Crowds of people came to Clevedon Marine Lake for Lake and Pier Day 2022. Thanks to beautiful weather and a packed programme of entertainment and events, the day was a true celebration of Clevedon at its finest.
Boats, music and mermaids
Visitors enjoyed music from North Somerset Samba and Tim Stubbs, a synchronised swimming performance by Almost Synchro and a show of model boats from Clevedon and District Model Boat Club. There was also a visit from Typewriter Man who wrote poems for families inspired by a word of their choice.
For the younger visitors, there was a very special visit from a real-life mermaid who swam down the lake and then sat on the lakeside to tell the children a story.
Around the lake, there were stalls and games, and children were able to learn about eco-friendly crabbing and catch a few crabs themselves.
On the water
Visitors were also able to try out some of the water activities that take place at Clevedon Marine Lake. Swimming coaches Rowan Clarke Outdoor Swim Coach, Laura Nesbitt Outlaur Swim Coaching, Jackie King Performance Coaching, Mental Health Swims and Global Swim Adventures ran swimming sessions for all ages and abilities.
The RNLI was also there to give talks on water safety.
Another draw to the lake was the brand new Hive. Visitors were able to get a special preview of the soon-to-be-open volunteer space and accessible changing room for people with disabilities and learn from its project manager about how the project is going. Project manager, Hilary Jenkins-Spangler and trustee Donna Littleton, who uses a wheelchair and hopes to be one of the first people to use the new facilities when they open next month, were on-hand to chat to potential users.
On top of all this, Clevedon’s beautiful pier had free entry all day long.