Recharge the spirit

Assist with navigation; forage and fish for your meals; visit special places that can only be accessed by sea and creek.

salt marsh sail

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sail & walk

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traditional sea training

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Recharge the family

Create a memory that will last a lifetime with an indulgent charter with friends and family on the Norfolk coast.

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Recharge the team

Blue sky thinking takes on real meaning when you're at sea. Re-energise the team with an away day aboard one of our boats.

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what we do

“We create fun, relaxing, sometimes challenging, but undoubtedly life-enriching adventures on traditional wooden sailing boats, based in Wells-next-the-Sea, on the beautiful North Norfolk coast.

Run by a small, local team of professional adventurers, we skipper and host trips ranging from four hours to three days, through creeks, marshes and open sea. Get involved with the sailing and cooking, or sit back and connect with nature – the pace is yours to choose.

We only use locally sourced high-quality food and drink on our sails, ensuring a full Norfolk experience. Our philosophy is to run a sustainable business by investing in slow food, community engagement projects and the movement of cargo under sail.”


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Coastal sails from Wells to Cley and other recommended sails!

WEEKLY SAILS Friday 24th May

Friday 24th May
Final destination East Hills but along the way we will navigate channels and creeks, saltmarsh and sea
- depart Wells 0845 return 1215 Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person

Friday 24th May
We return to the creeks and marshes of Warham, a unique habitat from which to watch wildlife
- depart Wells 0845 return 1215 Crab boat max 6 persons – exclusive charter £495 or £90 per person

Saturday 25th May
Join us this morning as we punt and sail through Wells Marsh, going slow, watching for wildlife
- depart Wells 0930 return 0100 Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person

Sunday 26th May
Unique neap tide special, sail to Stiffkey, drifting through below marsh level, what will we find?!
- depart Wells 1030 return 0130 Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person
Monday 27th May
Wonderful Warham marsh is our destination today – saltmarsh solitude space
- depart Wells 1130 return 1430 Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person

Tuesday 28th May
Sail with us to Stiffkey and enjoy an early afternoon exploration weaving through creeks and channels
- depart Wells 1245 return 1545 Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person

Wednesday 29th May
East Hills calling – leaving bustling Wells quay behind us we enter a magical world of wildlife
- depart Wells 1345 rtn 1645 Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person

Thursday 30th May
Sail with us as we set out to explore the unique area around Warham Marsh
- depart Wells 1445 return 1745 Mussel Flat max 4 persons – exclusive charter £295 or £85 per person

Friday 31st May
Beth Orton Musical Concert/James Boyd Productions
Guests will be transferred to a secret location where appetisers and drinks will be served prior to Beth arriving and performing.
£195 pp max 22 people (includes drinks and appetisers)

Exclusive musical events in wild and beautiful places

James Boyd's Wilderness concerts reflect James’ love for adventure and wild spaces. They are immersive experiences – thought-provoking, uplifting and unforgettable.

May 19th, 2019 - starts 18.00 finishes 21.00

The Immortal Ship

Joshua Ellicott, Tenor - James Boyd, Guitar
This bespoke concert will crystallise from the emptiness and wildness of the salt marsh, the threnody of the wind, the cry of wading birds, the chuckle of the tide. Joshua and James are renowned not only for their exquisite musicianship but for their intimate storytelling that weaves through each performance. They gave their first concerts together a short voyage across the North Sea in Delft. Now with the Coastal Exploration Company they are creating an exclusive experience on the beautiful North Norfolk coast. An unmissable opportunity to hear world class music making in one of Britain's last wildernesses. Including a rare performance of Jonathan Dove's The Immortal Ship, this is for lovers of fine and rare moments.

"Deservedly huge cheers at the end of the night went to Joshua Ellicott
...musical distinction, emotional precision and a keen dramatic urgency…”
The Boston Globe

'Each note falls like a teardrop such is the beauty of Boyd's tone and deeply expressive phrasing
International record review

What most impresses is Boyd's sense of naturalness, of ebb and flow, recalling both Bream's and Segovia's willingness to savour the moment
Gramophone Magazine

Guests' reviews

swallows and amazons

“FOLLOW THE WITHIES,” advises Henry, as I tug on the wooden tiller of his clinker-built, 1950s crab boat My Girls with trepidation, watching the narrow, marshy creek zig-zag before her prow.

“Swallows and Amazons, remember? Secret Water? Withies are the sticks that mark the channel, so you know where it is at high tide,” he explains. I spot them, a reassuring line of thin willows, standing upright above swirling eddies of muddy water, steadfastly marking deep water and our safe passage.

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The Telegraph's top 50 things to do this summer

Top 10 Norfolk and Suffolk experiences
Learn to sail with the RYA-accredited Norfolk etc (01263 740704; or book a sailing expedition in a traditional Norfolk fishing boat through the newly launched Coastal Exploration Company for an adventurous trip along the coast and along the atmospheric creeks and backwaters between Thornham and Cley in North Norfolk. Spot wildlife, catch mackerel, learn about navigation and enjoy delicious homemade food.

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Navigating Norfolk’s hidden creeks and salt marshes – in a 1950s whelk boat

We’re sailing across a sandy-coloured sea. Seals pop up around our little crab boat and then vanish, like a game of Whac-A-Mole. Further ahead, a group lie motionless on the water, as if levitating. It takes me a moment to realise that the sea is so shallow they are resting on a submerged sand bank.

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