Established in 1995 by Phil & Jude Simmons and voted as one of the 50 fisheries you must fish by the Angler's Mail and in the top 100 fisheries by the Angling Times, we are located in the lovely rural, coastal, countryside village of Kingston Seymour, regularly North Somerset's Best Kept Small Village.
We are a well established coarse fishing lake complex (five lakes including specimen Carp Lake) just 4.5 miles from Junction 20 of the M5 and 15 miles south of the city of Bristol. We have a 2.5 acre campsite and offer self-catering holiday accommodation in our two 300 year-old barn conversion holiday cottages.
The complex consists of five lakes, 141 swims
Heavily stocked, large variety of coarse fish
Day tickets £7 Adults, £5 Junior/OAP/Disabled (we do not charge for extra rods)
Open dawn to dusk, 365 days of the year (no night fishing)
Two beautiful self-catering holiday cottages converted from a 300 year-old stone barn with free fishing and wi-fi for residents
2.5 acre campsite with electric hook ups; grass pitches; hard standings and dog exercise area
Toilets & showers
Lakeside car parking
The Lambing Shed Cafe - home-cooked food & Sunday carvery
Match rates – concessions available, call 01934 835020 for details
A bit about us...
Phil & Jude Simmons have been at Bullock Farm since 1984 (Phil having lived here since he was 7 years old and the farm having been in his family for at least 6 generations).
Initially farming pigs, poultry and sheep, we decided to diversify in 1995 by converting a disused pig slurry pit into what is now the Match Lake. The South Pool was established in the same year, followed a year later by the Carp Lake. As the business grew we added the North Pool and then, in 2003 we opened Rushcombe Lake.
We have always strived to improve our facilities at Bullock Farm, and in addition to the above we now boast two beautiful barn-conversion holiday cottages, a 2.5 acre campsite, a café, a purpose-built shower & toilet block, a tarmac driveway and car park and all-weather paths around the lakes.
We take pride in our friendly welcome and on your visit you are likely to meet Phil at the lakeside and The Lambing Shed team in the café. Jude is the friendly voice on our answerphone message, will respond to your e-mails and, if you ask her really nicely, might even put your picture on our website gallery! On Phil’s rare days off, you may also meet our sons Dom & Ben at the lakeside. Ben also runs his own landscaping business, Benedict Simmons Landscaping, and undertakes all the maintenance around the lakes - click here to have a look at his website.
We look forward to welcoming you.
Camping at Bullock Farm
Our 2.5-acre campsite can accommodate caravans, motorhomes, tents and trailer tents and is set in our 12-acre field adjacent to our well established fishing lakes, voted in the top 50 fisheries in the UK by the Angler’s Mail & the Angling Times.
We have 16 pitches with hard-standings and electric hook up points (these pitches are half hard-standing and half grass); 5 all-grass pitches with electric hook up plus 5 grass pitches without electric hook up. If you wish to reserve a pitch then we ask for a non-refundable, non-transferable £25 deposit at least one week in advance to secure your pitch otherwise you can just turn up on the day and decide where you’d like to set up camp in our 'free-range' areas. Please check our terms and conditions below. Sorry, we don't allow generators.
We have lovely new shower and toilet facilities in the campsite plus additional showers and toilets situated in the fishing car park next to the Lambing Shed. We also have two dishwashing stations; fresh drinking water and chemical disposal point. Refreshments are available from the on-site café - 'The Lambing Shed' - click here for opening times, call them on 07429 934719.
The Lambing Shed café serves up a variety of hot and cold food: jacket potatoes, paninis, daily home-cooked specials, home-made cakes, a very popular Sunday carvery and they also sell some local produce. Click here for full details of what they have to offer. By prior arrangement with the staff in The Lambing Shed you can organise daily newspapers, bread and milk
There is a hard roadway into and around the campsite.
We welcome dogs with well-behaved owners at the campsite! Dogs must be kept on leads, not left unattended and are not allowed at the lakeside at any time but we do have a dog exercise area where your dog can be let off the lead. Please clean up after your dog – a bin is provided for this purpose in the dog exercise area. We charge £1 per night per dog staying at the campsite.
In wet or frosty weather...
In times of wet or frosty weather, please keep motor vehicles, particularly motor homes, on the hard road and hard standings - please do not drive onto the grass. If you are in any doubt, please call us on 01934 835020 as we do not have facilities to pull you out if you get stuck.
As well as superb coarse fishing on site we are ideally situated for visiting Bristol, Bath, Cheddar, Wells, Wookey Hole and the surrounding countryside as well as the North Somerset coastline and various National Trust properties including Tyntesfield. Click here for a whole host of ideas.
If you are looking to party and to play loud music (if your neighbour on the campsite can hear it, it's too loud), or to come onto or off the site late at night, then we are defnitely not the site for you. On the other hand, if you enjoy staying on a quiet, peaceful site in a rural location, with a family atmosphere, we'd love to see you. Groups of 4 or more by prior arrangement only - please see our terms and conditions below.
Our 5 beautiful lakes
Specimen Carp Lake with recorded weights of carp up to 27.5lb and with individual bags of up to a whopping 243lb. Stocks were boosted in March 2011 with the delivery of a further six beautiful specimen fish up to 16lb. See the photos on our gallery by clicking here.
There are 22 well spaced out swims, virtually all with their own feature, set out in such a way that you feel you have the lake all to yourself. The lake goes to a depth of 8 feet in some areas - the deeper areas are next to pegs 1-5, 9-10, 13-17 and peg 22. .
A paddle aerator is used in this lake to keep it open and fishable during even the coldest frosts in winter.
Please note: when fishing the Carp Lake you must be equipped with a de-hooking mat, preferably a purpose made mat but failing that something soft to place the fish on (baby changing mats are excellent!)
25 pegs with many features.
Stocked with same mixture of fish as the main Match Lake. Carp to 13lb.
On 25th February 2010 we took delivery of 10,700 roach to 8 inches and crucians to 6 inches from Framlingham Fisheries in Suffolk. Just over 4,000 of these were introduced into the North Pool. Photos are in the gallery.
The banks of the North Pool are steep creating a good depth of water tight to the features.
11 pegs with many features.
Heavily stocked with same mixture of fish as the main Match Lake but with a larger proportion of bream (to 5lb) plus skimmers.
In early December 2011 additional bream were added - photos on our gallery.
The banks of the South Pool are steep creating a good depth of water tight to the features.
Planted with trees, native shrubs, etc.
Rushcombe lake is named after the field in which it is located. It's 650 yards long, with each of the 52 swims having 10 yards of water to the far bank. It’s 4 feet deep, with a 2 foot feature shelf on the far bank, running the length of the lake. Access to the large island is via a footbridge. Purpose-built swims have been installed to provide sturdy platforms to fish from.
Stocking took place on Thursday 29th May 2003 when Will Glennon from the BBC local news was here to take film of us putting in our 28,000 carp. We had our two minutes of fame when Will kindly broadcast the feature on the local evening news. Some photos of the event appear in our picture gallery.
The lake was officially opened on 19th October 2003 and now, in its tenth year, is going from strength to strength. For pleasure fishing go as light as you can with small bait and you will get a fish a chuck.
This lake has 31 swims - 8 of these are on a central island accessed by a footbridge. There are six other islands plus many other features giving each swim an individual feel.
The banks of the Match Lake are steep creating a good depth of water tight to the features.
The Match Lake is planted with trees, native shrubs, bullrushes, irises and lily pads.
The lake is heavily stocked with a mixture of carp - common (to 10lb), mirror (to 10lb), grass, koi, crucean; tench (to 5lb); golden tench (to 3lb); bream (to 5lb); skimmer bream; roach (to 1.5lb); rudd; golden orfe; chub; perch.
In the autumn of 2011 we took delivery of 300 specimen tench including 350 golden tench.
Only 4.5 miles from Junction 20 of the M5 Motorway - 25 minutes from the centre of Bristol
Via Satnav ...
Our postcode is BS21 6XA and our full address is Bullock Farm, Back Lane, Kingston Seymour, North Somerset. If leaving the M5 at Clevedon stay on the B3133 despite what your satnav may tell you, to avoid coming the very narrow, twisty back way into the village. Just follow the directions below.
From M5 Junction 20 (Clevedon/Nailsea) ...
Follow signs for the B3133 for Yatton. Follow this road through the village of Kenn. The main road bears left on top of an old railway bridge - Kingston Seymour is signposted here to the right, there is also a sign for 'Fishing Lakes'. This is Lampley Road. Follow the road over the motorway and down into the centre of the village. Take the sharp right turning into Back Lane, Bullock Farm Fishing Lakes are signposted from the village centre. Approximately half a mile further on you will see Bullocks Lane, ignore this and take the next turning on the right clearly signposted for Bullock Farm Fishing Lakes.
From M5 Junction 21 (Weston-super-Mare) ...
Follow signs for the A370 towards Congresbury and Bristol. In Congresbury, at the second set of traffic lights, turn left for the B3133, Yatton. Drive through Yatton and eventually you will come to a large pub on your left called the Bridge Inn. The road bears right on top of an old railway bridge but Kingston Seymour forks off to the left - fishing lakes are signposted, follow instructions as above.
By Train ...
We are just 2.5 miles from Yatton railway station which is on the main Paddington-Penzance line. If you are arriving by train it's probably best to pre-book a taxi to collect you as Yatton is only a small station and cabs are not always available. Try Yatton County Cars on 01934 832000 or Clevedon County Cars on 01275 343535.
By Air ...
We are a 15-20 minute drive from Bristol International Airport. Hire cars are available at the airport (we would recommend that you look into this before you travel). Checker Cars (01275 475000) are the best taxi company to use if travelling to/from the airport - approximate cost of a taxi is £22 one-way.