Frome resident, Natalie Andrews, and Libby Windle (Kids of Bath co-founder and Frome regular) give us their inside scoop. Famed for revolutionising it’s political landscape, prioritising it’s culture & community and supporting it’s many independent businesses, we’re not surprised this chic city was voted one of the top places to live by The Times in 2018.

Destination: Frome

What’s the best way to get here?

It’s just 40 minutes on the train or bus from Bath to Frome. There are plenty of central car parks for drivers too.

What do your kids loving doing here the most?

We absolutely love visiting the HUBnub Centre + Gallery. Perfectly situated in the town centre, in a delightful listed building that’s been renovated to it’s former glory, it’s available for hire and has a jam-packed events schedule. From yoga for teens to music performances for toddlers by Music for Miniatures, it’s a must-visit on your day trip! It’s also home to the Rye Bakery, a cafe aimed at children. It’s got a play structure, slides, dens, a ‘breast nest’ for feeding mothers and the tastiest pizza you’ll ever eat.

The Frome Independent market day is a huge hit in our house. Held on the first Sunday of every month, it’s a destination street market showcasing start-up and established designers & makers. Featuring the yummiest food ever, beautiful art, stunning homewares and a party atmosphere, it’s a brilliant place to head with little ones.

It’s feeding time, where will everybody be happy?

The kids love Castello Italian restaurant as it caters brilliantly for fussy palettes & has a good selection of games. Cordero Lounge is also a fab family-friendly place for a bite! 

There are so many good independent coffee shops where you can always get a good slice of cake and a perfect flat white – we adore River House and La Strada, which sells the most delicious ice cream!

There’s a tantrum brewing, help!

Frome’s parks are a brilliant place to let off a bit of steam and curtail a tantrum! Here are our faves….

Victoria Park – the best for bike riding

Millenium Green – a natural woodland playground with lovely views

Welshmill – Swings, slides, sands, a play trail & a bike/scooter/skateboard track!

Mary Baily Tennis Courts – For the mini Murrays

Is it worth it in the rain?

We’ve got our own independent cinema which is brilliant for seeking shelter. Tickets are only £4 each (any time, any day)! Have a little look at what’s on at our wonderful Memorial Theatre and Cheese & Grain too. There’s often a brilliant line up of events for kids.

The local leisure centre houses a swimming pool and soft play, and there are plenty of art galleries to while away drizzly hours. Our fave is Black Swan Arts.

You can’t come here and not visit…

The cobbled loveliness of St Catherine’s Hill. Let the kids go wild amongst the gorgeous wares in Sisters Guild while you treat yourself to beautiful things in Resident Store and Millie Moon.

Before you set off, you should know… 

It’s quite hilly so be prepared for a work-out!