London 2012 Olympics anniversary – join in the celebrations

This weekend, the nation will hark back to some of the greatest moments in sporting history. Here's how to get involved in the action

One year ago today the UK watched 11,000 athletes attend the opening ceremony for what was to became one of the greatest sporting events of all time. London came to life in the following weeks, as we watched, cheered, commiserated, celebrated, jumped, danced and shed a tear as sport’s finest battled it out for gold.


Ninteen bronze, 17 silver and 29 gold medals later, numerous sporting legends had been forged and our passion for British sport was renewed. This weekend, events will pay tribute to that incredible summer – here’s a taste of what’s going on…

Open East Festival

In commemoration of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the north section of East London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park will be taken over by art instillations, food stalls, theatre productions and music concerts this weekend (July 27-28 July). There will be a life-sized inflatable bouncy castle replica of Stonehenge, a travelling circus, a trendy artistic car boot sale and a Barbican Music Stage hosting bands and DJs, among other attractions.

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Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games

Athletes will revisit the stadium where the epic Olympic Games took place last year, and offer another bout of nail-biting action as they compete in their various disciplines. Between the 26-28 July, we’ll see Jessica Ennis-Hill once again take part in the long jump and the 100 metre hurdles, Mo Farah race in the 3,000m and the unstoppable six times Olympic Champion Usain Bolt whiz past in a men’s 100 metre showdown.

The BBC is broadcasting coverage on Friday 26 July (7:30pm BBC2, 8:30pm BBC1) and you watch again via iPlayer. Tune in to Channel 4 on Sunday too, for some Paralympics action from the Anniversary Games.


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