Despite the continuation of Covid restrictions, the Frome Festival will be able to go ahead with most of its planned events between Friday the 2nd and Sunday 11th July, having made some important adjustments to the programme.
Headlining comedian Reginald D Hunter will still be playing at the Memorial Theatre on Friday 9th July with Jarred Christmas in support. Due to the regulation of 50% capacity, This means there are now only 40 tickets left! Please buy directly on-line from the Memorial Theatre Box Office.
Comedy songwriter and broadcaster Mitch Benn’s show on Monday 5th July at 8pm has now been moved from the Masonic Hall to the Silk Mill’s canopied outdoor stage to allow for the expected ticket demand.
John Hegley, the performance poet, was due to appear at the Masonic Hall on Thursday 8th July but has now moved to Rook Lane Arts to accommodate all those who have already bought tickets. This show has now SOLD OUT!
Sadly, due to continuing government legislation on Covid 19, the following events at the Cheese and Grain were too large scale to take place with reduced capacity. They may now be rearranged at another time or held over for next year’s Festival:
Lightning Seeds: (Friday 2nd July)
Celebration for Frome with Active and in Touch (Monday 5th July.)
Scott Mills: (Friday 9th July)
Aswad: (Saturday 10th July)
However, the Cheese and Grain are hoping to line up a major replacement act during festival week. The Cheese and Grain’s website will have further details.
The Cornerhouse Pub events have also sadly been cancelled. We will update the website with any further cancellations. Please check individual event detail.
The Frome Festival had already decided against the annual Food Feast in the Market Yard due to the usual crowds attending, but there is free entry every night to the fabulous new Marston Park glamping site near Tytherington where there will be entertainment, bars and food available, in an open or canvas- roofed setting. Other outdoor events will also take place at the Green Heart space at Chesterblade Hills.
Shows will continue at the Ecos Amphitheatre and the Merlin Theatre every night with some fantastic acts. Comedian Paul Foot has only a few tickets left so early booking is advised. Tickets for most events are available from the Cheese and Grain box office, or through the Merlin Theatre website.
There is also a massive family fun day featuring outdoor entertainment at Frome Football Club on Sunday 4th July and St. Leonards Church in Marston Bigot makes its debut as a Festival venue with concerts including the wonderful Daisy Chapman.
At the time of going to press, at least 90 live events are still scheduled along with exhibitions, the hugely popular Hidden Gardens, and the Art Trail. Free pop-up shows are appearing in the town centre and in Victoria Park. Brochures are available online or from cafes and bars around the region. All updates will be posted on the Festival website www.fromefestival.co.uk
Festival Creative Director Martin Dimery hailed the Festival as “an opportunity to try something different this year with new outdoor venues and more free entertainment in public spaces. This has been due in part to the public fund raiser we launched last year during lockdown, enabling us to subsidise many events that would otherwise have been beyond our budget. Rain or shine – it will be a great festival.”
Martin Dimery FRSA
Creative Director – Frome Festival