Wells Next-the-Sea and Wighton

Wells next the Sea

Wells is a pretty bustling village with the most beautiful sandy beach which stretches as far as the eye can see. Voted the Sunday Times ‘British Beach of the Year 2016’ it is picturesquely lined by brightly coloured beach huts with wonderful pine woods behind. The harbour is the perfect spot to watch the local fishermen bring in their catches and it is where children can have great fun fishing for crabs off the ‘Albatros’ clipper boat. From here you can take the miniature steam train down to Wells beach.

There is so much to do in Wells and the surrounding area, from sailing and bird watching to visiting the seals on a boat trip or may be enjoying the outdoor cinema at Holkham.  Wells Carnival in August is a huge event, not to be missed! The Pirate Festival in September is also great fun. Wells has many interesting and individual shops to wander around and lots of fantastic pubs and restaurants serving locally sourced food. Why not come and stay in December when Father Christmas arrives in Wells Quay by boat, under a display of fireworks! Please visit our page Events and Festivals for the latest information.

 Things to do

» Enjoy long days on Wells beach. Take a picnic and swim in the sea after all the day trippers have gone home. Swing on the ropes in the pine woods. Hire a beach hut for the day.

» Visit Holkham Hall, about a mile outside of Wells, a beautiful stately home and grounds with lots of events happening throughout the year.

» Go seal watching with Beans Seal Trips in Blakeney.

» Go crabbing off the Quay in Wells. There are lots of nets and buckets in the cottages.

» Visit Bewilderwood in the Broads. Fantastic treehouses, slides and zip wires set in a watery land.

» Enjoy fruit picking at Wiveton Hall followed by afternoon tea.

» Go birdwatching. There is wonderful birdlife in North Norfolk. Visit Cley Marshes where you can watch birdlife at the eco friendly wildlife centre. Pensthorpe,

» Try mud sliding! Morston and Stiffkey are great spots, your children will be covered in mud though, you have been warned!

Pubs and cafes in Wells and Wighton

The Crown Hotel in the Buttlands, Wells. Lovely food and a warm welcome.

The Globe Inn in the Buttlands, Wells.

Bang in Wells, great cafe on Staithe Street, lovely spot for breakfast and a game of scrabble

Carpenters Arms, High Street, Wighton. Beautiful pub next door to Carpenters Cottage.

Wells Beach cafe, Wells, right next to the beach. Fun, relaxed cafe for the dog mad!

The Golden Fleece, Wells. On the Quay, great pizza

Wells Crab House, wonderful seafood, on Freeman Street, around the corner from Grey Goose Cottage.

Sands Restaurant, Great seafood and magnificent views over the harbour. A great spot to watch Father Christmas arriving during the Christmastide Festival.

The Albatross, a dutch barge which sits in Wells harbour. Fantastic pancakes, live music and and beautiful sunsets. You are very welcome to crab off the boat too.

Grey Seal Coffee, cafe on Wells quay which serves it’s own wonderful coffee and has great views of the boats and harbour.

Wells Ice Cream Company, on Freeman Street, Wells. Sells great ice-cream and is 2 minute’s walk from Grey Goose Cottage, near the play park.

 

Further Afield but worth the journey!

Morston Hall,  michelin starred restaurant in Morston. For a special occasion.

Wiveton Hall cafe and restaurant, in a wonderful setting, looking across the marshes at Wiveton towards the sea. Pick your own strawberries too.

The Anchor pub, Morston, great food.