Where to watch the Olympics without a ticket

Caroline Cassidy

Euro 2012 has been and gone, Wimbledon has waved goodbye to the strawberries and cream, but this year there's plenty more for sports fanatics because London 2012 is just around the corner.

watch the olympics without a ticket
watch the olympics without a ticket

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But if you failed (or tried and failed) to get a ticket for your chosen event, there are a number of ways to get in on the Olympic action... without spending too much of your hard-earned cash.

Big screen bonus
Provided the weather is kind, watching the action on a big screen with other sports fans just might prove preferable to staying indoors.

Major cities up and down the country will have big screens erected that will enable young and old to enjoy all the events for free. In London itself, giant screens with state-of-the-art technology and the very best in sound systems will be up and running in Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square. Plus, there will be entertainment from the likes of Sir Tom Jones, Alexandra Burke and The Feeling, along with outdoor arts and 'have a go' sports sessions for anyone hoping to make it to the next Games.

Go to the Park
For anyone wanting to get closer to the action, it's worth trying the Olympic Park itself, where, for a fraction of the price of a venue ticket, you can watch the events Henman Hill-style. With giant double-sided screens set within the canals that criss-cross the Park, it's ideal for an Olympic picnic.

There are some sporting events that just won't fit inside a stadium... which is great news for brassic Brits. From race walking and marathon running to cycling and sailing, free events will be taking place throughout the capital and beyond, giving anyone prepared to camp out for a good spot the chance to get just a taste of Olympic magic without putting their hand in their pocket.

Are you excited about the Olympics? How do you plan to watch the action? Leave your comments below...