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See the British Grand Prix on the Big Screen

With a certain someone's birthday approaching, and a loss at what to get, luck struck when I heard about F1 Fanzone. Established in 2009, the festival that celebrates all things Formula One took place in Abu Dhabi, attracting two hundred and eighty-six thousand visitors. Since then it has travelled to Monaco, Melbourne, and now, finally it is making its debut in London.

If you can't make it to Silverstone, then F1 Fanzone is the next best thing. See the British Grand Prix qualifiers and main race broadcast live on a giant screen at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

F1 Fanzone is more than just a screening though; between the 4th - 6th July there will be a whole host of exciting activities to sick your teeth into.

Autograph Sessions

A rare opportunity to meet current and former racers. Most of the guests have not been announced yet, but the first to be confirmed is reserve Lotus driver, Charles Pic for the 5th July.

Pit Stop Challenge

How fast can you change a tyre? Teams will compete to see who can perform the quickest pit stop on a car.


There will be a variety of driving simulators to test out. These include a single player motion simulator, or multiplayer, against sixteen other people, so it will feel like you are in an actual Grand Prix. The simulators use the same technology that the racers use in training.

Podium Photo Finish

Step up to the podium, receive your trophy, and get your photo taken as a memento of the day.

F1 Driver Fitness

Through interactive activities find out about the fitness, diet and dexterity levels of the racers. Have a F1 Driver Experience or take on the Baktak Pro challenge to test your reaction time.

Pit Wall

Take a seat in the pits and discover what the F1 teams get up to behind the scenes.

Miniature Car Racing

Whether its go karting, a miniature electric track, or by remote control, race your mini cars to the finish line. Children will also be able to get their first drivers' license by taking lessons in an electric powered F1 car.

Car Bungee Jump

Not for the faint hearted. Bungee jump. Inside a car.

For an event like this, I was expecting to pay a lot of money, but tickets are great value at only 10. You can also buy VIP tickets for 25, which gives you 10% discount off merchandise, 30% off a Catherham Taxi Drift Experience, and the ability to jump queues.
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Why? Drive like an F1 racer
When: 4th - 6th July
Phone: 0800 072 2110
Where: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Cost: 10, 25 VIP
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