July 29, 2018
PREVIEW: Apex Park Playday in Highbridge returns on August 1st

The organisers of Highridge's Apex Park Playday are hoping for a bumper attendance on Wednesday 1st August.

The free fun-filled day will be held from 10am-3pm, with over 42 free activities on offer, including den building, model trucks, fizz pop science and slime making, face painters, inflatables, a climbing wall, music, magic, and zorbs.

Playday gives parents a chance to have a day-off from spending their hard-earned money to keep the kids entertained during the summer holidays, as well as allowing families to spend quality time together having a picnic and exploring one of Sedgemoor’s most beautiful parks.

The water activities planned for the lakes will not take place due to an outbreak of blue-green algae, as first reported here.

Sedgemoor District Council contributes £2,500 towards the event, with Sedgemoor staff also attending to marshal on the day.

Sedgemoor staff have also helped the organising committee with key tasks in the months before the event. £2,550 was gratefully received from The Big Lottery and £1,000 from Groundwork, the Tesco bags for help scheme.

Rosie Pike, Chair of the Playday Committee, said: "All of the volunteer committee are really looking forward to Playday, it is sure to be another fantastic event."

"I am so grateful to all of the help we have received from Sedgemoor District Council, the committee and all the volunteers - Apex Playday is one of the largest in the country so it is especially important we have a great team working hard behind the scenes."

"Don’t forget your sunscreen, sun hats (or wet-weather gear!) as it is sure to be an action-packed day!"

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Refreshments will be available to purchase on the day or visitors can bring along a picnic.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead at all times during the event with any mess cleared up immediately. Should the weather be hot we would ask dog owners to consider leaving pets at home in the cool.

Car parking will once again be available at Cassis Close playing fields, adjacent to the Bay Centre, (a short, flat walk from Apex) with free parking at Apex’s Marine Drive car park reserved for disabled visitors.

A £1 per car fee is being levied at the Cassis Close car park again this year, the profits will be split equally between the Playday Committee (and put towards Playday 2019) and Burnham Rotary who are managing the car park on the council's behalf.

The charge will therefore support the future of the event, local good causes as well as provide much-needed car parking management during the event, which becomes more popular each year, to reduce risk to visitors. The car park will be open from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Visitors are reminded to be considerate of other road users and not cause road congestion by attempting to park at Apex Park unless a member of their party is disabled.

Visitors are also requested to avoid parking in near-by residential streets, please support future Playday's by parking in the official car park at the Bay Centre for just £1. Alternative pay and display parking is also available in numerous locations in Burnham town centre (10 -15 min walk from Apex depending on location used). To reduce congestion as much as possible we’d encourage everyone who can to walk, cycle or use public transport to reach the event.

The committee will be issuing wristbands for children to wear with their responsible person’s phone number so that if children should become lost, they can be reunited as quickly as possible. The Lost Child point is going to be situated by the play park in the green Sedgemoor gazebo.


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