Festival Quiz Night ‘A Fundraiser’ Thursday 1st May

A little treat for all you Quiz Lovers, the Festival will be holding a Quiz night at Frome Rugby Club, on Thursday 1st May at 7.30pm, run by our famous Quiz Master Paul Hewitt. Come and be educated, amused and generally entertained. The winning team will take home an engraved shield, some wine and a miniature plaque each. A raffle will be held for a variety of prizes donated by local businesses. Tickets now on Sale at the Cheese and Grain Box Office. Tel: 01373 455420.

Hidden Gardens 2014

If you missed Hidden Gardens in last year’s Frome Festival then you missed a treat!  Once a year between 20 and 30 gardeners in Frome welcome visitors to peek into and gain inspiration from their wide variety of gardens.

This year for the first time gardens will be open over 3 days, on Friday 11, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 July, from 11am to 5pm.  We are looking for new gardens to join in.  You can open for one, two or all three days. It does not cost you anything and you are welcome to sell refreshments (preferably Fairtrade) in aid of your favourite charity.  There is no competition; your garden does not have to be immaculate or large – just interesting!  Allotments and vegetable gardens are also welcomed, as are community gardens.

Please contact us at the festival office for further details: office@fromefestival.co.uk

World Food Feast Saturday 5th July

The annual World Food Feast event returns on Saturday 5th July 2014 and we are now taking bookings for stall holders.

This wonderful event packs in crowds enjoying a selection of finest food and drink and live music down by the river outside the Cheese and Grain.

If you are interested in having a stall please contact Tracey Rawlins at the Festival Office office@fromefestival.co.uk


Short Story Competition 2014 – Judge Announced

This year the Frome Festival Short Story Competition will be judged by novelist Lesley Pearse.


One of the Top 5 bestselling female fiction authors in the UK, Lesley’s colourful life – from hanging out in 1960’s London club-land; to bunny girl; to nursery worker and gift shop owner – meant she was a latecomer to writing and her debut novel, Georgia, was published in her late forties.

A true storyteller and a master of gripping storylines, there is no set formula for a Lesley Pearse novel although strong heroines and difficult circumstances are pervasive. Whether historical adventures such as Gypsy or Never Look Back or the passionately emotive Trust Me, Lesley is inspired by stories of courage and adversity and often gives voice to women lost in history. She is passionate about her research and her stories have taken her far and wide; from Alaska to the Crimea.   Lesley has a home between Bristol and Bath and a summer bolthole in Torquay where she loves to spend time with her daughters and three grandchildren.

A fantastic speaker and committed and passionate fundraiser for the NSPCC, Lesley is a much sought after guest at literary lunches, library events and festivals up and down the country. Lesley is also delighted to be the Ambassador for National Libraries Day 2014 which takes place on 8th February 2014 and aims to shine a light on the incredible support that librarians and information professionals provide for their communities.

1st Prize £300, 2nd Prize £150, 3rd Prize £75, plus additional local prizes. Entry fee £5 per story. Click here for details



“Shakespeare Rattle and Roll” – Sunday 9th February 2014 – 6pm Cooper Hall, Frome.

Tickets now on sale at the Cheese & Grain Box Office and Cooper Hall. £10 each or 2 tickets for £10 for Festival friends.
Shakespeare’s songs and verse given an update in the unlikely hands of Head of Classics,  Mr. Dimery (Formerly of “Peter, Paul and Mr.Dimery”). Puck as an elvish Elvis sets the scene for Dylan, Bowie, The Beatles and even George Formby style renditions. Appearances by Sir Laurence Olivier and Frankie Howard head an “all star” cast. “Shakespeare Rattle and Roll” has appeared to acclaim all over the UK and abroad, including the Stratford on Avon Arts Festival; The Stanza Festival of Poetry in St. Andrews; The Sheffield Poetry Festival, and the Bath Comedy Festival.  After the show you will have a chance to mix and mingle and find out more about the Festival, and we’re hoping to gain even more friends, supporters and sponsors.
 “Martin’s show at the 2012 Wells Festival sold out in no time and was a huge success, instructing, entertaining, and delighting an audience ranging in age from sixth form to senior citizens’. – Simon Loveday Director, Wells Festival of Literature.”
“Loved Martin Dimery’s show “Shakespeare Rattle and Roll”- words of the Bard as they might be sung by Dylan, Elvis and more” Tweeted by Off the Shelf Festival, Sheffield- @otsfestival
“It was all huge fun and much appreciated by the audience whose final foot stamping demanded, and received, an encore in the style of John Lennon of course.” – Listomania- Bath
“The accomplished Martin Dimery entranced our audience and kept them helpless with laughter throughout – witty, musical and literate, what a talent!”  Eleanor Livingstone Festival Director, Stanza International Festival, St. Andrews.
“The shouts of the Sex Pistols, the mournful tones of Bob Dylan, high pitches of Roy Orbison and melodic voice of Sting all sang the words of our Will. And we now all know that “hey-nonny-no” was the Elizabethan version of ‘rave on’.” Chris Winter- Wells Journal

Answers to the Treasure Hunt!

1. I am the botanical start of the hunt, RIGHT here. Where am I?

2. There are steps to Shakey’s door. I am by the arched window but in which street?
North Parade

3. Going up in smoke … where?
Pipe shop

4. Which eatery is under this but not underground?

5. Have a cuppa and see the headgear under this.

6. Did Michael have a drink here and food on September 29th

7. I wouldn’t bank on it … would you? Which one.
Nat West

8. There is an orangey glow at night but can you financially hack it? Where?
Cork St.

9. Am I being sent there but not by train. If so how far off the ground, have I got?
Seven Feet

10. Where did the enlightening posh pirate feed a berry to a bird?
Stoney St

11. What number light over Chaucer’s connections?

12. Underneath a meeting?

13. They do not melt in your hand
Make and Mend Vintage

14. Who or what is on the other side?

15. Underneath the Arches. Not quite. Date at No. 11

16. What number?

17. When?
Yesterday & Tomorrow

18. Who is above me?

19. Petrified ‘Sylvester ‘, keeps his eye on ‘Tweetie Pie’ in what number?

20. Number?

21. Who benefits under this?
Young People

22. Gateway to what?
St John’s Church

23. Who lives on the other side of this?
No one. They are all dead

24. Restful place without barrels ….. which school?
Cooper’s Company

Go out the second gate.

25. Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink. How many?

26. Try finding them away from the tower.
Hunting Raven

27. Who might own these beautiful gems?
Elaine Marchbank

28. Where in the world are these stone ‘tracks?’
Above Matico and Raves from the Grave

29. Which animal is under this?

30. Did you notice this as you were passing … on reflection perhaps not. Don’t get heated or angry behind yourself.
Boyles Cross


Festival Bags now on Sale

Grab yourself a handy cloth bag and support the festival at the same time. Bags available at the Cheese and Grain, Ellenbray stationers and toyshop in the Westway preccinct, and Owl on Catherine Hill on sale at £3.



And still to come…

It’s hard to believe that there are only four more days of festival left…

so we’re inviting you to ruffle your tail feathers, put on your top hat and sequins and jazz shoes, lace up your corsets and flutter your fans for the four wonderful last-days-of- festival that we have lined up for you…


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