The Frome Independent is back for 2018...
Our year of markets starts on Sunday 4th March and we can’t wait to welcome you to Frome for the very first of the year.
Come to Frome Town Centre from 10am until 3pm and find a town packed with designers, craftspeople, vintage experts and food producers. We
are lucky enough to have a group of traders that are talented, knowledgable and eager to share their practice with you. This spring we’ll be welcoming old favourites, along with some new faces to all areas of the market.
If you’re a regular visitor, you’ll know just what to expect, but if you’re new to TFI, then read on for what’s in store…
F O O D
Give yourself a weekend off the supermarket shop, and pop along to see our food traders in Stony Street and Market Place,. Here you'll find cakes, pastries, charcuterie, local cheeses, preserves and more. Our good friends at Somerset Farmers Markets will be out in force too, with their dedicated group of local farmers, cider makers, veg growers, bakers and cheese makers.
For the street-food addicts amongst you, our award-winning street food line up is looking better than ever. This spring you can get your hands on everything from handmade Cantonese dumplings to rustic sausage rolls. There’s also bubble waffle ice creams, vegan dosas, venison burgers, wood fired pizzas and good old breakfast baps from our local butchers.
M A K E R S
Our designer-maker section is home to a wealth of talent. Come and meet the makers, and browse ethical clothing, hand-made jewellery and porcelain homewares, as well as leatherwork, ironmongery, illustration, and more.
You can find up-and-coming designer-makers in our Suitcase sales on Catherine Hill, Cheap Street and The Bridge, where young makers and new businesses show off a selection of their work.
Market Place is also home to our Market Place Stage, which showcases local acoustic bands and performers. the eclectic programme plays throughout the day, with no two market day lineups ever the same.
F L E A
If you’re into vintage and love a good rummage, then the Frome Flea is where you need to be on Sunday 4th March. Spreading across the Market Yard carpark, the Frome Flea offers antiques, collectables, vintage fashion, and mid-century homewares. Last year we expanded this section to include our new “Homes and Gardens” area, which is where you’ll find freshly cut flowers, houseplants and seeds as well as artwork for the home and garden.
The Flea is also home to our beloved Village Green, the stretch of artificial grass that becomes a market day meeting point, where you can spend a few hours enjoying a local cider and listening to the retro soundtrack supplied by our friends at The Vintage Mobile Disco.
V I S I T
We can’t wait to see you on Sunday 4th March. If you’re travelling from out of town, here is some useful travel info to help you plan your journey….
Frome Station is a 10 minutes stroll from the town centre. Trains arrive at 09:22 and 10.31 from Bristol, Bath and Wiltshire Stations, with return trains at 15.37, 17:31 and 19:18 with the Heart of Wessex Bristol to Weymouth line. Trains from Weymouth, Dorchester and Yeovil arrive at 12:27 with return trains at 14:34 and 18:39.�www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk
Park & Ride�
Park your car at Frome Medical Practice, BA11 2FH or Selwood Academy, BA11 2EF and hop on the bus for a small fee. First bus 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 feel free to park and walk if you wish.
Please be aware that new parking restrictions and traffic enforcement will be in operation on market Sundays. Visitors are kindly requested to park with consideration for Frome residents (please do not park on pavements, block driveways or sight lines at junctions) and advised to observe the new parking restrictions put in place by Somerset County Council.
Route 267 from Bath. Set down and pick up in Cork St car park on market Sundays.�www.firstgroup.com
By Bike�Frome is on Route 24 of the National Cycle Network, which includes the Colliers Way, connecting the Dundas Aquaduct and Frome.�www.sustrans.org.uk