Outstanding Natural Beauty in the Mendip Hills

01 September 2016

18496-mendip-hillsThe Mendip Hills, located just 35 mins away from Lakeside Holiday Park, are made from limestone and as a result, are quite lovely.

So lovely indeed, that they have been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Mendip Hills AONB run from Bleadon in the west to Chewton Mendip in the east, and take up a total area of over 198sq km.

Mendip is a stunningly beautiful place perfect for scenic walks and discovering wildlife, and the Hills overlook the lakes of the Chew Valley below. The landscape is a tableau of steep slopes and plateaus with gorges and rocky outcrops, and hundreds of ancient monuments cover the hilltops adding a touch of history to the area. Rich grasslands and a multitude of wildlife cover the slopes, as well as wooded combes – valleys that do not have water running through them.

The dramatic geological character of the Mendip Hills is perhaps shown best in the way that the Hills rise up out of Somerset Levels. The slopes, grassland, and open plateau are defined by dry stonewall enclosures and offset below by the Chew Valley with its hedgerows, spring line settlements, and lakes.
The geodiversity of nearby Cheddar Gorge includes exposed rocks, dry gorges, sink holes, areas of sunken ground and cave systems, and sandstone peaks, while the biodiversity of the area includes the ash woodland and calcareous grasslands which are internationally designated as sites for greater horseshoe bats.

Here you can find ‘The Cheddar Pink’, otherwise known as ‘The Flower of Somerset’, and this is the only area in which is grows.


The Mendip Hills are made up of large formations of limestone with whaleback ridges. Water is able to percolate through the limestone dissolving it, creating a cave network and feeding the carboniferous limestone aquifer that flows into the public water supply for Bristol and surrounding areas from the Cheddar, Blagdon and Chew Valley reservoirs. It also supplies the hot springs in Bath.

There are 18 different recommended walks throughout the Hills, ranging from shorter, more leisurely strolls to all day adventures. There are also plenty of farm shops, pubs, cafés, and restaurants serving fresh, local produce for when you want to take a break. There are also plenty of chances to go caving, climbing and cycling – perfect for everyone from couples wanting to spend some quality time together in the great outdoors, to families looking to explore. They are easy to get to as well, with Bristol, Bath and Weston-super-Mare all nearby. Take the M5 Junction 21 if travelling from the north or J22 if travelling from the south.

Boathouse Bulletin – September

31 August 2016

Well, the summer is almost officially over and there’s not long left of the 2016 season here at Lakeside! We still have some great acts lined up for you at The Boathouse in September, and we also have the return of MUSIC BINGO on Friday 2nd and KARAOKE on the 16th after a month without them in August.

Boathouse favourite BECKY BENNETT is back on Saturday 3rd, and we have new female vocalists joining the line-up this month – JODIE on the 10th and  SCARLET KENNEDY, who will be performing the very best of your favourite swing classics to get you crooning along on Saturday 17th.

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Towards the end of the month we see MAT ROBERTS, MORPHEUS, DAVE BANANA and BEAVER all make a very welcome return – four acts that always prove hugely popular and get everyone singing, dancing and smiling. We look forward to welcoming you and hope you have a fantastic stay.


Fri 2nd Sep

Sing Along & Win!

Sat 3rd Sep

Female Vocalist

Tue 6th Sep

Female Vocalist

Fri 9th Sep

Female Vocalist

Sat 10th Sep

Female Vocalist

Tue 13th Sep

Guitarist & Vocalist

Fri 16th Sep

Your Chance To Sing Live!

Sat 17th Sep

Swing Style Vocalist

Tue 20th Sep

Guitarist & Vocalist

Fri 23rd Sep

Vocal Duo

Sat 24th Sep

Guitarist & Vocalist

Tue 27th Sep

Male Vocalist

Make a splash this summer at Middlemoor Water Park!

02 August 2016

18403-Middlemoor copyMiddlemoor Water Park is a purpose-built 20-acre lake just 20 minutes away from Lakeside. Created in 1989, the Park focuses on providing the best in water-ski, wakeboard, and karting enjoyment there is to offer for all ages and abilities.

Imagine speeding through the water in the heart of the historic Somerset levels surrounded by the tranquility of gorgeous rural settings.

Middlemoor is fully equipped and ready to accommodate everyone from beginners to the most skilled water sport enthusiast. There’s even a 6-buoy slalom course for the more daring and adventurous amongst you, however – you are not on your own if you just want to learn how to safely water-ski or wakeboard. Middlemoor has highly-experienced B.W.S.F qualified instructors who can offer tuition whatever your ability.

Everything is provided, including wet suits and safety equipment as part of the cost, so you don’t need to worry about anything other than showing up for a day of fun, however if you decide that you really love water sports, you can buy wet and dry suits onsite.

The Water Park boasts a fully licensed Clubhouse overlooking the lake, which offers a varied menu of great food to replenish your energy stores after a few hours on the water. There is even a barbecue area next to the Clubhouse which is perfect for summer afternoons and evenings.

The Park has a designated Mastercraft Wakeboard boat, complete with Monster Tower and Ballast to create an experience you certainly won’t forget. It also features a 40-foot slider! For the children, Middlemoor Water Park has aquatic fun rides as well as trips across the lake in one of our speedboats.

The fun doesn’t stop on the lake however, Middlemoor’s “open-air” Pro-Karting area provides single engine karts perfect for beginners, as well as new youth Karts for Kids. (Hint: for adults who want to experience karting but prefer a slightly less challenging experience, the Karts for Kids are great.)

What would a water park be without swimming? Our Swim School has a Mums and Toddlers session (with a maximum of 6 children per session), which is fun and designed to build water confidence whilst teaching basic skills with songs and games in the water. The School also offers Non-swimmer & Beginner classes for children 4 to 7 years old. They follow the new Stanley Water safety programme for young children by the STA.

The Water Park is open weekdays from 10am to 6pm. On Saturdays, it’s open for waterskiing only between 9am and 1pm, and for jet skiing from 1pm to 6pm. On Sunday, it is open for members only from 9am to 1pm, but is open again to the public from 1pm to 2pm for waterskiing, and jet skiing from 2pm until 5pm.

Waterskiing and wakeboarding lessons (which last about 15 minutes) are £20 per session. Go Karting is £10 per person for 20 laps and individual season passes are available for the truly committed for £375. Family season passes are £500.

Boathouse Bulletin – August

29 July 2016

The School Holidays are in full swing here at Lakeside, and the Park is busier than ever – so we’ve added even more new acts to the Boathouse line-up, with performances four times a week throughout August!

Starting off the shenanigans is SAM WREY, a fun, hugely talented male vocalist who makes his debut with us on the 2nd August. On Friday 12th, we welcome KARL LEWIS (who was last here as ALMOST OLLY) who has broadened his horizons and will be singing hits across the decades to get you all up and dancing!

Boathouse Residents SAM DE-LA HAYE, BEAVER and MATT SUMMER all make a very welcome return, and over the Bank Holiday weekend with have a Trio of Tributes with ELLIE on the 26th, FOREVER ROD on the 27th and MATERIAL GIRL on the 28th who will be belting out the hits of Ellie Goulding, Rod Stewart and Madonna – perfect pop performances for everyone to enjoy!

See the whole list for August below. We can’t wait to welcome you the The Boathouse this August…


Tue 2nd Aug

Male Vocalist

Fri 5th Aug

Female Vocalist

Sat 6th Aug

Female Vocalist

Sun 7th Aug

Guitarist & Vocalist

Tue 9th Aug

Male Vocalist

Fri 12th Aug

Male Vocalist

Sat 13th Aug

Female Vocalist

Sun 14th Aug

Live Music Trio

Tue 16th July

Power Vocalist

Fri 19th Aug

Male Vocalist

Sat 20th Aug

Live Music Duo

Sun 21st Aug

Male Vocalist

Tue 23rd Aug

Guitarist Vocal Duo

Fri 26th Aug

Ellie Goulding Tribute

Sat 27th Aug

Tribute to Rod Stewart

Sun 28th Aug

Madonna Tribute Show

Tue 30th Aug

Vocal Duo

Bristol – A great day out for all the family

04 July 2016

bristol-balloon-fiestaIt’s summer (or so we are told), and during the holidays there is so much to do and explore as a family near Lakeside that it’s hard to fit it all in during your stay.


One thing we can highly recommend though is a day trip to Bristol – and it’s only a 45 min drive away!

For a fun family day out in Bristol, here are our top picks for great things to do and see.

Animal Magic

Why not get to grips with nature and visit some of the countries most magnificent zoos and animal attractions!

Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world, covers twelve acres and offers more than 400 species of exotic and endangered animals, whilst The Wild Place Project is Bristol’s most recent animal attraction with a pack of wolves, lemurs, cheetahs, and wallabies to name just a few of its inhabitants. The Bristol Aquarium boasts a coral sea, underwater tunnel, and urban jungle and is home to thousands of species of fish plus sharks and stingrays!

Then there are places like Windmill Hill City Farm which brings country living right into the city, or Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, a 100-acre arm just 6 miles west of the City Centre. 

The Marvels of Technology

The At-Bristol Science Centre has numerous special activities taking place all the time. Learn about anatomy and robots, and visit the UK’s first 3D Planetarium – an immersive experience with full-surround sound and breath-taking sights.

Nautical Niceties

Brunel’s SS Great Britain – the ship that changed the world – can be visited daily from 10:00am to 5:30pm at the Great Western Dockyard. This amazing ship was the largest vessel ever when it was launched in 1843.

Relax in the City

Queen Square, located in the heart of Bristol is a Georgian park built more than 400 years ago. It’s a tranquil refuge from the outside world and part of the Bristol City Centre Nature Trail.

Play Time

Hengrove Play Park is a ‘wheels park’, where skateboarders, rollerbladers and BMX riders can enjoy their thrills and practice their tricks. There is also a wildlife area and some great spots for a picnic.

Flying High

The International Bristol Balloon Fiesta takes place this year between the 11th and 14th of August at Ashton Court Estate – as it has since 1979. It’s one of the largest hot air balloon events in Europe and is truly a wonderful spectacle to behold.