Around the Park

A new heart for east London, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the city's newest park, a new home to thousands and a new destination for millions.

The Park is open for the public to visit and explore its unique parklands, waterways, venues and attractions. 

The north of the Park and the Copper Box Arena opened in 2013 with a series of incredible festivals and concerts, while the south of the Park, including three iconic venues and the ArcelorMittal Orbit, opened in April 2014.

BeachEast at the Park

The UK’s largest urban beach is now open along Stratford Waterfront on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

BeachEast, which will be open daily from 10am until Sunday 4 September, features a children’s paddling pool, funfair rides, two beach bars, games and activities, DJs, themed events and competitions.

From 6-21 August, BeachEast will also play host to the Official Team GB FanZone, where visitors can watch live coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on the big screen and participate in some of the sports that our Team GB stars will be competing in!

The beach is open daily from 10am and entry is £2 (adult) and £1 (Child – 12 years and under) for the full tropical beach experience. BeachEast goers will be able to redeem their entry fee against rides, games, food and drinks.

Visitors should note that taking alcoholic drinks, picnics and dogs – except Assistance Dogs – into BeachEast are forbidden.

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African Comedy Festival

The African Comedy Festival 2016 to be held at world-famous Copper Box Arena on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

An expansion of the monthly African Comedy Shows held at the iconic London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic handball, modern pentathlon fencing and goalball venue aims to enable the general public and African community to get a taste African-style of comedy on their doorstep.

West Ham United fans can warm-up for the first-ever Premier League fixture at the London Stadium against AFC Bournemouth by attending the Festival, which will take place between 6-11pm on Saturday 20 August.

Eleven of Africa’s best comedians will be performing, including South African actress and comedian Tumi Morake, Nigerian comedian Gordons, Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi, Ghananan act DKB, Ethiopian comedian Meskerem Bekele, Uganda's top comedian Alex Muhangi, Somalian comedian GH Wiilwaal, Zimbabwean comedian Learnmore ‘Long John’ Mwanyenyeka and Kenyan act Brother FranklynPlus, while there will be guest appearances from comedians Prince Hezekiah and MOG (Man Of God).

Tickets for this unique event are priced from £25 and are available now from

Hoops on the Park

The Copper Box Arena will also play host to Great Britain’s basketball stars as they step out to play three vital games in their bid to return to the FIBA EuroBasket Final Round.

Great Britain tackle FYR Macedonia on Saturday 3 September at 6.30pm, followed by the visit of Luxembourg on Wednesday 7 September and Hungary on Saturday 10 September.

With 3 September being a free weekend in the domestic football calendar, West Ham United fans can fill their sporting void by taking in some top-class hoops on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The midweek visit of Luxembourg tips-off at 7pm, while Hammers supporters can head straight from the Premier League visit of Watford to cheer on Team GB against the Hungarians from 6.30pm.

Joel Prunty’s squad features a mixture of domestic and overseas-based players, including US-born University of California, Irvine, guard Alex Young, former Rider University Broncs forward Teddy Okereafor, Charleston Southern University forward Will Saunders and Greece-based forward Robert Gilchrist.

Tickets for the opening fixture with FYR Macedonia are priced from £14-£25 (plus a per transaction delivery fee) and are available now from

Take to the water!

The iconic London Aquatics Centre became one of the best-known London 2012 venues after the Olympic heroics of diver Tom Daley and swimmers Rebecca Adlington and Michael Jamieson.

Now, you too can take the water on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with a special summer programme to help keep the whole entertained throughout the summer holidays.

Activities will include the popular inflatable Aqua Splash and Extreme Aqua Splash sessions suitable for all the family, along with ‘Just Keep Moving’ family fun swimming sessions inspired by the new Disney Pixar film Finding Dory.

The jam-packed summer holiday programme is underway and will run through to Thursday 1 September.

Whether you are looking for a family day-out or want to improve your swimming or diving skills, then London Aquatics Centre has something for everyone.

Tickets for Aqua Splash and Extreme Aqua Splash start from £5 per Child and £7.50 per Adult.
'Just Keep Moving' swimming sessions take place every Friday and Sunday until 1 September and cost from £2.50 per Child and £4.95 for Adults.

Tickets for these fantastic activities are on sale now from

Ride the Slide

London's most exciting new experience, The Slide at the ArcelorMittal Orbit, is now open!

Measuring 178m, the Slide is the world’s tallest and longest slide, carrying riders down from the top of the UK’s tallest public artwork through light and dark sections as London’s dramatic skyscape – including West Ham United’s London Stadium home – passes by.

The Slide twists and turns 12 times, including a tight corkscrew section named the ‘bettfeder’ – after the German word for ‘bedspring’ – and ends with a 50 metre straight run to the ground. In the exhilarating 40-second trip, riders are expected to hit speeds of up to 15mph!

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