We live just outside the small Somerset town of Frome, about 13 miles south of Bath, but with a very different vibe. Frome is known for its independent shops and cafes and its vibrant community of artists, writers and musicians. In March 2018 it was rated the Best Place to Live in the South West by The Sunday Times (and the sixth coolest place to live in the UK by The Times in 2013).
Frome seems to be a place where small businesses thrive and was one of the first small towns in the UK to have a workhub – The Old Church school has doubled in size to cater for demand.
The Frome Independent market is held between 10am and 3pm on the first Sunday of each month between March and December. It pulls in thousands of visitors keen to browse the many food and drink stalls, admire the work of artists and makers, hunt for a vintage bargain and listen to live music in the street.
Frome Independent market runs from the top of Catherine Hill, a pretty cobbled street in the conservation area that’s lined with quirky independent shops.
All the way down through the Market Place (the main road is closed on market days) into the large car park by the Cheese and Grain market hall, where there’s a flea market. Frome Independent market is a great place to find unusual bits and pieces for your home, from pictures and handmade objets to upcycled furniture.
You’ll be spoilt for choice by all the food on sale. Sweet tooth? There’s a huge choice of patisserie, cupcakes, Portuguese custard tarts, artisan chocolate and much more.
In fact, something for everyone!
If you’re more inclined to the savoury, then how about pasties, roast potatoes, sausages, cheese, Japanese takeaway, Thai, African, Italian, the list is endless.
Best to come early before someone else eats all the pies! It gets really crowded, especially for the Christmas market in December, which is bursting with ideas for decorations, gifts and cards.