Frome’s oldest park
Frome’s first public park was created & opened around 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.
Not too surprisingly then, Victoria Park is the most formal of the town’s open spaces. This means boundary fences, close-cut lawns, rose beds and a variety of mature trees. The park also features a circular footpath running the entire way round – the sort of walking promenade that was typical and beloved of Victorian parks.
On the way round the park you’ll find a traditional thatched bandstand, a seasonal cafe, a bowling club and a garden dedicated to Rabka, Frome’s twin town in Poland. The park also has public toilets open during daylight hours throughout the year.
Just as importantly, Victoria Park is home to the Council’s team of Town Rangers.
The park has two sets of gates: one off Weymouth Road; the other off the public footpath that links Park Road and Somerset Road.
Things to do
- Enjoy an event. Summer 2015 in the park saw fun-days, concerts, the Children’s Festival, Voluntea & a pedal-powered night-time screening of Ghostbusters!
- On your bike! With a flat path all the way round the park, Victoria Park makes for a great traffic-free environment for kids (& big kids) to learn how to ride a bike
- Walk to work, school – or wherever it is you need to get to. Parks are great shortcuts
- Get fit – or at least fitter! The circular path all the way round the park is good for walking & running. Time your laps to chart your progress!
- Just relax, meet fiends and do nothing. Sometimes it’s just good to be outdoors
Since they’re so close to each other, it made sense to draw up a combined plan for Victoria Park and Mary Baily.
You can see the Emerging Plan here. This plan draws together some strategic aims & ambitions for the park, but it’s not yet the final, ‘this is exactly what will happen’ plan – we want the plan to reflect the town’s ideas, and we’re actually working on an updated version of this plan at the moment.
So if you have any comments on the plan please get in touch: send in your thoughts & ideas to Chris or Ruth; pop into our office to have a chat; or speak to one of our Rangers in the park.
We’re pleased to announce that work on the new community tennis courts starts on Monday 7 December 2015. The project is scheduled for approximately 20 weeks – completing in early spring and will be sited next to the MUGA.
Last updated 18 April 2016