48 hours in Wells-next-the-Sea
Fancy a pretty seaside spot? Look no further than this Norfolk beauty
DAY ONE What to do
It would be criminal to visit a seaside town and not explore the beach! And this stretch of golden sand is one of the country’s finest. It’s a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and there are plenty of shells to see and birds to spot – including oystercatchers and ringed plovers. Explore on foot or take an adorable miniature steam train – they run every 15 minutes from the town and harbour. Wildlife fans can drive the 14 minutes to Blakeney Point and take a seal-watching boat trip, where you should see common and grey seals in their natural habitat.
Book a trip with Beans Boats for £12 adults, £6 children. Call 01263 740038 or visit www.beansboattrips.co.uk
Where to eat
Visit Sands Restaurant and enjoy panoramic views over the harbour and watch fishing boats bob about. Open for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it offers simple seaside meals – plenty of fresh seafood to tuck into.
Main courses around £12. Call 01328 710534 or visit www.sandsrestaurant.co.uk
What to do Where to stay
The Globe Inn is a charming, small boutique hotel overlooking a leafy square. It also has a nice restaurant specialising in local ingredients.
£140 per room per night, including breakfast. Call 01328 710206 or visit www.theglobeatwells.co.uk
If you’re in town in early August, you can enjoy all the colour of the carnival. There will be more than 90 events, including a sandcastle competition, fun runs, a teddy bears’ picnic and live music. For a great day out all year round, visit the Quay, which is often buzzing with crabbers and fishing boats, as well as having plenty of amusements in the town’s only arcade.
The carnival runs July 28 to August 6, with the main events taking place on August 5. Visit www.wellscarnival.co.uk
Where to eat
For a colourful cuppa or meal, visit Bang In Wells. The café is named for its central location (in Staithe Street) and is a warm and welcoming spot in an elegant Grade II listed building. It serves everything all day, so whether you want an early morning slice of cake or an evening breakfast, you can satisfy any whim!
Call 01328 712149 or visit www.banginwells.co.uk