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TKMaxx  in Jahnplatz is a useful place to find English cooking and craftbooks. You have to pop in regularly as their stock is always changing but I have found several good books there. For example Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver all at a discounted price too. They currently have several copies of one of my favourite cooks books – Apples for Jam for only 7 euros. In the kids toy section they have English story, activity and sticker books too.

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Bielefeld Markets

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Starting this Thursday April 2nd will be a new weekly evening market at Klosterplatz from 16:00 to 20:00 with local produce, bread, flowers and a beer garden. Should be a nice place to meet after work once the weather warms up.

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Other markets in Bielefeld:

Kesselbrink – Tuesday, Thursdays and Saturdays 7:00 – 13:00

Alte Markt  – Flowers and fruit Wednesdays and Saturdays 9:00 – 14.00. Friday 9:00 – 14:00 flowers only.

Siegfriedplatz – Wednesday and Fridays 7:00 – 13:00

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Goldzwerg – kids store

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I recently visited another new shop in the Siegfriedplatz neighourhood – Goldzwerg (relocated from Hamburg) which sells  the cutest kids clothes and toys. Well worth a browse.

Stapenhorststraße 44, 33615 Bielefeld

Dienstag bis Freitag 09.30 bis 16.00 Uhr

Samstag 10.00-14.00 Uhr

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Upcoming September Events

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Just a quick note to let you know about a few upcoming events that I look forward to every year.

Event number one is this weekend is the Schildesche Stadtfest with one of my favorite fleamarkets of the year and Carnival with rides and games. The festival runs from Friday until Sunday and includes shows and concerts as well. The weather looks pretty good, so it should be fun. Just take the Line 1 to the end at Schildesche and follow the people going down the street. You will not be able to miss it.

Event number two is a special day sponsored by Bielefeld and Hereford called ohne auto mobil. On September 29 (Sunday), the entire 10 kms between Bielefeld and Hereford will be closed off from 10am to 6pm to autos for bicyclers, rollerbladers, walkers, etc. The last time they had this event was a few years ago and I can really recommend it. The length is not hilly and there are plenty of stops along the way for bathroom breaks and water. At the end in Hereford is a festival. Last time we biked to Hereford, had some lunch and then biked home, but of course if you have smaller kids, you can take the train home from Hereford. More information can be found here:

http://www.bielefeld.de/ftp/dokumente/ohne_auto_mobil_2013.pdf

Autumn is in the air, but we can still have fun outside!! See you there!

More second hand shopping

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Two tips for second hand shops from PollyEster

A new Oxfam has opened in Obernstrasse (Altstadt). They shut early on Tuesday, as they are still short of volunteers and have a small selection of English books as well. There are mainly clothes and shoes, but some little things and cds/dvds as well.

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For a bigger selection of English books (and other languages) check out the used book store on the corner of Stapenhorststrasse and Melanchtonstrasse (opposite Burger / Oetker Park).

 

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Thanks PollyEster!

 

Bio-land Hofladen

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Eleni gave me a recommendation for a good bio farm shop at the last welcome center International spouses and partners coffee morning.

Der Köckerhof – Babenhauser Straße 3033619 Bielefeld

Di. bis Fr.: 9 – 19 Uhr
Samstag: 9 – 14 Uhr

They have also turned a circus wagon into cafe

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Berlin comes to Siegfriedplatz

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I enjoy visiting independent shops and was excited to hear PollyEster has spotted a new shop  Nikkes.Berlin with nice things made from recycled materials on Stapenhorststraße 90 (opposite Oetker park and near the second hand book shop). You can read more about their move from Berlin here 

PollyEster also told me the owners of the sewing cafe Traut & Muse   came from Berlin too. They have lots of great classes and also rent sewing machines by the hour so you can work on your own projects and they have everything there for sale that you might need too.

 

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