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.

We look forward to putting on extra events in our refurbished lake. We have a lively Marlens Music scene which stages the Winterfest at the end of January, plus other social / fundraising events through the year and runs music stages at the Festival.  Canoeing and sailing are taught at the Marine Lake all the year round for schools and clubs, using our community fleet of sailing dinghies, kayaks and canoes.  Open water swimmers have re-discovered our lake and we have a flourishing swimming community, catered for by the Marlens Open Water Swim Series (MOWS).

The Marine Lake hosts regular activities by Clevedon Model Boat Club, Clevedon Canoe Club, Clevedon’s sea swimmers, Clevedon Pilot Gig Club and Clevedon Sailing Club, as well as visits by triathletes, Princes Trust Bristol, British Divers Marine Life Rescue, film-makers and other groups. It is also open to members of the public who want to swim.

Marlens is a community charity which has leased the lake from North Somerset Council (the lake owners) and runs the lake on behalf of the community. We work closely with North Somerset Council, Clevedon Civic Society, and the clubs which use the lake. We intend to make sure that the needs and ideas of all Marine Lake users and the whole community are taken into account.

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.

If you agree with MARLENS aims, please join our “Marlens Lottery” or make a donation. If you would like to help in other ways, email


Joe Norman

Chair of MARLENS

October 2017