Things To Do In Frome

In recent years Frome has been heralded as one of the UK’s most desirable places to live. And we would have to agree! 

Set in a valley surrounded by some of Somerset’s most beautiful scenery, Frome is a thriving historic market town with plenty to offer visitors and residents alike.

Catherine Hill & Frome’s Artisan Quarter

Today the cobbled lanes and streets are filled with glorious creative independent businesses. Artists, musicians and entrepreneurs have set up home and shop here in what’s now being dubbed as the ‘Artisan Quarter’.  Picturesque St Catherine’s which includes Catherine Hill, Palmer Street, Paul Street and Stoney Street host an array of small individual shops. From artist’s galleries to herbal apothecaries, top notch tailors to craft bottle shops, vintage emporiums and vinyl record shops, there’s something to please everyone. 

Cheap Street is another lovely cobbled pedestrian lane with a small stream running down it. It is full of more wonderful independent shops from gifts, flowers, clothing, health food, cheese, cafes, to books and music, it really can’t be missed. 

Market’s Galore in Frome

Frome also has lots of wonderful markets to enjoy and explore. In particular The Frome Independent has become nationally renowned and is the place to see artists and makers showcase their designs.  Lovers of vintage shopping will also find it a wonderful place to indulge in a bit of modern antique hunting.

Stay in Our Boutique B&B Accommodation to Discover all Frome has to Offer

We’d love to help make your visit to Frome even more special. If you have anything in mind or would like suggestions of things to do, please ask at our reception bar where we’d be honoured to assist and suggest.

With so much to offer, you will find it hard to not be charmed by our exciting and vibrant town.

A couple of the beautiful boutique shops on Catherine Hill.

Discover why the Times calls us Va-Va-Frome

Frome is known for some great entertainment, The Foo Fighters played a gig here in 2017! As well as internationally acclaimed bands, Frome plays host to an impressive variety of live music events and DJ performances. From JFB (World DMC DJ Champion) to Lee Scratch Perry, Frome is known to pack a night-life punch to rival that of many much larger cities which have become synonymous with the incredible and exciting UK music scene.

The list below offers just a starting point and is merely a taste of what Frome has to offer.

Frome Independent Market

Arguably Frome’s best day out, the much lauded Frome Independent happens on the first Sunday of every month (March through to December). An artist, makers and vintage market which literally takes over the town, visitors flock from all over the UK to enjoy this unique and flourishing street fair.

Make sure you book accommodation in advance as this is Frome’s busiest weekend of the month.

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The Cheese and Grain

The place to see live music and comedy, Cheese & Grain also holds regular vintage and food markets.  A not for profit social enterprise venue with some very exciting line-ups.

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Frome Festival 

Frome hosts its own festival each summer. Many amazing and diverse events take place over a week-long celebration of Frome’s home grown talent.  Discover Hidden Gardens of Frome, open artist studios and live literary performances.  The dates for 2019 are 5th – 14th July.

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Cooper Hall

Cooper Hall is a contemporary music and performance venue within the grounds of a private home just outside of Frome center. Opera, classical recitals, choral music plus singing classes can all be enjoyed in this inspirational space.

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23 Bath Street

Live Music, performance and entertainment.

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The Silk Mill

The Silk Mill is an artist’s studio and gallery space which also hosts a variety of musical and social events throughout the year.

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Black Swan Arts

Another wonderful art centre with artist studios, exhibition spaces, workshops and shop.

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What’s On In Frome – Information & Listings


For up to date listings and articles on everything going down in Frome…..


Frome Diary

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The List Frome

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Fabulous Frome

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Discover Frome

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Attractions and Places to Visit Near Frome

Staying for more than a night or two?  Fancy venturing further afield?

Why not use Bistro Lotte and Frome Town House Accommodation as your base to explore more of what Somerset and neighbouring Wiltshire has to offer.

There’s plenty to see and do within a short car or train journey.

Longleat House and Safari Park

The UK’s number one safari park is just up the road and only a 15 minute drive away.

Our guest house B&B accommodation is so near to Longleat

…… would a missed opportunity not to spend a day on safari – just watch out for those cheeky monkeys!

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Stourhead House and Gardens 

One of the National Trust’s finest house and gardens, Stourhead is just 20 minutes drive across the border into Wiltshire.

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Cley Hill, Warminster  

Take a 10 minute drive towards Warminster and you reach a super walk around Cley Hill. A local UFO hotspot and the vantage point for the crop circle that appeared in the summer of 2017.  It’s a steep climb but offers superb views across Somerset and Wiltshire when you reach the summit.

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Nunny Castle, Nunny

Just on the outskirts of Frome, the picture postcard village of Nunny has a very impressive medieval castle dating to 1370. It has been preserved by English Heritage and is definitely worth a visit as it’s only a 5 minute drive from Bistro Lotte.

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Wells Cathedral & City of Wells

Wells is a beautiful city for a day trip from Frome and is approximately 30 minutes by car. If you love impressive buildings with history the Cathedral and Bishops Palace are a must.

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Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre. A destination for experiencing art, architecture and the remarkable Somerset landscape through new and innovative exhibitions of contemporary art.

Free entry into the gallery and beautiful gardens designed by renowned landscape designer Piet Oudolf.

Situated in Bruton, it is only 12 minutes (one stop) on the train from Frome or a 15 minute drive.

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Day Trips – Jump On The Train To:

Bradford On Avon (35 minutes)

Bath  (50 minutes)

Bruton (12 minutes)

Bristol (1 hour)