Wells-next-the-Sea

Wels harbour

 It is an ideal location for a holiday at any time of the year. 
Wells-next-the-Sea is a charming English coastal town on the beautiful North Norfolk Coast.  It offers all that is traditional: ice-cream, fish 'n' chips, sea food stall, seagulls, sun, sea and sand but it is so much more; a most interesting and fascinating place. It is charming and picturesque, having lost none of its historical character.

The main centre of Wells-next-the-Sea is set behind theQuay.  The town is a delightful network of narrow streets, old alleys and yards, and boasts some impressive and interesting architecture. Many of the buildings are hundreds of years old, and listed. Wells is indeed a beautiful, thriving and historic seaside resort and certainly comes alive in the summer.  Wander along the full length of the Quay to see many attractions, and children with their family fishing for crabs (gillying).

There are many shops, pubs, restaurants and amusements.  The Quay area is busy with an active fishing fleet, sailing club and children competing to see who can catch the most crabs!There is a large Play Park for young children with adjacent Skate Park for older children close by.

Spend an hour exploring the eclectic mix of unique shops on Staithe Street which bustles with shoppers and browsers.  They are well served by a diverse selection of small and friendly shops selling everything from buckets and spades, to bread, cakes, meat, fish, books and paintings, to high end clothes and designer gifts, with not a chain store in sight. 

The Dutch sailing barge, The Albatross, is one of the oldest sailing ships still afloat and is now permanently moored in Wells Quay. It is a bar, restaurant and pancake house with live music on Saturday evenings.

Pleasure boats moored in the harbour

Fishing has been a mainstay of Wells for centuries and it is still the home of several fishing boats. Watching them come and go and unload at the Quay is still a great attraction.  Harbour and fishing trips are also available.

At the top of Staithe Street discover The Buttlands, a quiet green lined with lime trees and elegant Georgian and Victorian houses. The name originates from the days when it was used for archery practice. It is now home to The Crown Hotel, a former coaching inn from the 16th century, and the recently renovated Globe Inn. Both of these establishments serve excellent food and drinks.

Georgian houses around the Buttlands

The Beautiful sandy beach

The large unspoilt sandy beach is a lovely 20 minute walk along the Bank, or catch the narrow gauge miniature steam train ride which runs from the end of the Quay for a mile or so to the beautiful beach.Brightly coloured beach huts line part of the beach which is backed by pine woods.  The beach offers a large car park, good paddling and swimming.  There is a large recently refurbished CafĂ© / Tea rooms serving a wide variety of snacks, drinks and ice-cream. 

Beach huts along the edge of the beach

Wander along the magnificent, sandy and sweeping beach.  You can go as far as you like towards Holkham bay.  The wide, sandy beach was featured in the film "Shakespeare in Love" and is ideal for collecting a wide variety of shells, building sand castles, marvelling at the bird life or simply watching the sea and its waves.

Tucked behind the pine forest is Pinewoods Caravan Park and Abraham's Bosom, which is an outdoor leisure area by the side of a natural 5-acre boating lake, where canoes and rowing boats can be hired.

The Lifeboat House on the beach is often open to visitors and houses a fascinating collection of items illustrating the history of the Wells Lifeboat.  Wander along the magnificent, sandy and sweeping beach bordered by many brightly painted beach huts and with pine woodland behind them, you can go as far as you like towards Holkham bay.

Bird Watchers

Wells-next-the-Sea is a designated Nature Reserve.  The area is famed for bird watching and has many excellent walks.  Oyster catchers, ringed plovers, common and littler terns are all regular visitors to Wells.  With its pinewoods, salt marshes and sand dunes, Wells attracts Bird watchers to see the rich variety of bird and animal life throughout the year.  Wild flowers, rare birds and squirrels can often be seen.

Other Local Activities include

Ballooning, Boating, Bowls, Bird watching, Canoeing, Cycling, Fishing, Golf, Horse riding, Kite flying, Paragliding, Play Park, Sailing (and Sailing Club), Skate Park, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Tenpin bowling, Water skiing, Windsurfing.

Transport

Car is necessary.  Nearest major airport: Norwich 35 miles. Nearest railway station: Sheringham 22 miles. Nearest larger shops: Fakenham 9 miles, Norwich 35 miles

Further afield 

Wells is the perfect base from which to explore the many delights in the area.  Holkham Hall, one of Britain's most majestic stately homes, is a 5 minute drive along the coast road or a lengthier walk along the coastal path.  Holt is an attractive town with a wide variety of shops, including antiques, a large department store and a lovely bakery with restaurant attached.

Royal Sandringham is just over 20 miles away.

 Drive to Blakeney, only 15 minutes away, and take a boat trip to Blakeney Point, famous for the colony of common and grey seals you can see basking on the sandbanks.
  
  
Little Walsingham, a place of pilgrimage since medieval times, is only 5 miles away, linked to Wells by a miniature railway similar to that which links the town and beach.

Cley Marshes Nature Reserve, one of the finest bird-watching sites in Britain, is just 10 miles away.  Pensthorpe is just beyond Fakenham, 7 miles away.

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