Marine Lake re-opens to the public


Clevedon’s Marine Lake will re-open to the public on Friday (23 October) following a six-month restoration project.

The £850,000 project has included:

  • reinforcing and raising the existing sea wall – a fibre-reinforced concrete inner wall has been installed against the existing sea wall
  • installing a new larger sluice to allow the lake to be managed more effectively
  • de-silting and exposing the lake bed for the first time in 80 years – around 16,000 tonnes of silt has been returned to the estuary under the terms of a Marine Management Organisation licence
  • providing better access in and around the lake, including a ramp at the west end near Wains Hill, refurbished steps and hand railing, new slipway access at the east end and new surfacing on the lower promenade
  • installing a children’s water play area.

The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and supported by North Somerset Council, Clevedon Town Council and Marlens (Marine Lake Enthusiasts).

“It’s great to see the lake re-opening for public access, although the lake won’t be full on Friday,” said Marine Lake Ranger Jo Tasker. “It won’t fill until the high tides early next week. There are big tides all next week, so people need to take care in and around the seafront.”

“Friday’s re-opening to the public is the culmination of a project which has been more than three years in the making,” said Cllr Peter Bryant, North Somerset Council’s executive member with responsibility for open spaces. “It will secure the long-term future of this historic landmark and shows what can be achieved by local organisations and people working together.”

The official opening of the lake will take place in April to coincide with the anniversary of its original opening in 1929.

An anthology celebrating Marine Lake is due to be published at the same time and wordsmiths are being invited to put pen to paper and write about their memories, influences or imaginations of the lake.

Writers of any age from anywhere can submit prose, short stories or non-fiction of up to 500 words and winning entries will be included in the anthology.

The competition is free to enter and the closing date for entries has been extended to 31 December. All the terms and conditions can be found on the Marlens website at www.marlens.org.uk.

Entries can be submitted via this website or through Clevedon Community Bookshop in Copse Road, Clevedon. The bookshop is setting up as a publishing company in its own right and the anthology will be its first publication.

As a result, the published book will end up in the British Library in London and the Bodleian Library at Oxford University, as well as potentially being made available for sale through all book retailers.​