Things to do at the Apex Park
Feeding the ducks
The most popular activity for families visiting the Apex Park is feeding the ducks, Mallards, Mute Swans and Canada Geese which are often gathered at the bottom of the slipway waiting for a free handout.
A grey Heron and the odd Cormorant are occasionally seen giving a demonstration of their talent for catching fish and the most frequently seen diving duck is the Pochard followed by the Tufted duck. Coots are usually seen by rushes, as are moorhens (red face) but these are not so common.
The Highbridge Angling Association lease the fishing rights for the second lake at the Apex. The club have re-stocked the waters Carp and Bream. If you wish to fish at the lake, permits can be obtained from Thyers Tackle Shop, Church Street, Highbridge Telephone 01278 786934 or Chris's Tackle Shop, 12 Regent Street, Burnham on Sea Telephone 01278 794442. A number of Swims have been provided for the fisherman to use and to protect the reed beds. Please give consideration to other park users is requested.
Radio Controlled Model Boats
Sedgemoor District Council allows the use of the first lake at the Apex for the sailing of radio controlled model boats for permit holders only. A permit can be obtained via this link; http://www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=7651
The Sedgemoor Model Boat Club uses the first lake as their home water and have sole use during the summer on Wednesday evenings and most Sunday mornings throughout the year. The club was formed in 1973 and has evolved into one of the largest and most active clubs in the south west.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Sedgemoor Model Boat Club (SMBC) or you would like further information about the club, please visit their website; www.sedgemoormbc.org.uk
Burnham BMX Club operate the BMX track adjacent to the main car park. The club which was formed in the early 1980's leases the land from Sedgemoor District Council to hold BMX racing and cycle training.
The floodlit track is open on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm all year around and all are welcome to use the facility, although the club wishes riders to be a BCF member which includes insurance. This is the home club of Liam Phillips the BMX WORLD CHAMPION 2013
For further information please contact the Club Secretary: Philip Brazil 07812 755398 or visit their website at; http://www.ultimatebmx.co.uk
Children's Play Area
The playscape consists of 14 pieces of equipment suitable for juniors and toddlers. The toddler area is set in a fenced children's play area where smoking is not permitted. The playscape consists of the following equipment:
Lappsett Fino Unit
Lappsett Fino Ltd Dish
Lappsett Fino Toddler Swing
Lappsett Fino Seesaw
Sutcliffe Play Ltd Trampoline
Bespoke Tunnel Unit
Rubicon Climbing net unit
2 x Lappsett Birds Nest Swings
Sutcliffe Play Spring Board
Steel Line Embankment Slide
Lapsett Fino Waltzer
Sutcliffe Play Ltd Dish
Originally installed in 2002 in partnership with Sedgemoor District Council, Burnham & Highbridge Skating Group and Burnham on Sea & Highbridge Town Council this facility has been upgraded and modified several times over the years. Situated in the south east of the park adjacent to the Children's Play Area, the facility is floodlit, open access to both skaters, scooters and BMXers and has a variety of ramps for all abilities.
The main attraction of the park is the Half pipe with attached Hip ramp, plus the Fearless which are also proving popular.
Outdoor gym (new in Oct 2016)
The modern outdoor gym will include a cross trainer, arm pull down, shoulder press, spinning bike, chest press, seated rower, dips and leg raise unit, leg press and sit-up bench, welcome sign and adequate space for warming up/cooling down. The project will also see a new link path created near to the existing play facilities together with the gym equipment installed within.
All of the new gym equipment will feature innovative QR codes which take users to instructional videos when scanned using any smart phone.
Works are expected to commence in October 2016 and take roughly two weeks, subject to weather conditions. All other Apex Park facilities will remain accessible during this time.
Food & Drink
Opposite the main entrance gate you will often find a beautifully restored 1950's American Airstream catering unit - this is Lizzies Kitchen. They are the parks concessionaire providing the public with good quality wholesome food, most of which is from local suppliers.
This family run business is headed up by pastry chef Lizzie Wynn and her mother Caroline. Their slow roasted pork roll with homemade stuffing & apple sauce is a local favorite, along with their wide selection of cakes. During the summer they even cater for the wildlife by selling (for a nominal fee) bird feed for the ducks and swans.
They are in the park every day 10am until 5pm from April until end of October and some weekends during the winter months.
You can place an order by phone on; 07933 121591.
Other activities in the park
The Zing Somerset Programme is the new physical activity, weight management and healthy eating service which sees SASP and Somerset County Council coming together to deliver a range of initiatives across the county including the Apex Park. See their website for forthcoming events;
Want to hold an event in the park?
The park is available for hire by members of the public, civic organisations and commercial operators. Past events include fetes, bands and fairs. Sedgemoor District Council has also worked in partnership with organisations that can bring in external resources to improve the cleanliness of the park over recent years. Notable examples of organisations involved with successful pond clean-up days include the RSPA, Burnham Rotary Club, Police Underwater Search Team and the Burnham Area Rescue Boat.
Please contact Support Team Leader Karen Barnes to hire the park for an event by emailing: Karen.Barnes@Sedgemoor.gov.uk