3 fabulous adult colouring books

It would appear that I’m not the only adult in the world reliving one of their childhood pastimes of colouring.  I can remember spending many a happy hour colouring in different patterns and making a piece of paper come to life.

Adult colouring books have hit the bookshops by storm, offering adults a therapeutic way to relieve the everyday stresses of adult life.

3 fabulous adult colouring books

So feel nostalgic as you dust off your colouring pencils and get creative with one of these beautiful and inspiring books.

Be Inspired, £15.00, shop.royalacademy.org.ukBe Inspired: Design Colouring Book

Colouring books are not just for kids! Adults, get your felt tips and crayons at the ready and help your mind to switch off and relax by enjoying this nostalgic activity. This collection is based on the patterns and designs of wallpaper specialists Eijffinger and showcases some the their best patterns, with themes such as romance, nostalgia, nature, exoticism, vintage and retro. It’s up to you if you want to stay inside the lines.

The Be Inspired: Design Colouring Book is priced at £15.00 and available from the Royal Academy of Arts online shop

Secret Garden, £9.95, www.nhmshop.co.ukSecret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt Book

Welcome to the inky world of a secret garden. Each page has exquisite pen illustrations waiting to come to life through your artist’s palette. With puzzles throughout, this book has something for budding artists young and old.

The Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt Book is priced at £9.95 and available from the Natural History Museum online shop

Vintage Fashion Colouring Book,£5.99,www.iwmshop.org.ukVintage Fashion Colouring Book

Filled with gowns, frocks and stylish accessories to colour, this colouring book provides a concise introduction to the history of vintage fashion.

The Vintage Fashion Colouring Book is priced at £5.99 and available from the Imperial War Museum online shop

Are you an adult colouring book fan?

Giveaway

To celebrate my love of colouring I am offering one lucky reader the opportunity to win a Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt Book.

To enter simply leave me a comment telling me what was your favourite past-time was when you were a child, then complete the Gleam widget below:

Secret Garden: An Inky Treasure Hunt Book

Disclosure: I have not been compensated for this post, and will be supplying the prize myself to share the adult colouring love.

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163 Comments

  1. Claire Davies
    September 16, 2015 / 7:26 am

    We used to have these massive plastic mats which you could spend ages colouring in – they were great fun!

  2. Becca Staples
    September 16, 2015 / 7:50 am

    I used to like colouring in the the felt covered colouring boards, and making things with glitter lol x

  3. Laura Tonks
    September 16, 2015 / 7:54 am

    I used to love colouring & still do 🙂

  4. Jen Schofield
    September 16, 2015 / 8:29 am

    I liked doing card crafts

  5. September 16, 2015 / 8:50 am

    Any crafts but especially colouring in, i always had colouring books and pencils for birthdays and christmasses.

  6. Tracey Peach
    September 16, 2015 / 9:40 am

    The Magic Colouring Books, you paint water onto the page & colours appear loved them 🙂

  7. September 16, 2015 / 10:13 am

    i used to play for hours with plastercine

  8. Jolene Yule
    September 16, 2015 / 12:21 pm

    Love it my sons are really enjoying this relax calming colouring and it’s a fab thing to be doing together

  9. Nikki Hayes
    September 16, 2015 / 1:04 pm

    Reading – first, last and always :o)

  10. September 16, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    Colouring, doing plays and origami – we had some Japanese students stay and they taught us.

  11. September 16, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    has to be drawing and colouring in, or maybe doing jigsaws, I was a very quiet child

  12. ashleigh allan
    September 16, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Drawing and lego!

  13. melanie stirling
    September 16, 2015 / 6:47 pm

    Reading,I was always being told to go outside and get some fresh air!

  14. Cherry Newby
    September 16, 2015 / 7:59 pm

    I loved anything crafting and particularly loved my stitching cards. I’ve now passed this onto my 5 year old daughter!

  15. Victoria N
    September 16, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    I used to love reading – could be immersed in a book for hours

  16. iain maciver
    September 16, 2015 / 8:44 pm

    did a lot of colouring in

  17. Jennifer Haden
    September 17, 2015 / 7:44 am

    I loved reading and colouring books the best! x

  18. Helen Adams
    September 17, 2015 / 9:50 am

    I was a big fan of lego

  19. michelle pierce
    September 17, 2015 / 9:58 am

    i loved making things that they showed you how to make on Blue Peter

  20. ELAINE DALE
    September 17, 2015 / 10:26 am

    drawing and making up stories and cartoon strips, not that I was very artistic but enjoyed it anyway

  21. September 17, 2015 / 10:41 am

    As a child I loved being creative in few areas really from drawing/designing dresses to colouring on a vast majority of time.

  22. Sarah Davison
    September 17, 2015 / 12:23 pm

    I always loved colouring in

  23. Jessica Powell
    September 17, 2015 / 3:30 pm

    I loved to read. I always had my head buried in a book!

  24. sharon martin
    September 17, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    drawing and colouring

  25. Keith Hunt
    September 17, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    reading the famous five and secret seven books

  26. September 17, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    I used to play outside a lot – my dad made a sandpit in the back garden for me so I spent ages building sand castles!

  27. nicola clarkson
    September 17, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    playing libraries with my books

  28. Kirsty Webb
    September 17, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    Playing shops. Xx

  29. Samantha Loughlin
    September 17, 2015 / 10:41 pm

    Laying camping indoors with sheets and chairs

  30. Samantha Loughlin
    September 17, 2015 / 10:43 pm

    Playing lol I meant to say xx

  31. Joanne Hutchings
    September 18, 2015 / 7:40 am

    I loved colouring in too. I’m so pleased that it’s now acceptable for adults!

  32. Nicola Lynch
    September 18, 2015 / 10:16 am

    Playing Sylvanian Families, making dens, playing outside, playing on my bike, can’t really remember having a favourite one as such.

  33. ChrisM Baker
    September 18, 2015 / 12:47 pm

    I would sit on the swing in the garden for hours when the weather was nice, otherwise I would be indoors sewing with my mum.

  34. laura stewart
    September 18, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    i liked filling in forms xx

  35. Ema J Lowe
    September 18, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    I used to play a lot in the street with my friends.

  36. rachel
    September 18, 2015 / 1:55 pm

    I loved playing schools with my sister – I would give her lessons but it was her that ended up being a teacher when she grew up!

  37. Paula Barker
    September 18, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    Paint by numbers, would keep me quiet for ages!

  38. kimberley ryan
    September 18, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    Playing Kirby with friends

  39. September 18, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Definitely Lego, kept my brother and I entertained for hours.

  40. Julie Ward
    September 19, 2015 / 1:57 pm

    Colour by numbers

  41. Lisa Pond
    September 19, 2015 / 3:15 pm

    Mud pies and spectrograph! 🙂

  42. Lisa Pond
    September 19, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    *spirograph, damn auto correct! 🙂

  43. Lynn Heath
    September 19, 2015 / 4:41 pm

    I loved playing outside, I grew up in the countryside and we went miles!

  44. Janice Mackin
    September 19, 2015 / 6:21 pm

    I loved colouring and reading.

  45. Jennifer Toal
    September 20, 2015 / 11:21 am

    Cutting clothes out of old catalogues for paper doll s

  46. caroline walliss
    September 20, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    Being in the great outdoors discovering lots of wildlife.x

  47. Megan S.
    September 20, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    I loved horseriding! 🙂

  48. Kelly Glen
    September 20, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Playing with Lego.

  49. Zoe G
    September 20, 2015 / 4:21 pm

    Making dens in the house, usually under the kitchen table

  50. Ms Suan Watts
    September 20, 2015 / 4:22 pm

    Doing a jigsaw puzzle

  51. Hannonle
    September 20, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    Exploring the woods and fields at the back of our house.

  52. Clare H
    September 20, 2015 / 5:58 pm

    watching football with my dad – I was a massive tomboy!

  53. Samantha R
    September 20, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    drawing and baking

  54. Susan Hall
    September 20, 2015 / 6:23 pm

    Playing with my toy farm

  55. Rebecca England
    September 20, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    I used to spend hours on our garden swing and walking the dog around country lanes

  56. charlotte cooke
    September 20, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    i used to love lego 🙂

  57. Anne-Marie Wigley
    September 20, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Exploring in the local woods 😀

  58. Rachel Eades
    September 20, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    Baking with my mum 🙂

  59. Stephanie Tsang
    September 20, 2015 / 8:20 pm

    Going to the library to choose books.

  60. Adeline
    September 20, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Baking and drawing

  61. Nicki simpson
    September 20, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Drawing…..anything at all

  62. September 21, 2015 / 8:29 am

    Building dens in the park and playing with my menagerie of pets 🙂

  63. helen tovell
    September 21, 2015 / 10:12 am

    mine was reading didn’t have as many things to do then

  64. Justine Hughes
    September 21, 2015 / 11:15 am

    Colouring in and painting.

  65. Christine Lockley
    September 21, 2015 / 11:37 am

    We used to play outdoors and we loved playing “Charlie’s Angels” my poor younger brother always had to be the bad guy, Charlie and Bosley. On rainy days it was always a colouring book and pencils

  66. Cheryl Kean
    September 21, 2015 / 12:16 pm

    I loved to read , i always used to have a book in my hand x

  67. betony Bennett
    September 21, 2015 / 1:05 pm

    Reading and colouring with music on 🙂

  68. Helen Thurston
    September 21, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Reading, or playing/making bits for my dolls house

  69. Charlene Price
    September 21, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    My favourite pastime was reading

  70. Corinne Peat
    September 21, 2015 / 6:03 pm

    Going out on my bike and painting and drawing

  71. Christopher Read
    September 21, 2015 / 6:48 pm

    Drawing cartoon strips

  72. bella smyth
    September 21, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    i also love to bake and colour i spend hours each week, thank you for the chance

  73. Natalie Crossan
    September 21, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    I loved reading x

  74. leanne weir
    September 21, 2015 / 9:13 pm

    building dens with my brothers

  75. Stevie
    September 22, 2015 / 11:09 am

    Taking things apart and rebuilding them.

  76. fozia Akhtar
    September 22, 2015 / 8:40 pm

    Reading…I was such a book worm

  77. Ella L
    September 23, 2015 / 5:32 am

    building with lego

  78. carole n
    September 23, 2015 / 9:37 am

    playing in my local woods

  79. aaron broad
    September 23, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    I mainly played on my Gameboy as a child

  80. Fiona R
    September 23, 2015 / 9:30 pm

    Making mud pies 🙂

  81. Karen hutchinson
    September 23, 2015 / 11:17 pm

    Play doh and anything by fisher price

  82. AMANDA ROBINSON
    September 24, 2015 / 9:53 am

    I loved hiding myself away to play with my Barbie, Sindy & Ken dolls

  83. Jo Carroll
    September 24, 2015 / 11:51 am

    I was a little digger…you’d always find me out in the back garden diiging holes 😉

  84. September 24, 2015 / 1:53 pm

    building dens, and colouring

  85. Sarah Rees
    September 24, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    Building dens in the forest

  86. Maria P
    September 24, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    playing hide and seek with my brother

  87. September 24, 2015 / 9:59 pm

    Playing pretend with my teddies & dolls

  88. Karen Hughes
    September 24, 2015 / 10:32 pm

    Reading and colouring as I was an only child with working parents so had to amuse myself a lot of the time

  89. Monica Gilbert
    September 25, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Reading and drawing.

  90. katrina walsh
    September 25, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    Reading non stop

  91. sarah clegg
    September 26, 2015 / 10:56 am

    reading my head was always in a book 🙂

  92. Jayne Townson
    September 26, 2015 / 7:28 pm

    Mine was lego, I would spend hours making things with it. great fun. Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

  93. Katie Skeoch
    September 26, 2015 / 8:05 pm

    I used to love my scrapbook! I had loads of scraps

  94. Susie Wilkinson
    September 26, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    I used to climb trees, find a comfy spot and sit and read away from it all!

  95. victoria thurgood
    September 27, 2015 / 9:38 pm

    playing on my rollerboots

  96. September 28, 2015 / 12:00 pm

    READING for sure 🙂 XXXX

  97. Julie Davies
    September 28, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    I loved playing “two balls” against a wall

  98. Rachel Craig
    September 29, 2015 / 3:14 pm

    I enjoyed films on television, the cinema, theatre and collecting “scraps”. As well as playing with my dolls. Family board games were fun also. They do say that ” Variety is the Spice of Life”.

  99. Karen Barrett
    September 29, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    I used to love drawing and colouring in

  100. jodie harvey
    September 29, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    cross stitching, i started at around age 8 🙂

  101. Jade Prior
    September 30, 2015 / 12:47 am

    taking dog for walks

  102. jane orford
    September 30, 2015 / 8:22 am

    we enjoyed playing cards snap , Rummy Patience and old maid!!

  103. Harley
    September 30, 2015 / 12:18 pm

    Playing runouts! We’d spend hours

  104. Barbara Handley
    September 30, 2015 / 7:11 pm

    My favourite pastime was reading if I had to stay in and riding my bike if I could play out.

  105. September 30, 2015 / 8:34 pm

    I used to love reading, still do. I lived around the corner from a library and I just loved to go there all the time.

  106. Patricia Avery
    September 30, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    I always had my nose in a book from a very young age. 60+ years later and nothing has changed ! 🙂

  107. Diana
    September 30, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    Reading! Used to visit library nearly every day 🙂

  108. Sarah Ballantyne
    September 30, 2015 / 10:19 pm

    I loved writing short stories, I even had a few published.

  109. October 1, 2015 / 7:11 am

    Reading, I used to love reading very much – i got the love of books from my mum xx

  110. Tim Woolfenden
    October 1, 2015 / 7:44 am

    Spent hours in the back garden pretending was Mick Channon or Gary Rowell

  111. October 1, 2015 / 7:56 am

    My favourite pastime was playing the piano

  112. Ria
    October 1, 2015 / 8:19 am

    Creating dens in the wilderness behind our houses with our friends

  113. MichelleD
    October 1, 2015 / 8:48 am

    Playing out on my bike!

  114. October 1, 2015 / 9:02 am

    I loved reading and would read for hours and hours

  115. Emily Hutchinson
    October 1, 2015 / 9:25 am

    Reading, I’ve always been a big reader

  116. Ray Becker
    October 1, 2015 / 9:48 am

    roaming over the downs

  117. Victoria Prince
    October 1, 2015 / 10:28 am

    horse riding! Never got to do enough of it though 🙂

  118. Stephanie Whitehouse
    October 1, 2015 / 11:15 am

    I liked taking things apart

  119. Irene Gilmour
    October 1, 2015 / 11:43 am

    walking and i still love it now just wish i was fit enough to do it more

  120. steph lovatt
    October 1, 2015 / 11:57 am

    I loved to cross stitch

  121. Jade Hewlett
    October 1, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    I liked Reading

  122. Simon Keeping
    October 1, 2015 / 12:26 pm

    I used to love colouring in, as a matter of fact I still do today !!

  123. October 1, 2015 / 12:38 pm

    Reading,I was never very sporty and there weren’t the same facilities 50 years ago.In saying that we went exploring in our local glen,climbing and playing on rope swings.We would be out for hours and would only come in for tea.I wouldn’t want my young grandchildren doing half of that now.I think children should still go out and play but be aware of the dangers.Anyway after all that reading was my forte and I still love books to this day and always have a book on the go x

  124. Pam Francis Gregory
    October 1, 2015 / 1:18 pm

    I used to love climbing trees!

  125. October 1, 2015 / 4:46 pm

    Playing on my bike and space hopper

  126. michelle speight
    October 1, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    i use to be a tomboy climbing trees jumping in hay bales etc

  127. October 1, 2015 / 6:33 pm

    drawing and conkers

  128. katie w
    October 1, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    playing in the woods

  129. sarah
    October 1, 2015 / 7:48 pm

    riding my bike.

  130. Nicola Holland
    October 1, 2015 / 9:07 pm

    Playing patience card games that my auntie taught me 🙂

  131. Angela Paull
    October 1, 2015 / 9:12 pm

    Teddy Bear Picnics

  132. cathyj
    October 1, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    taking walks in countryside

  133. Angela Walton
    October 1, 2015 / 10:11 pm

    Reading and drawing, I’ve not changed much

  134. Lucy Carter
    October 1, 2015 / 10:34 pm

    I enjoyed jigsaw puzzles

  135. joanne phillips
    October 1, 2015 / 11:01 pm

    My favourite pastime was reading, I was a real bookworm!

  136. Rebecca Townsend
    October 2, 2015 / 6:02 am

    Digging and growing things in my Dads garden

  137. samantha mason
    October 2, 2015 / 8:20 am

    Playing on the fields with my sister

  138. Angela Morgan
    October 2, 2015 / 8:41 am

    Stream jumping in the local park

  139. Maggie Vee
    October 2, 2015 / 9:02 am

    Loved building dens in the garden with my friends and pretending to be a secret agents.

  140. October 2, 2015 / 9:06 am

    Being a brownie and going on camps. Playing adventure games in the outdoors and toasting marshmellows on the camp fire as we sang.

  141. AMANDA ROBINSON
    October 2, 2015 / 9:45 am

    playing with my Barbie, Sindy & Ken dolls
    or out on my roller skates

  142. Dianne Hanson
    October 2, 2015 / 10:17 am

    We used to go camping a lot as a family, lovely memories 🙂

  143. Chris Fletcher
    October 2, 2015 / 10:50 am

    I used to love drawing and colouring in jet planes!

  144. James Harris
    October 2, 2015 / 11:01 am

    Just being outside, normally on my bike, with my friends.

  145. chris miller
    October 2, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    Climbing tress and looking at the stars at night.

  146. emma
    October 2, 2015 / 12:22 pm

    making mud pies!

  147. Alison Macdonald
    October 2, 2015 / 1:34 pm

    Drawing & colouring on my own. Also loved baking with my mum 🙂

  148. Beth
    October 2, 2015 / 2:44 pm

    I loved riding my bike x

  149. Sarah Rider
    October 2, 2015 / 1:50 pm

    The same as it is now, reading!!x

  150. Rich Tyler
    October 2, 2015 / 3:20 pm

    Has to be climbing trees!

  151. Jill fairbank
    October 2, 2015 / 3:35 pm

    Used to play Rock hopping on holiday

  152. Andrea A
    October 2, 2015 / 5:23 pm

    Visiting the library and reading books.

  153. Allan Fullarton
    October 2, 2015 / 5:35 pm

    Climbing trees, really loved it. Scared of heights now!!

  154. Caroline Signey
    October 2, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Skipping and pogo stick

  155. Sarah Buckley
    October 2, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    Reading – I’ve always been a big reader & had a library card before I could even read lol (courtesy of my Nan)!

  156. claire little
    October 2, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    reading could easily get lost in a book.

  157. AnnaH
    October 2, 2015 / 9:04 pm

    Spent hours doing colouring books!

  158. October 2, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    my self and my two sisters used to get a plastic bag and some string and make it into a kite

  159. Rebecca Smith
    October 2, 2015 / 10:10 pm

    Baking with my mom and sisters

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