Things To Do And See In And Around Wells-Next-The-Sea Within Walking Distance Of 'Hideaway' Holiday Cottage Rental
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Things to do and see in and around Wells-Next-The-Sea within walking distance of Hideaway.
The first port of call will be the bustling Wells-Next-The-Sea quayside which is just 30 seconds from our North Norfolk Holiday Cottage Rental "Hideaway House". Children and adults alike will enjoy gillying for crabs from the harbour wall. Crab buckets, nets and lines are all provided.
You may like to explore Wells harbour by boat. These trips take 45 minutes and Depart daily on the tide from the pontoon next to the Wells harbour office.
Sea fishing trips are also available
The quay is a great place to watch the fishing and pleasure boats coming and going and one of the best vantage points is the old North Sea 'Klipper' boat, The Albatros, which serves delicious dutch pancakes on board as well as having a fully licensed bar with live music at the weekends.
You may wish to sample some of the best fish and chips in the country from French's or delicious treats and coffees from the Wells Deli.
One of our favourite places to eat is the Wells Crab House café which is close to the Quay and offers seafood favourites fresh off their own boat.
Just a stone’s throw from the quay is the beach playground which boasts a pirate ship and plenty of space to run around or play football. Next to the playground is the small station for the harbour railway which runs down to the beach. We enjoy walking along the flood defence wall to the beach which takes 20 minutes.
Wells beach is ‘the Jewel in North Norfolk’s Crown’ and has 211 multicoloured beach huts and a vast expanse of golden sand. Why not hire a beach hut for the day?
Adjacent to the beach is Abraham’s bosom which has a boating lake, trampolines, crazy golf etc and the newly refurbished beach café which serves drinks, light meals, snacks and ice creams as well as all your beach requirements.
You can also visit the Wells Next The Sea Lifeboat which is stationed at the beach. Visitors are welcome to go in and look around.
There is a wonderful walk through the pinewoods to Holkham beach which has been voted the best beach in England for the last three years. It is also part of one of the largest National Nature Reserves in the country. It is managed by Holkham Estate and is home to many rare species of flora and fauna.
From Holkham beach you can continue to walk back inland along Lady Anne’s Drive crossing the main road where there is a collection of interesting shops including an Adnams Cellar & Kitchen and “Bringing The Outside In” before reaching Holkham Hall itself.
Attractions include: the Palladian Hall, walled gardens and park, café, Bygones museum, cycle hire and lake.
The Coasthopper Bus will bring you back to Wells if your legs are feeling tired.
Walking East along the Quay takes you onto the Coastal footpath past the iconic old granary building which is home to the Natural Soap Company which supplies the toiletries for Hideaway House. At the far end of the East quay is the sailing club and Oceanus sailing school. And from there you can continue along the coastal path to the village of Stiffkey.
Inland from the quay you can meander up the traffic free Staithe Street which has a myriad of independent shops and cafes – shopping as it should be! At the top of Staithe Street is a pretty Georgian square, The Buttlands, which is home to two excellent eateries. The Crown and The Globe.
Taking the coast road eastwards you might like to call into Big Blue Sky and Gallery Plus a contemporary art gallery before boarding the Wells to Walsingham Light Railway which is the longest narrow gauge steam railway in the world . Walsingham has been a place of pilgrimage since medieval times and is home to both a Roman Catholic and Anglican shrine. There is an excellent farm shop, chocolate Deli and the Norfolk Riddle restaurant and fish and chip shop. The snowdrops in the grounds of the Abbey during February are spectacular and well worth a visit.
Wells is a vibrant town all year round and hosts several annual events.
May: Poetry Next The Sea
August: Wells Carnival
August: Regatta and Life Boat Day
September: Pirate Festival
September: North Norfolk food Festival at Holkham Hall
December: Wells Christmastide