Alongside Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square, Hyde Park is one of three venues to be hosting BT London Live celebrations during the London 2012 Games, with big screens in place at each location and a series of live concerts for fans to enjoy.
Hyde Park will be a hive of Olympic activity during London 2012, hosting the Triathlon and Marathon Swimming competitions (on 4th, 7th, 9th and 10th August) in addition to a series of BT London Live events, including special concerts to celebrate the opening and closing days of the Games.
Days of free access are to run from 28th July to 11th August, whereas the days of the opening and closing ceremonies will see paid concerts taking place.
The likes of Snow Patrol, Stereophonics, Duran Duran and Paolo Nutini will perform in the opening day gig on 27th July (tickets at £60 were still available at the time of writing), before a 'Best of British' line up performs on the day of the closing ceremony on 12th August, featuring Blur, New Order, The Specials and Bombay Bicycle Club.
Meanwhile, the British Olympic Association will create an official Team GB Fan Zone in the park where British medal winners will gather to publicly celebrate their successes with fans throughout the Games.
The free to access days will give fans the chance to follow the Olympic action live on giant screens, with the men’s 100m final (5th August) and the final of the men’s football tournament (11th August) sure to be memorable occasions. There will also be coverage of every medal, every day throughout the Games.
Meanwhile, an interactive Sports Zone will give visitors a chance to experience Olympic and Paralympic sports participation.
Visitors can also enjoy free live music concerts from the likes of Tom Jones, McFly, Amy Macdonald, Rebecca Ferguson, The Feeling, Alexandra Burke and Kenny Thomas.
Of course there will be further celebrations in Olympic ‘Live Sites’ in numerous other locations across London, including Potters Fields, Waltham Forest and Woolwich, and the rest of the UK in city centres and beyond – with Birmingham, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Plymouth amongst the cities joining the London 2012 party.
Check out what’s on at Hyde Park here.
Find Hyde Park on a map here.
How to get there?: Right in the heart of central London Hyde Park is easy to reach on public transport. London Underground stations at Bayswater (District and Circle Lines), Marble Arch or Lancaster Gate (both Central Line) and Hyde Park Corner or Knightsbridge (both Piccadilly Line) are all adjacent to the park’s various entrances. National Rail services into Paddington also leave you within easy walking distance and there are numerous regular local bus services.
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