The aim of Wells Maltings Project is to create North Norfolk’s Premier Arts & Heritage Centre and an exciting programme of arts and heritage events that will inspire, delight and entertain everyone that visits. We’ve got big plans!  A major revamp of the much loved Wells Maltings is underway.  Having already served North Norfolk for many decades, the Grade II listed old lady is having the facelift and makeover of her life!

We’ve achieved a lot in the past four years…

  1. Completion of Phase 1 of the project – the transformation of the Sackhouse into community and business space. Over £400,000 was raised to convert the Sackhouse and provide seven business units plus a beautiful new community space available for training events, meetings and exhibitions.
  2. The mighty and award winning Wells Pirate Festival, our annual community fundraiser now attracts thousands of people from all over the UK and further afield every September, boosting the local economy.
  3. Take over of the Tourist Information Centre under an SLA agreement with North Norfolk District Council, running it with a team of dedicated volunteers and preserving the service for the town and local area.
  4. Management of a much loved community centre and studio theatre The Granary, home to Friends of the Granary and a vibrant cinema club which streams NT Live from the National Theatre, The Bolshoi Ballet, and The New York Met.

Phase 2 began in early 2017 – repairing, restoring and developing the historic Grade 2 Maltings building on Staithe Street, improve access throughout and provide space for a new heritage and learning centre, cafe, central box office, TIC, improved auditorium and community space.

We are delighted to have received generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Clore Duffield Foundation, Coastal Communities, Coastal Revival Fund, Garfield Weston Foundation, Foyle Foundation, FLAG fund and Trusthouse Charitable Foundation towards the project.

We are delighted to have raised what we need to deliver the building work – but we need to secure around £350,000 for fitting out the auditorium, public spaces, and parts of our heritage centre and arts spaces. Please make a donation, to assure the completion of our plans to create a dynamic hub of arts and heritage activity for the whole community.

Our vision is for the Maltings to be a thriving home where everyone can celebrate, enjoy and take part in the richness and diversity of arts and heritage. We have ambitious plans:

  • An expanded cinema programme – latest releases, Live events from National Theatre, Bolshoi Ballet and others, and themed film seasons and special screenings
  • The very best in small scale theatre from some of the country’s leading touring companies
  • Regular live music across a range of styles – jazz, blues, world, contemporary, pop – in a variety of settings
  • Dance performances – from contemporary forms to traditional ballet, by way of the occasional Lindy Hop night!
  • Showcasing and supporting local community performances and groups
  • An uplifting classical music programme showcasing the best British talent
  • Children’s theatre workshops and productions
  • Festivals and themed programmes, from literature, to food and drink
  • Family events: from performances, to workshops in making, crafting and singing together
  • Links to local education with curriculum supporting programmes
  • Talks and demonstrations by local historians and enthusiasts
  • Expanded interactive local heritage exhibition and demonstrations
  • Art exhibitions for up-coming Norfolk artists curated by one of Norfolk’s leading experts
  • A lively café and information centre – the very best in local food, drink and shopping in vibrant surroundings
  • And more besides

We aim for the Maltings to be for everyone, by everyone and with everyone. Come on in!

Our work depends on the goodwill and support of our local community, who offer us time, skills and energy through volunteering. If you would like to be involved, contact us.

The Trust manages the Tourist Information Centre in Wells – here are some useful local links you might find useful when visiting.