East Greenwich 2012
East Greenwich is looking forward to an exciting year in 2012 with many unique events which will involve everyone who lives, works or visits.
The world-famous London Marathon, passes through East Greenwich on Sunday 22 April. The Elite Men can be seen heading West along Woolwich Road and Trafalgar Road at around 10am. Plenty of East Greenwich cafes open up early to serve spectators fresh coffee and offer breakfasts. East Greenwich is a great place to watch the marathon. Crowds are not too bad and the road is relatively narrow so you can have a really good look at the runners - you can even feel the wind as the elite men front runners pass you by.
Diamond Jubilee Celebrations
To mark 60 years of The Queen's reign, Diamond Jubilee Celebrations will centre around an extended weekend from the 2nd to 5th June. Here in East Greenwich as part of the East Greenwich Community Festivals there will be a Royal Jubilee Picnic hosted in East Greenwich Pleasaunce on Saturday 2nd June. The Thames Diamond Jubillee Pagent will then take place on the Thames on Sunday 3rd June and will consist of up to 1,000 boats assembled from across the UK, the Commonwealth and around the world. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh will travel in the Royal Barge which will form the centrepiece of the flotilla. The Pageant route is approximately 7 miles (11 kilometres) long. The full route including the mustering and dispersal areas runs from Hammersmith to Greenwich Royal Naval College and is approximately 13 miles (22kilometres).
2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Local residents will be able to cheer on the Olympic Torch as it is carried through the borough on 21 July 2012, en route to the Olympic Stadium. It will be carried though East Greenwich along Trafalgar Road and Woolwich Road first thing in the morning (before 10am).
The main Olympic events will then run from 27th July to 12th August and the Paralympic events from 29th August to 9th September. In all Greenwich borough will host 34 events across 9 sports. Here in East Greenwich we will be sandwiched between two of the Olympic venues: Greenwich Park, which will host the equestrian events and the modern pentathlon, and the North Greenwich Arena (The O2) which will host the gymnastics and the basketball finals.
Tourism and attractions
Visitor attractions and hospitality in East Greenwich continue to develop. New and refurbished hotels will expand the accommodation offer of East Greenwich in the coming months and London's first cruise liner terminal will open at Enderby's Wharf. Our nautical revival will also welcome 14 Tall Ships into our community as the inaugural Sail Royal Greenwich takes place from 25 July to 12 August with daily sailings from Woolwich to Tower Bridge.