Visitors on a cottage holiday should visit Burnham on Sea. This popular Somerset resort, much-loved by families who flock to enjoy its collection of no less than eight fine, mainly sandy beaches in the summer months. The principal Burnham beach is sandy, dog-free and well patrolled during the holiday season. The Beach Lighthouse Area offers wide, open sands and dunes, together with a famous local landmark, the lighthouse on stilts. The town’s Berrow Beach claims to be the second longest sandy stretch of beach in Europe, at six miles, and has its very own shipwreck and marshland area with visiting birds. Sandy Brean Down is another area of beach popular with families. The town’s elegant Edwardian pier is renowned as the shortest of its kind in Britain, but still manages to house the obligatory entertainment arcades and food outlets to keep children busy on seaside holidays. Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park offers family entertainment, with pleasant green spaces for walking and picnics, a lake for fishing, children’s play area, skate park and bird sanctuary with its collection of ducks, terns, warblers, martins and many other species in residence.