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3 fabulous adult colouring books

September 16, 2015

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.

A close up of a piece of paperBe 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

A close up of a flowerSecret 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

A close up of a piece of paperVintage 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?


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.

  • Claire Davies September 16, 2015 at 7:26 am

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

  • Becca Staples September 16, 2015 at 7:50 am

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

  • Laura Tonks September 16, 2015 at 7:54 am

    I used to love colouring & still do 🙂

  • Jen Schofield September 16, 2015 at 8:29 am

    I liked doing card crafts

  • Debbie Creasey September 16, 2015 at 8:50 am

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

  • Tracey Peach September 16, 2015 at 9:40 am

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

  • STACY SORRELL September 16, 2015 at 10:13 am

    i used to play for hours with plastercine

  • Jolene Yule September 16, 2015 at 12:21 pm

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

  • Nikki Hayes September 16, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    Reading – first, last and always :o)

  • Ellen Stafford September 16, 2015 at 1:05 pm

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

  • Felicity Smith September 16, 2015 at 2:38 pm

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

  • ashleigh allan September 16, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Drawing and lego!

  • melanie stirling September 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm

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

  • Cherry Newby September 16, 2015 at 7:59 pm

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

  • Victoria N September 16, 2015 at 8:35 pm

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

  • iain maciver September 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm

    did a lot of colouring in

  • Jennifer Haden September 17, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I loved reading and colouring books the best! x

  • Helen Adams September 17, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I was a big fan of lego

  • michelle pierce September 17, 2015 at 9:58 am

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

  • ELAINE DALE September 17, 2015 at 10:26 am

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

  • caroline wood September 17, 2015 at 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.

  • Sarah Davison September 17, 2015 at 12:23 pm

    I always loved colouring in

  • Jessica Powell September 17, 2015 at 3:30 pm

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

  • sharon martin September 17, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    drawing and colouring

  • Keith Hunt September 17, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    reading the famous five and secret seven books

  • Anna September 17, 2015 at 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!

  • nicola clarkson September 17, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    playing libraries with my books

  • Kirsty Webb September 17, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    Playing shops. Xx

  • Samantha Loughlin September 17, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Laying camping indoors with sheets and chairs

  • Samantha Loughlin September 17, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Playing lol I meant to say xx

  • Joanne Hutchings September 18, 2015 at 7:40 am

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

  • Nicola Lynch September 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

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

  • ChrisM Baker September 18, 2015 at 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.

  • laura stewart September 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    i liked filling in forms xx

  • Ema J Lowe September 18, 2015 at 1:16 pm

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

  • rachel September 18, 2015 at 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!

  • Paula Barker September 18, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Paint by numbers, would keep me quiet for ages!

  • kimberley ryan September 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Playing Kirby with friends

  • Robyn Logan Clarke September 18, 2015 at 8:12 pm

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

  • Julie Ward September 19, 2015 at 1:57 pm

    Colour by numbers

  • Lisa Pond September 19, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Mud pies and spectrograph! 🙂

  • Lisa Pond September 19, 2015 at 3:16 pm

    *spirograph, damn auto correct! 🙂

  • Lynn Heath September 19, 2015 at 4:41 pm

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

  • Janice Mackin September 19, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I loved colouring and reading.

  • Jennifer Toal September 20, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Cutting clothes out of old catalogues for paper doll s

  • caroline walliss September 20, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Being in the great outdoors discovering lots of wildlife.x

  • Megan S. September 20, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I loved horseriding! 🙂

  • Kelly Glen September 20, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Playing with Lego.

  • Zoe G September 20, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    Making dens in the house, usually under the kitchen table

  • Ms Suan Watts September 20, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Doing a jigsaw puzzle

  • Jessica Solomon September 20, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    out on my bike

  • Hannonle September 20, 2015 at 5:23 pm

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

  • Clare H September 20, 2015 at 5:58 pm

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

  • Samantha R September 20, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    drawing and baking

  • Susan Hall September 20, 2015 at 6:23 pm

    Playing with my toy farm

  • Rebecca England September 20, 2015 at 6:26 pm

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

  • charlotte cooke September 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    i used to love lego 🙂

  • Anne-Marie Wigley September 20, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Exploring in the local woods 😀

  • Rachel Eades September 20, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Baking with my mum 🙂

  • Victoria Mylittlel September 20, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    messing with my adventorous friend

  • Stephanie Tsang September 20, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    Going to the library to choose books.

  • Adeline September 20, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Baking and drawing

  • Nicki simpson September 20, 2015 at 9:42 pm

    Drawing…..anything at all

  • Fern September 21, 2015 at 8:29 am

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

  • helen tovell September 21, 2015 at 10:12 am

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

  • Justine Hughes September 21, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Colouring in and painting.

  • Christine Lockley September 21, 2015 at 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

  • Cheryl Kean September 21, 2015 at 12:16 pm

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

  • betony Bennett September 21, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Reading and colouring with music on 🙂

  • Helen Thurston September 21, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Reading, or playing/making bits for my dolls house

  • Charlene Price September 21, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    My favourite pastime was reading

  • Corinne Peat September 21, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Going out on my bike and painting and drawing

  • Christopher Read September 21, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Drawing cartoon strips

  • bella smyth September 21, 2015 at 8:30 pm

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

  • Natalie Crossan September 21, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I loved reading x

  • leanne weir September 21, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    building dens with my brothers

  • Stevie September 22, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Taking things apart and rebuilding them.

  • fozia Akhtar September 22, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Reading…I was such a book worm

  • Ella L September 23, 2015 at 5:32 am

    building with lego

  • carole n September 23, 2015 at 9:37 am

    playing in my local woods

  • aaron broad September 23, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I mainly played on my Gameboy as a child

  • Fiona R September 23, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    Making mud pies 🙂

  • Karen hutchinson September 23, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Play doh and anything by fisher price

  • AMANDA ROBINSON September 24, 2015 at 9:53 am

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

  • Jo Carroll September 24, 2015 at 11:51 am

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

  • Kathryn Booth September 24, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    building dens, and colouring

  • Sarah Rees September 24, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Building dens in the forest

  • Maria P September 24, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    playing hide and seek with my brother

  • Yvonne Brownsea September 24, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Playing pretend with my teddies & dolls

  • Karen Hughes September 24, 2015 at 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

  • Monica Gilbert September 25, 2015 at 10:36 pm

    Reading and drawing.

  • katrina walsh September 25, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    Reading non stop

  • sarah clegg September 26, 2015 at 10:56 am

    reading my head was always in a book 🙂

  • Jayne Townson September 26, 2015 at 7:28 pm

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

  • Katie Skeoch September 26, 2015 at 8:05 pm

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

  • Susie Wilkinson September 26, 2015 at 10:59 pm

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

  • victoria thurgood September 27, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    playing on my rollerboots

  • Isabelle Smith September 28, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    READING for sure 🙂 XXXX

  • Julie Davies September 28, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I loved playing “two balls” against a wall

  • Rachel Craig September 29, 2015 at 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”.

  • Karen Barrett September 29, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    I used to love drawing and colouring in

  • jodie harvey September 29, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    cross stitching, i started at around age 8 🙂

  • Jade Prior September 30, 2015 at 12:47 am

    taking dog for walks

  • jane orford September 30, 2015 at 8:22 am

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

  • Harley September 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    Playing runouts! We’d spend hours

  • Barbara Handley September 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm

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

  • Samantha Fernley September 30, 2015 at 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.

  • Patricia Avery September 30, 2015 at 9:01 pm

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

  • Diana September 30, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Reading! Used to visit library nearly every day 🙂

  • Sarah Ballantyne September 30, 2015 at 10:19 pm

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

  • RACHEL BUSTIN October 1, 2015 at 7:11 am

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

  • Tim Woolfenden October 1, 2015 at 7:44 am

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

  • Eileen Tingle October 1, 2015 at 7:56 am

    My favourite pastime was playing the piano

  • Ria October 1, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Creating dens in the wilderness behind our houses with our friends

  • MichelleD October 1, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Playing out on my bike!

  • Kerry Locke October 1, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I loved reading and would read for hours and hours

  • Emily Hutchinson October 1, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Reading, I’ve always been a big reader

  • Ray Becker October 1, 2015 at 9:48 am

    roaming over the downs

  • Victoria Prince October 1, 2015 at 10:28 am

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

  • Stephanie Whitehouse October 1, 2015 at 11:15 am

    I liked taking things apart

  • Irene Gilmour October 1, 2015 at 11:43 am

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

  • steph lovatt October 1, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I loved to cross stitch

  • Jade Hewlett October 1, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    I liked Reading

  • Simon Keeping October 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

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

  • Karen Laing October 1, 2015 at 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

  • Pam Francis Gregory October 1, 2015 at 1:18 pm

    I used to love climbing trees!

  • Lydia Graham October 1, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Playing on my bike and space hopper

  • michelle speight October 1, 2015 at 5:59 pm

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

  • Karl Borowy October 1, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    drawing and conkers

  • katie w October 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    playing in the woods

  • sarah October 1, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    riding my bike.

  • Nicola Holland October 1, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    Playing patience card games that my auntie taught me 🙂

  • Angela Paull October 1, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Teddy Bear Picnics

  • cathyj October 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    taking walks in countryside

  • Angela Walton October 1, 2015 at 10:11 pm

    Reading and drawing, I’ve not changed much

  • Lucy Carter October 1, 2015 at 10:34 pm

    I enjoyed jigsaw puzzles

  • joanne phillips October 1, 2015 at 11:01 pm

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

  • Rebecca Townsend October 2, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Digging and growing things in my Dads garden

  • samantha mason October 2, 2015 at 8:20 am

    Playing on the fields with my sister

  • Angela Morgan October 2, 2015 at 8:41 am

    Stream jumping in the local park

  • Maggie Vee October 2, 2015 at 9:02 am

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

  • Rebecca Howells October 2, 2015 at 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.

  • AMANDA ROBINSON October 2, 2015 at 9:45 am

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

  • Dianne Hanson October 2, 2015 at 10:17 am

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

  • Chris Fletcher October 2, 2015 at 10:50 am

    I used to love drawing and colouring in jet planes!

  • James Harris October 2, 2015 at 11:01 am

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

  • chris miller October 2, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Climbing tress and looking at the stars at night.

  • emma October 2, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    making mud pies!

  • Alison Macdonald October 2, 2015 at 1:34 pm

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

  • Beth October 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I loved riding my bike x

  • Sarah Rider October 2, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    The same as it is now, reading!!x

  • Rich Tyler October 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    Has to be climbing trees!

  • Jill fairbank October 2, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Used to play Rock hopping on holiday

  • chantelle hazelden October 2, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    I loved to read, still do x

  • Andrea A October 2, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    Visiting the library and reading books.

  • Allan Fullarton October 2, 2015 at 5:35 pm

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

  • Caroline Signey October 2, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Skipping and pogo stick

  • Sarah Buckley October 2, 2015 at 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)!

  • claire little October 2, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    reading could easily get lost in a book.

  • AnnaH October 2, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Spent hours doing colouring books!

  • karen Howden October 2, 2015 at 9:42 pm

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

  • Rebecca Phillips October 2, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    playing with my barbies!

  • Rebecca Smith October 2, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Baking with my mom and sisters

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