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Welcome to Frome

Welcome sign in Frome Town Hall

If you are a new resident, we would like to warmly welcome you to the town and offer some resources that may be of use. The information below can also be found in hard copy as a Welcome Pack from Frome Town Hall.

FIND and Frome Living

  • FIND is Frome’s Family Information Network Directory – a comprehensive directory full of useful information for you and your family. You can find everything from medical services, mental health support and childcare providers to groups and support for young people, pregnancy and parenting and things to do.
  • Within FIND there is also a Frome Living section full of information on a range of local services including community groups and sports clubs, post offices and venues for hire.
  • For information on shopping, food and drink and entertainment in Frome please visit our sister site Discover Frome.

What’s happening?

  • In addition to our news pages, a great way to keep up to date with town news is the local free newspaper the Frome Times which is delivered to most households fortnightly and is available at the Library and Town Hall.
  • You can also find out about arts, events, walks and other attractions on the Discover Frome website and at the Discover Frome Information Point at the Black Swan Arts.
  • Pick up The Frome List from the Town Hall or Discover Frome Information point to find out more about local events.
  • There are also lots of social media sites, such as Frome Town Council’s Facebook page which provide regular updates of what’s happening in the town. And if you’re a parent you might like to join Frome Parents for local advice and information.

Getting around Frome

Photo showing the Frome sign at the railway station
  • Frome Train Station, located on Portway, provides local people with trains to destinations including London Paddington, Weymouth, Bath and Bristol. Visit the GWR website for the train timetable.
  • The town is served by three bus companies. Links to timetables for each bus route can be found on our transport page.
  • Frome’s car club is a great, affordable resource that enables members to access a range of electric, hybrid and standard vehicles in the town and throughout the country.
  • If you don’t need to travel far but would like some help on the hills, you could also try hiring on of our Ebikes.
  • If you fancy some exercise or an accessible walk try out the amazing Collier’s Way cycle route which currently starts at Great Elm but will link directly to Frome at some point and offers miles of off road cycle track through beautiful countryside and includes Europe’s longest cycle tunnel just outside of Bath. You can find more walks and cycle routes on Discover Frome.

Recycling and sharing

People standing in front of the Share shop window.
  • To maximise recycling, domestic waste is collected by Somerset Waste Partnership every three weeks, with recycling and food waste being collected weekly. More information can be found on our Bins and recycling page or find out information on home composting.
  • Frome Recycling Centre, located on the Marston Trading Estate, is a useful place to drop off larger items or other non-collected items.
  • If you have clothes, books, toys or other re-usable items you no longer need, do check out the wide array of local charity shops who will happily give these items a new home. There’s also a recycled furniture shop run by Dorothy House on the Marston Trading Estate.
  • Frome is home to the UK’s first Share Shop, where you can borrow items such as tools, games, cooking utensils and camping equipment for just a small donation for a week’s hire. They also offer regular repair sessions, skill swaps and events.
  • SHARE also houses the Happy Nappy Library, where you can borrow fabric nappies for a range of ages. Perfect to try before you buy, and avoid throwing away almost 4,000 nappies which take 500 years to degrade!
  • Frome is also home to the UK’s first Community Fridge. The original fridge and larder are based in the Market Yard car park and a team of volunteers fill the fridge with food from local businesses that otherwise would have gone to waste. The contents are available to anyone to use. There is also now second community fridge and larder located next to Christchurch School on Feltham Lane. To find out more about this, visit the Friends of the Mount, Marston & Keyford Facebook page.
  • The Toy Library is another great way of sharing more by borrowing toys for your little ones and offers weekly play sessions.
  • If you have time to share why not get involved in our thriving community groups and neighbourhood networks: from befriending to volunteer driving, sports to crafts, credit unions to sustainability, there’s something for everyone.
Published
23 March 2016
Last Updated
1 July 2021