(Frome, Somerset, England, UK)
Full of character and real life, the busy markets in Frome have been an integral part of local town life for over 10,000 years. They provide a great place to find bargains in Frome or to just browse around the wide variety of stalls and enjoy the exciting atmosphere and local banter.
The town's bustling markets range from the very large to a small, discreet collection of stalls, situated in quiet districts of Frome. They are held in many neighborhoods and provide a fun way to shop, for both experienced and novice bargain hunters alike.
It is worth noting that most market stands do not usually accept credit cards for purchases. Prices at Frome markets are not generally fixed and so friendly bartering is often a good idea, to try and reduce the price.
Regular markets still take place at the Market Place, next to the Market Cross, and also in the nearby Market Yard, outside of the library. Frome markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday, selling an enormous range of produce, include fresh fruit and vegetables, fish, seafood, plants, flowers, collector's items, clothes, pet food, gifts, cards and general market bric-a-brac.
Cheese and Grain Market Hall
Address: Market Yard, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1BE, England
Tel: +44 (0)1373 455420
Situated in the heart of the town centre, next to the Market Yard car park, the lively Cheese and Grain Market Hall was built in 1874 as Frome's 'New Market Hall'. This building was previously linked to the railway line and produce sold at the market was loaded directly onto the train and transported to other areas.
Today, the Cheese and Grain Market Hall has recently been restored and thoroughly renovated, and is now air-conditioned, with an on-site café / restaurant.
Regular markets at the Cheese and Grain include the following, which are held most weeks between 09:00 to 13:00:
- Flea Market - Monday
- Arts and Crafts Market - Tuesday
- Antiques and Collectors Markets - Wednesday
- Women's Institute Market - some Thursdays, including a large amount of freshly picked flowers
- Farmers' Markets - first and second Saturday every month, featuring around 30 market stalls with a large selection of local produce
The Market Yard was previously the site of Frome's popular cattle market, which was moved out of the town centre in 1990, as it was getting too large. Now sited in a purpose-built site in nearby Standerwick, just 5 km / 3 miles from central Frome, this important market is held every Wednesday. Regular mini-buses provide a shuttle service to the Standerwick market from the town centre.