About The Maltings

About The Maltings

The Maltings is a striking brick and flint building within the heart of Wells-next-the-Sea which was built in the mid 19th century. In the late 16th century, Wells was the major port for the area and by the first half of the 18th century the town become a major exporter of malt. In 1890 the town had 9 large malthouses, employing over 50 people. The town is now a seaside resort with a small working port, and the building is one of the last remaining malthouses in Wells.

Until 2016 the Maltings hosted a huge range of community events from team meetings, dance classes, birthday parties, craft fairs and wedding receptions, as well as offering spaces for community activities such as the Wells Pirate Festival and Poetry next the Sea.

Upon securing support from Heritage Lottery Fund and a range of partnership funders and generous individuals, the Maltings closed for refurbishment. The Maltings building will be augmented hugely by a brand new extension, and internal spaces refitted and developed to create a cultural and heritage hub. We plan to open the new centre in Spring 2018.