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The Silk Mill

The Silk Mill

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The Silk Mill

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  • Recently-restored Georgian textile mill
  • Convenient location in the centre of Frome
  • Converted to arts centre and studios
  • DIY venue, freedom to realise your vision
  • Licensed to host civil ceremonies
  • Formal receptions for up to 100 guests
  • Exclusive four day use from £1600
  • Get in touch for off-peak and mid-week discounts

As you see it today, the Silk Mill in Frome is the culmination of over a decade's work, restoration and local arts initiative, and now opens its doors to couples looking for a unique space in which to host their wedding reception. Built into one of the best-preserved former textile mills in the South West, this gorgeous environment is one of the finest venues in the area.

Celebrate your special day exactly how you want it! This blank-canvas DIY venue offers a space where you can craft your own reception without all the typical restrictions and packages many other establishments force upon you. The recently completed Gallery Kitchen allows you either to create and serve your own reception meal or buffet, or to bring in a professional company.


The Silk Mill originally served as an integral working part of the textile industry in Frome. Although most of the Somerset mills fell into disrepair after they ceased operation in the later 19th century, The Silk Mill was reused as an engineering works for several decades. In the 1970s it became an official 'Building At Risk', before undergoing complete restoration in recent years.

In 2005 the building was bought privately by Damon and Kate Moore, who set out first to restore the walls and glass 'lantern' ceiling of the Mill as a priority. The Gallery opened to the public in 2008, after which the team renovated other parts of the site.

The Silk Mill today leads the way in Frome's cultural arts-based revolution, with regular exhibitions, multifarious arts events and permanent working areas for several artists in the new studios.


The Gallery And Courtyard

The timber-beamed and rubble stone Gallery offers a fantastic blank canvas on which to paint your perfect wedding reception. The restored lantern ceiling allows natural light to flood in and there are alternative seating plans available to help you decide which arrangement works best for your wedding requirements.

The Gallery leads out to the courtyard with beautiful views of St John's Church where you can set up an awning or a marquee, available from a recommended local company. With enhanced lighting design, intriguing geometry and a southwestern aspect, you can easily create a stunning outdoor area for you and your wedding guests to enjoy. There is plenty of parking allocated in two car-parks close to the venue in lower Vicarage Street, and there are further opportunities within close walking distance.


We have a Gallery Kitchen, which is perfect for serving foods that have been prepared elsewhere. The Silk Mill also offers a list of locally-based catering companies that you might invite to create and serve cuisine on your big day. There are utensils included for up to 100 guests.


You are welcome to provide your own bar - there is no corkage charge. You will need to appoint someone who has a personal licence to run it, even a 'paid bar' where guests are not paying for drinks. With over 75 guests you will need to employ security.


On the night of your wedding you can hire Vincentine, the vintage J7 Peugeot campervan! This can be parked outside the Gallery, with a fully stocked refrigerator and fresh bed linen. You'll also be treated to a complimentary bottle of champagne.

For more information, get in touch via the contact details.

The Silk Mill
Merchants Barton
BA11 1PT


  • Tom and Holly - 29.09.18

    Communication from Kate was fantastic and prompt throughout the build-up, and the venue was absolutely perfect for us. We wanted somewhere stylish and with a bit of character, but enough of a blank canvas to allow us to really put our stamp on things. The Silk Mill delivered, and it could not have looked better on the day. I could not recommend it highly enough - and it is also excellent value!

  • Happy Bride and Groom

    We really enjoyed getting married at the Silk Mill, and loved being able to make it exactly how we wanted it. It’s a beautiful space with wonderful light - right in the centre of Frome yet hidden away. Having already had our legal ceremony in Bath we were able to hold our exchange of rings ceremony outside under the colourful awning, looking out over Frome.

    Kate was so helpful the whole way through, and very relaxed and friendly in terms of decorations, access times, caterers and how we used the space. We also had plenty of time before and after to set up and clear up which made everything less stressful. Our caterers were able to use the kitchen, and also had a BBQ outside. We would highly recommend getting married at the Silk Mill!

  • Happy Bride

    We were the first couple to have our whole wedding (ceremony and all) at the Silk Mill and it was absolutely everything we could have wished for. Aside from being a wonderfully calming space, filled with light, the room is really a blank canvas, which enabled us to create exactly what we wanted for the day, which was a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Kate and Damon were extremely helpful at all stages, passing on recommendations for various practical things (trestle table hire, security staff etc.) but without imposing anything on us at all. We would wholeheartedly recommend the Silk Mill for anyone who wants a lovely space for a DIY, hands-on wedding celebration in the heart town.

  • Happy Bride and Groom

    My partner and I booked the Silk Mill at the last minute to get married at a very busy time of year, New Years Eve! Kate was extremely friendly and accommodating in getting our booking organised and truly went above and beyond to assist us. She was flexible with payment due dates, she allowed us to view the space as much as we needed, she sent over all necessary info including dimensions and facilities. Kate's assistance and helpfulness really made all the difference when organising our own wedding. Certainly an amazing place for a wedding - it truly can be transformed into whatever you'd like!

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