Wells-next-the-Sea

4th May 2007 at 01:00
Sue Halliday teaches English and classics at Fakenham High School and College, North Norfolk

Favourite place when you have a dayweek off?

Wells-next-the-Sea is seen in the opening titles of the new TV series Kingdom with local boy Stephen Fry. Everyone buys fish and chips and sits on the harbour wall watching people crabbing. You put some smoked bacon on a line and the crabs leap on it. The crustaceans know people put them in a bucket, look at them and put them back - it's been going on for generations.

Lunchtime treats?

French's or Platten's on the front at Wells are the best for fish and chips. After that, we walk down the causeway, or take the tiny gauge railway beyond the pine woods for a cappuccino at the beach cafe. The beach huts are to die for and you can walk out a mile when the tide is out. The sand is platinum; the water is clean and beautiful - but dangerous. Or we walk across the beach up to Holkham Hall. This is a massive estate where the Earl of Leicester lives.

Evening delights?

My favourite restaurant is Fishes in Burnham Market for local fish and oysters. Last time I had Brancaster mussels. In Walsingham, there's a restaurant called the Norfolk Riddle where our department had a lovely pre-Christmas meal. It's part of the Walsingham Farms Shop which sells Sandringham apple juice (freshly squeezed by Prince Charles - not), smoked duck from Cley Smokehouse and Wighton cheese.

When's a good time to come?

The Wells-next-the-Sea poetry festival is always on May Bank Holiday (www.poetry-next-the-sea.com) until Sunday, May 6. Norfolk is fab in summer, there are brilliant open-air venues for gigs. I've seen Jools Holland and Tom Jones at Bickling Hall, where I'm going to see Romeo and Juliet in June.

But Norfolk is lovely at all times of year. One of my friends was married on the beach on Boxing Day - they had fish and chips from French's and champagne and hired a beach hut from the Earl of Leicester.

Don't miss

Blakeney Point. We take a little boat from Morston to the end of the point.

We have a picnic and watch the seals lolling about.

Remember to buy

A crab sandwich from Jackie Overton, who runs the crab stall next to the beach at Sherringham. She'll make you one while you wait. In June, we go raspberry picking and then apple picking at Sandringham in September and October

Renata Rubnikowicz

Find out more

www.visitnorfolk.co.uk

www.visit.northnorfolk.com

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