Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Blue Peter’s Big Olympic Tour gets Wolverhampton ready for London 2012....

BBC presenters Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood will be in West Park on Saturday 30th June 2012 to host Blue Peter’s Big Olympic Tour, celebrating the arrival of the Olympics to the UK .

This free BBC event joins the celebrations taking place as the Torch Relay enters the town, encouraging CBBC fans to get in the mood for the Games.

Families coming to the event, as part of their day out to see the Torch, will get the chance to take part in Helen and Barney’s ultimate guide to the Olympics, try out a range of Olympic sports, sing along and discover facts about past Olympics, have a go at becoming a sports commentator and learn about the science of sport. Come down and spend a couple of hours with us. Blue Peter’s Big Olympic Tour will be open between 10 am and 4pm, for more information visit bbc.co.uk/bluepeter

In the morning before the event opens there will be a live Blue Peter outside broadcast from West Park at 9.00am. Access to the live broadcast, prior to the family event, is strictly by ticket only and there are a limited number of tickets available. To apply online, go to bbc.co.uk/bluepeter or call 0370 901 1227. Terms and conditions apply and can be found on the website. Applications need to be received by Saturday 16 June 2012 at 10pm.

Blue Peter hits the road with Big Olympic Tour

Blue Peter favourites Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood will be hitting the road this summer for Blue Peter’s Big Olympic Tour – a series of live programmes and special free public events to celebrate the arrival of the Olympics in the UK and get CBBC fans in the mood for the Games.

The series (9 x 30 minute programmes) will be broadcast from locations around the route of the Torch Relay and will be an ultimate guide to the Olympics for children, complete with fact-packed profiles of the biggest Olympic sports and interviews and master-classes with Olympic stars past and present.  There will also be premieres of brand new ancient Olympic themed Horrible Histories sketches, celebrity guest stars and retellings of some of the famous moments from the modern Olympic era.

After each live TV show, Helen and Barney*, plus their guests will host a special free event for families run by BBC Learning, which will include a host of interactive action-packed activities.  CBBC fans will get the chance to try out a range of Olympic events, investigate the science of sport, go back in time to try out the Olympic Games of a bygone age, have a go at being a sports commentator, and lots more activities to get them thinking about or trying something new.  They’ll also get to take home an Olympic fact pack to get them ready to watch the Games this summer.

The tour will visit nine locations across the UK, starting at Caerphilly on 26th May.  It will then call at Belfast on 2 June, Dumbarton on 9 June, Sunderland on 16 June, Burnley on 23 June, Wolverhampton on 30 June, Saffron Walden on 7 July, the Isle of Wight on 14 July and finally London on 21 July.

Tim Levell is editor of the Blue Peter's Big Olympic Tour TV programmes and Karen Gregory is executive producer of the events for BBC Learning.

For more information on the free roadshow events or to find out how you could be in the audience of the Blue Peter live broadcast, visit bbc.co.uk/bluepeter. 
Tickets for the live broadcast will be on a strictly limited basis and entry will be by ticket only. Tickets can be applied for via bbc.co.uk/bluepeter or by calling 0370 901 1227.  Entry to the event following the live broadcast is free and no ticket is required.

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