Whether you watch the Olympic opening ceremony from the comfort of your living room or you get into the party spirit by attending one of the screenings at local attractions, one thing’s for sure – there’s no getting away from sport this summer.
So why not embrace the theme and take the family out to enjoy some of the Olympic-themed events our local attractions are offering?
· First up, while the Big Screen in Guildhall Square beams the opening ceremony live from London’s Olympic Park, the Portsmouth square will also host free sports tasters and showcases.
The free ceremony party runs from 7pm until late tonight. The have-a-go sports begin today and run each day until August 12.
· Throughout the Games, the free-entry Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson in Fareham is offering families the chance to discover how many of the Olympic nations are represented in their international collection.
· At Staunton Farm, Gardens and Country Park in Havant, families can compete against animals and plants in the Staunton Olympic Trail from 10.30am daily until Sunday.
There’s also a chance for visitors to make their own medal and lots more to get them in the mood for this historic sporting occasion.
· There’s a weekly drop-in workshop at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Each Wednesday, the workshop will focus on a past or future Olympic host and its seafaring heritage.
· At Gosport Discovery Centre, free daily Olympic drop-in activities on the Mezzanine include make and takes – from medals to trump cards, quizzes and more. There are also Olympic exhibition panels around the centre for the event, which runs until Friday.
· The annual Teddy Bear’s Picnic at Stansted Park in Rowlands Castle gets an Olympic make-over from Monday. Teddy Bear’s Sports Day will feature a fun teddy trail in the House until Wednesday with free admission for children.
· The Spinnaker Tower is inviting visitors to aim high this summer, with a series of weekly special competitions and challenges, ranging from video game victories to tarantula holding triumphs.
Until the end of August, visitors can compete for a selection of top prizes.
Challenges include a Wii virtual Olympics, until Thursday, August 9. There will also be a virtual stair climb from August 24 to 30.
And Friday’s throughout August are all about facing your fears, with a different daring challenge each week.
· Finally, The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu is offering an Alternative Olympics, with the biggest, the best and the wackiest racers on show year-round.