Change Checker LIVE 50p Swap is coming to Essex…

We’re extremely excited to announce that we’re bringing our Change Checker Live 50p Swap to Essex!

Join us on Saturday 13th April from 9am – 9pm in Lakeside Shopping Centre where we’ll be giving collectors the chance to swap ANY UK 50p coin for a brand new Brilliant Uncirculated UK 50p.

Usually, collectors only get the chance to swap their coins for one new coin design at our live swap events, however this time is a bit different…

We’re pitting two extremely popular 50p series against each other and giving you the choice of either a Star Wars™ OR Harry Potter 50p!

Our Brilliant Uncirculated UK 50ps usually retail for £5.99, so this is a chance to get your hands on one in superior collector quality for just face value!

We’ll be taking 1,000 50ps with us to swap on the day – half made from a mix of Star Wars™ 50ps and the other half a mix of Harry Potter 50ps – but which series will prove most popular?

Which 50p would you chose?

We’ve had quite a debate at Change Checker HQ about which coin series is the best, and we’d love to know what you think! Would you choose a Harry Potter 50p or a Star Wars™ 50p?

Make sure to cast your vote below to settle the argument once and for all!

Lakeside Shopping Centre, Essex

Lakeside Shopping Centre is a large shopping centre located in West Thurrock, Essex, just beyond the eastern boundary of Greater London. The shopping centre, in addition to the surrounding retail parks, forms one of the largest shopping areas in a single location within Europe!

The centre has over 250 shops, 50 cafes and restaurants, and a 26-acre lake. Approximately 500,000 people visit Lakeside every week.

Lakeside Shopping Centre East Entrance
Lakeside Shopping Centre East Entrance
Credit: Sunil060902, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Where can I find you in Lakeside Shopping Centre?
We’ll be located on the ground floor (level 1) outside The Fragrance Shop, see map below.

How many coins can I swap?
Such is the popularity of our Live Coin Swaps, and to ensure it’s fair for everybody, we’re limiting the number of swaps to strictly 1 swap per person.

Can I reserve a coin before I arrive?
To ensure a fair swap event for everyone, we do not offer reservations of coins. It is a strictly first come first served basis.

How do I get there?
You can find information on how to get to Lakeside Shopping Centre here >>

Can’t make it?

Whilst we hope to see you at our Live Swap, if you’re unable to come along, you can still secure these coins for your collection in Brilliant Uncirculated quality.

Shop the UK Star Wars™ 50p Range >>

Shop the UK Harry Potter 50p Range >>


  1. Lesley on April 8, 2024 at 8:49 pm

    Hi, any visits to Newcastle upon Tyne planned? 😊

    • Kate on April 10, 2024 at 9:24 am

      Hi Lesley, we don’t currently have any shows in the Newcastle upon Tyne area, but keep an eye on our socials for updates about future events!
      Kind regards, Kate

  2. Barry Evans on March 14, 2024 at 11:05 am

    hi,please why can’t you go to more minor places instead of capital cities or their largest shopping centres or the major shows that go on throught the country. so people without transport can get to the swap places. not all the places you go to are surviced by public transport.

    • psul B Toovey on March 16, 2024 at 11:01 am

      I keep sking them to come to Uxbridge on the edge of west London (intu Uxbridge)
      It Is quite popular as it has direct links to plsceeds !ike Heathrow, slough, kings cross, over, and is close to crossrail stations west Drayton and Hayes & harlington.
      And correctly served by metropolitan and picadilly lines and easy to find
      As it is first stop on both metropolian and Piccadilly underground lines
      Plus at least one known collector… ME!

    • Sammar on April 11, 2024 at 11:06 pm

      Lakeside is easily accessible from M25 or by train to Chafford Hundred station on the C2C line