Useful Advice for Spectators at the Olympic Equestrian Events
The Olympic games are very nearly here, and many of us are planning on venturing into the depths of London to experience an equestrian event at the Greenwich Park Olympic venue. This year there will be the chance to watch team and individual events for three disciplines – dressage, eventing and jumping.
The Greenwich Park venue is in the grounds of the National Maritime Museum. Access it via Maze Hill, Black Heath or Greenwich railway stations, or by the Cutty Sark DLR. Each station is approximately 20 minutes walk from the venue. Your Olympics travel card will be valid on all journeys via tube, bus, DLR, Overground and on most London rail services. You could also try using the river service, which will take you directly to Greenwich Pier arriving only ten minutes away from the venue. You will get 1/3 off the normal price of the river service with your Olympics travel card, but it is advisable that you arrive early as tickets need to be purchased on the day with most river services.
London will be incredibly busy during this time, especially around Olympic venues. It is therefore important to plan your journey in advance, and you should also check for travel updates on the day of your event. Check the Transport for London website before you travel, or you could download an app for your mobile phone.
Things to Remember
Gates will open two hours before each equestrian event at Greenwich Park, with the exception of the cross-country event, where doors will open at 8:30am.
There will be airport style security screening before each event, so try to bring as little with you as possible. Also remember that all Olympic venues only accept Visa cards, so you should ensure you bring enough cash with you for the day if you do not have a Visa card.
Equestrian Olympics Schedule
Eventing (Team and individual):
Saturday 28th July: 10.00-16.15 ~ dressage, day one.
Sunday 29th July: 10.00-16.15 ~ dressage, day two.
Monday 30th July: 12.30-17.30 ~ cross-country.
Tuesday 31st July: 10.30-16.00 ~ show jumping and medal ceremonies.
Thursday 2nd August: 11.00 -15.30 ~ team dressage, day one.
Friday 3rd August: 11.00 -15.30 ~ team dressage, day two.
Tuesday 7th August: 10.00 -16.15 ~ team dressage, finals and medal ceremony.
Thursday 9th August: 12.30 -16.30 ~ individual dressage, GP freestyle and medal ceremony.
Saturday 4th August: 10.30-14.15 ~ individual first qualifier; team qualifier for round one.
Sunday 5th August: 11.00-14.30 ~ team jumping, round one.
Monday 6th August: 14.00-17.30 ~ team jumping round two and medal ceremony.
Wednesday 8th August: 12.00-16.35 ~ individual final rounds and medal ceremony.