Haven holiday park seeks to host boxing and wrestling events

Haven Holiday Village Burnham GSV

Burnham's Holiday Village wants to add an outside bar and stage area to host live music, boxing and serve alcohol until 11pm. - Credit: Google Street View

A holiday park in Burnham has asked for its licensing to be changed as it plans to add an outside bar and stage area to host live music, boxing and wrestling events.

Haven's Holiday Village, in Marine Drive, would also be able to serve alcohol until 11pm if Sedgemoor Council accepts its application.

There would be no changes made to the layout or permitted hours of existing licensed areas within the park according to Haven's application.

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The Holiday Village has a fishing lake on its grounds. - Credit: West Country Parks

Sedgemoor Council's website reads: "The main changes are the addition of an outside container bar and outside new stage area all within the outside licensed area and with the addition of boxing and wrestling and entertainment of a like-kind as a new licensing activity."

If granted, the additional stage will host plays, dance performances and films.

The site's operator, Haven, has routinely held outdoor events at a number of its holiday parks in recent years and hopes to continue this trend.

A spokesperson said: “Over the last couple of years we have introduced outdoor bar and staging at a number of our parks, allowing guests to enjoy a range of entertainment in the open air, especially during periods of good weather.

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"We will not be looking to have events on every day of the season, but to provide flexibility within our entertainment schedule to best suit the needs of our guests."

Haven has downplayed the frequency of these events, noting that nearby residents should not be wary of any potential disturbances.

They added: "These have been well received at other parks and we hope that the outcome would be similar for Burnham-on-Sea and would like to reassure local residents around intended usage.”

Currently, the park offers both daytime and nighttime entertainment as well as a fishing lake for guests.

A consultation is ongoing, with Sedgemoor Council asking for 'any representations in respect of the application to be sent in writing by March 8.

All letters must be addressed to Sedgemoor District Council, Bridgwater House, King Square, Bridgwater, Somerset, TA6 3AR.