Watch the Games: Olympics Big Screens Around the UK

Olympics big screen in Belfast

Today’s rather informative guest post comes from MF Airport Parking.

Excitement will be breaking out across London this summer as the 2012 Olympics are set to kick off in July. While this is an incredibly exciting time for the capital, there’s no reason why the rest of the UK can’t partake in the major sporting event.

Thanks to the BBC, the rest of the UK can also join in the street celebrations by watching all the action on the Big Screens. The Big Screens are located in 22 city centres and urban locations across Britain.

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What are the big screens?

Big Screens are approximately 25 square metres in size, like a huge outdoor cinema screen. They broadcast a range of different programmes from international sporting events to news stories and even locally produced short films. They’re usually located in city centres and generally have a generous amount of space surrounding them which is considered to be the viewing area, there’s also usually audience seating of some variety.

These 22 viewing areas will be turned into ‘Live Sites’ during the 2012 Olympics and will feature the latest news and events as well as showing live coverage of both the Olympic and Paralympic games.

Olympics Screens Birmingham

Where to watch the Olympics?

Whether you live in the UK or are just visiting this summer, there’s a chance that there’s a Big Screen nearby your destination of choice. They’re all quite conveniently located and as they’re situated in city centres, expect many different transport links nearby.

Northern Ireland

There are two Live Sites in Northern Ireland, so if you’re thinking of heading there this summer you can experience the live community with a pint of Guinness in:

  • Belfast – Donegall Square
  • Derry – Waterloo Place


There’s just one Live Site in Scotland and it’s located in no other place than the stunning capital itself:

  • Edinburgh – Festival Square


There are two Live Sites in Wales to be enjoyed, both are in vibrant cities:

  • Cardiff – The Hayes (below)
  • Swansea – Castle Square
Big Screens in Cardiff

Northern England

Just because the Olympics are located in the south of the country, it doesn’t mean northerners or holidaymakers visiting the Nnrth have to miss out! There’s a range of live viewing sites, all located in vibrant town and city centres:

  • Middlesbrough – Centre Square
  • Bradford – Centenary Square
  • Leeds – Millennium Square
  • Manchester – Exchange Square
  • Liverpool – Clayton Square


There are five Live Sites in the Midlands to be enjoyed:

  • Derby – The Market Place
  • Leicester – Humberstone Place
  • Birmingham – Victoria Square
  • Coventry – The Millennium Place
  • Norwich – Chapelfield Plain

South England

There are three London Live 2012 sites in some of Central London’s most vibrant and iconic locations. These areas will be offering live music, events, food and drink, bars and evening entertainment. The three London Live 2012 sites in Central London are in Trafalgar Square, Victoria Park and Hyde Park. Some of the London Live events may be subject to admission fees.

Olympics screens in Bristol

If Central London seems a little too much for you, there are plenty of Big Screens in some of the South’s most exciting cities:

  • Bristol – Millennium Square (above)
  • Swindon – Wharf Green
  • Waltham Forest – Walthamstow Town Square
  • Plymouth – Armada Way
  • Portsmouth – Guildhall Square
  • Dover – Market Square
  • Woolwich – General Gordon Square

All Big Screen sites are free of admission and can be an excellent way to spend a sunny afternoon! If you’re looking for somewhere with an exciting atmosphere then the Big Screen areas are a great solution to a cheap day out. If you’re considering visiting London this summer during the Olympics then the London Live 2012 sites are definitely worth checking out, you’re getting a once in a lifetime experience to be part of the capital’s hosting of one of the biggest sporting events.

Author bio: Stephanie Staszko writes for Skypark Secure, who provide cheap Manchester Airport Parking alongside other major UK airports. Steph intends to visit one of the Big Screen areas this summer, as well as a London Live Site!

Thanks to BBC Big Screensell brownrbrwr and joncandy for the images from Flickr. Please note, all images were used under the Creative Commons License at the time of posting. 

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