Water Sports at Wells-next-the-Sea

Whether you want to row your own boat or relax and enjoy a gentle jaunt around the harbour, there’s fun to be had messing about on the water. If you’re feeling adventurous take a guided paddleboard tour, and if you’re lucky enough to have your own watercraft, there are slipways all along the coast.

Holkham Estate, North Norfolk Paddleboards, Wells Harbour Tours, Norfolk Coast Partnership

Boat Hire at Holkham Hall

The lake at Holkham Hall extends for 1 mile from end to end, and is a haven for wildlife. This stretch of water is a great way to see the Hall and park from a new perspective. Holkham offers rowing boat hire throughout high summer, from 10am to 4:00pm daily.

Each boat seats up to five people. Pre-booking is not available, so head down to the jetty early to avoid disappointment. Price is £16 for 45 minutes and payment is by card only.

More details from the Holkham Estate .

Holkham Hall
Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AB
01328 713111

Wells Harbour Tours

Explore Wells Harbour aboard the “Wells Ferry”, and experience the sights and sounds of the harbour, beach and salt marsh. Trips run every day from the end of March to the end of October, weather permitting.

Beach, marsh and harbour trips each last an hour or you can take a 30 minute mini trip. An hour long sunset tour is another option. The boat can also be privately chartered for special occasions.

There is no maximum or minimum age. Access to the boat is easy, and passengers with pushchairs, wheelchairs and limited mobility are given help with boarding. Dogs are welcome, and you can take your own food and drink.

All tours start and end on the main pontoon by Wells Harbour Office.

Wells Harbour Tours
West Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AT
07747 401222

Curlew Coastal Charters

Established 2021 Curlew Coastal Charters now manage the Rescue Wooden Boats charity flagship “Lucy Lavers”, an ex Liverpool class lifeboat and Dunkirk veteran. Public trips and Private charters are available. Follow the link below for bookings, more info or to plan your perfect Charter.

Curlew Coastal Charters
Tugboat Yard, East Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea

Coastal Exploration Company

The Coastal Exploration Company create fun, relaxing, exhilarating adventures on traditional wooden sailing boats along the North Norfolk Coast.

Run by former Royal Marine Henry Chamberlain and his small, local team, they skipper and host trips ranging from 4 hours to 3 days, through creeks, marshes and open sea. Get involved with the sailing and cooking, or sit back and connect with nature.

Trips are available for individuals seeking a rewarding experience, families looking to make memories that will last a lifetime, or corporate groups seeking a challenging, team-building adventure.

Along with half-day and full-day sails, the Special Operations packages include learning traditional Norfolk smuggling skills and observation of coastal wildlife with a local expert.

Locally sourced high-quality food and drink is provided on the sails, ensuring a full Norfolk experience.

Coastal Exploration Company
07484 736283 / 07970 276397

North Norfolk Coastal Discovery

North Norfolk Coastal Discovery are passionate about showing you the beautiful North Norfolk coast. Each excursion takes you to places that are mostly accessible by boat, and allows you to enjoy the clear waters and long stretches of sandy beaches.

They have a fully qualified and experienced crew, and offer a truly unique, fun, entertaining, and memorable experience that showcases North Norfolk’s stunning coastline and sights.

North Norfolk Coastal Discovery
+44 (0)7876 567277

Stand Up Paddleboarding at Wells-next-the-Sea

North Norfolk Paddleboards offer taster sessions, guided tours and paddleboard hire at Wells, Burnham Overy Staithe, Brancaster Staithe and Burnham Deepdale. Taster sessions last 1.5 hours and get you up to speed with the basics, after which you can hire a board and have some fun, exploring the salt marshes and creeks of the stunning coastline.

There are guided paddleboard tours of the creeks and saltmarshes of Wells, Burnham Overy Staithe and Brancaster Staithe, and during the warmer months you can take a Breakfast or Sunset tour.

North Norfolk Paddle Boards
Burnham Overy Staithe
07768 123797

Wells & King's Lynn Coastal Rowing Club

WKLCRC is a Community Coastal Rowing Club: Building and Rowing St Ayles Skiffs in the Great Ouse at King’s Lynn, Wells-next-the-Sea and around Norfolk’s inland and coastal waters. Our regular rowing spots are Wells-next-the-Sea, King’s Lynn, Burnham Overy Staithe, Hunstanton, Morston, Brancaster and Thornham.

Email the club at to find out how to book a trial row. You’ll get two free rows, with no obligation to join. Just come and see if you like it. No experience needed.

Slipways near Wells-next-the-Sea

There are public slipways where you can launch and recover watercraft at the following locations:

Sailing & Water Skiing at Wells-next-the-Sea

Wells has both a Sailing Club and a Water Ski Club: