I’ve been so lucky to have been able to visit lots of Christmas markets this year. Before I was on maternity leave I worked every Sunday. Even a year on I still really appreciate having a Sunday off and I’ve really been making the most of it.
Frome Independent Market runs every first Sunday of the month from March to December. This isn’t just any old market, as their tagline says, it’s ‘More than a Market’ – and is well worth a visit! We had a family day out to their December market this month.
The main road through the centre of Frome is closed to traffic and is full of the most amazing stalls selling unique locally made goodies, along with the Somerset Farmers Market, where I picked up a Vegan Nut Roast for Christmas Dinner, which is safely tucked away in my freezer for a few more days.
I absolutely loved this ‘Alice in Wonderland’ terrarium by The Underwood
Off the main road and into the market place is the Vintage market, which is huge. There is also a vintage disco, wood fired pizza, and Claude the Butler’s coffee van, perfect for a quick soy caramel latte stop. (I had two throughout the day.. oops..)
If all this browsing makes you hungry, there is a whole road full of street food stalls. You can eat Italian, Mexican, roast potatoes with gravy, falafel wraps.. there is something for every taste. We went for Japanese, which was absolutely delicious.
After our quick lunch stop, we headed up to the wonderful Catherine Hill, which is lined with the most fabulous independent shops. I’ve posted before about my favourite shop on the Hill here. They are mostly open on market day, with the addition of some very unique mini market stalls in the centre of the steep cobbled street. I actually used to live at the top of Catherine Hill, and I remember seeing the stalls being set up as I left for work on a Sunday morning, and then there being no trace of them when I arrived back home in the evening! It’s such a treat to have the time to browse properly.
I loved this old pram filled with natural foraged remedies. I picked up some rose hip syrup to help fight off colds this winter.
After our wander down Catherine Hill, it started to rain so we headed back to the car, but were distracted on the way back by the Silk Mill Studios and their wonky christmas tree party. I wish I’d taken some more photographs inside, the atmosphere was so festive and lovely!
I loved this Buddha at the Vintage Market.
I can’t really speak highly enough of Frome Independent Market. It’s a brilliant day out and I’m so lucky to have it pretty much on the doorstep. Roll on March, I can’t wait to see what next year brings!
A dinner party, coffee, tea, Sandwich, or supper, all may be In their way pleasant…