To be considering selling our olympic tickets as I tink it will be too stressful to go(82 Posts)
We got 5 tickets for the athletics in the ballot last year and were thrilled. You could only request a date not a time and we were allocated 6 -10pm. Kids will be 9 and 5 yr old twins and having looked at the transport links it is going to take hours to get home after the event. (we only live in Reading). We have been told to allow 2 hours each side to get in and out of the venue, you are not allowed to take bags or water etc in and I think the whole thing will be nightmare with the children getting very tired and not enoying the event. I realise it is a once in a lifetime event butI am dreading in.
Travel will be a nightmare.
Waiting times will be long.
Food and drink will be expensive.
It will be crowded.
You have to weigh up if you think your children can handle all that and enjoy the event.
My 4yr and 1yr old couldn't.
I think a 9yr old definitely could, and a five probably could as a one off. But they are your children and you know them best
I'm 42 and I couldn't cope with no bag and queues for drinks and long journeys and children.
It's not really a People's Olympics is it? I think they've really fucked it all up.
I go to London often. Travelling around has been even worse than usual recently. Heaven knows what it will be like over the Olympics.
Having said that if your 9 year old was really keen and understood he will be hanging around for a very long time, I would take him. I wouldn't take the 5 year olds.
No bags? That's just daft. Are you supposed to juggle your wallet, phone, tampons and whatever else you carry with you for several hours?
No bags? They can't do that surely?!
By going mad on security measures they have made the Olympics non user friendly. How can you just go to a huge sporting event lasting many hours, with your kids, and with just your purse in your hand?
No bags?! Seriously? The whole thing is a shambles.
its a shame isnt it but obviously there are reasons why such security measures are put in place!
I'm sorry but you all sound like such wet blankets. I was at the Sydney Olympics and they had all the same 'problems' as London (concern about special traffic lanes for Olympics buses and officials, there was massive hooha about the beach volleyball stadium being built in Bondi and I lived in Bondi then but it was all done, dusted and dismantled and now of course, no one bloody remembers the hassles over that one stadium!) but I went to every single event I could get my hands on (fencing, athletics, hockey) and had the most brilliant time. The atmosphere in the whole city was electric for the whole two weeks. Everything worked fine as far as I could remember. I couldn't actually remember any actual problems, just that it was such a brilliant time in my life.
We've only got tickets to the swimming this time but I am positive we will get more tickets closer the time (I actually remember buying some of my tickets from a 'booth' in the city in Sydney) and I am going to enjoy it. I also happen to think I am very lucky that I would get to experience the Olympics twice in my lifetime. I wish people would just go along with it, then moan about every single thing!
Back to OP, I think you can (and should) do it as a one-off. My kids are 4 and 2 and I think they are too young to appreciate it, which is such a pity. However, we did recently fly to a holiday on a flight that got into our destination at midnight and we had a bit of a kerfuffle over where we were staying and didn't get into our villa till 3.30am! They had a sleep on the plane, woke up, slept again in the rental car and we 'transferred' them. They were hardly scarred for life!
Where has the no bags thing come from? Is it on your tickets/official?
It sounds like my idea of hell on earth, but then I have no interest in athletics. I would sell the tickets for £££ and go on a nice relaxing holiday instead.
Listen, if you really really wanted to go then you would think sod the inconvenience we can manage wouldn't you.
You've got your tickets and now cant really be bothered - and I dont blame you, it's all such a faff. You may as well pass them onto someone who thinks of it as the opportunity of a life time and who thinks the pleasure will outweigh the pain.
I plan to commute as little as possible when the olympics are on, it is gonna be one giant pain in the arse
Yep it is mentioned in the little pack that comes with the wallets. We only have tickets for the football up near me so travel won't be anywhere near as bad as for events in London, but we are still advised to allow 2 hours to get in and out of the stadium.
I'm taking a football mad 11 year old, an Olympics mad 12 year old and a 13 month old so while I can get through a few hours with the older ones without needing anything more in my pocket than phone, wallet and keys, that clearly isn't going to work with the baby. I'm assuming there wont be a problem with taking bottles in for the baby but I think that toddler snacks might be a grey area.
I just wondered whether they might be more bothered about sponsors/advertising with the no bags thing? In the past, big sports events have had issues with this, and the official sponsors get very pissy about it. Basically what happens is that companies who aren't officiail sponsors stand outside venues giving everyone freebies, then the whole stand is filled with their logos.
I imagine they'll be ok with it really, just make sure it's cheap bag that you don't mind having taken off you.
you can takes bags into the venue, just no larger than 25 litres in capacity. I have just read that on the official website. They just prefer you not to take bags YOu can only take liquid in a container no larger than 100ml and no part filled bottles, but you can take an empty water bottle to fill and water will be available free. see www.london2012.com/mm/Document/Documents/General/01/25/44/10/Restrictionsonliquidsaerosolsandgels_Neutral.pdf here
yes it will take a long time to get in and out - we will be travelling from Norfolk and will probably have a 20plus hour day, but as a one off I think it wilkl be worth it
Obviously you're allowed to take your handbag and/or nappy bag if you have a baby
They just mean no giant shoppers full of snacks/water.
bags are allowed in Wembley, see official website www.london2012.com/venue/wembley-arena/visitor-information/ here
What you've described is my idea of hell. Sell them and stay home where you'll have a better view on tv.
Complete Olympic here. IMO it's an exercise in pumping up the already over inflated egos of a few at the expense of many.
I can't understand why anyone would want to endure the conditions they are imposing on would be spectators, let alone subject children to them. That said, I am a "hater" and think the whole thing has been really badly handled and is more than likely going to be a complete fiasco from start to finish, especially for "ordinary" people.
Sell your tickets and spend the money on something nice.
How much would you want to sell them for? Can I buy two? <depending on cost and date!>
Think it does sound a bit of a nightmare with the 5 year old twins to be honest...but it's a one off so do-able if you wanted to, but you don't! So I think you should sell the tickets (to me!) and move on!
Was hoping for a few more posts along of the lines of "it will be a wonderful experience and it will be so well organised that it will be a great day out for you all".
Interesting that small bags are allowed and water bottles. I think my 9 yr old will be fine but the twins have no idea what is happening (keep asking if Mario and Sonic will be there!).
I feel bad as so many people want to go and in years to come they will ask why we did not take them but I just wish it was going to be easier to travel and not in the middle of the night!
PandaG - How old are your children?
You are able to take bags into the venues, up to regular sized day backpacks/handbags are fine. It's just lots of shopping bags, suitcases etc that are banned. You can't take bottles of water in but you can take empty bottles in and there will be ample facilities to fill these up free of charge. You also can't take food in, but this is a pretty standard restriction for venues/events these days.
If you don't want them, I'll take them off your hands
I would do it, it's no different to taking them on a flight etc - it takes more than 2 hours to check in at the airport and to stay up late just this once won't do them any harm. You can take bags in if they are not too large and stuffed full of food. As already said you can take small empty bottles for water and fill them up inside.
Its sounds like hell to me, unless you are really really into athletics. I certainly wouldn't go for the "olympic experience "
I would sell your tickets lots of adults would love to go and the children can take themselves when they are older. I don't get all this once in a lifetime stuff, i've been to 2 Olympics myself. They are every 4 years if you're that keen.
I certainly would go "for the olympic experience". This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. How about leaving the twins with a grandparent or something and selling those tickets?
I would go childless.
I hate taking the kids to London anyway,let alone during the Olympics.
I went with my 3 month old DS to one of the London prepares events. The javelin train from st pancras to the stadium took 7 minutes. The security checks were very slick. I travelled in from Oxford and we had a great day. The westfield centre is right next to the olympic stadium and has lots for kids to do - a huge lego shop, little cars as shopping trolleys lots of food places.I would take them its once in a lifetime.
Olympics not even started and the whinging is already full speed ahead?
It was absolutely clear what time each session was when you applied. There were day sessions and evening sessions - your mistake. YABU to blame the problem on anyone else.
Clearly not a good session for children to go to - so you could either go as a couple or just sell all the tickets back.
We've got tickets for the athletics too. I don't want to go either. Luckily we only have 2 tickets so i have graciously said that DH and DD should go and me and DH will stay at home. Our tickets are from 10 til 2. So they will have to get up at 5am travel for 2 hours queue for 2 hours in order to get in on time. Not my idea of a fun.
I would go, take 'regulation' sized bags, arrive at 6pm and leave at 8.30-9pm, approx. one hour before the end.
You will miss 'stuff' but will also miss the 2 hours to get out as everyone will still be in their seats.
2 hours will be enough for your DC to experience it.
Alternatively, ask a relative to have your DC over night and go with your DH, make a night of it.
Me and DS will stay at home.
When I say arrive at 6 I mean get in at 6. You will arrive at 4pm obviously.
TBH i was worried after the Jubilee. I went to London but made sure I got a hotel with a view"just in case". The flotilla wasn't that spectacular
Whoops ! and there were queues from 1.00pm onwards for the loo's that stretched across the bridge (Westminster). I felt really sorry for people with children TBH . My friends also did an hours journey only to be turned round and sent back because their station was too full.
sameoldthing - great idea about leaving early to miss the rush at the end.
gladders - the only option was the date and event you wanted no mention of times, however these were not the expensive tickets so that she have told us something!
katedan- absolutely untrue i'm afraid - i know as i especially looked out for the day sessions and avoided all the evening ones. this narrowed our choices but meant that we had an event that was more child friendly.
I've had the same problems about DH as he got hold of cycling tickets for Box Hill and was delighted. It was only when we looked at the info that we realised it was highly likely we'd have to park upwards of an hour's walk away from the site, walk there, sit/stand on a hillside for at least 6-8 hours and then walk back to the car.
Fine if you are a cycling obsessed adult, not if you are a 5 year old who isn't that bothered frankly. We are giving it a miss, and going for an event with a shorter slot during the middle of the day.
my DC are older than yours granted - 10 and 12, but I think I would have done it 5 years ago too. We've already got our train tickets, and although there will be queueing on the tube, the overland has no changes so that bit of the journey should be ok. we plan to take Aldi bottled water and ditch it before we go in, and have ordered the water bottles that roll up when empty to fill in the venue.
If you are unsure (and have cheap tickets) are you able to get someone to look after the younger ones, and just go with the 9 yo?
YANBU, I'm starting to think the same thing about our football tickets but there are so many left I doubt we could sell them
I definately saw all the times when I applied as I deliberately went for evening sessions so DH wouldn't have to take the day off work (we live in London). i applied for more than £3000 worth of tickets and got nothing
It sounds like you don't want to go and are trying to make excuses. I don't blame you, it will be awful. Now can I buy your tickets?
Onlyaphase, you can still watch the race as you don't need tickets to watch it from the roadside, we are going to watch it from Richmond bridge which is 10mins walk from our house
Are you selling them then? Go when your chidren are older.
Shall I have your tickets for you?
I need to find out what food we can take in for DS's allergies. This should be fun .
The water restrictions don't surprise me though, as long as there's free water inside then it's tolerable.
I was all keen to say "sell them to me!" until I saw they were evening, and I must admit that sounds like a crappy journey from Reading. In your place I'd sell the 5 year olds' tickets, go with the 9 year old and find a friend in London to crash overnight with. Done like that it should be a breeze.
I really fancy seeing Oscar Pizourius (sp?) at the paras, but his class only seem to run in the evenings and even coming from London I'm not sure I can face taking my 7 year old to an evening session - but I guess it's doable if we sneak away early as the pp suggested.
Go! It will be great! We went to some evening athletics sessions at the Athens Olympics before we had DCs and I remember there being kids sat around us. Don't remember them being difficult or annoying, just genuinely excited and interested.
On a more personal note, we have taken 3yo DD to an evening sports event and she lasted to about 9pm before asking to go home, which I thought was pretty good.
Give it a whirl. It IS a once-in-a-lifetime for this country/generation.
Seriously, what is the worst that could happen?
You can take food in. They've just restricted the size of bags and liquids apprently. <<panic over>>.
Make an afternoon of it enjoying the atmosphere in the Olympic Park, get settled in your seats and stick it out for as long as the 5yo's can stand it. It's a straightforward journey on the tube from Stratford, change to mainline at Waterloo and the DC can sleep all the way back to Reading.
Or leave the 5yos behind and take someone who will appreciate it <sticks hand up>
Go for it, it will be worth the effort.
We got hockey tickets then found out it was for evening session (finish 10.45). We got them through England Hockey so really didn't know for what day or session.
As we live near Liverpool, this sounded a nightmare, but have found out about campsites at various sports clubs around London so will now be camping for 2 nights (£25 per tent per night), so will be making a mini break and really can't wait
You got athletics tickets? Gold dust! I can see it might be a bit tricky with the the younger ones, but I think it WILL be a fabulous experience. The Olympics are in London - why miss out, it will never happen again!
Make the whole thing part of the adventure.
Go - if you don't, you'll wonder about it for ages. Look, it might go swimmingly or it might be an ordeal. The reality will probably be a bit of both.
Westfield is just next door; come up for the day, feed them all up before you go in (loads of good places to eat there, all family friendly) and ship out when you've all had enough. I'm assuming you don't have to stay until 10pm?
I can see the stadium from my bedroom and the DCs and I didn't get any tickets. So FGS, go and enjoy it!
Thank goodness we can take bags - gave me a bit of a fright as we are spending the night before in a hotel. ( and taking a sleeping bag as we could only find a room with one double bed and there's 3 of us.)
Despite being one of the Londoners who has paid, for the past 6 years and will be paying for god knows how long, extra council tax to contrbute £1 billion (conservative small c estimate) to the 'people's' Olympics I didn't get any tickets either, Betsy.
It seems to me that, at the very least, those that are paying for the
capital to be gridlocked for 6 weeks spectacle should have been awarded a free ticket to some event or other along with the bill.
We have tickets to cross-country (horses!) and can take a small backpack each, which will be scanned by security device, so why can't you take a bag too?
yes it will be a very tiring day and at times stressful
but you will be watching the best athletes in the world, the atmosphere will be fantastic you are so lucky i envy you and would happily buy them off you. go if you don't you will regret it
we are going to the basketball, it will be a late finish for ds (4) but i know he will have a great time and it will be a wonderful experience
go go go and enjoy you will enjoy it no doubt about it and rest the following day
I'm really looking forward to the Olympics - we have four sets of tickets, and for three of them we have tickets for DS too (he'll be 2). We've now basically decided not to take him with us - he won't appreciate it and we'll be able to enjoy ourselves much more without him there. Childcare isn't an issue as he'll be at nursery for two of the sessions (we only live 3 miles from the Olympic Park) and the third is at a weekend and I'm taking my mum to that event so he can stay with DH (and my parents are looking after him the other day we have tickets for). I do feel a bit bad as it would be nice for him to say as an old man that he was there - but I think we're best leaving him at home.
OP, I would say go but leave early.
It's a one off opportunity, you have to go!!!
Having said that I am a bit relieved in some ways that we didn't get tickets as we would have had to sort flights and accommodation etc, but we may try to get some Hampden football tickets as they are struggling to sell them.
I'm in the same boat - we have tickets for a sport which DH and the DCs play but which I have no interest whatsoever in, on alternate days - so we're looking at a 2 hr train trip to get to central London, plus whatever it takes to get in to the place, then the trip home, one day's respite and then repeat. I have no desire whatsoever to do this. I'd rather spend the time sticking pins in my eyes.
I could stay home - DH would say he's fine with it - but then I'd feel crap and a bit of joy-killer.
Go! Yes it'll be tiring after but the kids can fall asleep on the Jubilee line back to Waterloo and then the train to Reading. A small bag each - I was told it has to fit under seats, like on an airline - should be sufficient. There's water fountains inside.
I'm taking ds and dn (3.9 and 4) and a five-month-old baby who has to be in a sling, and really looking forward to it. The boys know they are going to see people competing to see who is the best at running and jumping and throwing in the whole world and that there's people from all the countries of the world and are as excited as they can be about something that isn't tomorrow.
I'm sure your twins will enjoy it (but do consider leaving a bit early to beat the crowds and them getting tired).
I'm gutted that I didn't get any tickets. I would definitely take my 7 and 2 yr old if I did have tickets.
It you are using the tubes you will have to have bottles of water with you in case of getting stuck underground, it happens often and on a packed tube is hell. If the journey would be easy I would say do it but I am a Londoner and tube user and NO WAY would I put my 3 year old dd on a tube at rush hour, and the Olympics is going to be much worse.
On just a regular morning it is almost impossible to get a tube from bethnal green. On a good day you wait for 10 trains to go by, the. You manage to squeeze yourself in under someone's arm pit and thank god you are thin. If it is a bad day the tube station is shut, you can't get in at all and there is no way you are getting on a bus, they don't stop as they are full.
The underground, especially the central line in the east just doesn't work. Now I know there is supposed to be a fast line to Stratford, but I don't see how tfl will make his work if hey can't manage normally
However I am a grump and hate sport so I may just be a miserable old sod.
I want to know how you got tickets without knowing what the times were when you applied for them. You DID have to choose the times when applying because I spent ages looking at train times etc to fit around the ones I applied for. Alas, I didn't get any.
The finals tickets (evenings) are/were significantly more expensive than the morning heats so you must have known this.
I would be gutted if I was a dc and was told I was going then not. I see what you are saying but I think you should go.
I would go (if I was lucky enough to have "won" tickets".
Your kids may be cranky on the way home, but it will be worth it, because they will always remember they were there.
I just dont get this "one off thing, you MUST go..".. it is only sport.. and to be honest I would think a pair of five year old would be bored witless with it all as well.
Well, I'm going to the Paralympics on my own with a 5yr old, 3yr old and 1yr old (judo, swimming, athletics). Looks like I am crazy then. But only doing morning sessions
OP you've just summed up the reasons why I wouldn't go. Way too much faff and I'd rather be do something than watching.
I think some times you just have to take a chance and live life a little (and to throw in another cliche) Life's too short!
I think it's hypothetical as you can't sell the bloody things!!!
I won two tickets to the showjumping but am now the proud owner of an EBF 3 wk old who I don't have a ticket for and who wouldn't really enjoy the spectacle, plus we now have to be elsewhere on the date.
You can't transfer them, you can't sell them privately and the ticket resale site just says "back open in spring" I've contacted them pointing out spring has sprung and we are running out of time to sell and just got a "we will reopen it in Spring" email back as a reply [hmmm].
So looks like ours will be totally wasted empty seats
Pretty sure you don't need tickets for babes in arms now (they changed the rules) although this won't solve your other date clash problem!
Can you not sell them to a friend/relative?
Oh and congratulations on the little one!
I am taking ds 4 we have already been to all the London prepares events- he loves all the chaos I would go simply because it's a once in a lifetime thing. I also took him to similar when he was much younger -we do the ATP etc every year since he was born and he has always enjoyed it.
We have 2sets of tix for 2 games at Hampden. We plan to go early but not 2 hours early as I don't think it will be sold out...and I don't see the Scots standing for that tbh. They are so many tix left for the womens' games they were giving them away in a colouring competition at school last week
We paid £35 for each adult ticket and then the children paid their age : £4 and £6. We have been to the free torch lighting event & the kids loved it. And now they are excited!
But I do agree that all this "once in a lifetime" stuff is tosh. It may even be better to visit in another country then you will be spared the stress of worrying, knowing what you know from the papers, knowing what you know of transport problems...
I would go.
Babies under 12 months don't need ticket anymore and it's fine to give (or sell for face value) tickets to friends and family. You just can't tout them / advertise them / sell for a profit.
I'm going to 2 events, one with Dh and newborn dc3 and the other with dd1 (4) and dd2 (3) as well. Can't wait although neither event is at the Olympic stadium - very
We went to the athletics at the Commonwealth Games in Manchester. It was a gorgeous evening - lovely and sunny (well actually boiling hot until the sun had gone below the side of the stadium) and a brilliant atmosphere. England won lots of stuff so we had to keep standing to sing Land of Hope and Glory.
However, the thing with athletics is that while there are some exciting races, in between there is lots of waiting around and also with the field events, they are often over the other side of the stadium while a medal ceremony is going on somewhere else. It's all a bit disjointed TBH.
So even the actual event might be a bit dull for the 5 year olds. I would leave early as someone else said. I think we did that in Manchester as two grown adults as it's always easiest to get out ahead of the crowds.
Softlysoftly I registered one of my sets for re-sale yesterday. Have you logged into your account? I applied for three lots and got them all and they're all within a week of each other. My DC are 5 and 2 and I can't quite manage three trips!
Softly you can transfer them to friends or family. The only condition is that you (or whoever's name is on the tickets) may have to be available so they can call you on the day to check payment details or something.
We are taking our 4 year old to the hockey games, and leaving at 6am to get to our seats for 8.15am. We live in SE London a few stops from the DLR at Woolwich Arsenal so an easy journey for us. One of us could carry him if he got tired. We are planning on leaving early to avoid the mad rush out. I'm not sure I'd want to take 2x5 year olds in the evening.
Could you keep an eye out for different timed tickets for a different event? We only got the hockey ones last week because they released extra.
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