Festival of Sport Aberdeen

BBC Sport

Taking place on Friday 13 and Saturday 14 December at Aberdeen Sports Village, this two day event will offer local people the chance to try out a variety of sports.

The Festival of Sport will first open its doors to local primary and secondary school children on Friday 13 December. They will have the opportunity to take part in all of the sports available, as well as other activities such as Q&As with sporting heroes, a CBBC’s Jamie Johnson 5-A-Side Challenge and much more.

The doors will then open again on Saturday 14 December to the general public for a full day of programming dedicated to family fun. 

Alongside the wide range of sporting activities, Saturday’s programme will also offer the chance to be in the audience for Q&A discussions with Manchester United and Aberdeen legend Denis Law, decorated Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, as well as a cricket masterclass with Eoin Morgan.

For those that fancy themselves as long distance runners, the Tumbleator invites visitors to pit themselves against marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge. Runners are challenged to match his marathon record of 2:01:39 by running for 200 metres on the 20 foot long treadmill.

Aberdeen will host the BBC Sports Personality of the Year for the first time on Sunday 15 December where presenters Gary Lineker, Clare Balding and Gabby Logan will celebrate a huge year of sport in front of a live audience of 10,000 at the new P&J Live arena, as well as the millions watching along on BBC One.

Ticket information:

To ensure we manage demand, certain activities at the festival are ticketed separately. These activities include Football, Cricket, Rugby, Shinty, Netball and Basketball Participation Sessions.

Each participation ticket guarantees entry for one child and one adult / grown up, and guarantees participation for at least one of you in the event. If both wish to participate please apply for two tickets.

You can apply for a maximum of two tickets for the above mentioned Sports Participation Sessions. You can apply for as many sessions as you like but if your application is successful you will receive tickets for a maximum of three sessions across the day

Anyone wishing to take part in any of the ticketed events (children, young people and adults) must have a participation ticket.

This ticket allows the holder to access their allocated sessions and the rest of the festival. In addition to the sporting activities you have applied to take part in, you will be able to have a go at a wide range of other sports including Hockey, Tennis, Gymnastics, Table Tennis and Cycling alongside Can You Kick It challenges, the Tumbleator and our Beat the Goalie challenge.

For more information and to apply for the various sessions select from the options below.

Want to come to the festival but not take part in the Participation Sessions? 

Our “An Audience With” Session tickets give you the opportunity to hear from sporting legends Denis Law, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Eoin Morgan. “General Admission" tickets give access to the rest of the festival.

As this is a family event, all ticket holders will be only admitted when accompanied by a child of school age or younger. This includes secondary school aged children.

Festival of Sport

How to be in the audience

Step 1: Apply for tickets

Tickets for this show are being allocated on a first-come first-served basis, so when we receive your ticket request your details are added to the list of applicants. Tickets are usually dispatched from approximately three weeks ahead of the recording date.

Step 2: Receive a message

All eligible requests are allocated tickets in the order they are received, up to the maximum number of available tickets. If successful, we notify you by text message and send your e-ticket(s) to your email address. If unsuccessful you will be kept on the waiting list in case anyone cancels their tickets.

Step 3: Arrive early on the day

We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people so please arrive in good time. Remember that every guest must bring approved photo ID.

See a full list of accepted photo ID

Select a show from the options below

SPFL logo
Available for booking

Football with the SPFL Trust and the Denis Law Legacy Trust.

Festival of Sport: Basketball Scotland
Available for booking

Basketball with Basketball Scotland.

Netball Scotland
Available for booking

Netball with Netball Scotland.

Festival of Sport: Shinty
Available for booking

Come along and have a go at shinty.

Festival of Sport: Scottish Rugby
Available for booking

Come along and try out Tartan Touch with Scottish Rugby.

Cricket Scotland
Available for booking

Try out CricHIIT or come and have a go at cricket and improve your skills.

Denis Law
Available for booking

Gabby Logan is joined by footballing legend Denis Law with Craig Brown and Willie Miller.

Tanni Grey-Thompson
Available for booking

Clare Balding is joined by Paralympian, Peer, broadcaster and mum, Tanni Grey-Thompson.

Eoin Morgan
Available for booking

Join England Captain, Eoin Morgan with Ebony Rainford-Brent.

Festival of Sport logo
Available for booking

Enjoy access to the Festival of Sport.