The Frome Independent
It's nearly upon us! This Sunday the wonderful Frome Independent Market returns for its first outing of 2017. Those whom have been lucky enough to visit Frome for the market before will know what an spectacular day out it is, and for those who haven't yet made the trip, what are you waiting for?!
The first Sunday of each month (March to December) sees the town open its arms, inviting in literally thousands of people to enjoy the delights of a myriad of different food stalls, designer/makers and a thriving flea market packed with vintage finds. Plus, of course, there are the fantastic independent shops, cafes and restaurants to peruse too - it's a wonderful day out!
A whistle-stop tour of the Frome Independent
If you can, start your day at the Cheese & Grain and work your way up through the town taking in the Flea Market first (full of weird and wonderful vintage furniture, trinkets and curios), and then meander across to Market Place to sample the amazing array of street food on offer. Once fuelled, begin your ascent up to Catherine Hill (after nipping down to the famous Cheap Street, with a medieval water course running down its centre) where you'll find various designer and makers along the way, spread across Market Place, up through Stony Street and finally the street we call home - Catherine Hill.
All the roads are pedestrianised, but it can get extremely busy, so be prepared to shuffle along in the busiest sections. If you find yourself getting frustrated, act like a local and dive out of the throng and head down Cork Street (past the cinema) and take a left on the corner of Waterloo and West End, follow the lane up behind the Chapel and you'll find yourself on Whittox Lane which will bring you out at the to of Catherine Hill. Similarly, you can head up Bath Street and take a right onto Palmer Street and join Catherine Hill that way - although you will miss a few stalls along the way in doing this.
The market organisers have put together a super-handy map which is well worth studying before you visit. You can download a PDF copy here.
Catherine Hill & Market Makers
Being a resident of Catherine Hill (see what we did there?) we couldn't write a guide without focussing just a little bit on our little corner of Frome. Aside from us (we're technically on Paul Street, but we're right smack in the middle of the hill) there are a number of excellent shops and cafes.
Be sure to grab a coffee from Moo & Two or Sam's Kitchen, pop into Kushi or Assembly for fantastic menswear, The Life of Riley for vintage furniture finds, Lark Vintage and Donna May for a treasure-trove of vintage clothing, Covers Vinyl for an enviable selection of vinyl and World Basket for an amazing selection of cushions, throws and rugs from all over the world.
10% off at Resident for Market Makers
Getting to the Frome Independent
Park & Ride
The easiest option for many people is the excellent Park & Ride service which runs from the Frome Medical Practice or Selwood. First bus is at 10am, last bus from town centre 3.45pm. Both car parks are around a 10 - 15 minute walk from the centre of the market, so parking and walking is also doable.
Great Western Railway have recently improved services along the 'Heart of Wessex' line, so getting Frome on a market day is even easier than before. Trains arrive 09.22 and 10.31 from Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire stations, with return trains at 15.37, 17.31 and 19.18. Trains from Weymouth, Dorchester & Yeovil arrive at 12.27 with return trains at 14.34 and 18.39. More info at www.heartofwessex.org.uk
Route 267 from Bath. Set down and pick up in Cork St car park on market Sundays. See www.firstgroup.com for more info.
Frome is on Route 24 of the National Cycle Network, which includes the Colliers Way, connecting the Dundas Aquaduct and Frome. See www.sustrans.org.uk for more info.