27th July marks exactly one year until the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Britain will be celebrating all year long. It’s a great time to visit and be part of the action all around Britain, all through 2012.
Sailing will be held on the beautiful Dorset coastal town of Weymouth, which is just 2.5 hours away from central London by train and offers some of the best sailing waters in Britain. The area called the Jurassic coast, thanks to its 185 million years of earth’s history and fossils galore along its 95 mile coastline, was England’s first natural UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The national Sailing academy is already open in Weymouth and you can take a lesson on the Olympic course. During the 2012 Olympic Games, the 10 sailing events over 14 days will be free, and you can watch the team’s race across Portland Harbour with no need for a ticket.
Eton Dorney, close to Windsor Castle, will be the centre for Rowing and canoe spirit events. Close by is the town of Windsor where you can visit the Castle, watch the changing of the guard or cross the bridge to Eton and see the famous school which Price William & Prince Harry attended. A trip to Windsor Great Park and Savill Gardens is also worth a visit.
Another historic venue, Hampton Court Palace will be the host of the Cycling time trials. If you miss out on the sporting events you can visit this Tudor castle year-round with its famous maze, and historic Tudor kitchens.
The Olyroos might get a chance to tour right around the country, with soccer games being played in Wembley, Glasgow, Cardiff, Newcastle, Coventry and Manchester. If you are keen on soccer you can tour many of the stadiums year-round including Chelsea, Arsenal’s Emirates stadium and of course Manchester United. 2012 will also see the opening of the National Football Museum in Manchester.
Tennis will be played at the famous grass courts of Wimbledon and again here apart from the annual 2 weeks of the June tournament and during the 2012 Olympic Games you can do a tour and visit the Museum.
London sees some fantastic sporting events in 2012, with the Beach Volleyball to be held in Horse Guards Parade (yes the sand will be brought in ) Historic Greenwich will play host to the Equestrian Events and Modern Pentathlon, Earls Court for Volleyball and Lord’s Cricket Ground will host the archery.
Some other tip tips for non-ticketed events: Cycle Road races (July 28-01August) Beginning on the Mall, the riders will head south west across the River Thames to Hampton Court via Richmond Park and back to the Mall via the Surrey towns of Leatherhead, Esher and Kingston upon Thames. The Marathons will start and finish in the Mall as will the Race Walks which start there and finish in St James Park, passing Buckingham Palace.
Source = VisitBritain