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UK comes together to celebrate 'One Year to Go' in biggest and best Open Weekend yet

Posted: Mon, 18 Jul 2011 15:12

UK comes together to celebrate 'One Year to Go' in biggest and best Open Weekend yet

Open Weekend is an annual UK-wide celebration counting down to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Open Weekend 2011, supported by BP, is set to be the biggest and best yet, with hundreds of thousands of people from across the UK, participating in events and bespoke projects to celebrate ‘One Year to Go’ to the Games.

A wide range of sporting and cultural events will be taking place right across the city and county from 22 – 24 July as we join in the mass celebration and we want you to get involved and start to build momentum to the 2012 Games.

On Friday 22nd between 3pm and 6pm at Loughborough College, local residents will have the opportunity to ‘Honour the past and look to the future’ by meeting 1948 Olympian, Tommy Godwin and future Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. Participants will also have the chance to try out a number of Olympic and Paralympic activities and become part of the Flames: Lighting the way programme developed by Loughborough College and the British Heart Foundation and pose for pictures with the London 1948 Olympic torch.

Also on the 22nd, why not join in with the Picnic Pledge in the Park event being held at Brocks Hill Visitors Centre in Oadby, where you can have your picture taken with the London 1948 Olympic torch and make a pledge for 2012 as part of the local My Games My Legacy programme.

On Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July there are numerous opportunities to take part in sports and cultural events. Why not take part in the sports taster sessions being run by Leicester City Council at sites across the city, visit the Charnwood Family Fun Day at Queens Park, Loughborough (Saturday, 10.30 – 3.30 ), or visit the Blaby Cultural Festival at Bouskall Park, Blaby (Sunday, 10am – 4pm)

If you are in Leicester City centre this weekend, be sure to visit the Live Site (Big Screen) on Humberstone Gate for your chance to see the premiere of Tate Movie Project's ‘The Itch of the Golden Nit', an aanimated film created by children for children, try the mascot motion sensor game ‘Swim Wenlock Swim’, and watch a special screening of the Academy Award winning British film ‘Chariots of Fire’.

There are a wide range of activities taking place across the city, county, districts and boroughs. click here to see the full Open Weekend listings for Leicester and Leicestershire.

Tags: Sport & Physical Activity, Children & Young People, Culture, Volunteering, Health and Wellbeing