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Frome’s festival hailed as one of the best in Britain

FROME Festival has been hailed by The Guardian newspaper as one of Britain’s best arts festivals for summer 2021.

The festival, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, is one of 10 picked by the national newspaper  that are set to “brighten up” lives after a year of cancellations, postponements and digital reinventions.

And Frome’s long-running festival is in good company, with Bath Festival and Edinburgh Festival also included in the newspaper’s top picks for summer 2021.

“It’s wonderful for the Frome Festival to be recognised by a national newspaper like The Guardian,” Frome Festival’s creative director, Martin Dimery, told Frome Times. “We didn’t realise they were drawing up such an exclusive shortlist. We have always tried to mix bringing in big names with showcasing local artists and performers. It is a formula that has kept us growing for 20 years. 

“We’ve really appreciated all the favourable comments we’ve received since the Frome Times announced that this year’s festival will go ahead.”

About the Frome Festival, The Guardian said, “Quirky cobbled alleyways with streams down the middle, buzzing markets with a carnival atmosphere, indie shops and cafes, four arts venues and a legendary sense of community all mean bohemian Frome is well placed to host a cracking festival. 

“The 2021 festival includes comedy from Reginald D Hunter at the Memorial Theatre, music by The Lightning Seeds, and poet John Hegley at the Masonic Hall. 

“Outdoor venues include an amphitheatre with nightly shows, gigs in the courtyard of an old silk mill, and a lakeside glamping site at Marston park. 

“The festival was due to celebrate its 20th birthday in 2020 and marks the anniversary this year with an exhibition of memorabilia at Rook Lane Arts. 

“Several popular annual features are back: garden openings, guided walks, an art trail – and great food. 

“Frome’s bars and bakeries serve everything from watermelon margaritas to melt-in-the-mouth blackcurrant cakes made with local organic jersey cream.”

This year’s festival takes place from Friday 2nd July to Sunday 11th July.

Tickets will be available from the hosting theatre or hall. All other tickets will be available from the Cheese and Grain box office. 

In the event of further Coronavirus restrictions, some events may be cancelled or will play to reduced capacity, in which case, full refunds will be made from the point of purchase.

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