Enjoying the Olympics for free!
Friday 03 August 2012
The Olympics are in full swing with Great Britain enjoying plenty of sporting success and the whole of the UK gripped by games fever! Like many of us, you might have just missed out on tickets, but don’t fret. There are still plenty of ways to get into the Olympic spirit, and best of all it will barely cost you a thing.
Watch live events for free
The cycle road races are an excellent example and start at The Mall in London, before competitor’s head out to Box Hill in Surrey.
Alternatively, if sailing is more your thing, take a pair of binoculars to Weymouth and Portland Bay on the south-west coast and grab the chance to see some water events. Get there early to get the best free spot as some viewing areas have already been fenced off, with LOCOG charging for admission.
Thought the cinema was just for the latest blockbusters? Think again.
You can head down to your participating Vue or Cineworld cinemas where hotly anticipated events like this weekends 100m finals will be shown live on the big screen. Cheer on Team GB with your favourite cinema snacks. And best of all, it’s completely free of charge. All you need to do is register for tickets.
If you’re a fan of big screens, but would prefer to soak up the sun, there are 22 free live sites running across the country – aside from Hyde Park, Trafalgar Square and Victoria Park in Tower Hamlets. All will boast live music and other entertainment during the Olympic fortnight.Have a look to see if there is one near you.
Being stuck at work instead of enjoying the games doesn’t bear thinking about. So why not set up Olympics themed office games to enjoy in your lunch break?
Here are a few of our favourite ideas:
The Pencil Thrower
Staff need to throw as many pencils on suspended tiles in 2 minutes. Make sure the pencils are not too sharp; we wouldn’t want someone losing an eye.
In the Mug
This game among Olympic theme ideas states that one needs to shoot rubber bands towards the ceiling and into a mug in the middle of the room. The participant that shoots the most rubber bands into the mug in one minute wins.
Climbing the Corporate Ladder
Beware; this game requires strenuous physical activity! Employees need to race up the office steps backwards. Split people in teams of two and the one that wins gets to play the winner from the other team. We’re tired just thinking about it.
The Office Chair Spin
One person sits in the office chair while another person spins the chair around in a fast manner for 20 seconds. After the time is up, the person in the chair needs to get up and run towards thefinishing line. We dare you to try it!
The Sticky Runner
In no way are we condoning the wastage of office supplies, but this is really fun! Pretty much like a sack race, tape the legs of two staff members together and have them race another team that is also stuck together.
The whole of England is going to be in the party mood so why not hold a party with your friends and family. You could even hold your own mini Olympic Games in the garden, dress up as your favourite Olympic athletes or decorate the house with Olympic themed decorations. Here are a few money savvy ways to add that Olympics stamp to the day:
Start off with a lovely pamper session to get yourself preened for the big day. Here are some spa’s offering Olympic treats. There are plenty more around, so ask your local salon what they areoffering.
Pick up a pack of assorted London 2012 sweet treats from Tesco, from only £1. With the Olympic mascots Wenlock andMandeville on the wrappers and cupcakes at only 69 calories a piece, they will be the perfect summer snack.
Get your hands on free official Team GB Adidas sweatbands, simply by collecting four newspaper tokens. Take them to your nearest JD Sports and you’re good to go.
For other official merchandise, why not sign up to London 2012, to get emails on exclusive offers and promotions.
Wimbledon might be over, but there is still plenty of Olympic tennis to look forward to. Argos is currently offering 1/3 off tennis equipment. So grab a racket and get involved. Click here to take advantage of the offer.
London 2012 isn’t just about the sports. It’s about drawing different cultures and communities together. Whether you lovedance, music, comedy, theatre, fashion art or film you will definitely findsomething to get involved with around the country. And once again, most of the events are completely free! Have a look at the site to see if anything catches your eye. http://festival.london2012.com/index.php
For more money savvy: