Comedy Nite Returns to The Boathouse!

11 October 2016

Just because the Park is closing for the winter at the end of the month, doesn’t mean the fun at The Boathouse has to stop!

On Friday 4th November we are bringing back COMEDY NITE, with 2 professional stand-up comedians, Irish Bingo a disco AND a basket meal and drink included in the ticket price!

Tickets are £10.00 each and are available from Reception at Lakeside Holiday Park.

*Strictly over 18’s only.


Autumn Days at Barrington Court

03 October 2016

barrington-court-autumnNestled in stunning surroundings just 45 minutes away from Lakeside Holiday Park, sits Barrington Court – a restored 16th-century manor house brimming with history and culture…

…and October is the perfect time to visit.

Aside from the picturesque grounds and orchards (where it is currently apple harvesting season), it is also full of fiendish fun during the spookiest time of the year and is ideal for a little half-term Halloween fun.

The popular Apple Days are taking place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd October this year, and with more than 70 varieties of apples growing in the grounds – there is plenty of choice for picking, including heritage varieties from ancient established orchards. However many more were planted by Ian Lyle back in the 1940’s. The orchards hold a mix of eating and cider apples, with some truly unusual names, e.g. Slack-Ma-Girdle, Brown Snout, Beauty of Bath, Crimson King, Somerset Redstreak, Tom Putt, and Kingsdon Black to name a few! Some of the cider apples also produce award-winning apple juices and ciders.

Children can get in on the fun picking up Windfall apples (which are perfect for cider making) using the specially designed mini wheelbarrows parked in the Goose Orchard, and you can experience the whole cider-making process as the skilled volunteer team put the huge old apple press into action. There are apple games and crafts and interesting walks through the orchards, as well as some song and dance going on too. Experts are available to identify mystery apples and – even better – you get to taste some of the heritage varieties that still grow. Apple Days run from 11.00am to 16.30pm.

For everyone’s favourite October time treats there is plenty of Halloween fun to be had at Barrington Court. From the 22nd to the 30th October, between 10.30am and 16:30pm, you can paint a wooden pumpkin decoration at Jozef the woodcarver’s studio (which is included in with admission). You don’t need to reserve a spot, just show up! But be sure to pack a warm layer because it can get chilly during the autumn months. Oh yes, one more thing – wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little bit of paint on.

On the same days, from 11.00am to 16:30pm, are the Halloween Creepy Creatures and Scary Faces Trail. Choose your trail and find the foul faces and gruesome ghouls on your way.

The following week, on Monday 24th and Wednesday 26th October, don’t miss the Creepy Creatures Shadow Play, where experienced puppeteers Ken and Jill, from the Armchair Puppet Theatre, will show you the how to create a scary monster or creepy creature as a shadow puppet – don’t worry if you’re stuck for inspiration, there are lots of carvings and details around the court and grounds to use as examples. Once you have perfected your shadow puppets, Ken and Jill will help you show your puppets on their theatre screen. You don’t have to be a child to participant – it’s great fun for all the family – and it’s been known to get quite competitive (especially with the dads!). The Creepy Creatures Shadow Play days run from 11.30am to 16.00pm, with an admission fee of £4.00

For the more hands on amongst you (again – all ages are welcome), there are Den Building activity days on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 27th October, between 11.00am and 15.00pm. Come down to the woods with us and build a den to play in, this is especially fun in Autumn as the weather is so lovely and you get to heap up piles of leaves and run around. Den Building is included in admission (although a donation of £1 per child is encouraged).

On Sunday 30th October from 11.00am to 16.30pm is the annual Barrington Court Spooks Parade. Get dressed up, join in the fun and let your spooky side run wild as you wander through the house and gardens on the lookout for fiendish frights and ghastly horrors. Don’t worry if you don’t have a costume (or even if you do) there is Face Painting available to get you ready for the day ahead.

So that’s October covered – what about the rest of the year? Aside from the breathtaking gardens and orchards, the Barrington Court shop offers a wide range of gifts, including award winning apple juices and ciders, and at The Book Barn at Woolsthorpe Manor, there is a huge lot of quality second hand books covering all topics and tastes. If you are visiting with your dog, there is a map showing the trails around the estate where dog walking is permitted.

Barrington Pottery has five independent local artisan workshops located in the old farm buildings on the avenue, and once you have spent some time exploring, you can get a snack in the Strode House dining and tearooms. Have coffee and homemade cake, a light snack, or hot meal made with fresh and delicious produce from the kitchen garden.

Until 31st October, the admission fees are: Adults – £11.10 and Children £5.50 (or £12.30 / £6.10 with Gift Aid). Family entry is £27.70 (£30.60) and for group bookings with a minimum of 15 people Adults are £9.00 and Children £4.50).

Boathouse Bulletin – October

01 October 2016

It’s October! Which means it’s the last month of the season at Lakeside for 2016. We have had a wonderful summer – and we hope you have too. We’re still rocking throughout October , and we have a fantastic line-up to see us through to the end of the month in style.

We welcome newcomer SAMMY SHEPHERD on Saturday 1st, as well as some debuts by KELLY GRIFFITHS on Friday 7th and KELLY SURRETTI on Tuesday 25th who we’re sure will go down an absolute treat. We also have MUSIC BINGO on Friday 21st where you can sing along and win prizes, as well as being joined by some of our Boathouse favourites who have been with us throughout the year.

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CHARMAINE TRACEY returns on Tuesday 11th, and STEVIE K will be performing the songs of Showaddywaddy on Friday 14th. FAST COMPANY – everyone’s favourite guitar duo – are also back on Saturday 22nd and MATT EDWARDS will be here with his unique mix of comedy and magic on Sunday 23rd.

We hope to see you there, and we can’t wait to bring some new amazing acts to The Boathouse in 2017. Enjoy…

Sat 1st Oct

Male Vocalist

Tue 4th Oct

Female Vocalist & Keyboard Player

Fri 7th Oct

Female Vocalist

Sat 8th Oct

Male Vocalist

Tue 11th Oct

Female Vocalist

Fri 14th Oct

Songs of Showaddywaddy

Sat 15th Oct

Male Vocalist

Tue 18th Oct

Guitarist & Vocalist

Fri 21st Oct

Sing Along & Win!

Sat 22nd Oct

Guitar Duo

Sun 23rd Oct

Comedy Magic Mayhem

Tue 25th Oct

Female Vocalist

Fri 28th Oct

Upbeat Male Vocalist

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