Published: July 17, 2011
Final day of weather-hit Apex Park arts festival 'will be rescheduled'

Organisers of Highbridge's 'Alice In Apex Park' arts festival say the final day of activities - which were cancelled on Sunday due to stormy weather - will be rescheduled at a later date.

Organisers from the Highbridge and Burnham Artists (HaBA) called off the Alice In Wonderland themed visual arts festival on Sunday morning after gales and lashing rain swept across the area.

Chairman Sarah Berryman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "It was a difficult decision, but the safety of everyone was our top priority."

"Unfortunately, the gales did cause some damage on Saturday with three papier-mache models being broken when gazebos were blown over and we didn't want to risk anyone getting hurt."

"We hope to reschedule all of Sunday's activities for a special event at an indoor venue in Burnham at the end of the summer holidays when the workshops, tea party, competitions and other events that were due to go ahead will be held."

She added that organisers were "delighted" with how the first two days of the festival had gone.

Large crowds flocked to the park to see many wonderland-themed characters and take part in various art-related activities.

Family workshops included drum playing, mask making, mad hat making and willow art - which were well supported.

In addition to live music, there was also art and craft exhibitions plus visits from Somerset Wildlife Trust, BARB, the RSPB and other local groups. The sculpture on show was been produced by local schools, youth clubs, residential homes and some of the artists themselves.

Sarah told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the HaBA committee will meet next week to consider dates for the one-off late summer event.

Pictured: Some of the activities at the park on Saturday and, above, the notice on the gate at Apex Park on Sunday announcing the cancellation

 


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