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Limes Essential Guide to the Olympics
EDITOR - Vernia Mengot
In celebration of London hosting the Olympic and Paralympic Games a number of events are taking place across the capital and as the first medal event is underway, Lime has some helpful tips to prepare you for the event of the summer!
It’s the biggest sporting event on the planet; with 26 sports, 10,500 athletes and millions of spectators; it’s definitely going to be a busy summer.
Things you need to know:
Going to a London 2012 sports event or ceremony?
Take as little as possible with you as you’ll need to go through checks on arrival. In most cases you may take one medium-sized soft-sided bag into venues – this should fit under your seat or in your lap. Be aware that there are some items considered prohibited and restricted, if you’re unsure check with staff at the venues as some items may disrupt competition, obstruct the view of other spectators or create a safety hazard.
During the London 2012 Games, events will take place at venues in the Olympic Park, across London and around the UK.
•City of Coventry Stadium
•Hampton Court Palace
•Hourse Guards Parade
•Lee Valley White Water Centre
•Lords Cricket Ground
•North Greenwich Arena
•The Royal Artillery Barracks
•Weymouth & Portland
How to get there
Need help on how to use London’s extensive transportation system, here are some of your options for getting around London during the Games:
•Dockland’s Light Railway (DLR)
During The Games the transport network will be even busier than usual, so it’s even more important that you are fully prepared for what to expect. For your safety and security avoid walking alone at night. Be on the lookout. Keep to well-lit main roads and walking routes, look after your personal belongings and take care of your valuables.
Enjoy London 2012 live from Live Sites
Watch the competition on one of the big screens located in every UK nation and region. London Live Sites are in boroughs throughout including; Potters Fields, Hyde Park, Victoria Park, Waltham Forest and Woolwich. The capital’s Live Site programme has become the pinnacle of great places to celebrate a range of memorable occasions and major events. Make sure you check out your community Live Site.
27 July Olympic opening Ceremony
The Opening Ceremony is a celebration showcasing the best of the Host Nation. It also features a parade of all competing nations and the highly anticipated entrance of the Olympic Flame, which ignites the Cauldron and signals the start of the Games.
The eyes of the world will be on London for the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games. The name of the Olympic Opening Ceremony show will be ‘Isles of Wonder’ and the Ceremony will kick off with the sound of the largest harmonically tuned bell in Europe, produced by the Whitechapel Foundry, and the Stadium will be transformed into the British countryside for opening scene ‘Green and Pleasant’, which includes real farmyard animals. The Ceremony will also include a special sequence celebrating the best of British, featuring volunteer performers from the NHS.
12 August Olympic Closing Ceremony
The Closing Ceremony celebrates the achievements of athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games, and includes a Handover from one Host City to the next. In 2012, London will hand over to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games. The Closing Ceremony also features the extinguishing of the Olympic Flame, signalling the end of the Games.
The Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be titled ‘A Symphony of British Music', to celebrate the fact that music has been one of Britain’s strongest cultural exports over the last 50 years. The worldwide broadcast of the Ceremony will feature more than 4,100 performers, including 3,500 adult volunteers and 380 schoolchildren from the six east London Host Boroughs.
Info: 9pm, Olympic Stadium
29 August Paralympic opening ceremony
The performances will celebrate the Paralympics, London's culture and everything the capital has to offer. The show is set to open with a fly past by ‘Aerobility’, a British charity that trains disabled people to become pilots, and will feature over 3,000 adult volunteers, over 100 child volunteers and a professional cast of over 100.
9 September Paralympic closing ceremony
The Closing Ceremony will include a performance by Coldplay; one of the worlds’s best selling music acts who will take to the stage for a one-off concert.
Info: 8:30pm, Olympic stadium
Until 9 September London 2012 Festival
If music, arts and culture are more your thing, London 2012 Festival offers millions of opportunities to celebrate and enjoy the Games. The full line-up for the London 2012 Festival features 12,000 events and performances at 900 venues across the UK. As part of the Cultural Olympiad It’s the biggest festival the UK has ever seen, artists from all over the world are coming together in celebration of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The Cultural Olympiad
Since 2008, the Cultural Olympiad has been inspiring creativity in all forms of arts and culture. It includes a wide range of events, from local projects to large- scale events across the UK. The London 2012 Festival is the finale and since opening on 21st June it has been the hottest ticket of the year and the most exciting festival the UK has ever seen.
You can buy tickets to events through the venues websites, some events are free and others would need to be paid for. You may need a ticket for some events even if they are free. London 2012 is committed to making the festival for everyone, with events and facilities accessible to all wherever possible.