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, Light up the Lake in early December and the New Year Dip, but there is year-round activity by clubs, schools and other members of the community.

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.  Sailing, canoeing, open-water swimming and paddleboarding are taught at the Marine Lake for schools, clubs and individuals 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 Open Water Swim Series.

The Marine Lake hosts regular activities by Clevedon Model Boat Club, Clevedon Canoe Club, Clevedon’s sea swimmers, Clevedon Sailing Club, Bath Paddleboard as well as visits by triathletes, Princes Trust Bristol, 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, or just enjoy using the lake, please join our “Marlens Lottery” or make a donation. If you would like to help in other ways, email volunteer@marlens.org.uk

 

Joe Norman

Chair of MARLENS

October 2017