Blue Peter favourites Helen Skelton and Barney Harwood will be hitting the road this summer for Blue Peter’s Big Olympic Tour – a series of live programmes and special free public events to celebrate the arrival of the Olympics in the UK and get CBBC fans in the mood for the Games.
The series (9x30 minute programmes) will be broadcast from locations around the route of the Torch Relay and will be an ultimate guide to the Olympics for children, complete with fact-packed profiles of the biggest Olympic sports and interviews and master-classes with Olympic stars past and present.
There will also be premieres of brand new ancient Olympic themed Horrible Histories sketches, celebrity guest stars and retellings of some of the famous moments from the modern Olympic era.
After each live TV show, Helen and Barney*, plus their guests will host a special free event for families run by BBC Learning, which will include a host of interactive action-packed activities.
CBBC fans will get the chance to try out a range of Olympic events, investigate the science of sport, go back in time to try out the Olympic Games of a bygone age, have a go at being a sports commentator, and lots more activities to get them thinking about or trying something new. They’ll also get to take home an Olympic fact pack to get them ready to watch the Games this summer.
The tour will visit nine locations across the UK, starting at Caerphilly on 26 May. It will then call at Belfast on 2 June, Dumbarton on 9 June, Sunderland on 16 June, Burnley on 23 June, Wolverhampton on 30 June, Saffron Walden on 7 July, the Isle of Wight on 14 July and finally London on 21 and 22 July.
Tim Levell is editor of the Blue Peter's Big Olympic Tour TV programmes and Karen Gregory is executive producer of the events for BBC Learning.
For more information on the free roadshow events or to find out how you could be in the audience of the Blue Peter live broadcast, visit bbc.co.uk/bluepeter.
Tickets for the live broadcast will be on a strictly limited basis and entry will be by ticket only. Tickets can be applied for via the Blue Peter website or by calling 0370 901 1227. Entry to the event following the live broadcast is free and no ticket is required.
Notes to Editors
*Helen Skelton will not be appearing at the event in the Isle of Wight – Barney Harwood will be joined at this show by CBBC’s Naomi Wilkinson.
The free BBC Learning events will be held at the following locations, and will begin at 10am and finish at 4pm, with entry allowed throughout the day.
BBC Learning’s Blue Peter’s Big Olympic Tour event locations:
26 May 2012: Owain Glyndwr Playing Field, Caerphilly
2 June 2012: Ormeau Park, Belfast
9 June 2012: Levengrove Park, Dumbarton
16 June 2012: Herrington Country Park, Sunderland
23 June 2012: Towneley Park, Burnley
30 June 2012: West Park, Wolverhampton
7 July 2012: Saffron Walden Common, Saffron Walden
14 July 2012: Osborne House, Isle of Wight
21 and 22 July 2012: Central Park, East Ham, London