Monday 17 February 2014 – Media Release
Sport at Canary Wharf set to steal the spotlight in 2014
The stage is set for another year of unparalleled sporting excitement that caters for all at Canary Wharf. Canary Wharf Group’s Arts & Events team have arranged a programme of events which promises to entertain and inspire visitors and residents alike. From test-driving the latest Jaguar at an unrivalled urban motor show, to witnessing world champions battling it out in the magnificent glass squash court at the East Wintergarden; whether cheering the runners along in the Virgin London Marathon or watching UK champions play beach volleyball for Action for Kids, there is plenty to get involved in this year at Canary Wharf.
ICE RINK, CANARY WHARF
Canary Wharf continues to host the longest running ice rink in London, nestled among the skyscrapers of Canada Square Park. Featuring London’s first ‘skate path’; a romantic route through the twinkling spires and trees, the ice rink this year now remains open until 23 February. Lessons are available from The National Ice Skating Association – so there’s no excuse to not give it a try.
CANARY WHARF SQUASH CLASSIC 2014
London’s premier squash tournament – the Canary Wharf Squash Classic returns to the spectacular East Wintergarden from 24 – 28 March. This year’s event has sold out in record time and organisers are consequently thrilled at how popular it has proved to be. The world’s best players will compete for the tournament title in the gladiatorial glass court in a full week of dramatic sporting action.
VIRGIN LONDON MARATHON
Where better to watch the Virgin London Marathon than at Canary Wharf with its extensive vantage points and a whole host of buzzing bars and restaurants. On 13 April, Canary Wharf will host miles 18 and 19 of this celebrated sporting event as spectators line the streets, cheering the runners onwards to the finish line.
On May 10 and 11, 150 plucky thrill seekers will fearlessly descend the 230ft drop down the side of 50 Bank Street. The daring participants will bravely take on this challenge in aid of The English Federation of Disability Sport. Promising to be a once in a lifetime adventure, and with no previous experience required, this event is not to be missed. Training is provided by fully qualified instructors but participants must be over 18. See notes to editors for details on how to apply.
CANARY WHARF JOG
Whether run in fancy dress or even backwards, the Canary Wharf Jog on 21 May still promises the perfect balance between fitness and fun, regardless of ability. This enjoyable 10k run is all in aid of The British Heart Foundation, with vital funds being raised for ground-breaking heart research. Last year 1,500 people took part and donated £35,000 for the nation’s leading heart charity.
THE PEARL IZUMI TOUR SERIES
World-class cycling competition, The Pearl Izumi Tour Series, takes centre stage at Canary Wharf as some of Britain’s top cyclists battle it out to be crowned the best team in the UK. On 5 June, this annual series of cycling races will kick off, covering an exciting 1.1 kilometre circuit, starting outside HSBC near Canada Square Park and winding through the heart of Canary Wharf. Don’t miss this gripping event involving some of the country’s most adept sportsman.
The UK’s largest free-to-visit motoring event transforms Canary Wharf into an urban stage showcasing the latest creations from the world’s leading motor manufacturers. In a motor show like no other, Motorexpo offers the opportunity to get up close with unrivalled access to the snazziest vehicles the industry has to offer. From 9 – 15 June, marvel at all the latest vehicles and take the exciting opportunity to book a test drive during the show.
Throughout the summer months, from late June to August, the beautifully landscaped Canada Square Park will once again be showing the best of sporting action on the big screen. Whether the sun makes an appearance early this summer or not, why not enjoy a packed programme of sports, entertainment and news highlights, and revel in the exciting atmosphere of this urban¬, alfresco setting. Highlights this year include the major sporting events of the summer, such as the exciting Royal Ascot, the F1 Grand Prix live, the Commonwealth Games, The Wimbledon Tennis Championships and the Scottish Golf Open as well as regular news and current affairs updates from BBC News24 and entertainment from all the BBC channels. F1 enthusiasts will be delighted to know that the screens will be showing highlights and live coverage of the Grand Prix from Britain, Germany, Hungary, Belgium and Austria as the events take place throughout the summer.
ACTION FOR KIDS BEACH VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
One hundred and sixty tonnes of sand will transform Wood Wharf into a volleyball arena as it hosts the fifth annual Action For Kids Beach Volleyball Championships. From 5 – 18 July, this charity challenge will provide an opportunity to try the sport either by entering a team into the Championships or by taking part in a taster session. Wood Wharf will see the top men and women’s UK teams play showcase matches at the weekends, providing a rare opportunity to get competitive with friends or colleagues or cheer them on from the side.
Canary Wharf‘s ever-popular table tennis event Ping! returns from 1 – 10 August. In this fun and competitive sport everyone is welcome to play, compete, learn from professional coaches or just watch sporting legends in showcase matches.
For further information, please contact:
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Ice Rink, Canary Wharf
Open until 23 February 2014
Monday to Saturday, 9.45am – 11pm and Sunday 9.45am-7.30pm
Prices vary, visit icerinkcanarywharf.co.uk for more details on party bookings and ticket prices
*All skating lessons must be booked in advance either online, or in person at the box office.
Canary Wharf Squash Classic
24 – 28 March 2014
Prices from £17.50
This popular PSA International 50 is sold out but there may be returns available on the day so contact email@example.com to be placed on the waiting list.
Virgin London Marathon
13 April 2014
Throughout Canary Wharf
Canary Wharf Jog
21 May 2014
Starts at Canada Square Park from 6pm
To register for the British Heart Foundation’s Canary Wharf Jog call free-phone 0845 130 8663 or visit www.bhf.org.uk to download the registration form or for more information.
The Pearl Izumi Tour Series
5 June 2014
Canada Square Park and across the estate
9 – 15 June 2014
10am – 6pm Monday – Saturday
11 am – 5pm Sunday
Throughout the estate
June – August (Subject to dates of sporting events) 2014
Canada Square Park
Action for Kids Beach Volleyball
5 – 18 July 2014
To register visit firstname.lastname@example.org to download a form. Registration fee £250.
1-10 August 2014
About Canary Wharf Arts & Events
The Canary Wharf Arts & Events team produces and facilitates more than 100 events each year, many of which are world-class and premieres. The majority of these events are free and enjoyed by those who work at Canary Wharf, the surrounding community and visitors.
Its diverse programme ranges from music concerts, comedy nights, film seasons, outdoor festivals and dance performances to street theatre, sporting events, charity initiatives, theatre shows and art exhibitions.
Canary Wharf Arts & Events is part of Canary Wharf Group plc
About Canary Wharf Group plc
Canary Wharf Group plc has achieved one of the greatest feats of civic transformation – an iconic urban regeneration, designing and constructing over 16 million square feet of office and retail space across its 97 acre East London Estate.
There are more than 300 shops, bars and restaurants at Canary Wharf. The Group’s world-class Arts & Events programme includes over 100 events each year and more than 60 art works by 45 artists and designers is found throughout the Estate. Temporary art exhibitions run throughout the year, with recent exhibitors including Peter Randall-Page, Phillip King and Phyllida Barlow.
Canary Wharf Group won the Christie’s Award for Best Corporate Art Collection and Programme at the International Art and Work Awards in November 2010, beating entries from around the world.
20% of the Estate is landscaped parks, plazas and walkways with over 1,000 trees, 88 floral species and each year 70,000 seasonal plants are planted. Canary Wharf also has one of Britain’s highest concentrations of ‘green’ roofs, reducing energy use and encouraging biodiversity. Canary Wharf Group has been named one of the Sunday Times Best Green Companies in Britain for the past three years.
100,000 people work at Canary Wharf, with the population projected to double by 2025.
Canary Wharf Group plc is an integrated property development, investment and management group of companies.