Wells beach was named Sunday Times “Beach of the Year” in 2016 and it’s easy to see why. The wide-open skies, the sense of freedom even on a busy summer’s day, the sweep of colourful huts against the pine forest. Located one mile from the harbour, you can walk along the beach wall to get there, taking in the view of the channel lined with leisure boats and the salt marshes and sea beyond. You can also take the little narrow gauge train part-way there or there is a beach car park if you choose to drive.
We have fantastic gastro pubs, fish & chip shops and cafes a short walk from the shepherd’s hut. I make recommendations when you book as you’ll need to reserve a table for some of the best restaurants in peak season. We also have good supermarkets, delis, a bakery, butcher and fishmonger in Wells.
The independent retailers along Staithe Street are a joy to browse. Or to find solitude and wildlife you don’t have to walk far. Local OS map and walks books available for use by guests.
Wells has a rich calendar for art and culture. Live theatre screenings with Screen-next-the-Sea, music and theatre at Holkham Hall and the annual festivals. Norwich attractions are an hour away.
Sport: swimming pool at the school, sailing, tennis courts, parkrun at Holkham Hall, lots of great running and cycling routes on your doorstep including Holkham
As well as the landscape, it’s the lively community feel that makes Wells special – the historic fishing fleet landing the day’s catch on the harbour wall, the sailing club ‘sharpies’ racing out by the lifeboat shed, children ‘gillying’ for crabs, and the popular annual calendar of events, including Wells Carnival, Poetry-next-the-Sea, Wheels-next-the-Sea, the Pirate festival and the magical Christmas Tide.
In the guest folder, I make recommendations for boat trips from Wells as well as activities further afield.