The Creative Heart of Lyme Regis


We are starting a planned phased reopening of the Town Mill Complex.

Our Artisans are re opening with full safety measures in place hand sanitiser available at every unit and also around the site.

We ask if masks could be worn in all indoor  areas.

The Courtyard Gallery and Malthouse Gallery is now open selling established artist work as we have resumed our 2020 programme.


Town Mill flour is also available from the gallery and some of our artisan businesses.

Town Mill will be opening a viewing area for visitors in August with a miller on site to answer any questions.

We milled flour continually through the lock down supplying local residents and businesses. We are continuing to mill as each flour sale supports our charity


Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 16 March, The Town Mill Trust made the difficult decision to shut the Mill Complex

For all of our mill community, this was a very worrying time, with health, well being and financial worries amongst other concerns.

The Town Mill Trust, relies on visitors for our art income, our mill tour donations and flour sales so 2/3s of our income, at the start of our busiest time, has disappeared overnight. The remaining 1/3 of our income comes from  our tenants, who also rely on visitors to generate income.

There is no doubt that every household and organisation in the UK and globally is going to be significantly affected financially and emotionally. We need to be supportive of each other and realistic in our expectations. Please be assured that the Trustees will work with all the Mill community to guide us through this crisis,

The Trustees are work with our staff team to continually monitor the government advice


The Friends of The Town Mill play a pivotal role supporting and augmenting the work of the Town Mill’s Charitable Trust which looks after the Mill’s historic buildings The Town Mill is also proud to have created employment opportunities for its small artisan businesses. We need your support now more than ever.

Please consider making a small gift of as little as £5.00 a month today

If you feel this is something you could do please contact


This ancient watermill, set in the artisan quarter of Lyme Regis, was rescued from dereliction by local volunteers, through a ten-year restoration project. Today, the story of The Town Mill is recounted by volunteer millers and history guides, who mill stoneground wholemeal flour every day, and keep this special place open for everyone to enjoy.

Nestling around a cobbled courtyard, these restored mill buildings house a working flour watermill, as well as art galleries, artists’ studios, a café, a silversmith, a seamstress, a pottery, a bakery & deli, a design agency and a micro-brewery.

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The Watermill

The Town Mill has delivered flour to the local community since at least the 1300s. The Miller’s tour guides you through the three floors of the stone-built watermill and unfolds the art of flour making.

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Town Mill Galleries

With two unique exhibition spaces showing contemporary art at The Town Mill. With over 55,000 visitors annually and a diverse artistic programme.

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Food & Drink

The Courtyard Cafe

The food Laura serves at the Courtyard Cafe is freshly made and locally sourced, Fair Trade and organic where possible. Everything is cooked on the premises with love, care and attention to detail and nutrition in mind.

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Lyme Regis Brewery

Lyme Regis Brewery is impressive – industrial looking, but on a human scale. From the courtyard, Lyme Regis Brewery doors open to a funky tap room, with state of the art nano brewing equipment and chilled out vibe. Kick back, enjoy a great beer and learn about brewing!

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Learning at the Town Mill

The Town Mill is an impressive working mill at the centre of Lyme Regis, where it has milled grain for over five hundred years. With its milling machinery spread over three large floors, this watermill offers opportunities for the study of history, science and geography topics within Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the national curriculum.

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