I've lived here 7 years. Frome's a pretty good place to live - there are good supermarkets, some reasonable schools, and some really pretty parts. The planners went a bit mad in the town centre in the 70's and it lost a lot of character but there are still parts lovely enough to be used as film locations regularly. I haven't noticed it as rough after dark - there are rough pubs and nice ones, and I've never seen trouble on the streets at all.
It's safe for children, there are parks and a fantastic library as well as toy shops. Mine were brought up here and enjoyed it.
For teenagers, there is the Cheese and Grain for live music, lots of clubs - swimming, water polo, army and air cadets, rugby, football, ballet and many more; there are also two theatres which run lots of events for younger people.
Frome has a lively cultural atmosphere - the annual Festival is a brilliant event. Lots of well known novelists and musicians are living hereabouts and their influence shows.
Shopping-wise it is brilliant for women's clothes, shoes, and "giftware", for a town ot its size, but children's and men's clothes are not really on offer except at the supermarkets, a small Marks and Spencer, and the new M&Co in town. Independent stores in the town such as Millers have picked up much of the slack left by Woolworths, there are butchers, greengrocers, and bakers, for food, as well as independent electrical retailers and an Argos - you can actually buy most things in Frome if you want to. It isn't as pretty in the middle as it could be.
Nonetheless, that is all within a mile of my house, and go half a mile the other way and you are in rolling fields of Somerset countryside, so we shouldn't really complain. Bath is half an hour away, London 2 hours by direct train, and Bristol and the coast within easy reach by car and train.
I'd recommend it as a place to live.
Answered on Feb 8 2011,