The second weekend of the Games brings a lot of action in the stadiums, including the men’s 100 metre finals on Sunday night. But for the 99.9% of us who don’t have tickets to that race, here are our top three picks for free London 2012 attractions at Olympic country houses this weekend. Note that all of these events take place on both 4 & 5 August, so if you miss the fun on Saturday, you can still have a go on Sunday.
Austria House – Party People: If you’re looking to do some clubbing, then Austria House Tirol is the place to come and enjoy the events being organised by Ischgl.com. Ischgl’s motto is ‘Relax if you can’ and they will be turning the Austria House into a unique clubbing location, which is sure to be an unforgettable experience. There will be a series of continuous Silent Disco gigs held in the Ischgl lounge by a DJ from Ibiza, before the ultimate highlight of the event, hourly concerts by the cappella band “The Nicknames”.
Kenya House – It’s “Magical”: Not content with the African Village, Kenya has set up its own house, and the country is promoting itself as a destination during this weekend’s “Tourism Days.” There will be plenty of opportunity to chill out and take in the best of Kenya, including performances by Masai tribe members, a spa area with massages, a golf simulator, and free Kenyan food and drink. The event is geared at the whole family, with safari Wii games, photo booths and Kenyan themed children’s crèches to keep the kids entertained as well.
House of Switzerland – Games Time: Sports fans of all ages can watch or participate in the “Bernese Games”, which will be a scaled-down version of the well-known Unspunnen Festival in the Berenese Oberland. Disciplines will include “Schwingen” (a type of folk wrestling native to Switzerland), “Steinstossen” (the Swiss version of the stone put) and “Platzgen” (a local form of discus throwing). There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs and a special kids’ corner where professional English-speaking child minders will entertain your kids with fun Swiss activities, from painting wooden cows to the “Eiger Game”.