Olympic Games: 27th July to 12th August
Paralympic Games: 29th August to 9th September
It’s not long to go until the start of the Olympics. If you haven’t been lucky enough to get tickets there are lots of activities happening in and around North Hampshire, so you can still join in all the fun!
The Olympic Torch is spending more time in Hampshire than in any other county and will be coming through Basingstoke on the 11th July.
I understand that several schools have given parents the right to take their children out of school to see the Torch, if they write and request this in advance. It looks like it’s going to be a popular day so have a look at the website for recommendations on the best places to see the Torch.
Large crowds and heavy traffic are expected in parts of the towns the torch will be visiting, so it is recommended that you plan ahead. To see a detailed map of where the torchbearers run in Basingstoke and for information about transport, parking and local torch celebrations, please check HERE.
If you don’t get a chance to watch the Olympic torch come through Basingstoke, there is the opportunity to “Watch the Games at Winchester Live”. Winchester Cathederal Outer Close will play host to a giant outdoor screen showing live BBC coverage throughout the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The screen is one of only 16 community live sites in the country. Winchester Live is open daily from 10am to finish. Why not take a picnic along. For more information click HERE.
There are several other events happening throughout Hampshire such as:
- Exhibitions, talks and films
- Olympic inspiration in Hampshire schools
- Hampshire Welcomes the World
For more details about anything to do with the Olympics in Basingstoke and North Hampshire, click HERE.
If you have been lucky enough to get tickets to the Olympics and are planning to take a baby with you, please be aware of this potential issue about counterfeit slings: Parents urged to be wary of counterfeit baby slings as Baby Slings Mandatory for The Olympics “Babes in Arms” Tickets
Hope you have a great time, with or without tickets. I’m very excited and can’t wait!