Welcome to Clevedon Marine Lake - a "community park" which is run and maintained by Marlens, a local charity. This web site will focus on Marlens (the charity which looks after the lake) and on lake history and heritage.

For information about the lake itself, see our  CML website which covers the lake itself and what's happening. There is also a lakecam showing the lake.

Lake Opening Hours:

Clevedon Marine Lake is open for shared public use 24/7, except during the following booked events:

none booked

Lake Water Quality: Good

Marlens is run by volunteers and depends on local fund-raising to pay for the lake. We have installed two small white donation boxes on the upper promenade, by the Salthouse steps and at the top of the zigzag ramp by the paddling pools.  "Give a pound each time you're down"  says the sign, but any loose change will be welcome to help maintain and improve the lake.

We  are working hard to ensure this is a first class leisure facility for people to enjoy, and we ask everyone who enjoys the lake to help us keep it that way.

Dogs: The lake is for people of all ages who enjoy being in or on the water so for health reasons we would ask dogs to keep their owners away from the lower promenade and the children's paddling area.

It's free: Individual members of the public are welcome to use the lake free of charge, though we would be grateful for donations to help cover the cost of running the lake. Swimmers, paddlers, sailors, rowers and model boats are welcome. Engine-powered craft are not. Be aware that there is no lifeguard so be sensible.
Mind your feet: The lake is a semi-natural environment, so sharp objects like rocks and (sadly) bottles might be underfoot.

Watch where you are walking, and once you enter the water, it is better to swim straight away, rather than wade – even better, wear footwear when paddling.

Mind your head - No Diving: Do not dive or jump into Clevedon Marine Lake, because it is very shallow round the edges, the water is murky and there may be obstructions on the lake bed. There are ‘No Diving’ signs positioned around the lake - walk in down the steps.

Fires and Barbecues: Heat from flames will damage the concrete, so build fires only on the stony beach. If you BBQ round the lake (which lots of people like to do), please raise the fire off the concrete and clean up when you have finished.

The Marlens organisation is proud and delighted to have been awarded the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the equivalent of the MBE.


Clevedon Marine Lake was brought back to life in summer 2015, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, North Somerset Council, Clevedon Town Council and many individuals and clubs. The work rolled back 80 years of pounding by the sea and gave our lake a new lease of life. Our main public events on the lake are Lake Day on the first Saturday of the Easter holidays, the Marine Lake Festival in September (now part of the Clevedon Tides Festival) and the illuminated night sail of model boats in December.


Meet the people that are going to take your business to the next level.
Joe Norman
Joe Norman

Marlens Chairman

Email: info@marlens.org.uk Call: 01275 877180

Linda Knott
Linda Knott

Retired English teacher

Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson


A member of the Technical Team that maintains the Lake. Marlens Trustee - where I hope my senior management experience in the civil service can be of some use.


    Contact us

    MARLENS contact
    E-mail: info@marlens.org.uk Phone: 01275 877180