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Beaches galore

Miles and miles of sandy beach and dunes. Swimming, sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing are popular here, and there is a beach warden May to September.

Behind the shoreline lies a semi-circular basin, which fills to form a spectacular shallow lagoon.

Follow the beach along to Holkham Beach, famous for the final scene of Shakespeare in Love with Gwyneth Paltrow. It is part of one of the largest Nature Reserves in the country, which is managed by Natural England in partnership with Holkham Estate. The Holkham National Nature Reserve is home to many rare species of flora and fauna.

In the other direction scramble over the shingle beach at Cley, or take a boat ride out to see the seals at Blakney.


The Wells Harbour miniature train will take you the mile from the Quay to-and-from the beach — save your legs after a day running around in the sand.

Or to go a bit further, the Wells to Walsingham light railway. This is the longest narrow gauge steam railway in the world and will take you through the picturesque Norfolk countryside.  At the other end, quaint Walsingham is an interesting place, with the Abbey grounds to explore or see what people from across the world make pilgrimage to the shrine.

For a bigger train, try the Poppy Line on the North Norfolk Railway between Sheringham and Holt.

Activities in Wells

Wells has a new children’s outdoor play area with a pirate ship close to the Quay and Wells Harbour train station. If, unusually for Wells, it is wet then there is indoor soft play or a  leisure pool with slides & wavepool at Sheringham.

Crabbing on the Quay (buckets and lines are available at Ebenezer Cottage for you to borrow) — you can easily spend half a day or more seeing how many you can catch. Click here for a guide.

Wells Theatre & Cinema

At the bottom of the Street, close to the Quay, is the Maltings. Within the former corn house is a small theatre that doubles up as a cinema. Renovated, expanded, now offering you the chance to have a drink whilst you watch a film, as well as frequently changing exhibitions and arts events.

See what’s on at the month by month here.


One of our favourite days out. Primary school age children will love exploring the treehouses, zip wires, jungle bridges, drop slides, boat rides, and even Crocklebogs, Twiggles and Boggles! Grown ups are allowed to climb too (if the kids will let you). Tickets are cheaper in advance through their website.

Carnivals and festivals

The Wells Carnival runs from Friday 26th July to Sunday 4th August 2019.

Christmastide takes place in the first week of December, with the date announced depending on the tides closer to the time.

Hunstanton & Cromer

Sunny Hunny is a traditional seaside town — the traditional fair still stands on the promenade, take the land train, or go fossil hunting in the rock pools at low tide.

Heading east, Cromer has the appearance of a typical Victorian seaside town, complete with its pier and multitude of cafes. The pier has a theatre and the lifeboat house at the end.

Dinosaur adventure park

Join the dinosaur trail, raptor races, the deer safari, arachnaphobia, jurassic putt, assault-o-saurus, and the fun barn, set within 100 acres of woods and park land. To be found near Lenwade, between Fakenham and Norwich.

Wildrootz — adventure play at Pensthorpe Nature Park

WildRootz is an exciting 2 acre outdoor activity development designed to re-connect children with the natural world. It comprises of over 30 individual items of play equipment including hills, tunnels and burrows, a giant 11m high winding slide tower called 'The Worm', 'The Flyway' zipwire, trees to climb, shallow streams to wade through and more gentle areas for younger children including a sandpit.

Muckleburgh Collection

The largest collection of privately owned military collection in the UK, with 25 tanks all in working order. Including tanks, armoured cars, bombs, artillery and missiles used by the allied armies during World War II. It incorporates the Suffolk and Norfolk Yeomanry Museum of uniforms, weapons, photographs and documents, RAF Reconnaissance and Air Sea Rescue and Marine Craft. There are items of artillery used in the Falkland Islands and uniforms, weapons and other equipment recovered from coalition and Iraqi armies in the Gulf War. Some post-war aircraft on display with a unique collection of model ships.

Tank demonstrations and rides make it an exciting days visit.

For the kids