Celebrate our rowers’ return from Rio!

Manchester and London will host our Olympic and Paralympic heroes’ return to the UK on the Monday, 17 and Tuesday, 18 October, respectively.


Katherine and Vicky "blasting off the blocks" Copyright: Intersport Images

Britain’s rowers made history at the Paralympics winning three golds and a bronze to finish top of the rowing medal table, and our Olympic rowers’ achievements earned them the same accolade with three golds and two silvers.

With their best ever away Games for Team GB and ParalympicsGB, it is a very proud moment for Britain’s athletes and a time for us to celebrate their outstanding efforts. Minister for Sport Tracey Crouch said: “The achievements of Team GB and ParalympicsGB made the whole country proud so it is only right that we host fitting celebrations to mark their incredible performances in Rio. Our athletes are an inspiration to millions and gave us so many fantastic medal moments that will live long in the memory.”

Manchester – Monday, 17 October
What: Parade of Olympians and Paralympians through Manchester before coming together for an event in Albert Square.

When: The parade will begin at 16.30 and is expected to last around one hour taking in the length of Deansgate, Huntsbank, Todd Street, Corporation Street, Exchange Square, Cross Street and finally Albert Square.

Albert Square will host the finale at 17.30 and will be broadcast on big screens across the city centre.

London – Tuesday, 18 October
What: A celebration event will be held in Trafalgar Square for our Team GB and ParalympicsGB heroes.

When: The event will begin at 13.00 and is set to last around 90 minutes including athletes on stage, music, entertainment and more.

All events are free to attend so join the nation in celebrating the success of our Olympians and Paralympians.