The Frome Festival Begins!

Jul 1, 2022

This year tickets are flying out of the box office, as excitement about the Festival’s first weekend is growing. So what do you have planned? Here are a few suggestions which may help:

This is PhotoFrome’s first day! Why not take a wander round exhibitions at Rook Lane Chapel, the Black Swan Round Tower, Frome Town Hall, Gallery at the Station and Makers Yard? From 10am-4pm.

© 2021 John Angerson

In the evening, Jo Whiley at the Cheese and Grain has sold out, as have tables for Guitarra Latina and Tapas at Lo Rapitenc, although standing room at the bar and take-aways will be available. There’s still plenty to choose from though. Why not try the Java Jam Trio at Rook Lane, a sublime mixture of jazz, bossa nova, and vintage pop – Tickets £12; Mighty One, Plume and the Vinyl Social Afterparty at the Silk Mill – Tickets £6/£5, or the Raggedy Men at the Sun Inn, which is free entry.

The Frome Open Art Trail begins today, you can pick up a printed booklet or download the brochure here.

During the day from 10am-4pm you can wander round Frome’s churchyards for their Bio-Diversity day. Guides will be there to welcome you at Christ Church, the Dissenters Cemetery, St John’s and Wesley Methodists from 10am-1pm, and Holy Trinity, St Katharine’s (East Woodlands) and St Mary’s from 1pm-4pm. For Book Lovers, the Small Publishers Fair will be on at the Silk Mill from 10am-3pm. All free of charge.

There’s plenty to keep you busy until the Food Feast starts, including Music & Teas at the Blue House 11am-5.30pm, and the Feast of the Gods, children’s theatre in Victoria Park from 12-2pm, which are both also free.

The main event, of course is Frome’s favourite event of the year, the Food Feast. Timings are as follows:

Procession from St Johns Church Frome Street Bandits
to the Cheese and Grain Market Yard.

6pm – 6:30pm Frome Street Bandits
6:30pm Big Dog Main Stage
7pm Rock Choir
7:30pm SOS Main Stage
8:45pm Jump 66

With Henna Tattoos and Face Painting, MK Garrison Star Wars Cosplay, delicious Food and Drink stalls plus Tony’s Ice Cream.

Why not finish off your day with Sensonic, the legendary audiovisual club night at the Silk Mill? Tickets £17/£14.

The Blue House garden is open for music and teas again from 11am-4.30pm. Why not take a break and chill out during the Frome Independent Market, which will be taking over the town centre from 11am-3pm?

For budding dancers the fabulous Mark Bruce Company, who are based in Frome, are offering a 3hr workshop, 1.30-4.30pm. Age 14+ Tickets £25.

The Frome Town Walk has now sold out, but you could join the Celebrated Women of Frome Walk North, 5.00-6.30pm, which coincides with of the Celebrated Women of Frome exhibition at Frome Museum. Tickets £6.

In the evening there is still plenty to choose from, including Fofulah at the Silk Mill – Tickets £14/£11.50, the second night of The Woodlanders Showcase, East Woodlands Village Hall, £12, Andy Fairweather Low at the Cheese and Grain, £22, there are just a few tickets left for ‘Safety in Numbers’ a new collection by Poet Roger McGough at the Merlin – Tickets £17, or you could try the Reboot Band at the Sun Inn which is free entry

These are just a few suggestions, there are many other options, please check the brochure, for the full line-up of events. Whatever your age or budget, we think that there is something for everyone this year, and we hope that you have a fabulous time!