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Jolly Sailor Cottage - before and after

This article written in 2011 for Strictly Business Magazine shows the progress of renovation on the house and some of the tales of how we reached the end result that you see now.

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Top 10 Things to do and see in Wells-Next-The-Sea

I wrote this article for a travel website, I hope it gives you some inspiration!



Wells Dementia Friendly Community

Wells Hospital holds dementia friendly activity sessions every Wednesday morning.  They are open to all, those with dementia or dementia carers; sessions are free of charge and tea and biscuits are served.  There is a dementia-friendly sensory garden at the hospital; this is another development in creating a dementia excellence hub at the hospital.

Creative Arts East now also run their 'Our Day Out' programme at the hospital with sessions on music and dance, with the aim of improving wellbeing through the arts.



Mermaid Centre Dialysis Unit

The Mermaid Centre Dialysis Unit at the Wells Community Hospital offers year round holiday dialysis; one of a few units in the country enabling those dependent on dialysis to travel within the UK.  The unit is registered with the Care Quality Commission and has 4 dialysis stations.



Heritage House Day Centre

Heritage House offers services to the elderly, both those who live locally as well as visitors to the area. Day visitors are welcome to join in various activities, and meet other visitors, as well as use some of the essential services that Heritage House offers, such as bathing; chiropodist; hairdresser and massage.  



Wells Guide

If you're looking for information on Wells-Next-The-Sea, this is the place to be. Wells is one of the most attractive towns on the North Norfolk Coast. From the long sweeping beach bordered by pine woodland, along the gentle harbour with small fishing boats and children fishing for crabs, past the shops on Staithe Street with not a chain store in sight, to the tree-lined park with its fine Georgian houses, quiet pubs and restaurants - Wells is an unspoiled seaside destination, waiting to be discovered.



My Week In .... North Norfolk

A pick of the best things to do this week.



NR23 Web

Aim to showcase businesses, organisations and personal websites that are based within the NR23 area as a visual guide for both people who live and work in the area and the many thousands of visitors attracted every year to Wells-Next-The-Sea and the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.




Photos, videos and articles from wonderful Wells-Next-The-Sea



Wells Maltings Trust

The trust has worked tirelessly to fundraise and apply for grants to refurbish the Sackhouse and the Wells Maltings.  The work is currently taking place and the buildings will house the Tourist Information Centre, Wells Cinema, and provide essential space for local groups to hire and to meet.  Find out more on their website, or sign up for regular bulletins.



Wells Harbour

The website is regularly updated with news and information from the harbour.  The Harbour Commissioners and staff support many events throughout the year such as the Triathlon; Pirate Festival; Christmastide and the annual RNLI service.  The website includes two 'harbour cams' so you can keep your eye on what's going on in Wells even when you're not there.



North Norfolk Living

We love North Norfolk and want to share our enthusiasm with all who live, work and play here! The definitive guide to What's on, What's good and Where to go.



Primary Times Norfolk

A FREE what's on, where to go guide for Norfolk parents of 4-11's, their teachers and the children themselves. Never be bored after school or at the weekends!



Literary Norfolk

Discover Norfolk's literary landmarks: where writers were born, where they're buried/commemorated and what inspired them.



Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

The Norfolk Coast was designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) in 1968. The Norfolk Coast Partnership was set up in 1992 to promote conservation and enhancement of the area's unique natural beauty; to facilitate and enhance public enjoyment, understanding and appreciation of the area's natural beauty; and to promote sustainable forms of social and economic development that in themselves conserve and enhance the area's natural beauty.



Norfolk Coast Partnership Cycle Routes

Download circular routes based around the Norfolk Coast, including circuits around Wells and Holkham

Cycleway Downloads


Alex Mackay

For all food lovers, check out where you can catch up with Alex Mackay www.alexmackay.com


Rescue Wooden Boats charity

This recently founded charity based in Stiffkey aims to acquire, maintain and use heritage wooden craft and in so doing provide education into their history, construction, maintenance and use and into the crafts involved in all of these.  The charity has completed restoration on Lucy Lavers, a lifeboat and Dunkirk veteran, and she made the voyage back to Dunkirk in 2015; Lucy Lavers now resides in Wells and is available for trips.  The charity runs a maritime heritage centre which is open to the public, and continues to restore examples of local working boats.



Lavender Next The Sea

Visit the smallest, sweetest shop you will ever sea selling products made with lavender grown in Wells-Next-The-Sea.  From Easter to October, Lavender Next The Sea can be found at Ostler Cottage in Stearmans Yard, (on the car park off Freeman St.) Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am - 5pm 



Homes for Wells

Homes for Wells is a charity providing affordable housing for local people. This is of vital importance in Wells where house prices have been buoyed up by an increase in second homes, and a retiree population.  Houses are provided with the aim of sustaining Wells as a community; helping local people to stay and work in their community and provide essential services for Wells town.  Their most recent success story has been the conversion of the old primary school into flats.




The Sharpie is a beautiful gaff rigged boat built mainly in the 1930s and 1940s of mahogany and oak, and in 1956 they sailed in the Melbourne Olympics.  There is a fleet of Sharpies at Wells Sailing Club, as well as at the neighbouring clubs of Burnham Overy and Brancaster Staithe.  The fleet races regularly from the sailing club in the East End.



Norfolk Rivers Trust

In 2012 Norfolk Rivers Trust received £1.3 million pounds from the Environment Agency’s Catchment Restoration Fund.  The Trust won this money in partnership with Norfolk Coast AONB, Norfolk County Council, The Wild Trout Trust and local Environment Agency representatives.  The money was for a variety of conservation, education and community projects on the Rivers Mun, Glaven, Stiffkey, Burn, Heacham. Ingol, Hun, Babingley and Gaywood.  Each of the projects aimed to enhance the habitats in and around the river whilst involving local schools and communities.  To find out more about the various projects look at our Rivers, Projects and Community tabs



Blue Skies Campsite

On the coast road, with easy access to the town; Coasthopper bus route and Wells and Walsingham Light Railway.  The perfect place for additional guests to stay.