There are a host of fabulous free events happening all over London during the games this summer and we have pulled together details on some of the “must see”celebrations to get involved with!
Non ticketed sports events…
There are a number of non-ticketed events for the games including the Marathon, 50km Road Race, 20 km Road Race, Road Cycling, Time Trials and more! Supporters will be lining the streets of London to catch a glimpse of the action, and the time trials take place at Hampton Court, a picturesque spot that is well worth a visit!
During the games, London Live, the UK’s biggest free celebration of the games will also be taking place across sites all over London including; Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Potter’s Field. It’s free to access the sites and aside from big screen TV’s showing all the Olympic action and medal ceremonies there will be a host of entertainment including live music and outdoor arts. If you don’t have tickets it’s a great place to support your favourite athletes amongst the Olympic fever!
London 2012 Festival!
The London 2012 Festival is a huge cultural celebration coinciding with the Games and is the grande finale of the Cultural Olympiad that has been taking place over the last 4 years. Parks and open spacesall over London will come alive with performances from British and International artists, you can enjoy everything from concerts and art exhibitions to Shakespeare plays and dance performances. Most of the events are either free or available at rock bottom prices, so take the opportunity to soak a bit of the Olympic culture and get involved!
Leading artists from all over the world are taking part, including Plan B, Toni Morrison, Mike Leigh, Leona Lewis, Damon Albarn and Tracey Emin.
There are 100s of events taking place but the must see events that we picked out include:
KidsWeek (1st August -31st August 2012) – Taking place in the West End with; events, prizes, super theatre workshops and free tickets to London’s best shows!
Olympic Medals at the British Museum (8th February – 9th September 2012)- Get up close to the medals presented at the 1908 and 1948 London Games and the 1960 and 1984 Paralympic Games. See how this years medals are made and few replica’s free of charge!
The Olympic Journey at the Royal Opera House (28th July – 12th August 2012) – Follow the Olympic Journey from Ancient Greece to the Modern Olympics and take this unique opportunity to few ancient Olympic Artifacts usually housed at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Road to 2012 at The National Portrait Gallery (19th July- 23rd September) – The National Portrait Gallery presents its third exhibition of photographic portraits dedicated to the people who have made the Games possible – from athletes and their trainers, to organisers and planners.
Anthony’s Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre (1st August – 12th August 2012) – Since 1993 some of the world’s most distinguished musicians have been the guest directors of music festival Meltdown. From John Peel through to Massive Attack, via David Bowie, Patti Smith, Morrissey and more, Meltdown has given seminal artists the chance to pick their favourite artists to play and exhibit their work at Southbank Centre.
During the Games, many countries will set up national hospitality houses to entertain athletes and VIPs, such as the legendary Holland House which will be based at Alexandra Palace. The good news for fans is that some of these London 2012 hospitality houses will be open to the public, hosting medal ceremonies, exhibitions, concerts!
Public areas and visiting times may be limited, and some hospitality houses require you to book tickets in advance, more details can be found here.
Take a tour of Twickenham Stadium
If you feel like a break from the Olympic environment, a tour of Twickenham Stadium is a fantastic way to discover more about the iconic home of England rugby. You will even gain the opportunity to enter the hallowed England dressing room, giving you the chance to sit where men became heroes.
All of the Twickenham tour guides are dying for the chance to share their expertise with you, giving you a truly personal experience while offering an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the stadium. For more information, take a look at the Twickenham Stadium tours website. Opening times and admission prices, and how to book a tour online are also available. The price of the tour includes admission to the World Rugby Museum.