Clemo Books - A bookshop for Newquay

by Clemo Books in Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom

We did it
On 10th November 2023 we successfully raised £8,835 with 214 supporters in 28 days

Help Clemo Books open on Newquay’s high street. Our town deserves a bookshop!

by Clemo Books in Newquay, Cornwall, United Kingdom

 New stretch target

It would be amazing to reach our stretch target! If we do Clemo Books would put the extra money towards promoting Newquay's bookshop and planning an events calendar for 2024.

Hi, I’m Jaimie. In October 2021 I set up Clemo Books, a pop-up book shop in Newquay, Cornwall, always with the dream of opening a real bookshop.

I grew up in Newquay and went to university in Oxford but sorely missed the Cornish coast. When I moved back home I realised how much our community needed a bookshop - and so I set about creating one. Now after 2 years of Clemo Books pop-ups, author events and book club meet ups we have found a premises - Newquay is going to have a book shop!

Whilst we have secured a home on Newquay’s high street, we just need a bit of help getting it looking ship shape and ready to fair it’s first winter in operation. Join bestselling authors Patrick Gale, Hollie McNish and Wyl Menmuir in supporting Clemo Books’ Crowdfunder today.


A bookshop in Newquay!

Bookshops aren’t just retail spaces, they are a place to host events, enjoy a cup of tea, meet authors and explore thousands of other lives through the minds of talented writers from past and present. Once Clemo Books is up and running here’s what you can expect:

  • Author events and book signings
  • Children’s storytelling sessions 
  • A little cafe offering
  • Clemo Club, our monthly book club
  • Bookshop lock ins…

We need you to be a part of Clemo Books’ next step

Together I think we can create a bookshop that will become a hub of friendship and literature, curating books and creating community.

Whilst it's exciting that it’s finally happening, it is quite a daunting time of year to open a business in Newquay - that’s why we’re asking people to get involved with our Crowdfunder. We’re hoping to raise enough money to go towards a refit of the space and to help us pay the rent through the first winter period (which can feel like a very long season in a seaside town like Newquay).

There are rewards galore in the Clemo Books Crowdfunder

You can simply donate to our project, however, there are also rewards up for grabs. In return for your pledges we’re offering some lovely rewards including the chance to win a year’s Clemo Club membership, the opportunity to become a bookseller for the day and evening hire of the bookshop - book worm birthday party or an intimate literature lovers' wedding reception anyone? Of course there will be lots of tote bags to hold all of your books and even limited edition t-shirts to show your support for indie bookshops. 


Please support us to open an independent bookshop, Newquay deserves one

Finally we want to say thank you to everyone who has supported Clemo Books during our 2 year pop-up stage. To the local businesses and organisations that shared their space with Clemo Books, the authors who have taken part in events, Clemo Club members who have created wonderful friendships, customers who have purchased a book, and everyone that has followed our journey so far. Thank you, we can’t wait to welcome you into the bookshop soon. 

For any questions about Clemo Books and our Crowdfunder please get in touch with Jaimie and she’ll be happy to help [email protected]


This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£100 or more

8 of 10 claimed

Bookseller For A Day

Join Jaimie in Clemo Books and become a bookseller for a day. Your tasks will include arranging the window display, creating a social media post, putting books onto the shelves and serving customers. We’ll even treat you to lunch!

£10 or more

Clemo Books Prize Bundle

Get yourself a ticket to the Clemo Books prize bundle and be in with a chance of winning 1 year's Clemo Club subscription, a limited edition tote bag, limited edition t-shirt and signed copies of some very special books written by local authors. We'll probably throw a bookmark and sticker in there too!

£20 or more

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Limited Edition Tote Bag

A limited edition tote bag that can hold your books and show you were a founding member of Clemo Books. Get you! Only 100 of these babies will ever be made.

£35 or more

9 of 50 claimed

Limited Edition T-Shirt

Wear your love of indie bookshops with pride. The limited edition t-shirts will feature a design hand drawn by your local bookseller - including our mascot Charlie the tortoise of course. (They will be a unisex size L).

£50 or more

25 of 100 claimed

Name On Our Wall

Your name, a loved ones’ name or your business name in full view of customers to show how you supported Clemo Books.

£250 or more

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Bookshop Hire

Have hire of Clemo Books for an evening doo like no other. A birthday party, hen night, or perhaps an intimate wedding reception for a pair of book worms. A bookshop will be the perfect backdrop to your celebrations. Bookseller Jaimie will be on hand throughout the evening to help too.

£250 or more

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Tunes In The Bookshop

Bring the tunes with this reward. Help towards our music license for the next year and we’ll create a special playlist for you and play it when you walk in the shop.

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