The town of Bellingham is only a few miles from Tarset's southern boundary near Lanehead. This busy spot includes food, hardware, health, newsagents and outdoor activity shops, banks, a post office, a tea room, a Chinese take-away, hairdressers and a pharmacy. Two garages provide vehicle maintenance services, and one sells petrol and diesel. Local entrepreneurial businesses are the Garden Restaurant, Kielder Organic Meats, Simon Fraser Photography, and Simple Soup. The Co-operative foodstore is open until late into the evening and someone manages to have a wider range of stock than larger supermarkets. The area's middle school is located in Bellingham.
Community organisations, activities and places, which Tarset residents take part in, include: