Wells-next-the-Sea is a popular harbour town in North Norfolk, boasting picturesque scenery and a lively quayside. There is plenty to see and do in this small and very well-liked holiday destination.
It would take us all day to list absolutely everything there is to do. So instead, we’ve picked some of our Wells-next-the-Sea highlights.
Things to do
The beach is the obvious draw to Wells-next-the-Sea. Within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), it’s expansive white sand and colourful beach huts entice visitors from all over the country and provide perfect photo opportunities.
Lined with a pinewood forest and a trail down to Holkham there are so many opportunities to explore and create your very own family adventure. Try walking the two miles through the forest one way and back again along the sandy, dune lined, beach.
Hire Beach Hut Number 10 to make the most of your day on the beach. An ideal base, equipped with crockery, deckchairs, a windbreak and beach toys, it has everything you need for a perfect day.
Back down the beach walk and along the harbour you will always find people fishing for crabs – grab a bucket and line and have a go! You can also hop on a boat tour to go and see the local seal colonies.
Of course, there is also the traditional draw from the lights and sounds of the arcades on the quay front. If you’re feeling lucky try and win some prizes! Above the Pop Inn Arcade you will find Playland, indoor adventure play for 2-11-year olds.
The Wells Maltings
In spring of this year, the Wells Maltings completed a renovation project turning an old community centre into a brand new, state -of-the-art Arts and Heritage Centre.
With a variety of activities on the bill over the summer there’s something for everyone, from craft sessions for the children to film screenings and talks on the local geomorphology and oceanography of the area.
Take part in the Wells Maltings Heritage Art Trail, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Follow the trail of sculptures created by Norfolk artists up until March 2019 – an outdoor activity which is sure to have you making the most of these lovely summer days. Free trail maps can be picked up from the Wells Maltings complex.
Every Monday evening you can catch a film in the newly refurbished Maltings building, the films vary from latest releases to modern day classics.
Where to shop
The local shops are full of souvenirs and treats to remind you of your holiday. Along with the typical souvenir shops there are plenty of art galleries and shops selling framed photographs of the beach by local photographers and beautiful homeware pieces. Predominantly independently owned, you’re sure to find some unique goodies.
You may be worn out after a long day on the beach, just craving a cosy night in. In which case, there are local delis, greengrocers and butchers to grab some top-quality ingredients to take back with you to your holiday cottage.
Eating and Drinking
Being at the seaside the first choice is obviously going to be fish and chips. Two popular choices are right on Staithe Street, the main street running down to the quay.
If it’s dinner with a view you are after than The Sands restaurant is a must! Situated on the first floor and with a wall fitted out with windows from end to end. Your elevated position is perfect for watching the tide come and go or the sun setting, at one of the best spots on the Norfolk coast.
For something a little different, The Albatros offers dinner on a boat! One of the oldest sailing boats still afloat, you can pop in for a drink, pancakes, or a 3-course meal.
Coffee lover? Make sure you don’t miss out on Grey Seal Coffee House. A multi-award winning North Norfolk artisan coffee roaster. Open every day between 9am and 4pm. You can even buy some of their coffee to take home with you.
Maybe you are after something a little sweeter? The town is dotted with ice cream parlours serving local and delicious ice-cream as well as traditional seaside rock. There are also plenty of cafes to grab a cup of tea and slice of cake.
Where to stay in Wells-next-the-Sea
Hideaway House sleeps 8 people. Hideaway Barn is just 2 doors down. It sleeps 6 people and allows one well behaved dog to stay. These cottages can also be booked together for the ultimate family holiday.
Just a short drive away we have properties in Binham and Brancaster, ideal if you are wanting to explore a little further around the coast.