Wells-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk Coast has something for everyone to enjoy at any time of year.
This delightful seaside town has a lovely Georgian green, and in the heat of the summer this is a welcome place to enjoy a picnic in the shade of the trees which surround it. The town’s Staithe Street is home to several traditional and contemporary shops, places to eat, galleries and the newly renovated Maltings; here you will find interest in the history of Wells, exhibitions, a bar and café. The Maltings also shows films throughout the year to delight the locals and visitors alike.
The quay is a wonderful place to watch people and boats, come and go. Still a working fishing port, you can take a trip out to sea to try your luck at catching some supper. If you prefer to stay closer to the shore, you can enjoy a boat trip round the harbour or catch crabs from the quay, known locally as ‘gillying’. Wells Sailing Club provides entertainment during the summer, racing beautiful old wooden sailing boats out on the water at weekends during the high tide. If you feel peckish whilst taking in the local action, you can tuck into fish and chips on the quay wall and enjoy the wonderful views out to sea, but keep an eye on the sea gulls! If you prefer to eat indoors, Sands Restaurant offers a great menu and wonderful views across the harbour.
A ride on the miniature railway or walk along the beach bank will take you to the picturesque beach, with bordering pine forest and colourful quirky beach huts. From here you can continue walking to the unspoilt award-winning sandy beach of Holkham and the stately home and deer park, belonging to the Coke family.
Wells-next-the-Sea is set in North Norfolk’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is part of the largest coastal nature reserve in England and Wales. As such it is a perfect location for bird watchers where the wide expanse of marshes provides the perfect habitat for wading birds and winter geese.
If your holiday is during Wells carnival week, you will be treated to a wonderful variety of family events including live music on the Butlands, a large procession of floats through the town, food and craft stalls and children’s competitions which include a duck race, sandcastle building and gillying.
Wells-next-the-Sea is perfectly positioned on the North Norfolk Coast to access all that this wonderful part of the country has to offer.
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