Our sunny Winter day trip to Wells-Next-the-Sea

Yes, Wells-Next-the-Sea is a long way to drive for the day. However, fuel costs besides it is a really great family day out without breaking the bank. The grown ups love it, the kiddies love it and the doggies love it too. It’s a win win day out for all the family. It is just beautiful to go for a Winter day trip.

Preparing for a family trip to the beach

We live about a 2 hour drive from Wells-Next-the-Sea but that doesn’t deter us at all. We do try to prepare as much as possible and we kind of have a checklist for trips like this:

  • Charge the devices (for the car)
  • Pack travel games
  • Pack spare clothes for kids, including spare socks
  • Pack wellies and shoes
  • Make a flask of hot chocolate
  • Create a picnic lunch that you can carry in a rucksack and take with you
  • Short change for the car park and amusement arcades
  • Cash for the Fish n’ Chip shop

What is there to do at Wells-Next-the-Sea?

We love it here as you can spend hours, quite easily, just walking and playing. We park at the main beach car park, unless it is so busy and we have to find an alternative and we always walk the doggy route. They have cleverly separated the beach into dog friendly and no dogs allowed areas. If you go to the left, through the forest and over the steps, you are in the dog friendly area. If you walk to the right of the cafe then you are going to the no dogs allowed area.

We walk for miles, in all different directions. Sometimes we play on the beach close to the beach huts and play in the woodland too. Or sometimes we walk to Holkham beach, which is equally as beautiful and just huge. The sea goes out for miles, it would take a good hour to walk to it. It completely amazes me every time we visit.

After our picnic on the beach, games and walking fun we always get a beach hut photo. It’s a must. We then get packed up in the car, brush off the sand and get Fish n’ Chips before making our way home. It’s a thing we do at least 2 or 3 times a year. We love it.

beach hut

Here is a little video I made when we went 5 years ago:

beach fun

I would love to know what you think of Wells-Next-the-Sea, I cannot imagine that there is any negative feedback about this place. It’s perfect for families and doggies. If you haven’t been, you need to visit.

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  • Margaret Clarkson
    January 27, 2020

    Lovely article and and photographs. I visited Wells-Next-The-Sea a few years ago when on a Pilgrimage to Walsingham. It was a great place to visit. We had tasty Fish and Chips there too! Over the years we have visited quite a few places in Norfolk and enjoyed them all tremendously.

  • Sarah Cooper
    January 27, 2020

    Wow! This all sounds so wonderful! The beach looks beautiful!

  • Margaret Gallagher
    January 27, 2020

    What a beautiful place – looks great fun

  • Charmian Filewood
    January 28, 2020

    Nothing like a day at the beach to clear out the cobwebs

  • Susan B
    January 28, 2020

    Going to the seaside in winter would not necessarily be at the top of my day out list but this looks absolutely fabulous so I clearly need to reconsider. Love the beach huts and also love the separate area for dogs. A really lovely set of family photos, too. Thanks for the post.

  • Jacqui S
    January 28, 2020

    We live in south Lincs so Wells is do-able and an early start is the best way to see this place especially out of season. You beat the crowds, parking is easier and the setting is blissful.

  • Fiona jk42
    January 28, 2020

    We’re lucky enough to live only a few miles from the sea. We love to go for walks on the beach in all kinds of weather, and it’s a favourite place for us to go for a walk over Christmas to walk off some of the extra food.

  • Those photos are absolutely stunning – what gorgeous sunshine you had for your day at the beach and you all look like you were wrapped up warm. It does sound like a beautiful beach to explore. Our nearest beach is a couple of hours’ drive away too but we rarely visit. Maybe a winter beach trip is something we need to try too. Thank you for sharing yours with #CountryKids

  • Caroles
    March 6, 2020

    I went to Wells Next the Sea in January too – a good day out

26 January 2020 #SilentSunday
Our sunny Winter day trip to Wells-Next-the-Sea

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