The sailing ship Albatros at Wells-next-the-Sea. She has now become almost a fixture of Wells harbour as she has spent so much time in the port.

Wonderful Wells

Wells-Next-The-Sea is a wonderful, quaint seaside town situated on the charming North Norfolk coast. Renowned for its traditional seaside pleasures, it is home to everything I love about the seaside, amusement arcades, sandy beaches, fish ’n’ chips and ice-creams. There is so much to experience, view and enjoy here, to satisfy all walks of life and it’s a terrific way to leave behind the hectic city life to enjoy quality family time.

The sounds of the waves lapping against the shore whilst enjoying an afternoon stroll along the beach or through the busy pine woods. The laughter from children excitedly collecting pebbles and shells to decorate their newly built sand castles. The noise of the narrow gauge railway train, pulling into the station bringing people to the glorious beach. Families enjoying fresh seafood whilst on the quay supervising their children crabbing. The sighting of boats coming into the port after a day’s fishing for crabs, shrimps and whelks are just a few of the memories I have from this beautiful town.

Wells-next-the-Sea still holds a lot of its historical character. The town is a delightful network of narrow streets and old yards. With many small souvenir shops scattered throughout the town. You can always pick up a bargain or two, particularly from the “Pound Shop” situated near the Buttlands or from the car boot market.

During the summer, usually the first week in August Wells-next-the-Sea hosts a traditional and long running Carnival. Various events take place over a one week period including, competitions, BBQ‘s, workshops, disco, fun fairs and much more. Not forgetting the impressive open aired concerts that are held on the Buttlands, for people to dance and a sing a long to. The most important event of the week is the Carnival Parade, which allows people to dress up, compete for prizes and entertain. This parade commences and finishes at the Buttlands, making its way through the town, where many residents and holidaymakers line the streets to clap and cheer. This town certainly becomes alive during this time, bringing together many residents and holidaymakers, for a fun packed week.

Even though the town is situated a mile away from the sandy beach, it is easily assessable via the narrow guage railway train that runs every ten minutes, or by car as parking is available but soon fills up in the summer. The car park is situated behind the pine woods which leads you out onto the glorious beach and sand dunes. From here you will be able to see for miles towards Holkham to the west and Blakeney to the east. The beach itself is very inviting, scattered with lots of brightly coloured beach huts, and much wildlife.

Wells-next-the-Sea offers a selection of places to dine out such as hotels, coffee and sandwich shops, restaurants, public houses, take-away and of course the incredibly tasty fish ‘n’ chips shops situated on the quay. With regards to accommodation, the town offers plenty of bed and breakfast, cottages and hotel. From my own experience the greatest place in the Pinewoods Caravan Park. This is situated very close to the beach and offers fantastic facilities for staying in caravans and/or tents. Located on site are all the necessary amenities to make your holiday as enjoyable as possible.

Having spent many happy years there growing up as I child, I would highly recommend Wells-next-the-Sea for a fantastic family holiday, and I can ensure that once you visit you will never forget!

Alongside At Wells-next-the-Sea


Local boats and visiting yachts peacefully moored alongside the boat pontoons at Wells quay.

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk  is a very popular destination for foreign yachts as well as British yachts. More visitors arrive from Europe each year as the facilities improve for yachts within the harbour.

The busiest time is usually Carnival week when the town has so much more to offer.