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Walthamstow beer hall aims for world’s biggest ever Connect Four tournament

Big Penny Social will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the biggest ever Connect Four tournament on Sunday

Big Penny Social, Credit: Chris Coulson

An attempt to break the world record for the biggest Connect Four tournament will take place at Big Penny Social on Sunday (19th November).

The 1,400 capacity venue is just off Blackhorse Lane in Walthamstow.

The current record stands at 314 simultaneous players and is held by UK holiday resort Butlins.

The tournament is open to players of all ages. For the uninitiated, Connect Four is a classic strategy game in which two players go head-to-head and seek to link stack four discs of their colour (either red or yellow) upwards, horizontally, or diagonally.

Entry for the tournament is free, and Big Penny Social promises to present a grand prize of a customised Connect 4 Champion T-shirt and Connect 4 set to a lucky participant.

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The Blackhorse Lane venue has held a variety of events in recent months, including its second annual beer festival in November.

In the summer, Big Penny Social became a giant beach resort called Walthamstow-on-Sea. The venue rolled out a sandy beach complete with deckchairs and beach balls in July and August.

The Big Penny brand was born in September 2022, following the sale of the Truman’s Beer trademark, when Truman’s Social Club in Blackhorse Lane, Walthamstow – became Big Penny Social.

The company also operates the Newman Arms in Fitzrovia and Big Penny Brews in London City Airport.

You can enter the tournament through Big Penny’s website.

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