SPORTS fans who have failed to get their hands on Commonwealth Games tickets need not fear – festival sites are being set up across Warwick and Leamington boasting their very own slice of the sporting action.
Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games takes place at the end of August but with tickets selling fast some fans may have missed out.
Warwick District Council, aided by Warwickshire County County, is setting up two festival sites during the sporting extravaganza – running from July 28 to August 8 – one in Pump Room Gardens in Leamington and another in Warwick’s Market Square.
Both will feature big screens, open from 10am to 10pm, which will be free to watch. In the Pump Room Gardens there will be a number of activities for children such as medal-making, and an opportunity to try bowls at one of the pop-up bowls greens provided by Bowls England. There will also be food and drink.
And ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on July 28, there will be a jazz and samba band, dancers, stilt walkers and jugglers providing entertainment from 5pm.
In Warwick, refreshments will be provided by local businesses.
Warwickshire County Council culture spokeswoman Heather Timms said: “We are very happy to be working with our partners at Warwick District Council to deliver these festival sites for the duration of the Commonwealth Games.
“The sites in Warwick and Leamington will bring the excitement of the Games to our residents and let them be a part of this once in a generation spectacle of sport and entertainment.
“From the opening ceremony on Thursday 28 July to its close on Monday 8 August, we hope as many of our residents as possible come out to enjoy the carnival atmosphere at our live sites.”
Leamington will be hosting the bowls and para bowls competitions at the greens in Victoria Park and Warwick will be the setting for the cycle road races on August 7.
Visit www.warwickdc.gov.uk/cg2022 for further information on the festival sites.