Old enough to be mentioned in the Domesday Book, Wells-Next-The-Sea gets its name from the spring water wells that were once prevalent throughout the town.
As far back as the 1300’s it became a significant sea port shipping grain, coal and malt as far afield as Iceland and the Netherlands, and in the 18th Century was a nationally important producer of malt.
To this day, the maltings are still the main feature of the quay side.
Nowadays it serves as a small fishing port supplying whelks to South Korea, and providing the local restaurants and cafes with incredibly fresh lobster and crab.
As picturesque as the harbour is however, most who come to Wells are there for one thing, its incredible beach.
Complete with iconic beach huts, clean sand and a tide that goes out for miles, Wells is one of the best beaches in Norfolk, plus, it’s completely dog friendly.
Each year in early August, the town holds its annual carnival. It’s a perfect day out for tourists and locals alike, with everything from live bands and parades to raft races and sand castle competitions. There’s something for everyone to enjoy.
So, while there is more to Wells than just a beautiful beach, such as pubs like the Golden Fleece (located right on the quay) and countless small local shops and art galleries, you aren’t forced to stay on the beach. But when you can hire beach huts by the day, and the beach looks like this, why would you choose to be anywhere else?!