Out & About – July

“Hi folks it’s the big one” as Boris would say.

Welcome to your Special Olympics edition of Out n About. London2012 fever has certainly now gripped Greenwich; the signs are up, the roads are blocked and every time I step outside my front door – as another one of HMSOceans helicopters buzz over – my mental soundtrack tunes to Paint it Black by the Rolling Stones.

Seriously though, Greenwich has some impressive changes that will mostly be with us till the end of September. Bus routes serving the town centre (286, 386, 188, 129) now divert past Greenwich Station and up Norman Road, adding about 5-7 mins to average journey times. Train stations will be on restricted timetables with some stations – CuttySark DLR in particular – closed completely. If in doubt best to check out the GMums updated travel section here or consult your nearest soothsayer (!).

Don’t have any tickets to the games? Then head to one of the big screens across our borough for free television and live events – Woolwich in General Gordon Square is hosting one of two big screens set up by the BBC. Coverage includes the Opening Ceremony in the newly landscaped square, offering bench seating, food stalls and street performers to (hopefully) get you in the party mood. Close to home, the Old Royal Naval College Screen will from 6pm this Friday also show the Opening Ceremony with a dazzling Aerial Circus Show performed by Greenwich’s very own Hangar Arts Trust, plus live music on the Bandstand. Entry is part of the Greenwich Summer festivals.

If all of this en masse sporting endeavour is too much to take in, but you want to keep in with the party mood – then why not have Notorious Kids create you an imaginative, interactive bespoke party for your little ones this summer? In honour of the Olympics (!) they have created fabulously fun and sporty entertainment led by their ‘sporty entertainers’, the parties include fun activities and team games, using 2012 coloured props and equipment; and finishing with a medal ceremony at the end. Parties are tailored to the age and ability of children making them perfect for ages 3 years upwards.

And last, but by no means least – lest we forget the East Greenwich Community Festival, hosted by our friend Lizzie at Pistachios in EGP. Running from the 30th July to the 3rd August there’s a raft of entertainment with live bands, a dog show, cake competition and more and more! Check out more details right here!

Gotta go now, another helicopters trying to land on our roof.

Until next time!

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