The Frome Independent is an award winning, destination street market with a difference. We reclaim Frome’s high street once a month to showcase the best independent craftspeople, designers, makers, producers and traders in the South West.
Established in 2013 as a not-for-profit organisation, The Frome Independent is produced and managed by Foreground, the innovative Frome-based visual art commissioning organisation.
The Frome Independent re-invents the traditional street market closing Frome town centre to traffic on the first Sunday of every month between March and December. We have taken established models of the specialist street market – artisan food, garden & flowers, antiques and collectibles – and have added to that an additional focus on designers and makers, plus elements more familiar from festivals: live music & DJs, street food, art and events. Explore the market here.
The Frome Independent has quickly grown to be one of the most significant elements of Frome’s social calendar attracting over 80,000 people a year and generating an estimated £2.5 million in revenue for its traders and Frome’s independent retailers and hospitality businesses.
And we continue to evolve. In 2016 we launched the Market Makers – an innovative new fundraising and loyalty card scheme for visitors. Market Makers receive exclusive discounts from our traders and a growing number of Frome’s independent shopkeepers. Join the Market Maker scheme here.
We kicked off 2017 with Night School – a series of evening taster classes led by our expert traders. Courses cover everything from blacksmithing to book-binding and printing to preserving. Learn more about Night School and sign up for sessions here.
“The Frome Independent, a food and design market, has put the place firmly on the map, attracting thousands on the first Sunday of the month from March to December.” – Sunday Times: Best Places to Live in the South West
“Frome is a town that’s as unique and creative as it is pretty. But it’s also an area with serious foodie credentials, too. And that’s thanks, in no small part, to the famous Frome Independent market.” – Crumbs Magazine
“It’s not about the price or about passing trends, it’s about finding special objects that mean something to you. Looking around the crowded street, one has the impression of being part of a community.” – Pearl Lowe, Huffington Post
“There’s a “suitcase sale” atop Catherine Hill on the first Sunday of each month (think of trinkets sold out of a secondhand pram) and a vinyl-only “mobile disco” in an old laundry truck nicknamed Donna Somerset — both part of the new Frome Independent (March to December), which sees thousands of people flood car-free streets for everything from regional ciders and Cheddars to origami-paper bow ties.” – New York Times, Travel Section