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Norfolk’s beaches must make up one of the largest expanses of sand in the UK. Starting at Wells and heading west towards the corner of the Wash at Hunstanton there’s twenty miles of beach to wander or make your own. You could simply settle at Wells, where we can arrange a beach hut for you, or one beach over there’s Holkham, famous for Shakespeare in Love, amongst many other film appearances. Keep going to Burnham Overy Staithe, then Brancaster and onto the well-kept secret of Holme. It’s all yours! The beaches are shallow and have lifeguards at various points, so they’re safe for children.

Just watch out for one thing: the tide does come in quick!

The North Norfolk coast is an Area of Outstanding Beauty and home to some fabulous nature reserves. To the west there’s RSPB Titchwell,and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust has reserves at Holme (in the west) and Cley (to the east). Then there’s the National Trust at Morston or Brancaster, who do lots for kids. Serious bird-watchers will know where to go, but if you’ve always wanted to try ‘twitching’ the reserves have tips and advice and even guided walks and talks.

If you like your nature slightly slower, and easier to watch, the seal trips from Morston out to Blakeney Point will suit you well. You might even see a seal in the channel at Wells Beach when you go for your morning dip.

A mere stone’s throw from Wells is Holkham Hall, still privately owned and run by the Earl of Leicester, whose forebears are famous for inventing modern farming techniques in the 18th Century. Find out all about that in the new Farming Museum, or tour the staterooms and the deer park.  Further afield are Houghton Hall, home to Britain’s first ever prime minister and Blickling and Felbrigg, both of which are run by the National Trust.

For fun and history of a more humble sort, Bircham Windmill is a great place to take children. There’s a petting farm, the windmill is still working, and children can bake their own bread.

Walsingham, just up the road, is home to a famous Catholic Shrine, the Slipper Chapel. The grounds of the ancient abbey there are open to the public. The wild flowers, at the right time of year, are stunning.

And how can we overlook the Queen’s very own Norfolk retreat, Sandringham, a short drive away, where the gardens and park are open almost year round and the house itself when HM is not in residence.

The Wells and Walsingham Light Railway’s terminus is a short and pleasant walk to the edge of town. Catch the ‘express’ to Walsingham in an open or covered carriage and enjoy the views of unspoilt Norfolk countryside. Save yourself a walk or parking fee and catch the mini railway to the beach, just a skip from the front door of the Quay B&B. For real railway buffs, the North Norfolk Railway between Holt and Sheringham has become one of Norfolk’s iconic attractions. There’s also the Thursford Collection of vintage steam engines.

Right here in Wells there’s plenty of evening entertainment at venues such as the Maltings, or live music in the Albatross moored at the quay. Along the coast Cromer is home to the only surviving ‘end of the pier’ show. Local village halls hold regular screenings of the latest movies and put on their own amateur dramatics, always bubbling with enthusiasm. For more info check out, which covers the next two weeks ahead.

And for daytime entertainment, if the weather’s bad, there’s always the famous Wells Arcades.

Norfolk, while not as flat as Noel Coward famously quipped, is certainly a great county for cycling. Bring your own bike or rent one of our brand new electric bikes. They’re perfect for a gentle roll along the country lanes to a nice pub. (We’ll recommend one of those too).

Wells is a mecca for wind and kite-surfers, and kayaking up the creeks is a wonderful way to explore. Hikers troop along Peddar’s Way or the relatively new Norfolk Coast Path.

The Quay B&B is perfectly placed for a stop off for anyone on an expedition, and our bike shed is a safe place to store your bike (or fix it) and muddy boots.