North Norfolk

Wells-Next-The-Sea

An award-winning beach set in a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The sweeping sandy beach is bordered by woodland and forms part of the Holkham Estate. It’s also home to Wells’s picturesque Quay filled with fish and chip shops, ice cream parlours, cafes and pubs.

The beach

A breath-taking picturesque beach, which is arguably not only one of the finest in the county but in the entirety of the UK. Famous for its wonderfully multi-coloured beach huts, this unspoilt Norfolk beach is a must anytime of the year!

If you walk along 1.5 miles of the golden sands you will reach Holkham, the beach Gwyneth Paltrow walked across in the closing scenes of ‘Shakespeare in love’.

When the tide is in the East part of the beach can become cut off, which happens very quickly, so listen out for the siren when the tide is coming in.
Terrific for a family day out, roam across the miles and miles of sand, tremendous for family activities and fun! The beach is also a brilliant place to walk the dogs, as well as a great bird watching spot.

Beach huts

Multi-coloured beach huts make for an incredible photo backdrop and some are available for hire all year round.

There is easy access parking which is just a short walk over the sand dunes to the beach, a small café, toilets and often an ice cream van are close by!

There are RNLI Lifeguards on the beach from July to September 10am to 6pm daily. Dogs are allowed in the dog friendly section of the beach.

The Quay

Wells charming Quay is home to many fantastic cafes, restaurants and pubs and a host of independent stores. In the 19th Century the town’s main industry was malting; its history can still be seen today in the distinctive granary building at the harbour. Built in 1903 it’s a large and impressive building with overhanging gantry, now an iconic symbol of the Quay.

Wells carnival

If you’re visiting Wells in August, you may be lucky enough to catch carnival week! It’s a week of fun family events including a carnival procession with floats and fancy dress. Featuring a sandcastle building competition, town crier competition, live music, BBQ’s and various workshops, it's great fun for all.

The event, which is run by local townspeople volunteers has been taking place at the beginning of August for well over 90 years.

Nearby

Wells is a small attractive quaint town, with a mix of traditional and contemporary shops. On the outskirts there’s a light train which takes a 4-mile ride to Walsingham.

The town is surrounded by beautiful nature and wildlife area, a particular favourite is Holkham National Nature Reserve, home to many rare species of flora and fauna.

There’s a terrific selection of places for light refreshments or for eating out, such as Café 24, the Globe Inn and Season Restaurant.

Blakeney Point is only a short drive away from where you can take an organised boat trip out to see the seals all year round.

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