Welcome to MARLENS.
We are enthusiasts for Clevedon Marine Lake, determined to ensure that this seafront jewel is kept in service and used for the benefit of people in Clevedon and N.Somerset. This year we became a registered charity "Marine Lake Enthusiasts (Marlens) number 1156426".
We are preparing for a major restoration of the marine lake in the summer of 2015, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, North Somerset Council, Clevedon Town Council and many individuals and clubs (see our pledges page). This will roll back 80 years of pounding by the sea and give our lake a new lease of life.
Our main public events on the lake are currently the Schools Day and Marine Lake Festival in September (now part of the Clevedon Tides Festival) and the illuminated night sail of model boats in December. However we look forward to putting onextra events in our refurbished lake. We also have an ever-growing Marlens Music scene which stages the Winterfest at the end of January, plus other social / fundraising events through the year and runs several music stages at the Festival.
Canoeing and sailing are taught at the Marine Lake all the year round for schools and clubs, using the community fleet of sailing dinghies, kayaks and canoes.
The Marine Lake hosts regular activities by Clevedon Model Boat Club, Clevedon Canoe Club, Clevedon's sea swimmers and Clevedon Sailing Club, as well as visits by triathletes, Princes Trust Bristol, British Divers Marine Life Rescue and other groups. It is also open to members of the public who want to swim or bring their own boat (there is no lifeguard, so you use the lake at your own risk).
We work closely with North Somerset Council (the lake owners), Clevedon Civic Society, and the clubs which use the lake. We have just had the good news that we have been successful in our joint bid for lottery funding to carry out major repairs, so the lake will be refurbished over the summer of 2015. MARLENS will continue to lobby for our Marine Lake but will in future take responsibility for running the lake as well. We intend to make sure that the needs and ideas of all Marine Lake users are taken into account.
It is important for an organisation like MARLENS to have members, so if you agree with MARLENS aims, please join. There is a membership form on this web site.
The Marine Lake is only one part of Clevedon's delightful sea front which also boasts excellent pubs, cafes, the Grade 1 Clevedon Pier and wonderful views and walks.
Just behind the seafront you will find other shopping and foodie delights in Copse Road, Alexandra Road and Hill Road. A little further and you will find the Curzon Community Cinema and Queen Square with its shops and market. Make a day of it and stay for a meal in one of our excellent restaurants.
Chair of MARLENS