W.H. Hudson was one of the founding members of the RSPB.
This stretch of the North Norfolk coast is particularly
popular with holidaymakers and, as a result, is less
'wild' than it used to be, but the area is still
beautiful and relatively
unspoilt. The beach at Wells - which forms part of Holkham Bay -
is particularly spectacular.
Wells also hosts an annual poetry festival which was
founded by Kevin Crossley-Holland (see
Staithe). Speakers and
contributors have included: Ronald Blythe, Richard Mabey and Kit Wright.
Wells also has a number of other literary connections: Chris Sugden (alias Sid Kipper) lived in Wells for a
number of years when his was a child. In his book The Story of a Norfolk Farm (1941)
Henry Williamson (who lived at nearby Stiffkey)
transformed Wells into Whelk-next-the-Sea and the poet
and journalist Bernard Phillips used to run The Moorings
restaurant in the town.
Viewers of Stephen Fry's
be familiar with Wells quayside as it was used as one of
locations for the fictional town of Market Shipborough.