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Pop-up beach will turn Blackhorse Lane venue into seaside resort

Big Penny Social will be transformed into Walthamstow-on-Sea from the 18th of July

Credit: Big Penny Social

Big Penny Social in Blackhorse Lane will become a giant beach resort for the summer starting from Tuesday 18th July. Called Walthamstow-on-Sea, a sandy beach complete with deckchairs and beach balls will mean families in Waltham Forest won’t have to make the trek to Southend or Brighton.

Every Saturday from 10.30am-12.30pm the beach will be reserved for families with children, and will feature DJs, beach balls and toys. Meanwhile, between Tuesday and Friday, kids will be allowed to play on the beach.

Big Penny Social, which was known as the Truman’s Social Club until a rebrand in September 2022, hosts a huge beer hall and one of the largest sunny beer gardens in East London. The venue has a total capacity of 1,400.

Credit: Big Penny Social

Walthamstow-on-Sea will include a massive programme of live events, from live music, big-screen sports and movie nights to family discos, craft markets and comedy – plus free ping pong, pool, table football and board games. Beachgoers will also be able to rent a beach hut for up to four people which comes with a private table and chairs, blankets and fairy lights. 


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Hungry guests to Walthamstow-on-Sea will be served a menu (created in collaboration with Tasty UK) that includes fish and chips made with Big Penny’s own lager, fishfinger sandwiches and chip butties, Sri Lankan spiced fish and chips, scampi or fried halloumi with a choice of avocado and jalapeno sauce or Korean glaze, and mushy peas with avocado, mint and lime. 

It’s worth noting that anyone booking unticketed sessions will be be subject to a pre-authorisation fee of £2 per person. The fee will only be charged in the case of a no-show, however.  

You can find out more and make a booking here

For private party bookings and enquiries, please email [email protected]


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