1. The Frome Independent, photo: Alice Whitby

    The Frome Independent, photo: Alice Whitby

Fun in the Sun at The Frome Independent

Summer is well and truly here, and what better way to stock up on all those holiday essentials than by shopping directly with designers, producers and crafts people at The Frome Independent?

With a selection of locally sourced food to satisfy the widest ranging appetites, The Frome Independent’s food producers, alongside Somerset Farmers’ Markets, will have your picnics sorted. Need a new outfit for a festival, wedding, summer party or BBQ? Head to the flea where you’ll find a huge array of preloved clothing traders, or to Market Place for unique handcrafted clothing and jewellery. With an ever-expanding community of incredible makers, the suitcase sale has expanded onto Cheap Street – just watch out for the leat – or maybe dip your toes in…?

This summer sees the arrival of a new festival in Frome, Photo|Frome – dedicated to showcasing and celebrating all levels of photography from local, national, and international photographers. The Frome Independent is teaming up with Jesse Alexander to bring Faces of Frome – a Pop-up Portrait Studio to The Frome Independent on Sunday 3rd July.

Faces of Frome is an ongoing project documenting the diversity of the people of Frome – both its permanent residents and those visiting this vibrant community. Everyone is invited to Jesse’s pop-up studio for a free portrait. Sitters will receive a FREE digital copy of their portrait. You are welcome to come by yourself or with friends or family – as many of you can fit in the studio! With sitters’ permissions, the photographs will become part of an archive, added to with each edition of the Photo|Frome festival, building a unique record of this wonderful place.

Taking inspiration from the Faces of Frome portrait studio, younger visitors can get together with Morag at Sunday Art Club to make their own self portrait using a mixture of collage and mark-making, accompanied by a harmonious soundtrack from the Frome Community Choir, who will be performing outside the library at midday. Visitors will also be able to catch the choir on The Market Place Stage at 11am and outside The Blue House at 11:30am.

The Frome Independent’s charity partner for July is Bath Cats and Dogs Home;  BCDH took in over 1,300 animals last year, reunited 211 stray animals with their owners, and found loving homes for over 1,000 pets. Volunteers from the charity will be roaming the market to raise money for their vital work – please give generously!

While you’re at The Frome Independent, pop over to North Parade where We Hear You (WHY) invite everyone to their Open Office on Sunday 3rd July, 12 – 3pm, to give people the opportunity to have a look around their new(ish) office at 14-15 North Parade. Drop in and join WHY for a glass of prosecco or cup of tea and a scone.

MARKET MAKERS – support The Frome Independent and make the good stuff happen!

To fund the free market day activities including live music, art activities, workshops and street performance, The Frome Independent relies on money raised through its Market Maker scheme – it’s only £20 per person to join for a year and you’ll get a free gift from The Frome Independent, ongoing exclusive discounts from all the traders and a selection of Frome shops!

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If you’re coming from out of town, please check out the VISIT page for all the information that you’ll need for getting to the market. The super convenient Park & Ride service is in operation – if you’re bringing your car, please use the Park & Ride and do not park in residential streets, as this causes obstructions for residents.

The Frome Independent: Sunday 3rd July, 10am – 3pm, Frome town centre