The salt marshes at Wells-next-the-sea are a wonderful place for seaside walks From Jolly Sailor cottage you can explore the north  Norfolk coast After a long day exploring return to your sellf-catering holiday home or try one of the pubs in Wells0next-the-Sea

In Jolly Sailor Cottage we've left a a wide range of local booklets and information you may enjoy or find useful - you can also check out Wells-next-the-Sea on the Wellsguide website. The North Norfolk coast can easily be explored from Wells using the North Norfolk Coast Path, or by Coasthopper buses

Please also see our Events Calendar below to find out what is on in the area during your stay (dates are updated as soon as they are published).


Things to do in Wells Next the Sea Food Shopping and Restaurants Heading to the Beach

Wells Next the Sea, Local Information & Things To Do

Food and Drink

Swimming and Water Activities

Seal Trips Stately Homes Bird Watching and Nature

Seal Trips

Gardens, Galleries and Stately Homes

Bird and Nature Reserves


Local Events Throughout the Year


Holkham Cricket Club, weekend matches May - September

Cricket has been played in the park since the early 1840s, and Holkham currently boasts three sides that are quite independent of one another. The lion's share of the matches are played by Holkham Cricket Club. This is not to be confused with the Holkham estate team, made up entirely of staff from the estate, which plays a handful of matches, some against other estates. Finally there are the Nubian Ostriches, an invitation side skippered by Tom Coke himself, playing just the occasional match. 

Holkham Cricket Fixture List is published in late Spring.  For more information go to Holkham Hall


Holkham Parkrun, Saturday mornings

Join in this 5km run and join hundreds of Parkrunners across the country.  This is a free, weekly timed run at 9am each Saturday morning.  This is a non-competitive event so can run, jog, walk with your dog or child in a buggy, there is no age limit for the young or old.  Car parking at the hall is free for participants.


Screen-Next-The-Sea Film Festival


The successful annual Film Festival hosted by Wells Cinema.  This year the festival runs for one day, and celebrates 'duos' in film.

Details tbc


Cromer & North Norfolk Festival of Music, Dance & Speech


Join the annual competitions and workshops showcasing local talent in solo and ensemble performances at the Auden Theatre in Holt.


Sonrise Service, Easter Day Wells Beach

1st April 2018

Join the Sonrise Service at 6.30am on the beach by the Lifeboat House.  Hot chocolate and hot cross buns after the service.


Wighton Scarecrow Festival

28th-30th April 2018

The Festival is held annually over the May bank holiday weekend. The festival includes scarecrow building, scarecrow displays and refreshments.  The vintage tractor show and 'road-run' will take place on 8th May.


Cley Calling - Spring Song

4th-7th May 2018

Celebrate International Dawn Chorus Weekend with a festival of sound and spring wildlife. The long weekend includes music performances, evening talks, workshops and children’s events, with something for everyone to enjoy at this special time of year.


Wells Lifeboat Guild Fair

7th May 2018

Attractions include plant stall, cake stall, tombola, raffle, souvenirs and of course tea, coffee and refreshments. From 10am-1pm at the Congregational Hall, Clubbs Lane.


Sea Fever (inspired by Poetry Next The Sea)

11th-12th May 2018

Sea Fever will be headlined by Kevin Crossley-Holland, and builds on the success of the Poetry-next-the-Sea festival. For 2018, there are new festival directors, and the event will return to it's home in The Maltings


Sharpie Open Meeting

13th-14th May 2018

Sharpie crews will be racing over these two days from Burnham Overy Staithe.


The Norfolk Bird and Wildlife Fair

tbc May 2018

This fair hosts lectures and stands to help raise awareness of the many Norfolk Nature Reserves and open spaces.  Businesses, charities and people with a love of wildlife come together to raise money for conservation programmes in Norfolk.


Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival

19th-20th May 2018

The Crab & Lobster Festival is a weekend celebration of the coastal towns of Sheringham and Cromer - the unrivalled combination of North Norfolk's premier seaside towns. A feast of fun, food, art, music and entertainment


Pedal Norfolk Festival

tbc May 2019

Holkham Estate, the venue for Pedal Norfolk, are reviewing the event this year.  Hopefully it will be back in another format next year.


Wells Open Art Studios & Art Trail

26th May - 10th June 2018

Held as part of the Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios.  Wells artists who will be opening their studios include Toby Newman, Hazel Ashby and Trevor Woods.  Collect a Wells Open Art Trail map at the Tourist Office or library.  Art workshops will be held at the Sackhouse during the period.


Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios

26th May - 10th June 2018

Norfolk & Norwich Open Studios is delivered by Norfolk & Norwich Festival in partnership with Norfolk artists for the benefit of Norfolk artists. Each year for the last 16 years, hundreds of artists scattered across the county have opened up their studios, homes, garden sheds and outhouses to the public to create a unique and personal visual arts event.


Fairy Fair

26th-27th May 2018

The Fairy Fair is moving this year to the Stradsett Estate to the west of Swaffham. Expect to find lots of magical activities and workshops, great live music, walkabout performers, entertaining shows and storytelling. Plus you can discover walks through the grounds, browse the craft stalls and eat and drink at the many refreshment outlets. Tickets available from the Fairyland website.


St Nicholas Church Open Gardens

tbc June 2018

An afternoon of around 12 Open Gardens with refreshments at the Church and a plant sale. 


St Nicholas Church Guided History Walks

May - September 2018

The walk takes place once or twice a month on a Tuesday, it starts from St Nicholas Church at 2pm, returning for tea and cake around 3.30pm.  The cost is £5 with a maximum of 24 people per walk.  For more information on dates or to book a place contact Maureen on or Tel: 07899 777369.


Wheels Next The Sea

10th June 2018

The 10th annual Wells motorcycle show takes place on Beach Road. The show includes Best Bike presentations, refreshments, trade and dealer well as being a good day out for all.


Sharpie National Championships

16th-18th June 2018

Sharpie British Championships will be held over these three days from Wells Sailing Club.


Norfolk Superhero Challenge

16th June 2018

The Norfolk Superhero Challenge is a unique quadrathlon event designed to be accessible to people of all abilities, from more experienced athletes who want to push themselves to the limit to individuals who may be first time quadrathletes and wish to set themselves a new challenge and improve their fitness.


National Gardens Scheme in Wells

17th June 2018

Take a peek behind the walls of 4 gardens that are open from 11am - 5pm on this day.  The combined admission price to visit all 4 gardens is £5, children are free.  Teas are available in the garden of Bishop Ingle House, Clubbs Lane

The National Gardens Scheme


Music Next The Sea

22nd-24th June 2018

A series of Chamber Music concerts in association with the Northern Lights Symphony Orchestra and The Yorke Trust.  The 5 concerts take place in local churches and the Maltings. 

Music Next The Sea


Cycle Swarm

1st July 2018

Join hundreds of cyclists in this brand new sportive cycle ride.  Cycle Swarm is designed for experienced cyclists and beginners alike.  It starts in the historic city of Norwich at Norwich City Football Club's Carrow Road Stadium and, from there, you can choose one of three delightful routes. The 35 mile route passes through some beautiful countryside and picturesque villages in Norfolk, whilst the challenging 70 mile and 100 mile routes take you along the North Norfolk coast road.


Wells Sailing Club 'Get Afloat Day'

2nd July 2018

An opportunity to try something new as members of Wells Sailing Club help you take to the water.  Have a go in one of the various sailing class boats, or maybe a canoe or a kayak.  Call Sally on 01328 712000 for more details or to book a place.


Cley 18

5th July - 5th August 2018

Another exciting exhibition and a chance to see some of the best of Norfolk contemporary art


The Original Lobster Potty Festival

7th-8th July 2018

Join the Sheringham 'Lobster Potties' morris dancers for the annual 'Potty' festival featuring morris sides from all over the U.K. and Europe to take part. This years festival features some twenty teams of varying styles will be in the town delighting hundreds of visitors and residents alike


Newfoundland Dog Display

8th July 2018

See these remarkable dogs from East Anglian Working Newfoundlands back in action in Wells Quay at approximately 2.15pm. A collection for the RNLI will be taken and the inshore lifeboat will be present if available.  


Holt Festival

21st-29th July 2018

During festival week, briefly and dazzlingly, Holt is home to street performers, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, artists and comedians.  There are venues all over town, in pubs and hotels, in tents and school halls. There are performances at the church, the theatre, in the bookshop, and on the streets.


Holkham Country Fair

tbc July 2019

The hugely popular Holkham Country Fair is held every other year in the Park, on both sides of the house; and is attended by more than 40,000 people over the weekend.  The fair ensures two days of fun and interest for all ages, thanks to a full programme of events and displays in the Grand Ring, from morning to evening. More than 200 trade stands and a large variety of showground events complete the mix.

Holkham Country Fair


Wells Carnival

27th July-5th August 2018

The annual Summer spectacular will include Carnival day procession, Quay market, parade, sandcastle competition, crabbing competition, live music, beach party and more! The Carnival also includes a Historic Lifeboat Festival, and ends with the annual Lifeboat Service on the Quay.  Please come and support the Carnival which raises funds for local charities.


Worstead Festival

28th-29th July 2018

Well-loved attractions such as the local weavers’ group, the heavy horses and traditional farming machinery will be featured alongside new ventures including a food theatre to give local chefs the chance to demonstrate their talents. Music has always been an important part of the weekend’s celebrations and the main stage to showcase bands will remain, alongside other performance areas and a chance for you, the public, to have a go at some proper rural competitions - you know, chucking wellies and hay bales about and the like.


North West Norfolk Sailing Week

28th July-4th August 2018

The North West Norfolk Sailing Association will be holding their annual regatta for National 12, Laser, Supernova and fast & slow handicap fleets


Wells Annual Lifeboat Service

29th July 2018

Join crew, launchers and volunteers along with local residents and supporters on the Quay for the 58th Annual Lifeboat Service at 7pm. Both lifeboats will be present along with a flotilla of local boats for a short service with hymns and readings, accompanied by Fakenham Town Band


Wells Lifeboat Open Evenings

1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th August 2018

Join the crew and volunteers at the lifeboat house for a series of Wednesday summer open evenings from 6.30-9pm. A short talk is followed by a Q&A session, a chance to look on board and for children to dress up in full RNLI kit.


Cley Calling - Summer Sea Festival

tbc August 2018

As part of National Marine Week, the Norfolk Wildlife Trust at Cley Marshes will be exploring coastal wildlife, landscape and culture in North Norfolk.  Events include coastal explorations; theatre, music and poetry inspired by the sea; and events for children.


Open Churches Week

4th-12th August 2018

Historic churches abound in Norfolk, with features including round towers and medieval glass.  There are special events and activities throughout the week including flower festivals; children's activities and author talks.


Houghton Festival

9th-12th August 2018

An art and music festival established in 2017


Reepham17 Festival

11th-12th August 2018

The Reepham Summer Music Festival offers something for everyone with bands, steam train rides, craft stalls and food stalls.


North Norfolk Music Festival

13th-24th August 2018

The festival is in it's fourteenth year, and welcome both international and local musicians to South Creake during the 12 day festival.  Concerts may be preceded by talks or a pre-concert supper.


Active Fakenham Week & Ride North Norfolk Fakenham 25/50/100

18th-26th August 2018

August in Fakenham is a great chance to try new things or just join in with some community activities.  Get Active in Fakenham Week starts with a Launch Event in the market place with inflatables, a bungee run, tea and cakes in the square, activities and stalls aimed at showing what is to come in the following eight days.   The week is organised and hosted by local people and organisations to showcase what the town has to offer.

The Fakenham 25/50/100 is a selection of sociable, leisure cycle rides starting from the picturesque North Norfolk market town of Fakenham through some of the best gentle cycling routes in the country. It is a local ride that will end an exciting week of activities in and around the town. It is a registered British Cycling Sportive.


Wells Lifeboat Station Annual Open Day

19th August 2018

The annual open day provides an opportunity to meet the crew and see the boats along with stalls and the opportunity to tour the boats.  12-5pm


Wighton Grand Duck Race

19th August 2018

The 5th Grand Duck Race will take place at 3pm.  Ducks can be bought for £1 from the Carpenters Arms.  The start point is in the grounds of Water Hall, racing to the finish point by the road bridge.   


Wells Regatta

26th-28th August 2018

The annual regatta is organised by Wells Sailing Club and attracts visiting crews from all over the country.


Christmas Tide Summer Fair

27th August 2018

The organisers of the Wells Christmas Tide Festival are holding a summer fair to raise funds towards the cost of hosting the event.  Join them on the Buttlands for food, craft stalls and entertainment.


North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival

1st & 2nd September 2018

A weekend of celebration of food and drink in the grounds of Holkham Hall. During the festival, up to 60 of North Norfolk's finest food producers will be offering tastings and goods for sale. An added attraction is a rolling programme of cookery demonstrations, talks and demonstrations from local producers.


North Norfolk Triathlon

2nd September 2018

An Olympic distance open water triathlon with the start and finish taking place at Wells Quay and staged by the Wells Harbour Maritime Trust.  The swim takes place in Wells Harbour with the support of the RNLI, the circular bike ride takes in local villages and the run follows the North Norfolk Coast Path and the beach.

North Norfolk Triathlon


Wells Paint Out Competition

8th September 2018

Paint Out™ is an art event aiming to redefine 21st century art practice.  The Paint Out Wells competition on the North Norfolk coast offers a weekend-only pop-up event making it more accessible for those with jobs and other commitments. The event runs with a public and entered artists optional mass paint out on the Sunday. Following that will be paint out artist demonstrations on The Buttlands outside the Crown and the Globe, during the Art Exhibition and Festival including food on the Sunday afternoon.


Holkham Beach Clean

9th September 2018

Holkham Reserve hold regular beach cleans with corporate groups; staff litter pick Wells beach daily; and many visitors pick up litter as they walk through the reserve. The most frequently found items are small pieces of plastic (under 2.5cm), string and cord from the fishing industry, and plastic bottles.

This is a volunteer Beach Clean morning, where you can help remove the plastic which is becoming more of a hazard to wildlife.  Meet the warden at the top of Lady Anne's Drive at 10am, finish at noon.


Wells Pirate Festival

tbc September 2019

Although it may be slightly smaller than previous years, the Smugglers Ball will return, boat trips from the quay and the Black Knight Historical re-enactors will have a pirates camp. The Trust are grateful to everyone who has stepped up to keep the mighty festival going and to the sponsors.
Unfortunately due to lack of available spaces in the town there will not be a Pirate Market or stalls, however there will be plenty of activities and music on the Quay and Harbour.


Birkett's Round Norfolk Relay

15th-16th September 2018

Join in or just spectate as this 197 mile continuous relay race, with 17 stages, passes along the North Norfolk Coast, with off road sections along the coastal footpath in Wells and surrounding villages.


Coast Arts 2018

tbc Dates throughout October 2018

The original Cromer and Sheringham Art and Literary Festival has developed into COAST ARTS.  As well as the traditional activities during October half term, there will also be events throughout the year.  The object of COAST is to promote and provide access to the arts in North Norfolk, celebrating the variety and quality of work produced in the local area and creating a vision to share for the common good – giving local communities and visitors the opportunity to experience local, regional and national creativity.

COAST aims to incorporate a wide range of art forms including: painting, sculpture, dance, theatre, literature, film, poetry, music, photography, installations, workshops & many other diverse events.


Holkham Beach Clean

21st October 2018

Holkham Reserve hold regular beach cleans with corporate groups; staff litter pick Wells beach daily; and many visitors pick up litter as they walk through the reserve. The most frequently found items are small pieces of plastic (under 2.5cm), string and cord from the fishing industry, and plastic bottles.

This is a volunteer Beach Clean morning, where you can help remove the plastic which is becoming more of a hazard to wildlife.  Meet the warden at the top of Lady Anne's Drive at 10am, finish at noon.


Wells Lifeboat Guild Christmas Bazaar

17th November 2018

Attractions include Christmas Cards, plant stall, cake stall, tombola, raffle, souvenirs and of course tea, coffee and refreshments. From 10am-1pm at the Congregational Hall, Clubbs Lane.


Wells Christmastide Festival

24th November 2018

This event includes a Christmas Market; cocktail evening; beer festival; Christmas Tree festival, living nativity, Christmas Market and fireworks announcing the arrival of Father Christmas by sea.


Fakenham Christmas Tree Festival

29th November - 6th December 2018

From 10am – 8pm each day the Church is lit up by 90 Christmas Trees, each decorated for one of the 78 charities taking part.  Entrance is free but please bring a bag of coins so that you can donate money at your favourite charity tree(s). Charities range from national charities such as the British Heart Foundation to local schools and nurseries.

Throughout the Festival refreshments are available, including reasonably priced lunches and teas using local produce and home made cakes and scones. There is also a walk-through Festival Market selling many items for Christmas including Christmas cakes and cards.


Deepdale Christmas Market

30th Nov, 1st-2nd December 2018

A festive weekend in Burnham Deepdale celebrating all that's Christmas with market stalls, shops, food & drink, entertainment, activities and even Father Christmas!


Carols from the Boathouse

16th December 2018

Join Wells RNLI for a Sunday Christmas Carol Service at 6.30pm, with Fakenham Town Band and Wells Churches Together. Refreshments will be available afterwards, including tea, coffee and mince pies.


Holkham Hall Carol Service

23rd December 2018

The small church of St Withburga, opens it's doors to the public once a year for the annual carol service which starts at 11.30am.  Enjoy the service and the refreshments afterwards.


Holkham Beach Clean

23rd December 2018

Holkham Reserve hold regular beach cleans with corporate groups; staff litter pick Wells beach daily; and many visitors pick up litter as they walk through the reserve. The most frequently found items are small pieces of plastic (under 2.5cm), string and cord from the fishing industry, and plastic bottles.

This is a volunteer Beach Clean morning, where you can help remove the plastic which is becoming more of a hazard to wildlife.  Meet the warden at the top of Lady Anne's Drive at 10am, finish at noon.