Increasing costs force charity to call halt to Tides festival after 13 years
PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 February 2018
Clevedon's annual Tides festival fundraiser has ended after 13 years as it failed to break even last year.
The event has been drawing thousands of people to Marine Lake and the Salthouse Fields since 2005 to raise money for the Marine Lake Enthusiasts (MARLENS).
The festival was one of the biggest in Clevedon’s calendar and saw a huge variety of activities taking place both on land and in the water.
Over the course of one summer weekend, visitors were treated to everything from live music and fireworks displays to film screenings and dance displays.
Although MARLENS, the charity which promotes and maintains the lake, took a break from organising the festival last year, an event was still put on by local business owners who took the decision to charge an entry fee for the first time.
But rising costs mean the festival, which takes months of planning by a team of dedicated volunteers, is not making enough to be financially viable.
Each year it costs around £13,000 to run the festival but the event has never cleared more than £3,000 and failed to break even in 2017.
A MARLENS spokesman said: “We would like to thank all the volunteers, groups, entertainers, sponsors, donors and audiences who, over the past 13 years, made the festival such a great event for Clevedon and North Somerset.
“Keep a look out for our other events in 2018 as there’s more going on than ever this year.”
MARLENS added that any possibility of a festival being held again in the future will rest on the shoulders of local businesses coming forward to offer sponsorship.
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Regular events will continue to be held at the lake in support of MARLENS.
The charity’s third Lake Day will be held on March 24 to celebrate the 89th anniversary of its opening and will give visitors the chance to have a go at activities including canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding and rowing.
A new website has also been launched to further promote Marine Lake and attract visitors from further afield.