Top 10 ways to watch and celebrate the Olympic Games from Bristol
Few will be able to forget the iconic image of the Olympic flame being carried across Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge.
And the countdown for the opening of London 2012 is truly underway with Bristol getting ready to host the Kenyan Olympic squad who will be in the city for their pre-Games Training Camp.
They will be based at UWE but also using the sporting facilities at Filton College, Bristol University and the new 50m pool in south Bristol.
A celebration event is being planned for mid-July so Bristol can wish the team well in the Games and the Kenyan Paraolympic team will be arriving in the city on August 7 for their pre-Games training.
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Sports bars, pubs, restaurants and hotels will be organising Olympic themed events so we’ve taken a look at some of the activities linked to the Games and highlighted places where, if you didn’t get one of the tickets, you can still watch the action or be involved.
1. Big Screen action – in 2008 Bristol was chosen as one of eight cities to host a Big Screen by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. So if you didn’t get a ticket to be at one of the venues – head down to Millennium Square in the city centre. It will feature exclusive and localised coverage, competitions and live events.
Big Screen, next to At-Bristol , Anchor Road, Millennium Square, Bristol.
2. Shop and watch – The Olympics will be on the big screen in Quakers Friars, Bristol from July 27 to August 12. Organisers say: “Join in the spirit of the games and cheer on team GB in style – from a comfy deckchair, outdoor on a lawn at Quakers Friars. With giant games, including Jenga, Connect4, dominoes and chess, revel in a winning summer with Cabot Circus”.
Cabot Circus, Customer Services, The Management Suite, Glass House, Bristol, BS1 3BX T: 0117 952 9361
3. Story Lab – the theme for the 2012 Summer Reading Challenge is Story Lab – a celebration of stories, fun and imagination linked to the 2012 Olympics. Over the summer children are encouraged to read six library books. They can join at their local library and are given a free pack with bright stickers and a membership card and when they finish they receive a certificate and a medal.
Central Library , Library Service, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TL T: 0117 903 7200
4. Going for Gold – Organisers invite you to ‘follow the (knitted) Olympic flame’ at the opening of the Celebrating Age Festival 2012 which takes place in Bristol from June 9 to June 23. The theme is Going for gold – older, wiser, fitter. The launch takes place on Saturday June 9 with three local sporting heroes declaring the festival open. They are Vernon Samuels – Olympic athlete who competed in the triple jump at the Olympic Games and Commonweath Games in 1988 and 1990; Bob Fisher, boxer who was awarded the Paralympic Order of Merit for his work with the Paralympic Games and Diane Seaman, Olympic athlete who competed in the javelin event at the Helsinki games in 1952. The launch will highlight the wealth of activities during the two weeks. The finale will take place on June 23 at Colston Hall with a host of entertainment including Bristol Male Voice Choir, soul band Hula Grove, Ukulele band the Kooky Ukes and Jamaican folk group Tan Teddy.
Celebration of Age Festival launch, College Green, Bristol, BS1 12pm to 2pm.
Celebrate of Age Finale, Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR T: 0117 922 3686 June 23 10am to 4pm
5. Community Games – Arnos Vale is hosting a Spots versus Stripes – Family Fun day on July 24 from 10am to 3pm. Organisers say: “Visitors are invited to come and play some giant games in the cemetery this July as we host a series of Olympics-inspired Community Games supported by Groundwords and Cadbury’s Spots and Stripes team. Giant Jenga, Dominos and Connect4 are just some of the games available at our drop-in sessions.”
Arnos Vale Cemetery , Bath Road, Arnos Vale, Bristol, BS4 3EW, T: 0117 971 9117
6. Bristol Harbour Festival – exactly a week before the opening ceremony for the Olympics, Bristol will have its own festival opening with the 41st annual harbour festival. Boasting a diverse programme from music and dance to circus and theatre plus a range of food and drink and not forgetting the tall ships and vessels on the water. The dates this year are July 20-22. The event is organised by the city council.
Bristol City Council, The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR
7. Party Package – Racks Bar & Kitchen is counting down the seconds, minutes, hours and days to the start of the Olympics. It boasts more than 12 different screens and has put together an Olympic Party Package especially for the event. It includes free room hire including a section of the heated terrace, Pimms or Bubbly on arrival, barbeque or hog roast, use of the Nintendo Wii (Olympic games), Flat screen TV or projector to watch the Olympics and a DJ is optional. To find out more for a tailor made party call 0117 974 1626.
Racks Bar & Kitchen, St Pauls Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 1LX T: 0117 974 1626
8. Sports Bar – at Totos by the city’s harbour. It says any large match, game or event can be watched at the bar. It has separate systems so you can watch different games at the same time in the downstairs bar while the upstairs lounge has two large projector screens. And you can book a table too so you can view in comfort.
Totos Wine Bar, 125 Redcliff Street, Bristol, BS1 6HU T: 0117 930 0231
9. Party in a Pub – The Old Post Office in Fishponds is now a trendy pub and has put together bronze, silver and gold Olympic Party packages. Bronze is £10 per person and you can choose from a range of drinks packages and tuck into a buffet while watching the action on a plasma screen. Silver is £20pp and also includes a drinks reception and table service while gold at £40pp also includes a goody bag of souvenirs.
The Old Post Office, 786 Fishponds Road, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 3TT T: 0117 965 5730
10. Become a citizen of Nowhereisland – Nowhereisland is an island from the Arctic on a journey to the South West by barge arriving in Weymouth on July 25 for the sailing events of the Olympic Games. Nowhereisland is an artwork by Alex Hartley with a landbased embassy and thousands have been signing up to become citizens.
Alex's project is one of 12 Artist Taking the Lead projects for the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and is produced by Situations at the University of the West of England and funded by Arts Council England. It sets off on its six week journey around the coast on June 7 before finishing in Bristol on September 9.
Situations, Spike island, 133 Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6UX T: 0117 930 4282