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Cwmbran Urban beach 2014

Apr 17, 2014   //   by Steph   //   Beach Builds, Beach Events, Blog, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments

Cwmbran is getting its very own urban sandy beach that will be built in Gwent Square, Cwmbran this summer.


Over 150 tonnes of white sand will transform the square into a summer haven, giving sun-seekers a place to unwind and play from 12 July to 2 September.

The 20m x 20m free attraction will allow visitors to relax on deckchairs, feast on ice cream and take part in beach yoga.

For families, there will be games and live music. A community fashion show is planned and local retailers will have special offers and product samples for shoppers.


Paul Rich, centre manager at Cwmbran Shopping said: “The beaches developed by Beach Events have been used at the Olympics, in addition to popular festivals such as the Isle of Wight, and we’re thrilled to be able to bring it to Cwmbran.

“To have 150 tonnes of sand in the centre of Cwmbran will be fantastic for the local community. The beach will allow people to enjoy a white sandy beach, without having to travel far afield. It’s great to be able to tell shoppers they can pack their sunhat, flip flops and sun cream when they pop down to Cwmbran Shopping this summer.”


Leighton urban beach

Mar 5, 2014   //   by Steph   //   Blog, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments

Leighton Buzzard is to have its very own ‘urban play beach’ for the summer. The temporary beach will be created using silken sands to create a 20m x 17m urban beach. The beach will compliment the splash & Play and skate park in Parsons Close Park from the 7th June, creating an almighty fun recreational area for the community to benefit from during the summer months. Pirate Parties, Talent Shows and Punch and Judy shows are some of the fun events that Leighton Linslade Town Council will be providing city beach goers. Urbanites no longer need to head to the coast to enjoy the relaxing ambience of a sandy beach as urban beaches are growing in popularity and seem to be popping up everywhere. 2 Deckchairsnewham 1Urban beach2 Deckchairs2 Deckchairs

Turtle Beach product launch

Oct 18, 2013   //   by Steph   //   Blog, Sponsorship Activation, Temporary Beach Build, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments

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“Was only expecting a couple of plastic palm trees and a couple of dodgy deck-chairs. This is amazing!” Ian Morris, Pocket-Lint

Last month saw us build our first temporary beach in a central London bar and pizzeria.

It was created as a platform to promote the Turtle Beach gaming headset, a headset that contributes to the ultimate gaming experience.

The Turtle Beach launch was attended by over 100 journalists and served as a launch pad to generate a series of coverage for the Turtle Beach brand and in particular the new ‘Call of Duty” Black Ops headset.

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Shopping Centre temporary beach

Sep 18, 2013   //   by Steph   //   Beach Builds, Blog, Indoor Beaches, Temporary Beach Build, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments


lakeside 1The Lakeside Shopping centre in West Thurrock gave its shoppers a pleasant surprise back in August with its very own urban beach.


Featuring deckchairs, sand art, buckets and spades and a bespoke face in the hole, the Lakeside visitors experienced a real taste of the seaside.


A great beach at a great shopping centre.


Newham’s own summer beach

Sep 16, 2013   //   by Steph   //   Beach Builds, Blog, Temporary Beach Build, Urban Pop Up Beaches  //  No Comments

Newham in East London, the main host borough of the London Olympics in 2012 ,also gave its young and diverse inhabitants their very own temporary sandy beach for the summer.

We built the beach by the Docklands so that with the view of the river beach goers could really believe they were ‘beside the seaside’.

The beach became the base for many of the boroughs summer events including the Waterfront Festival, Beach Volleyball, Live music, Punch and Judy and Big screen Opera. The beach has proved so popular they have already booked for next year.

Beach Events look forward to coming back!

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IOW Festival urban beach

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Beach events created an awesome temporary urban beach in the middle of a field at the iconic Isle of Wight Festival in June 2013.

With an authentic beach bar serving original cocktails and beach stage showcasing  up and coming new bands such as The Waylayers and The Loveable Rogues, we catered for thousands of happy festival goers under sunny skies in Penny Lane.

Highlights included Leroy Thornhill from The Prodigy’s DJ set on the Saturday night as the fire jugglers performed. The huge crowds that appeared for The Loveable Rogues who gave a typically cheeky and personal performance, and the highly addictive Smokin Apple Pie cocktail!

Oh and the marriage proposal on stage, congratulations to the loved-up couple from Notts.

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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.

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Olympic Legacy Beach Builds

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

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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.

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.


Any Questions?

Call John Hawkins : 07973 669 176

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