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The local area guide to living in Wells-Next-The-Sea

Situated on the North Norfolk Coast in East Anglia, Wells-next-the-Sea is an attractive port town with plenty of character. Known by the locals as 'Wells', the town's rolling beaches and picturesque harbour make it a popular seaside destination for those lucky enough to live nearby.

With its main quay having been built in the mid-19th century, and the granary - originally built in 1903 but recently renovated and converted into luxury apartments - the town has managed to retain a slight hint of antiquity, without finding itself outdated. Indeed, Wells' streets are lined with primarily Georgian looking residencies; creating a charming blend of old and new throughout the area.

Information about the local residents

Wells itself is a small town, and the majority of its estimated 3000 residents identify as being White-British. Whilst a small town, it certainly sees its fair share of hustle and bustle; particularly in the summer months when tourists flock to the area, for some sun, sea and sand!

Of the general residents, over 50% are aged 55 or over; showing that this is the perfect place to kick back and relax, perhaps later on in life. However, that's not to say the scenic little town is not appealing to the younger generation; offering various shops and activities, the town has a bit of something for everyone.

Nearby schools

As a small town, the town needs few schools to cater to the number of residents. As a result, there is a single primary school; Wells-Next-The-Sea Primary and Nursery School. This school is reported to have just under 150 students on register, and received a respectable 'good' in the most recent Ofsted report.

Similarly, Wells only benefits from a single secondary school, however Alderman Peel High School is a highly regarded establishment, and received an 'outstanding' in its most recent Ofsted inspection in 2009. With just under 350 students on register, there is plenty of room for any new pupils to fit right in and receive the individual care and attention they require to fully benefit in their learning.

Getting around

The A149 and the B1105 roads link Wells-Next-The-Sea to the rest of Norfolk. Whilst the county itself is one of the few UK counties which does not have any stretches of motorway, the nearest motorway is just a short drive away, connecting Norfolk via the M11 to Cambridge and London.

Wells itself does not have its own train station. As it happens, the nearest train station is in the nearby town of Sheringham. However plenty of public transport is available via regular bus links travelling to King's Lynn, Norfolk and Sheringham, as well as other smaller towns along the North Norfolk coast.

Local shops

Possibly the biggest attraction for residents and tourists alike is the beach; with miles of rolling sand being gently lapped by the waves, it's enough to win the heart of anyone who visits. For those who like a bit more activity, the harbour is a little busier, and from there one can take a voyage to see the seals at Blakeney point; mesmerising creatures which are found fairly regularly around the East Anglia coast at certain points of the year. Various other tourist activities are also available throughout the historic town.

Shopping wise, there are various independent shops peppering the high street; catering to even the most unusual of requirements. There are also a few chain shops available.

Wells offers various fooderies and pubs for those wishing to eat out, including the Stiffkey Lion Inn - a traditional Norfolk pub serving local ales - and Sands Restaurant, which offers a beautiful view overlooking the quay as you eat.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.