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What to do in Wells?

27th May 2022

Wells always has plenty going on, with fun for all the family. Sarah Hardy shares a few ideas!

The annual carnival (www.wellscarnival.co.uk) runs from 29 July to 7 August in 2022; there’s everything from sporting competitions to live music performances, craft fairs, and a carnival procession complete with carnival royalty! Keep an eye on their website for the full programme announcement.

Wells Christmas Tide (www.wellschristmastide.co.uk) kick starts the festive celebrations and this year it’s on November 26. Expect lots of stalls throughout the town, the Christmas lights are switched on, there’s a lantern procession and Santa arrives at the quay by boat at around 5pm. It’s great family fun.

The Coastal Exploration Co (www.coastalexplorationcompany.co.uk) run by Henry Chamberlain, is a must do. He has three former fishing boats, all painstakingly restored, which he takes out onto the salt marshes and beyond – not much beats being out in the creeks, spotting wildlife and enjoying a mug of freshly brewed coffee!

The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway (wwlr.co.uk) celebrating its 40th year, runs for four miles, passing through lovely countryside, full of wildlife.

Wells Maltings (www.wellsmaltings.org.uk) offers a bit of everything from cinema screenings to talks from local experts plus visits from leading companies, live music, classes, and exhibitions in The Handa Gallery. There’s also a cafe, with a sheltered courtyard, with sourdough sarnies a popular choice.

The Wells Heritage Centre is based here, too, which offers a fascinating insight into the town’s rich past. Entrance is free and there are photographs, costumes, and more.

© Tim Steele Photography

Wells Harbour Tours (www.wellsharbourtours.com) running for the summer season, usually last an hour and take in the harbour, beach and salt marshes – allowing you to get up close and personal to these beautiful spots. Don’t miss the arcades for a spot of old-fashioned fun and games and the playground, near the Harbour Office, has its own ship, HMS Bounty, and a farm tractor. 

Beach life

The beach at Wells has to be its star attraction. Sure, it’s a little way from the town but it’s a bracing walk, you can drive and park at the large car park (fees apply) or hop on board the new electric bus shuttle service which will whisk you the mile or so to the beach. In the high season, it is going to be joined by a vintage 1961 open top Leyland Tiger bus which should be great fun!

© Tim Steele Photography

Wells Beach Cafe (www.holkham.co.uk) is the place for a tasty sausage roll, hot chocolate topped with marshmallows or ice cream – there is both indoor and outdoor seating and dogs are treated as VIPs, with plenty of treats available for them too!

Then it’s a quick ‘up and over’ the dunes to the beach which is simply breath-taking, with beautiful golden sands. Check the tide times before visiting and follow local guidance – click here for RNLI Wells’ website and here for their social media pages, packed with helpful advice.

The colourful beach huts are a photographer’s dream and provide a really useful little base camp for a day’s seaside frolics.

A few are available to rent by the day or week and they occasionally come up for sale. But, be warned, the most recent had a price tag of £80,000 – yes, really!

© Tim Steele Photography

Picture perfect Hut 63 is dog friendly and available to hire. You can book a single dayuntil the end of May, then it’s three-day minimum hire in June, and weekly hire in July and August. £72 a day, book online at www.tattytides.co.uk