The port of Wells-next-the-Sea lies on the North Norfolk coast, 15 miles east of Hunstanton. It is an idyllic holiday destination, with a long, unspoiled beach bordered by a pine forest, and a harbour where fishing boats can be seen landing their catch at the end of the day. Take a wander into the historic town centre from your holiday cottage in Wells-next-the-Sea and you will discover a variety of family-run businesses. Don’t miss the fine Georgian architecture at Buttlands Square, overlooked by the Globe, a cosy pub where good food and local ales can be enjoyed. Next, explore the rows of independent shops on Staithes Street. There is plenty to do on self-catering holidays in Wells-next-the-Sea, including crabbing at the quay, sunbathing at the sandy beach, and riding the traditional miniature railway.
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The award-winning beach is a glorious stretch of sand backed by dunes and colourfully painted beach huts. A wander along the shore is highly recommended, with beautiful views along the coast and the chance to spot rare birds such as terns, oystercatchers and avocets. Nearby, Wells Quay is home to a 19th century granary, and is a delightful place to watch the comings and goings of fishing boats. For a fun day out, enjoy a half-hour ride through some of Norfolk’s most spectacular countryside, on the Wells and Walshingham Light Railway.
Wells-next-the-Sea holiday cottages are popular among visitors to the town’s renowned carnival, which takes place every summer with floats, a sandcastle-building competition and plenty of live entertainment. If you fancy an evening out, see what’s on at Wells Malting, a superb venue with a cinema and theatre. Wells-next-the-Sea is set within the North Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the villages of Blakeney and Burnham Market. A short drive westward along the coast, Hunstanton is a charming Victorian resort with unique, striped cliffs and spectacular