Carrying the torch
The Olympic Torch will arrive for the first time in Surrey on 10th July in Egham and appear again on 17th July when it goes through Felbridge. On 20th July, spectators can see the Torch being carried through Godstone, Bletchingley, Redhill, Reigate, Dorking, Westcott, Shere, Godalming and Guildford.
The Torch Relay in Surrey will end with an afternoon and evening celebration event in Stoke Park, Guildford on 20th July (from 2pm to 10pm). Thousands will get involved in family fun, a fairground and cauldron-lighting from the Olympic Flame, as well as watching top acts perform live on the main stage. The next day the torch will start the final leg of its journey to London.
Olympic Cycling Road Race
On 28th and 29th July – the opening weekend of the 2012 Games – 212 elite cyclists will power through Surrey in the men’s and women’s road races.
The course enters the county at Hampton Court Bridge and continues through Walton-on-Thames, Weybridge, West Byfleet and Dorking before tackling the Box Hill loop, then on to Leatherhead, Oxshott and Esher, returning to Hampton Court Bridge and back to finish in The Mall.
The men’s and women’s Olympic Road Cycling Time Trials take place on 1st August when 65 cyclists will complete a circuit in part through Surrey against the clock in 90-second intervals. Apart from areas on the Zig Zag road incline at Box Hill, The Mall and Hampton Court Palace, the rest of the Road Race and Time Trial routes are free for spectators to watch. There will also be big screens across Surrey, including parks in Dorking, Leatherhead and West Byfleet.
The Big Weekend
Music, dance and sport will fill the streets of Dorking and Leatherhead on the weekend of the Olympic Cycling Road Races. The Big Weekend is an exciting programme of free all day events and will see local talent perform to thousands after the road races have passed through the towns. More at: www.molevalley.gov.uk/london2012
Denbies Wine Estate will be showcasing the best of Surrey’s local food, drink, art and entertainment at the Surrey Hills Festival on 28th July, the day of the men’s Olympic Cycling Road Race: www.denbies.co.uk
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