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Isle of Wight Festival Beach


In 2011 Beach Events joined forces with Solo and created the first ever beach at a major music festival.

‘Lifes a Beach’ at the Isle of Wight Festival was an instant hit with festival-goers and was bombed out at all times.
Luring the punters was an authentic beach bar serving cocktails, a sandstage, café, deckchairs, massage, sand sculptures and Zumba classes, all on a huge temporary beach.
2012 saw ‘Lifes a Beach’ return, this time twice the size!
I.O.W 2013 plans include a sheltered area for possible rainy days, although the I.O.W Festival is known for booking the sunshine.

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Butlins Beach Soccer Event

Mar 14, 2013   //   by Steph   //   Archives, Beach Sports  //  No Comments


In 2009 Beach Events built a permanent beach soccer pitch at Butlins Holiday Resort Minehead, along with a temporary 2000 seater Beach Soccer Stadium.

For the first time ever England hosted an International UEFA Euro League Event with 7 of the top International sides competing over 3 days.

Teams that competed included world ranked number 2 side Portugal, Eric Cantona’s France, Germany, and of course England.

8 of the games were shown live globally on Eurosport and ITV4 produced three 1 hour shows about the event.

Beach -Events Ltd controlled all aspects of the event including all teams, travel, official licences, TV, media, entertainment, build and total event management.

England Beach Soccer TeamCaroleanneEric Cantona

International Beach Soccer Event and Fan Park

Mar 12, 2013   //   by Steph   //   Archives, Beach Entertainments, Beach Sports, Blog, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments


In 2006 John Hawkins, in conjunction with T-Mobile and Birmingham City Council, created one of the largest ever fan parks for the 2006 World Cup.

Alongside the viewing area which featured a stage, bars and a HUGE screen, we built an international sized beach soccer stadium in which we hosted a month long beach sports extravaganza to coincide with the nations favourite sports event.

The event kicked off with live music, dancers and a Legends Beach Soccer Tournament featuring former football players from Birmingham, West Brom and Aston Villa.

This was followed by an International Beach Soccer Event featuring the current World Champions France, Portugal, Holland and of course England.

The one and only Eric Cantona was the guest of honour as the Manager of the French Team, he had only just retired from playing, alongside his brother Joel who promotes the sport in France.

Seating 1500 the temporary beach soccer pitch was built on a concrete floor in front of the Millenium Point utilising approximately 900 tonnes of sand. It remained there for 6 weeks and was also used for beach soccer coaching for inner city school kids.

The overall event was a huge success attracting thousands of sports fans as well as teenage girls to the gigs in the evening featuring the likes of Mc Fly.

Eric Cantona

Olympic Legacy Beach Builds

Mar 1, 2013   //   by Steph   //   2012 London Olympics Legacy Beach Builds, Archives, Blog, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments

Barn Elms Beach Events Olympic Legacy Beach Build

Beach Events complete the London Olympic 2012 Legacy Beach Project.

5 new beach sports courts have been built in and around London with the hope of generating an interest in beach sports to a new generation.

The beach volleyball in the Olympics was extremely popular at a time when more and more urban and temporary beaches are popping up in cities all over the country, for various reasons from beachsport courts to city centre play beaches.

Keep your eyes peeled there should be a beach near you very soon.

No Ordinary Party

Jan 17, 2013   //   by Steph   //   Beach Entertainments, Blog, Indoor Beaches  //  No Comments

Beach Events joined forces with Ellie Kelly and JWT last week to create an authentic pirate themed children’s party for Calpol.

The lucky birthday boy had won the competition by writing about when he had missed a birthday party because of a nasty cold.

So we built a mini beach in a village hall using 2 tonnes of sand and covered the walls with a beach themed scene setter, provided the branding, and removed it all afterwards!

Ellie Kelly and JWT  organized the pirate themed banquet, goodie bags and other pirate paraphernalia that perfected the theme.

Jasper had a great time and it was the best birthday party ever!


Pirate Party

Eltham Olympic Legacy Build 2012

Sep 18, 2012   //   by Steph   //   2012 London Olympics Legacy Beach Builds, Archives, Blog  //  No Comments

Eltham is chosen to receive Olympic Legacy Sand Court in Honour of the 2012 Olympics.

Eltham is one of the chosen boroughs to receive an Olympic Legacy sand court in honour of the 2012 Olympics.
Beach Events Ltd, are utilising the sand from the beach volleyball court at Horse Guards Parade.
The sand courts are suitable for all sand sports including beach volleyball and beach soccer and are open to the public for general use.


Kings Cross Ice-cream festival 2012

Sep 18, 2012   //   by Steph   //   Blog, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments

Kings Cross Ice-cream FestivalLondon’s Kings Cross, hosts it’s first Urban Beach !

Kings Cross hosted its first ever urban beach in summer 2012 with the sole purpose of cooling off busy city folk with copious amounts of ice-cream

Barking Urban Beach 2012

Jul 31, 2012   //   by Steph   //   Blog, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments

Beach Events and Barking and Dagenham council have collaborated to create an urban beach in Barking Town Square.

The aim is to bring a bit of the seaside to the city and create a facility for recreational and sports use for the summer. The beach has traditional deckchairs and buckets and spades available to hire as well as a milkshake bar to quench your thirst after all that (weather permitting) sunbathing, or energetic beach sports activity. The Streetbase Youth Bus will also be at the beach weekdays from 11am-1pm.

Barking Beach is now open and will be in the square until Sunday 2nd September.

The beach opening times are as follows:

Mondays and Fridays

10am – 4pm Bookable Olympic and Paralympic sport sessions and beach activities for under and over 8 year olds. Booking line is now open – 0208 227 2221 (open 10am to 4pm weekdays).

Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays

10am – 4pm Family playtime, all welcome.  Booking not required.


10am – 4pm Themed beach parties.  Beach open for all with themed entertainment and workshops. Booking not required.

Barking Council would like to offer local clubs, organisations and businesses the opportunity to use the beach free of charge for limited evening sessions from 5pm to 9pm.  This could be for events, sports competitions, team building or training.  There will be no hire fee for this session however if you require security or personnel you would be asked to cover this cost.  You will also need to supply details of your session, a risk assessment and a copy of your public liability insurance.  To book contact the Olympic Ambition Team on 020 8227 2012.

Life’s a Beach at the IOW Music Festival 2012

Jun 21, 2012   //   by Steph   //   Archives, Beach Builds, Blog, Festival Beaches, Temporary Beach Build  //  No Comments

Life's a Beach- IOW Music festival

IOW Music Festival

Due to popular demand this year sees the return of Life’s a Beach at the UK’s favourite music festival.

We’ve imported 400 tonnes of sand to create an urban beach in the middle of Penny Lane to create that holiday vibe that only the beach can bring.

This year see’s a few changes to ‘Life’s a Beach’, firstly due to its popularity last year the beach is larger, it will also be home to the Kinetic Playground featuring a roundabout, seesaw, bikes and an 8ft human hamster wheel (seriously have to try).  All the energy generated from this frantic activity will power the entire beach area, so come and do your bit for the environment whilst enjoying the party of the year.


The Life’s a Beach stage will feature live reggae and ska and there will be fire- eaters and sword swallowers performing at night.

Bring me sunshine!!!

Hipshaker Cocktail bar at IOW Festival

Jun 21, 2012   //   by Steph   //   Archives, Beach Facilities and Refreshments, Blog, Festival Beaches, Temporary Beach Build  //  No Comments

Cocktail Bar Hipshaker

Come and sample the best cocktails in the hippest venue at the iconic Isle of Wight Festival.

This year Beach Events and Hire the Barman are shaking it up with a cocktail bar in the Hipshaker tent at this years IOW Music Festival.

The Hipshaker is a firm favourite of the festival featuring funky music from soul to ska to disco to reggae.

On stage will be Three Belles, Ska’d for Life, Jessie and the Orbits, New Street Adventure plus many, many more.

The cocktail bar will be run by professionally trained staff who will be dazzling with their artistic skill and flare and amazing with their bubbling ice specials!
The Cocktail bar will be featuring the Bacardi Mojito, the Hubba Bubba, the Smaokheart, Banana Colada and of course The Hipshaker.


Hope to see you there


Any Questions?

Call John Hawkins : 07973 669 176

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