Wells-next-the-Sea is often described as one of the most attractive towns in North Norfolk. There is a small tidal harbour with fishing boats which used to be an active grain trading port. Near the Lifeboat Station situated some distance from the harbour and accessed along a sea wall on the Westside, you will find a long stretch of pale sand bordered by pine woodland and multi-coloured beach huts. The town centre has Georgian houses, independent shops and a tree-lined park. To the East of the town lie miles of unspoiled salt marsh, beautiful to look at but dangerous on an incoming tide. In all the years of history, Wells-next-the-Sea has somehow remained unspoilt. This is even more surprising as it seems to grow in popularity every year.
Wells can be the perfect mixture of quiet and energetic holiday days. You could spend time crabbing with the kids or enjoying water sports and family fun. With outstanding natural beauty, Wells-next-the-Sea is a charming English coastal town. The town has so much to offer, such as craft fairs, fetes, art exhibitions. There are many shows and local events being run throughout the year, the most notable of which is the Wells Carnival. This is a week of fun and games and has its own carnival procession filled with floats made by the towns residents, fancy dress and plenty of seaside activities to get involved with. The Wells Maltings has become the cultural centre and has a programme of events throughout the year.
Recognised in the Domesday Book, Wells was renamed as Wells-next-the-Sea to distinguish it from other places that had also been named Wells, and it is by this name that the town is most widely known today. Wells-next-the-Sea helps to form part of the largest coastal nature reserve in England and Wales, and as such makes it a very popular destination for bird watchers, wildlife experts and people looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Wells beach is one of the top rated in the country, winning ‘Beach of the Year’ in 2016 and it is perfect for bucket and spade activities, with wonderful soft sand stretching right up from the waves to the sand dunes. Its famous beach huts, which are beautifully painted in bright colours and all have wonderfully silly names all add to the character of this wonderful beach. Perfectly picturesque and Instagram friendly, Wells is a great spot for photography too.
Wells is also on the Norfolk Coastal Path and not far from Peddars Way You can walk from Wells along the sea wall to the West of the harbour and then through the pine woodlands adjacent to the beach, and if you walk or cycle far enough (roughly 2 miles) you will reach Holkham beach. Holkham Hall is very close by.
If you are looking for the perfect place to camp close to the coast, Wells-next-the-Sea has plenty to offer, with the most famous being Pinewoods Holiday Park. Perfect for tents and caravans it is the most closest place to stay if you want to be by to the sea and beach. And with Wells beach being mostly dog-friendly (with exception of one part along the east side), you can bring along your pet too.
Wells-next-the-Sea is home to an abundance of seaside favourites; from amusement arcades and ‘proper’ fish and chips to ice cream stalls, narrow-gauge railways and quaint harbours. With plenty of places to stay and with so much to see and do, Wells is the perfect choice for a North Norfolk holiday at any time of the year.
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