Wells and north Norfolk
Wells-next-the-Sea is within an area of outstanding beauty at the heart of the heritage coast between Hunstanton and Weybourne. The soft sandy beach, sand dunes, idyllic beach huts and vast pine forest can all be reached on foot or you can enjoy a picturesque ride on the miniature steam train from the harbour.
The harbour has an active fishing fleet and sailing club. The pine woods are designated nature reserves where walkers, cyclists and birdwatchers can enjoy the north Norfolk coastal paths, creeks and marshes.
We love the contrast of the old and new – you can enjoy fish and chips from the award winning restaurants, have fun in the arcades on the penny slot machines or you can relax in the upmarket restaurants with a cold glass of your favourite drink, watching the world go by.
At high tide you will witness people of all ages crabbing, our children have a competition to see who can catch the most. The biggest fun is tipping them all safely back into the sea, marvelling at the sizes and colours of the catch.
There are just too many amazing places to visit, but we have tried to list some of them below as a starter for ten for you to explore:
Places to visit
- Holkham Hall – a few minute’s drive from us, this majestic stately home is set in beautiful grounds. They have an extensive “what’s on” section so there's always something to enjoy. In the summer months they host various open air productions in the grounds. The Father Christmas Experience and Christmas markets are incredible.
- Blakeney Point – national nature reserve, famous for bird watching. The quay is beautiful and you can book boat trips from here to watch the seal colony.
- Cley Marshes Nature Reserve – renowned bird watching area, amazing walks if you feel energetic. You can follow the coastal path all the way to Sheringham (spectacular cliff top & ocean views).
- National Trust sites nearby are Felbrigg Hall and Blickling Hall – both offer breath-taking scenery and an all-day experience for exploring lush countryside.
- Wells and Walsingham Light Railway – the longest 10¼ inch narrow gauge steam railway in the world. A scenic journey with 5 bridges through beautiful countryside
- Sandringham Estate – country retreat of her Majesty the Queen and family
- Norfolk Lavender – the oldest lavender farm in England – you can send a whole day here with their lovely shops and cafes
- The Muckleburgh Collection – the UKs largest privately owned working military museum – a must for boys our son loves it there!
- Pensthorpe Nature Reserve & Gardens – a great family day out, stunning gardens and an assortment of walks and nature trails to explore. Now with excellent indoor and outdoor play areas too!
- Walsingham Catholic and Anglican Shrines – lovely village and place of pilgrimage since medieval times.
- Dinosaur Adventure Park – amazing family fun and giggles!
- Hunstanton Sea Life Centre – you can combine this with a day spent in an old fashioned seaside resort.
- Fakenham Racecourse – dress up to enjoy a race meeting here. They also have live music at some events.
Restaurants in Wells
Again there is just so much choice it’s hard to pinpoint just a handful so we have listed the places that we love to go, but there are many more. All listed are in Wells – which means no squabbles over who's driving!
- The Albatros – a Dutch sailing boat and old fashioned boat which is moored in Wells harbour. They do amazing pancakes – our children have amazing fun working their way through the menu. The boat can also be chartered for private and corporate groups.
- The Crown Hotel – on the Buttlands.
- The Globe Inn – on the Buttlands.
- Bang in Wells – bistro café, great lunch time menu - holds evening events and offers live music.
- The Golden Fleece – overlooks the harbour, live music and holds fab supper events.
- The Crab House – best fresh fish in town.
- The Bowling Green – traditional bar snacks all freshly prepared.
Local (within 8-12 miles)
- The Victoria, Holkham – a classy night out.
- Wiveton Hall Café – recently televised on the BBC2 documentary. They often hold wonderful Tapas evenings and various other themed events.
- Wiverton Bell.
- The Hoste, Burnham Market – they have a spa too now, so a great day out followed by a yummy supper.
- The Anchor, Morston – amazing Crab salads.
- The Orange Tree, Thornham.
- Titchwell Manor.
- The Blakeney Hotel.
- The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster Staithe – fab pizzas and annual beer fest.
- Morston Hall – if you really want to treat a loved one this is the place, wonderful menu and gardens and also Michelin star awarded.
We're happy to help you navigate the area and suggest wonderful places for you to visit so you can enjoy the most of your break.
If there's anything you wish to book before arrival such as sailing, fishing, horse riding, spa treatments, etc. just ask as we are more than happy to help you organise things.Like us, we are sure you will not tire of the endless adventures and sights to be found in this beautiful part of the world!