Why Wells?

Published: Tuesday 14th Apr 2015

Written by: Laura Foster

Wells-Next-The-Sea on the North Norfolk coast has so much to offer the whole family, so in no particular order, here are my top ten reasons for visiting……

The Beach… Vast expanses of golden sand with dunes perfect for a picnic and of course the iconic multi-coloured wooden beach huts standing proud in the sun, there are few better places to while away the day than Wells beach.

The Charming Wells to Walsingham Light Railway… Take a ride to enjoy the picturesque north Norfolk countryside. The miniature railway has its own unique Garratt locomotive and is said to be the longest line of its type in the world!!!!

The Buttlands… A lovely place to escape the hustle and bustle. Here you will find old buildings packed with character, including traditional pubs like The Crown and The Globe Inn. Circle the pretty, peaceful green, relax and enjoy a drink in the summer.

Gillying… Fun for the whole family. Line the edge of the quay in anticipation, watch or have a go yourself to try and catch the biggest, the smallest, the most, the scariest….

Fish & Chips on the quay wall…Enough said!

Unique Shopping… Wells has a fantastic array of independent boutiques, butchers, delis and greengrocers. Pick up quirky coastal inspired pieces for your home and try some amazing delicacies from Wells Deli.

Artwork… Wells has long been a muse for artists and photographers alike. The town has several galleries, including Art Next the Sea, Gallery Plus, The Staithe Gallery and Saltmarsh Coast Gallery, in many of the shops you can pick up original work by Norfolk artists at affordable prices.

Wells Carnival… A popular celebration which is held every year, starting at the end of July. As well as a colourful parade, there are a number of events throughout the week including a fun run, live music, a sandcastle competition, bingo, gillying contest, teddy bears picnic, craft workshops and even a fantastic outdoor cinema night on the Buttlands.

The Pinewoods… Which can be accessed via the Wells beach car park, or directly from the beach via numerous wooden steps. The mature pines were planted over 100 years ago and the woods are home to wild flowers, rare birds and grey squirrels.

Old-Fashioned Seaside Fun…  Amusement arcades, candy floss, rock, toffee apples, doughnuts can all be found in Wells. Also take the miniature railway from the quay to the beach where you will find a nine-hole pitch and putt course, trampolines, a natural lake, boating and crazy golf. 

Laura Foster
Laura Foster


Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.


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