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UEFA Champions Festival in Hyde Park

Taking place from 21 to 28 May, the UEFA Champions Festival has something for everyone in the lead-up to the final at Wembley.

UEFA Champions Festival week in London ©Sportsfile

Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park is proving an ideal setting for the UEFA Champions Festival, a week-long celebration of football leading up to the UEFA Champions League final at Wembley.

Gary Lineker, the UEFA Champions League final ambassador, and Graeme Le Saux, his UEFA Champions Festival counterpart, joined other dignitaries for the official opening of the event on Saturday.

Monday witnessed a world record for the highest number of trophy lifts in an hour, as 417 fans lifted the European Champion Clubs' Cup in an hour to smash the previous mark of 250.

Tuesday was Women's Day, with England women's captain Faye White and manager Hope Powell both in attendance for a celebration of women's football from the grassroots to the elite level.

The second annual UEFA Grassroots Day took place on Wednesday, with Hyde Park forming the centrepiece of celebrations all over Europe.

On Thursday, UEFA's Young Champions Tournament culminated at the festival, while the likes of Gianfranco Zola conducted skills clinics with a selection of lucky youngsters.

The festival concluded with a thrilling meeting of a host of former stars in the Ultimate Champions match.

With free admission for all visitors and an exciting plan of events, the Festival enables football fans and novices alike to experience something of the magic of the UEFA Champions League final, regardless of whether they are attending the match.

You can use the official UEFA Champions Festival app – available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch users – to plan your trip, and follow events on the official Facebook page.

A full breakdown of activities can be found below:

UEFA Champions League Trophy – fans will be able to have their photo taken with the most coveted piece of silverware in European club football.

UEFA Women's Champions League Trophy – like its male counterpart, the silverware will complete its tour of the English capital at the event in Hyde Park. Catch it before it's taken to Craven Cottage for the final on Thursday 26 May.

Skills clinics and coaching courses – football coaches and experts will host skills clinics every day.

Theatre of Champions – a dramatic 30-minute movie portraying 'the best of the best' moments in UEFA Champions League and European Champion Clubs' Cup history, guaranteed to keep fans glued to the screen in the 500-seater theatre.

Museum of Champions – the official museum of the UEFA Champions League will feature rare items from European football including shirts, trophies and boots.

Ultimate Champions Match – some of the biggest names in European football will gather on Saturday 28 May for an exhibition match which will see England face Europe.

Young Champions – schools and local community groups will have the opportunity to take part in the UEFA and adidas 5-a-side youth tournament.

Partner attractions – fans of all ages can participate in the numerous fun activities organised by the official UEFA Champions League partners.

Opening hours
Saturday 21–Sunday 22: 12.00–22.30
Monday 23–Thursday 26: 12.00–20.00
Friday 27: 12.00–22.30
Saturday 28: 09.00–17.00

Nearest tube station: Marble Arch