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“Good for a visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Portishead Lake Grounds

Portishead Lake Grounds
Esplanade Road and Lake Road | Portishead, Bristol BS20 7HD, England
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Ranked #78 of 96 Attractions in Bristol
Type: Parks, Outdoors
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Good for a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

I always remember the good times of being taken to Portishead as a child and thought I would share a part of my history with my girlfriend, who is not from the Bristol area. Although it is not quite how I remember it, it still proved to be a nice visit on a hot summers day.

We found getting to Portishead straight forward by car, but did struggle to find the way to the lake grounds as the local road signs do not seem to make it clear how to get there. In the end we opted for a sat-nav and googled the postcode to the lido, which is in the nearby vicinity. The positive part of the car-travel is the ample free parking.

There is a cafe selling drinks, ice creams and hot food, but also plenty of open space to bring along a picnic if that is more appealing. There is a large lake, whereby many model boats are seen to race on its waters, ducks/swans/geese glide over the surface and boat hire (£5 for 20 minutes, which is pretty reasonable!). My only gripe is that you are slightly penned in with small bollards which you can row through, but for an inexperienced rower, I had great difficulty getting out into the main lake. There is also a very shallow pond in which young children can hire hand-pedalo - which looked a lot of fun! A small playground is also available.

There is a stretch of good views and the nearby battery point is worth a look for the panoramic view of the Severn estuary. The popular lido also is found in this area.

As we visited on one of the hottest days of the year, we did feel there is a lack of shady areas, with the few trees near the main attractions already being taken by shade hunters and picnickers. This may not be a problem for some (or many for most of the year) but remember to pack some water and wear sun cream on hot days!

Visited July 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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“Lovel for a family picnic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

I love it here bit of something for everyone - kids can run around nice play area - bit of boating if you want to good day out

Visited April 2013
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“local attraction good for young children”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Portishead Lake Grounds is always busy on a summers day with families having picnics, playing ball games, riding scooters and bikes. It is a concrete lake with rowing boats and ducks/swans. Path round it for riding scooters etc. Playground suitable for young children (under age 6). Some small rides (charge) e.g bouncy slide. Cafe, fish and chip shop, some outside tables, toilets.
Grassed area and cricket pitch.
Views of the sea - we are talking brown Severn Channel though! Nearby the Lido and the Lido Kitchen cafe.
Lacks anything except grass for older children - definitely scope for improvement.
Nevertheless it is nice to have a green open space for the local community to use and it is a pleasant place to spend time.
If you are planning a trip to Portishead combine with a visit to the marina, or to Clevedon.

Visited June 2013
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“"All you need "”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

lovely quiet and yet plenty to do for an afternoon without spending a fortune. I have been bringing my little granddaughter here since she was about 4 [9 now] and we always enjoy. Lunch at the café followed by a lovely walk around the lake feeding the swans and ducks, a while in the childrens play area then up to battery point with the dogs before we leave for our 15minute journey home, what more do we need? as long as she enjoys it we will continue to visit often.

Visited May 2013
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“Depends what you are looking for”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

A large lake surounded by a concreate path set in lawn area.On a cold winters afternoon it was a good place to visit if you only wanted a hour trip out. Park on the front qucik walk around the lake and back into the car, cafe was not open. Iam sure that in the summer with cricket taking place and the cafe open and boats on the laje it would be fab,

Visited January 2013
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