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British Carnival comes to Olympic Park

The Paraiso School of Samba
The Paraiso School of Samba. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive

The Olympic Park will host its first ever British carnival today. The event starts at midday and continues til 9.30pm. They'll be three separate stages showing the best and brightest talent from the UK carnival scene. Acts performing will include the Paraiso School of Samba and CarnivalXtra.

In the heart of carnival village, people will be given the opportunity to make their own costumes and take part in dances. They'll also be impromptu parades and a spectacular finale.

Boris: Families must continue visiting Olympic Park

Mayor of London Boris Johnson climbs over a rope bridge during a visit to the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London. Credit: PA Wire

Boris Johnson has urged Londoners to continue to head to the Olympic Park after figures revealed that 50,000 people visited the area on its opening weekend.

The London Legacy Development Corporation led the transformation of the park in just 18 months as new walkways, playgrounds water fountains were introduced.

"Londoners have voted with their feet by turning up in their hoards to declare this opening weekend a great success. With a season of bank holidays nearly upon us, I urge families to head East and visit London’s latest visitor attraction," the mayor added.

Read: Harry says Prince George will come to Olympic Park

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Over 50,000 visit Olympic Park in just two days

Over 50,000 people visited the Olympic Park on its opening weekend, new figures have revealed.

The Olympic Park has proved popular with visitors since its reopening. Credit: PA Wire

The south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park opened to the public for the first time since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games last weekend.

The park has been redeveloped in efforts to attract visitors to the east London area.

Prince Harry, Boris Johnson and local schoolchildren tested out the new facilities, including a adventure playground, last week ahead of the opening.

Read: Prince Harry and Boris Johnson explore Olympic Park

Harry says Prince George will come to Olympic Park

Prince Harry has said he is sure Prince George will get the chance to visit the Olympic Park in future years,

The Prince was speaking as he toured the new attractions at the park in east London with Boris Johnson ahead of its official opening tomorrow.

Prince Harry and Boris Johnson speak to schoolchildren at the park. Credit: PA Wire

When asked if Prince George would visit, he replied: "I'm sure he'll have his chance to come down here.

"You never know, the Olympics might be back here again before we know it."

On hearing that remark, Boris Johnson joked: "We'll put in for the Winter Games!"

Read: Prince George seen at home in relaxed family setting

Harry joins in with children's fun at Olympic Park

Prince Harry enjoyed testing the new attractions at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park today as schoolchildren pushed him as high as possible on a newly installed swing.

The Prince joined Mayor of London Boris Johnson on a visit to the park in Stratford, east London ahead of its official opening on Saturday.

After getting off the basket swing, Harry told the children: "Now I get to push you."

Read: Prince and Mayor enjoy playground at Olympic Park

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Prince Harry and Boris Johnson visit Olympic Park

Prince Harry joined Boris Johnson today on a visit to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park ahead of its official opening on Saturday.

Boris Johnson and Prince Harry met local schoolchildren at the newly-refurbished park. Credit: ITV News/Simon Harris

The 560 acre park has been transformed since the 2012 games and will open to the public from 10am on Saturday.

The prince and the Mayor of London met local schoolchildren and spoke to teams involved in the development of the area over the last 18 months.

New features in the park include interactive water fountains, themed walking trails and a new adventure playground.

Read: Olympic Park set to be 'new heart for east London'

Tom Daley calls on UK to enjoy Olympic legacy

Tom Daley with his coach Jane Figueirdo at the Aquatics Centre
Tom Daley with his coach Jane Figueirdo at the Aquatics Centre Credit: PA Images

Bronze-medal winning diver Tom Daley is calling for Londoners and visitors alike to be part of the legacy of the 2012 Games as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park fully opens on 5th April for the first time.

He said: "The London Aquatics Centre has so many memories for me. To be able to train here full time is just amazing and I really do hope that lots of people are inspired to get involved in different sporting events and activities within the Park.

"The facilities we've got here are second to none. Even if people just want to come and have a swim and stay fit and active, that's hopefully what the Olympic legacy has left behind."

Olympic Park set to be 'new heart for east London'

The new southern section of the Olympic Park includes interactive water fountains Credit: Image: LLDC
The children's park has a spectacular view the ArcelorMittal Orbit Tower Credit: Image: LLDC
The park's south plaza has been described as a 21st century pleasure garden Credit: Image: LLDC

Read: New section of Olympic Park to open this weekend

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