You can feel like a winner at Olympic events in and around Bath
The University of Bath is very much involved in the preparations for London 2012.
And athletes from the city are also Olympians – some of whom have been immortalised in sculpture which will be displayed across the city until September 9.
Now the University is opening its doors on June 23 for Gold Rush Open Day to give everyone the chance to look round the sports training village.
It will be holding an Olympic Day Run with a 3km run for under 16s and a 5km run for adults with each entrant receiving a T-shirt to complete the run and a certificate on completion.
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The fun run starts at 1pm with enrolment from 11.30am until 12.45pm.
The University was chosen in 2009 to host Paralympics GB’s preparation camps with around 200 athletes across 10 sports basing themselves there.
Plus some of the Malaysian Olympic team will finalise their preparations there and China will be basing 25 top swimmers at the university.
Some of Team Bath have already been selected for London 2012 including Alexandra Rickham who is in the British Sailing team for the Paralympic Games; Lee Merrien, who will be running the marathon for team GB in the Games; badminton player Hadia Hosny El Said has been selected for the Egyptian team and footballer Darren Harris has been picked for the Paralympic Games.
A host of events are planned to mark the Olympics in Bath and North East Somerset – including a group wedding in Bath and a family fun day organised by LoveBath.
We’ve picked out activities and places where you can get involved or watch the action if you didn’t manage to get a ticket and also included one place where you can escape from it too!
1. Olympic package – Belushi’s Bath is inviting visitors to head for its bar to watch the Olympic games. It has big screens, two projectors and a 3D TV to ensure the best view for all. And that’s not all it also boasts a backpacker hostel – St Christopher’s – so not only can you watch the sport but stay the night too.
Belushi’s Bar, 9 Green Street, Bath, BA1 2JY T: 01225 481444
2. Try the Pig and Fiddle – famed for its heated garden and boasting six hand pulled local real ales and ciders, plus a range of lagers, wines and spirits, this city centre pub holds live music sessions as well as live sport. Visitors can sport various sporting memorabilia on the walls from team t-shirts to competition skis and an oar from its Olympic rowing eight.
The Pig and Fiddle, 2 Saracen Street, Bath, BA1 5BR T: 01225 460868.
3. LoveBath – an afternoon of fun and games with an Olympic theme is planned for the city on June 24 with the Love Bath Community festival from 12.30pm to 4pm starting with a Schools Olympic Parade. A Love Bath Celebration Service will be held in the bandstand in Royal Victoria Park at 11.30am for people from every church in Bath.
4. Get married – Bath and North East Somerset Register Office is offering a unique opportunity for couples wishing to get married or enter into a civil partnership on Friday July 27 – opening day of the Games. “Would you be interested in being one of 10 couples to have a group wedding/civil partnership ceremony in the stunning Banqueting Room of the Guildhall, Bath? This is the first event of its kind in the United Kingdom. Bath and North East Somerset register office are organising this event to help celebrate the opening of the London 2012 Olympics. It will also be an opportunity for us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Bath as a world heritage site and the 175th anniversary of the start of civil marriages in England Wales,” it says. To register interest and find out more contact Alison_manning@bathnes.gov.uk
Banqueting Room, Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5AW
5. Hotel luxury – Homewood Park is offering holidaymakers taking a break during the Olympics to visit Bath and enjoy a special deal. It has a number of London Olympics offers including a two-night spa break, Longleat package which includes tickets to the Wiltshire attraction and a one night spa break. The hotel is set in 10 acres of mature parklands and award-winning gardens with views over the Limpley Stoke valley – once described by John Betjeman as the Valley of the Nightingales.
Homewood Park Hotel & Spa, Abbey Lane, Hinton Charterhouse, Bath, BA2 7TB T: 01225 808695
6. Private party – The Assembly Inn will provide a TV for sporting events for private parties which means if your special occasion falls within London 2012 your guests can still keep up with the action. It is an Abbey Ales pub serving Bellringer – it suggests visitors ask at the bar for a loyalty card to collect a free pint!. The Festival Bar is free for private hire with large space sufficient for more than 70 people. As well as the TV, a buffet can be provided plus there’s a private bar and music system.
The Assembly Inn, Alfred Street, Bath, BA1 2QU T: 01225 333639
7. Sailing in Weymouth – The Best Western Abbey Hotel points out to would-be Olympic watchers that trains leave Bath Spa station every two hours to Weymouth and the hotel is just five minutes away from the train station. So it says: “Enjoy Bath, enjoy the Best Western Abbey Hotel and enjoy the London 2012 Olympic Games”. The sailing events are due to take place July 29 to August 11. The privately-owned hotel is in the heart of the city and boasts 60 rooms, lounge and The Bath Tea Rooms selling drinks and meals. Plus there’s a pavement terrace for those wanting to watch the world go by.
The Best Western Abbey Hotel, North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LF T: 01225 461603
8. Opening night party – just outside Bath, in the Chew Valley, the Kings Arms Litton is holding a 2012 UK Olympic Opening Party on July 27. It is staging an Olympic supper for visitors wanting to watch the ceremony. Canapes and Champagne will be a feature and fancy dress is invited as it aims to recreate a Greek atmosphere complete with Greek cuisine. Booking advised.
The Kings Arms, Litton, BA3 4PW T: 01761 241301.
9. TV in the garden – The Cork in Bath promises a bar for every occasion and plans to install a TV in the garden so visitors can enjoy the Olympic action. It already has a large TV and projector in the top bar and two large televisions in the downstairs bar. Upstairs has cosy sofa seating areas while the vaults boasts a dance area and the heated terrace allows al fresco drinking even in the winter. There’s also a modern conservatory.
The Cork Bath, 11-12 Westgate Buildings, Bath, BA1 1EB T: 01225 333582
10. Escape the Olympics – The Star Inn has no games machines, no music, no pool table and no cordon bleu food menu so a perfect escape for those who don’t want to know the latest in the medal results. Dating back to the 16th century, it is described by CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale – as a ‘rare and unspoiled pub interior of outstanding historic interest’.
The Star Inn, 23 The Vineyards, off the Paragon, Bath, BA1 5NA T: 01225 425072