An historic market town built on steep hillsides running down to the river of the same name. It still has part of a medieval street pattern, with winding streets, fascinating old buildings and a range of independent, individual retailers. Frome is the ultimate “foodie” destination, with a strong emphasis on locally sourced produce in its markets, speciality shops and cafes, and is a Fairtrade town. A growing number of professional craftspeople are choosing to base their workshops here, with talents ranging from designer jewellery and textiles to musical instruments and artist blacksmiths. There are arts and crafts venues and galleries in historic buildings, including The Black Swan, Rook Lane Arts and the Silk Mill.
There is an unmatched range of markets three days a week, with The Cheese and Grain – a renovated nineteenth century market hall at the heart of the town – hosting concerts, markets, meetings and events.
This is a town brimming with creative people, with a thriving contemporary and performing arts scene. The prestigious Frome Festival with up to 200 exciting events takes place in early July appealing to every interest from music, literature, theatre, comedy & visual arts to gardens and food. Frome Independent, on the first Sunday of the month, March to December, is more than a market – the streets are reclaimed by a temporary community showcasing the best of local food, design, art, craft and vintage experts, with music and events. With our new, year-round Sunday services you can now go by train from Bristol Bath and Wiltshire for a full day, and for the afternoon from Dorset and Somerset stations.