Marine Lake enhancement work begins

The upcoming enhancement phase at Weston-super-Mare's Marine Lake is set to commence this week 6th February 2024, marking a significant milestone in the rejuvenation efforts facilitated by North Somerset Council's successful bid for a £20 million investment from the UK government's Levelling Up Fund.

The initial stage involves further dredging to eliminate accumulated silt from the lake, spearheading a series of improvements.

Specialist contractor Teignmouth Maritime Services will oversee the dredging work, necessitating the temporary closure of the tidal lake starting Tuesday, 6th February. The lake is expected to reopen post-completion, estimated around the week starting Monday, 25th March, just ahead of the Easter bank holiday weekend.

After the dredging, the Levelling Up funding will be utilised to enhance walkways, steps, ramps, and other amenities, including upgrades to public toilets. This comprehensive effort is scheduled for completion by spring 2025.

Weston Marine Lake
Synchronised swimmers in Weston Marine Lake

Councillor Mike Solomon, the council’s executive member overseeing seafronts, expressed enthusiasm about the ongoing progress, emphasizing the significance of dredging in the broader plans for Marine Lake under the Levelling Up funded initiative.

The council’s earlier investment in reestablishing the lake as an outdoor aquatic destination laid the groundwork for the current endeavours, aligning with the ‘Great Lakes’ project that also focused on improvements in Clevedon’s Marine Lake and Portishead Lake Grounds.

The collaboration with the Weston Marine Lake Mudlarks, a dedicated group of volunteers aiding in lake management, continues. Claire Trevor-Roper, a Mudlarks director, highlighted the commitment to revitalising Marine Lake as a key attraction and encouraged those interested to visit their website at for more information or to volunteer.

For additional details on the broader Levelling Up funded program in Weston-super-Mare, encompassing areas such as the Tropicana, Grove Park, and Birnbeck Pier, visit the council’s website at