Weymouth & Portland Olympic Live Site

Posted on 19 March 2012 by West Dorset District Council

Weymouth & Portland Live Thursday 26 July to Sunday 12 August

Weymouth Beach nestled at the heart of Dorset and East Devon’s magnificent Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site will be centre stage as the borough prepares to host a Live Site for the screening of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Weymouth & Portland Live, which will be free to enter, will be based centrally on Weymouth’s golden beach overlooking the spectacular bay where the Great Britain Sailing Team will compete against the world’s top sailors for Olympic honors.

Weymouth & Portland Live will predominantly focus on screening the London 2012 sailing events from 29 July to 11 August, typically from noon until 6pm each day.  The site will also be used to screen other Olympic sporting competitions, especially in the evenings when some of the key athletic events will be held.

Weymouth Beach, with the backdrop to the picturesque Georgian seafront, bustling town centre and seventeenth century harbour, will become a wonderful amphitheatre to share and celebrate this unique Olympic spectacle.

Weymouth & Portland Live will have the capacity to entertain up to 15,000 visitors at any one time, broadcasting live BBC coverage of the 2012 Olympic Games on two giant screens (60sqm).  The site will also be the focal point for the region’s cultural events as part of the “Maritime Mix London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea”.

Adjacent to the Live Site there will also be an interactive Sports Arena running from 27 July to 12 August, 10am until 6pm daily, offering an opportunity for up to 2,000 people per day to try out some of the country’s favorite sports including football, rugby, volleyball, cricket, bowling, sailing and kayaking.  The Sports Arena will be co-ordinated by Dorset County Council (Sports Development), County Sports Partnership and Active Dorset with support from national governing sports bodies and over 400 sports volunteers.

For information about becoming a sports volunteer contact 01202 965927.

Brief Holder for Partnerships and Special Projects Councillor Howard Legg said:

“This summer’s programme of events for Weymouth and Portland promises to be a once in a lifetime experience for everybody involved.  The Olympic Live Site on Weymouth Beach will be a fabulous venue for people to enjoy and share in the London 2012 Olympics with the big screens and an impressive and diverse range of cultural events.  The Live Site will also be a great venue for visitors to try out a range of beach and water based events at the Sports Arena.”

Battle for the Winds

This unique theatrical event to mark the opening celebrations of the 2012 Sailing events will feature as part of Weymouth & Portland Live on the 26 and 28 July.

Official Opening Ceremony

On Friday 27 July Weymouth & Portland Live will feature live screening of the Olympic Opening Ceremony in London’s Olympic Park and Stadium and include a magnificent firework display in Weymouth Bay.  The Live Site will also be used to showcase Coastal Voices and Welcome Songs, part of the Maritime Mix – London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea.

Maritime Mix – London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea

Running from March to September 2012, a vibrant programme of creative events will animate Weymouth, Portland and the Jurassic Coast delivering a once in a lifetime experience, celebrating the location as the largest Olympic venue outside the capital as host to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Sailing.

For all the latest information about the London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Dorset visit the Sailing 2012 website.

For more information on Maritime Mix London 2012 Cultural Olympiad by the Sea visit www.maritimemix2012.co.uk.

Enjoying your stay in the area visit  www.visitweymouth.co.uk or www.visit-dorset.com

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