The Creative Heart of Lyme Regis



Following the Prime Minister’s statement on 16 March, The Town Mill Trust made the difficult decision to shut the Mill and The Malthouse Gallery to visitors for a 12 week period. Many of our volunteers are within vulnerable groups and we also expect visitor numbers to be very low due to the advice to the public around social distancing.

For all of our mill community, this is 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. Difficult times, indeed, for all of us. The Town Mill Trust has worked hard to always have 3 months of operating costs in its reserves but we have never anticipated the current scenario where all of our sources of income are under threat for an undefinable amount of time.

Over the coming weeks, the Trustees will be considering how best to manage this situation; there may be very difficult decisions to make regarding staff and tenants, but we will seek to minimise the impact to the best of our ability; 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, and hopefully we will all come through it. Please be assured that the Trustees will work with all the Mill community to guide us through this crisis, so that we will be in a position to regroup and get running again when the time is right. We don’t know how long the current measures re social distancing and self isolating will last, and what impact the Government support to each business will have,

The Trustees will work with our staff team to continually monitor the government advice and we will review our financial situation regularly.


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.

Recent News

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.

Explore the Watermill

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.

Learn more

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.

Learn more

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!

Learn more

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.

Learn more