Welcome to the parish church of St Nicholas, Wells-next-the-Sea

(Please bear with us as this website is currently under construction and some of the pages are not yet complete!)

Our parish is part of a benefice of four with Holkham, Warham & Wighton in the Diocese of Norwich and we are proud to be a partner in Churches Together in Wells and District. The church is on the southern edge of the town and is part of the vibrant community which is Wells-next-the-Sea.

The church is open daily, with self-service refreshments available, and the opportunity to explore the building or relax both inside and out in our pleasant churchyard, a quiet green space away from the busyness of the Quay. Parts of the churchyard are Norfolk Wildlife Trust designated areas.

There are activities throughout the week including three services on Sundays with differing styles of worship, morning Communion on Wednesday followed by coffee and chat, a summer concert season, guided history walks and activities during Carnival Week including an ‘Open Tower’, a chance to have a go at bell-ringing. Our parent and toddler group ‘Little Fishes’ meets twice a month and Messy Church is on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

Please take a look around using the virtual tour below, and we look forward to seeing you in person.

Thunderbolts & Fire

140 years ago, on the night of August 3rd 1879, lightning struck the tower and the entire church burned down, with only the shell of the tower surviving! To celebrate this and also to launch our major restoration appeal we held an exhibition from July 27th to August 11th, 2019 and more events are planned for 2020. Full details can be found here.

The parish of Wells-next-the-Sea: St Nicholas is committed to the safeguarding of children, young people and adults. We follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies and have our own Parish Safeguarding Officer(s), PSOs. The Diocese of Norwich’s safeguarding pages contain vital links and information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor (DSA) who advise our PSOs. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact the DSA. If you have immediate concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority Children or Adults Services.


Whilst this site is being completed you can find more details about church services and other events here.