The Maltings

Idyllically located on the banks of the River Great Ouse, the Maltings was built in 1868 for the brewery of Ebenezer William Harlock. Today It is a popular venue, which is available to hire for weddings, conferences, meetings etc and also hosts Ely cinema.

When the Maltings was originally built, locally grown barley was transported here where the brewing process began. The main hall was originally on three levels. The barley was first sifted to remove foreign objects and then conveyed to the top floor where it was steeped in water for several days. The barley was then spread out on the second and first floors and allowed to sprout. The grain was moved along the floor with shovels towards the drying kiln. After drying it was stored ready for brewing. Malting continued from September to May. Barley was processed in this way at the Maltings for nearly 100 years.

Ely Maltings entrance photo

Today the Maltings function rooms, theatre and cinema make it ideal for a wide variety of uses including conferences, meetings, exhibitions, wedding receptions, dinner dances, theatre productions, live music, cinema screenings, craft fairs, antique fairs and Christmas parties to name but a few of the wide variety of events that are held here.

To ensure that the amenities and events held at the Maltings are equally available to all, we offer disabled access throughout the building including the Harlock Bar / Orsay Lounge and Elysian Hall. A stair lift provides disabled access to the first floor Kempen Room. In addition there are hearing loops in the Elysian Hall and Kempen Room.

Arts Development in East Cambridgeshire (ADeC), currently runs monthly regular cinema evenings at The Maltings. You can see which films are included in the current programme of events or learn more about the annual membership scheme at the Babylon Cinema.

Ely Maltings Inside hall photo

To enquire about hiring the Maltings please contact the Council.

The Maltings
Ship Lane
Tel: 01353 662633