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 freshwater Lake at Holkham Hall extends for 1 mile from end to end, and is a haven for wildlife. Holkham offers rowing boat, canoe and kayak hire throughout July and August, from 10am to 4:30pm daily. Rowing boats seat up to five people, canoes up to three, and there are one and two person kayaks available.

More details from the Holkham Estate website.

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

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

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

Sailing and Powerboating from Morston Quay

Norfolketc is a family-run watersports provider operating in Blakeney Harbour. Established in 2005, they offer personal, approachable and relaxed sailing and powerboating tuition and boat charter.

There are adult and children’s RYA sailing and powerboat training programmes, own boat tuition and Free Sail children’s boat hire with safety boat cover. Four to six year olds can be taken out for some seafaring fun on an Adventure Sail around Blakeney Harbour, where they can steer the boat, watch the seals and crab for some Norfolk Gillies.

For a more exhilarating ride, take a  Powerboat Experience trip around Blakeney Harbour with a qualified skipper on an RIB. Up to three passengers can be accommodated who will be doing nearly all the driving for the hour and a half you are out on the water.

If you fancy an exclusive trip to see the seals on Blakeney Point, you can charter a Norfolk Oyster dayboat and drop anchor for drinks and nibbles or an onboard picnic. Leave it all to the skipper, or enjoy some guided sailing if you have experience at helming a boat.

Stand-up Paddleboards can be hired by the day or half day for use at Morston and Blakeney or can be taken away and used in other areas along the coast. The RED Standup Paddle Boards are inflatable and can be deflated for transportation.

Morston Quay, Quay Lane, Morston, Norfolk NR25 7DJ
01263 740704

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: