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Black Swan Arts, 2 Bridge Street, BA11 1BB , Frome
The picturesque town of Frome is the perfect destination for a day trip or short break. Explore medieval streets lined with independent stores, experience award-winning markets, soak up the thriving arts scene, indulge in local culinary delights and venture into the beautiful surrounding countryside.
Frome’s welcoming charm is instant, so it’s no surprise that the town’s been named one of the best places to live in Britain by The Sunday Times, one of Time Out’s best weekend breaks from London and ‘the most Stylish town in the UK’.
Perfectly placed at the eastern end of the Mendip Hills, Frome enjoys excellent rail and local transport links making it the ideal base from which to explore North East Somerset.
Once one of the largest towns in Somerset, Frome boasts a rich industrial heritage founded in the wool and cloth industry and later diversifying into metal-working and printing. Although these industries have since declined, their legacy lives on with Frome laying claim to over 350 listed buildings – more than any other town in Somerset.
For those interested in exploring this historical side to the town, the Frome Museum is a hive of information and Frome’s popular guided walks offer a unique insight into the colourful history of the town.
In recent years Frome has become synonymous with the word “Independent”. Local retailers have reclaimed the streets of Frome providing a unique shopping experience. The cornerstone of this vibrant scene is St Catherine’s artisan quarter where you’ll find everything from gifts and vintage clothing to bespoke jewellery and modern arts and crafts studios. Heading down the hill to the Market Place and Cheap Street you’ll find local produce, music and book stores and interior design retailers. Refuel at one of Frome’s many eateries – choose from friendly cafés, traditional pubs, stylish restaurants and lively bars.
The Frome market scene is thriving with weekly markets on Wednesday and Saturday. On the first weekend of each month the town hosts Frome Vegan Market, followed by the award-winning Frome Farmer’s Market on each second Saturday. On the first Sunday of the month you’ll find the award-winning Frome Independent - fast becoming one of the UK’s most popular destination markets.
Frome’s also spoilt for choice when it comes to the arts and entertainment. The Cheese and Grain, rooted in the centre of Frome is one of Somerset’s key music venues and has played host to some of the finest acts in the world, while the Merlin and Memorial theatres welcome touring shows, comedy and local productions. The Frome Festival, Carnival and Agricultural & Cheese Show are annual events not to be missed.
Explore outside Frome to see rolling Somerset countryside at its finest. Walks include the 50-mile Mendip way, starting in Frome and ending by the sea at Weston-super-Mare. For cycling enthusiasts, the Collier’s Way takes you on a picturesque ride towards Bath making use of disused railway tracks and quiet country lanes. For urban adventures, Frome’s eBike hire scheme means you can discover the town with an electrically-assisted cycle, making traversing hills a breeze.
Discover Frome Information Point:
Located at Black Swan Arts, the information point is manned by volunteers and specifically focusses on the arts, events and trails. Welcoming residents and visitors alike, the information point is part of a plan to better inform people of the amazing array of events and experiences that the town has to offer. Enquiries can also be directed to Frome Town Hall.
Black Swan Arts2 Bridge StreetFromeSomersetBA11 1BB United Kingdom
T: 01373 465757
F: 01373 453704
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