Whether you’re a major sports buff or simply fancy watching the men’s diving while lounging in a deckchair, there’s no better way to soak up the Olympic Games than in front of an outdoor screen.
Lucky, then, that there are big screens all over the UK where you can catch highlights from Rio. From Belfast to Bradford, we’ve rounded up 15 of the best right here.
Official Team GB Olympic FanZones, nationwide
Bring a picnic or kick back in a deckchair in front of one of one of ten official free screening areas across the UK – in Belfast, Bradford, Bristol, Coventry, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Plymouth and Swansea. All of the major Olympics coverage will be shown, and the FanZones also offer giveaways, competitions and sports games. Screenings and opening times vary by location.
Regent's Place, London
Highlights from the Olympics and live coverage will be shown on this open-air screen near Regent’s Park from midday on Saturday 13 August. And if watching Team GB gets you in the mood for some action yourself, Regent’s Place is also hosting an accompanying series of sporting events, kicking off with a Rio Fun Day on Saturday 20 August: think Brazilian dance classes, penalty shootouts, and street food trucks. For more traditionally British sporting fun, run the egg and spoon race and play tug-of-war at the Sports Day on Thursday 25 August.
Watch daily live coverage from Rio on the giant Summer Screen at Broadgate on Exchange Square, near London’s Liverpool Street. Olympic fever will peak on Saturday 13 August, when a carnival atmosphere will be brought to the City with the help of food, drink and Olympics-themed games – as well as the presence of award-winning Brazilian band Viramudo and their dancers.
Old Eldon Square, Newcastle
Screen on the Green takes over this square in Newcastle city centre every summer, showing classic family films to an audience reclining on the de rigueur deckchairs and blankets. This year, however, the Olympics take precedence, with live screenings of every major tournament until the Games close on 21 August.
Paddington Central, London
Take in the Games on the big screen at Paddington Central, near the eponymous station. In keeping with the Olympic spirit, the vibe here is casually health-conscious: tuck into good-for-you breakfast and brunch dishes from Australian eatery Beany Green, before heading over to the Floating Classroom on the Grand Union Canal for a free yoga class.
St Katherine Docks, London
The gorgeous ‘St Kats’, a stone’s throw from the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, is the only marina in central London. The big screen here has been showing all the summer’s major sporting events, from Wimbledon to the Golf Open Championships: now it’s the Olympics’ turn.