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London 2012: Avoiding the Olympics

The UK has been buzzing since the announcement that London is hosting the 2012 Olympics. At this point, many Brits are feeling Olympic overload. So how can someone skip out on this summer's Games? We have you covered.

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A BRIT'S GUIDE TO AVOIDING THE OLYMPICS

The UK has been buzzing since the announcement that London is hosting the 2012 Olympics. At this point, many Brits are feeling Olympic overload. So how can someone skip out on this summer’s games? We have you covered.


WANT TO GET AWAY?

The London Rush


The Games will bring in a flood of international visitors. But many more Brits are planning to leave, in part to avoid the crowds and congestion.
  • Nearly half a million foreign tourists are expected to visit the UK for the Games.
  • Nearly 4 million Brits are expected to head abroad in the days before the Games begin.

Brits Heading Abroad to Skip the Games

To get away from the crowds that the Olympic Games will draw, many Brits are planning to holiday abroad during that time—though they would rather have stayed in the UK.

    Popular Reasons for Avoiding the Games
    • To get away from visiting crowds
    • To escape nonstop coverage of the Games on TV
    • A dislike for sport

    Homebound Brits Already Feeling Olympic Burn Out

    Overall, Londoners and Brits in general are already feeling burnt out on the Olympic Games hype. Many aren’t excited about the events, and even more are planning to skip their local torch relay.

    • 48% of Londoners aren’t excited by the prospect of the Olympics.
    • 54% of Brits don’t plan to watch the torch relay when it comes near where they live.


Per Cent of Residents Who Plan to Skip the Torch Relay in Their Area

51%      South East

53%      Midlands

59%      North England

51%      Wales and South West

56%      Scotland

    YOUR GUIDE TO AVOIDING THE OLYMPICS AT HOME

    The Belly of the Beast: London

    If you're looking to avoid the Olympic crowds, it’s best to avoid London altogether. If you find yourself travelling around London, check ahead for changes to schedules or road closures. Getaheadofthegames.com is a helpful resource to local residents and businesses.

Duration of the Games

Torch Relay                   21 July - 26 July

Olympic Games                        27 July - 12 August

Paralympic Games        29 August - 9 September


How to Cope

1      Find the travel hotspots.

2      Plan ahead.

3      Consider all travel options.

4      Avoid the busiest times.

5      Avoid driving into affected areas.


    Other Hotspots to Avoid

    The Games aren’t confined to London—some events will be spread elsewhere around the UK. Here’s a roundup of where and when events outside London are taking place so you can steer clear.

    Where

    Venue

    Date

    Cardiff

    Millennium Stadium

    25 July – 10 August

    Manchester

    Old Trafford

    26 July – 7 August

    Weymouth & Portland

    General Area (Sailing Events)

    29 July – 11August

    1 – 6 September

    Coventry

    City of Coventry Stadium

    25 July – 9 August

    Newcastle

    St. James Park

    26 July – 4 August

    Glasgow

    Hampden Park Football Stadium

    25 July – 3 August

    Windsor & Eton

    Eton Dorney

    28 July – 11 August

    31 August – 2 September

    Cheshunt & Waltham Cross

    Lee Valley White Water Centre

    29 July – 2 August

    Sevenoaks

    Brands Hatch

    5 – 8 September

    Leigh-on-Sea & Hadleigh

    Hadleigh Farm

    11 – 12 August

    Surrey

    General Area (Road Cycling Events)

    28 July – 1 August



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