Wells-Next-the-Sea is a beautiful and historic harbour town which is sheltered from the sea by salt marshes and tidal creeks. The imposing Granary is reminiscent of the Tudor times when the town was once one of the great ports of Eastern England. Today the harbour is still well used by sailing and fishing/crabbing boats.
With all the necessary amenities within the town and plenty of activities right on your doorstep, there is something to keep everyone entertained! The picturesque quay is lined with shops, amusements and eateries including fine restaurants, ice cream parlours, a sweet shop and the infamous fish and chip shops. Sit on the quay wall and watch the fishing and sailing boats come and go while the children have a go at the favourite past time of “gillying” (fishing for crabs).
An event not to be missed is Wells Carnival Week, a highlight of the summer which is held at the beginning of August every year. The week is filled with events throughout the town providing entertainment for everyone and culminating in an unmissable carnival parade around the town!
Probably the most famous part of Wells is the stunning sandy beach that is lined with shady pinewoods, sand dunes and colourful stilted beach huts. Drive down the long beach road and park next to the beach café, park in the town and enjoy a scenic amble down the embankment or hop on the seasonal narrow-gauge steam railway that runs from the town to the beach!
You can also take a ride on the Wells to Walsingham Light Railway – the longest narrow-gauge steam railway in the world! Hop on the train and go and explore the historical village of Walsingham, renowned for its great shrines and religious significance. Besides this the Abbey Ruins are lovely to walk around – especially in spring time when it is awash with snowdrops!
You really are spoilt for choice with great places to dine out in this town. Some of our favourites include The Crown, The Globe, Sands Restaurant, Frenches Fish and Chip Shop and Wells Crab House, to name just a few!