: the sight of over 70 children, all dressed up in their magnificent book character costumes for World Book Day, walking through town to Heffers is a truly glorious thing! The children always start out a little nervous but then they get comments and stares from the public, waves from toddlers and all their inhibitions disappear and they can’y help but feel pleased that they went to the effort to dress up.
Whilst on the topic of dressing up, I would just like to say that this year, for the first time ever, every single child in the Prep School dressed up in some shape or form – AMAZING!
Heffers were ready and waiting for us when we arrived and treated us to a great story, as well as a drink and biscuits. The children were then let loose in Heffers to browse and chat to staff about books and buy something lovely. It was great to have the time to chat with children that we perhaps we don’t teach and recommend books for them. Miss Wright proved to be very well read in YA books (young adult) and did a magnificent job helping the Year 8s choose.
I was a little bit sad to come away when we had finished our visit as I can think of no better way to spend the day than lounging in Heffers choosing lovliness. It is a wonderful shop with really knowledgeable, patient staff who were genuinely happy to help. The shop itself is a lovely place to be and if you have not visited it before really is worth a visit. Mrs Sturdy, the founder of Sancton Wood, once famously told parents that it is a crime to walk passed Heffers with your children without going in: in my opinion she is right.