The Seaside town of Wells-Next-The-Sea has so much to offer all visitors, young and old. Its lovely long sandy beach sheltered by pinewoods and its beautiful town centre with quaint shops, pubs and fish and chip shops. Wells attracts thousands of visitors each year visiting the towns holiday cottages, guest houses and campsite interested in its miniature railway, bird reserves, lifeboat station and annual carnival. The town has a very laid back feel, perfect for relaxing weekend breaks or longer stays and is a great base to explore other pretty villages up and down the North Norfolk coast.
Wells has been a port for many years and in days gone by had many trades connected with ship building, including rope makers, sail makers and ship chandlers. Many years ago the primary trade was the import of coal, timber and salt, and the export of corn, barley and malt. One of the other main industries of the town was malting. Some of the granaries and maltings still exist and have been beautifully converted into holiday homes. The main feature of the quay is the large granary building with its distinctive overhanging gantry, which has now been turned into luxury flats with magnificent views of the harbour.
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The town boasts some impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture. Some of the buildings are hundreds of years old, including former public houses and coaching inns. Many are now listed buildings with a plaque displaying its "date of birth". The Parish Church was built around 1460, but burnt down in 1879 after being struck by lightning but has been rebuilt to its former glory and is again a working church popular with the community. The Buttlands is a quiet green space in the centre of Wells lined with trees and elegant Georgian and Victorian houses. Two pubs overlook the grassy area serving good food and fine local ales.
During the summer season 1,000's of holidaymakers descend on the sleepy fishing village of Wells. Staithe Street, the main shopping street is lined with an array of shops, selling everything from buckets and spades, fishing equipment, paintings, clothes and gifts. At the bottom of Staithe Street is the busy fishing Quay where the tradition is for children to fish for crabs from the edge of the quay. Watch the fishing boats return with the catch of the day at high tide. In August, the oldest and most traditional event in Wells is the Carnival. Various events take place over the week, from music to competitions.
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