From free Olympic events to outdoor theatre, check out MFM's rundown of the best Olympic events this summer...
The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Medals Exhibition at the British Museum, London
The Mine to Medals exhibition tells the story of the production of the bronze, silver and gold medals for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, from the mining of the metal right through to the creation of the designs to production by the Royal Mint.
Olympic Marathons, Westminster
The marathons are a great way to soak up the Oylmpic atmosphere for free. The women's marathon takes place on Sunday 5 August, the men's on Sunday 12 August. The races will begin and end at The Mall and travel past iconic London locations such as St James's Park, St Paul's Cathedral, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the Houses of Parliament.
Ring Round the World, Kingston
As part of the London 2012 Festival, a cast of more than 6,000 schoolchildren tasked with taking audiences on a journey around the world, put on an all-singing, all-dancing production. The story begins and ends in London, travels to China, Greece and Australia, and includes a number of sing-along anthems.
Adventure of the Missing Manuscript, Stratford-upon-Avon
Throughout summer 2012, acclaimed arts charity The House of Fairy Tales will be creating an imaginative and exciting four-dimensional trail around the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and surrounding gardens.
The trail will guide audiences on a journey through the life of William Shakespeare and his plays to help solve the mystery of the missing manuscript.
Bee Detective - Tin Bath Theatre Company, Lambeth
Bee Detective is a brand new outdoor theatre show, forming part of the London 2012 Festival, inviting audiences on an adventure in a bee hive. Sophie Been turns detective to track down the honey bees when they go missing from the Queen Bee's birthday party.
The performance is both spoken and signed, with projected animation and captions. Through vibration effects, children will be able to feel the buzzing of the bees and will be invited to join in the “waggle dance” used by bees to share where pollen and nectar can be discovered.
Olympic torch journey, starts at Land's End
Be part of history and catch a glimpse of the Olympic torch as it makes its journey from Land's End to the Olympic arena in London.
Torchbearers will carry the Olympic Flame through more than 1,000 cities, towns and villages across the UK, to shine a light on the host country, from urban areas to sites of outstanding natural beauty.
Benjamin Britten – Noye's Fludde, Belfast
The London 2012 Festival presents Noye's Fludde. Set in the stunning backdrop of Belfast Zoo, the lakeside performances will capture the sights and sounds of the famous story of Noah, his Ark and the Flood. The story will be brought to life by a huge chorus of local schoolchildren dressed in spectacular animal costumes, alongside professional opera singers and musicians.
Paul Cummins - The English Flower Garden, Dover
Nothing is as quintessentially British as a flower garden. Paul Cummins English Flower Garden will celebrate our love of flowers with a series of six installations and a total of 15,000 individually hand-thrown ceramic flowers mounted on metal rods.
Paul's beautifully-crafted ceramic blooms will be carefully displayed in locations throughout the country, with each bloom specially selected on the basis of its historic relationship with each location.
The Voyage, Birmingham
The Voyage sees Birmingham's Victoria Square transformed into an outdoor multimedia spectacle. An enormous ship docks beside the Town Hall, while dancers and aerialists are joined by live musicians and more than 140 community performers.
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