Wells-next-the-Sea Norfolk town sign
Wells-next-the-Sea town sign

Wells offers varied views from  picturesque coastal cottages, seaside beach huts, an old granary and maltings, Georgian houses, pine woods, harbour, quayside, port and boats aplenty.

Wells was chosen for its local and national popularity as a tourist resort and fishing village, one with varied views from beach to harbour, idyllic inland lanes, and 30-mile proximity to Norwich. It has been known as Wells, Wells-on-Sea (as per the eponymously named Wells and Fakenham Railway station), and Wells-next-the-Sea since the early 19th century, in order to distinguish it from Wells, the Somerset cathedral city.

Once a busy 16th century corn port and with a history as one going back 700 years, the harbour quayside remains dominated by an early Edwardian era granary which has been preserved but turned into modern flats.

The Albatros moored at Wells-next-the-Sea
The Albatros moored at Wells-next-the-Sea

Wells-next-the-Sea stars in the 2015 Paint Out satellite competition to be held there 9-13th September, and which will also feature the moored Albatros as an artists’ hub.

Plein Air Painting Locations

Artists will be given free rein to paint where they wish among the many and diverse locations that Wells has to offer including:

  • Beach, Pinewoods, and beach huts
  • Harbour and boats
  • Quay and fishing
  • Seafront
  • Old Granary
  • Jolly Sailor Yard
  • Shipwrights
  • Old Custom House
  • Chandlery
  • The Albatros
  • Red Lion Yard
  • The Buttlands
  • High Street
  • Staithe Street

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