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RNIB hold events for London 2012 Open Weekend

2012 open weekend
2012 open weekend Image credit: http://www.joanwalleymp.org.uk

This weekend marks the ‘One year to go’ milestone for the 2012 Olympics.

To celebrate the organisers are having a ‘London 2012 Open Weekend’ and the RNIB are holding their own sporting activities over the next few days...

Story telling event: 'A sporting chance'

For younger visitors aged between five and ten there’s a story telling reading being held at the National Portrait Gallery. The reading starts at 10.30am on Saturday 23 July where the young crowd can find out the tale of a young lad who dreams of competing in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Once the lad lives ‘happily ever after’ the assembled children will have the opportunity to design and create a flag. If you fancy reserving a space for yourself and your child drop Emma Lincoln a quick email at the gallery is also wheelchair accessible.

Blind People and Sport: Past and Present

Jonathan Gribbin will be making an appearance at the Blind People and Sport event tomorrow morning (Friday 22 July) Gribbin took part in the first Paralympic Games in 2008, helping Great Britain to finish at a respectable fifth position. Jonathan is a member of the England Blind Football squad, which is identical to the England football squad expect that they have a reasonable good excuse for missing penalties. RNIB Archivist, Philip Jeffs will also be in attendance sharing his experiences of sporting activities for blind people from past and present. The event takes place at the RNIB National Library at 10pm. To book please contact Philip Jeffs himself at

Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art

Taking place at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham this event is a must for any avid fans of tennis. Guests will be treated to a free tour of the 'Court on Canvas: Tennis in Art’ exhibition and be treated to a guided tour from the staff and representatives from RNIB. The tours take place on Sunday 24 July at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm. To secure your place please email Tess Radcliffe at or Zoe Partinton-Sollinger at

If you can’t travel to London or Birmingham there will be giant screens across the country this weekend keeping you up-to-date with all the latest 2012 news, they can be found at...

Belfast - City Hall, BT 15S
Birmingham - Victoria Square, B1 1BB
Bradford - Centenary Square, BD1 1SD
Bristol - Millennium Square, Waterfront, BS1 5DB
Cardiff - The Hayes, CF10 2DP
Coventry - Millennium Place, Hales Street, CF10 2DP
Derby - Market Place, DE1 3AE
Dover - Market Square, CT16 1NX
Edinburgh - Festival Square, EH3 9SR
Leeds - Millennium Square, LS1 3DP
Leicester - Humberstone Gate, LE1 1WA
Manchester - Exchange Square, M4 3TR
Middlesbrough - Centre Square, TS1 2QQ
Norwich - Chapelfield Shopping Centre, NR1 3SH
Plymouth - Armada Way, PL1 1DY
Portsmouth - Guildhall Square, PO1 2AD
Swansea - Castle Square, SA1 1JF
Swindon - Wharf Green, SN1 5AH
Waltham Forest - Town Square, Walthamstow, E17 7JN
Woolwich - General Gordon Place, SE18 6EU