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- Monday 16 December – Shopping Village opens at 12.00pm. Competition starts at 3pm. High School Gala Evening starts at 7.30pm
- Tuesday 17 December – Shopping Village opens at 2.00pm. Performance starts at 6pm
- Wednesday 18 December – Shopping Village opens at 10am. Morning session: 9.00am. Afternoon Performance: 12.30pm. Evening Performance starts at 6.30pm
- Thursday 19 December – Shopping Village opens at 10am. Morning session: 9.00am. Afternoon Performance: 12.30pm. Evening Performance starts at 6.30pm
- Friday 20 December – Shopping Village opens at 10am. Morning session: 9.00am. Afternoon Performance: 12.30pm. Evening Performance starts at 6.30pm
- H&M Saturday 21 December – Shopping Village opens at 10am. Morning session: 9.00am. Afternoon Performance: 12.30pm. Evening Performance starts at 6.30pm
- Sunday 22 December – Shopping Village opens at 10am. Morning session: 8.45am. Afternoon Performance: 12.30pm. Evening Performance starts at 6.30pm
One of Olympia’s most loved parts of the Show is the Kennel Club Dog Agility competitions. These take place at each of the performances with different types of classes for each one. For instance you may see the ABC Class (that’s Anything But a Collie) or you may see the small dogs pairs relays. But whatever you see, you are in for a great deal of fun, as these wonderful animals race around, over and through the obstacles, wearing their owners out and going hell for leather to be the one with the winning time.
The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art is in England for the first time in 40 years. They are a world renowned Spanish riding school which offers the very best in equestrianism. They will be demonstrating their skills on their grey and black Spanish Stallions in classic eighteenth century dress. Their performance draws on the long Andalusian traditions of working cattle on the Spanish plains. They will be conducting two ten minute displays during each of the Olympia performances. However, they will also be showing their full display in a special Gala Evening on Monday 16th December at 7.30pm. Tickets for this evening can be purchased by clicking here.
The Shetland Pony Grand National holds all the excitement of the horse race on a mini scale! Shetland Ponies and their riders race round the arena at a fast and furious pace – it really is one of the highlights of Olympia.
Would you like to see the top riders warming up for the big classes? You can buy tickets for the warm up area for just £15. Click here to purchase tickets.
These tickets allow access to the warm up area from the following times:
- Monday Afternoon: 2:00
- Monday Evening: 7:00
- Tuesday: 5:00
- Wed-Sun Afternoon: 10:00
- Wed-Sun Evening: 6:00
There is limited public parking at Olympia which can be purchased from the exhibition halls. You can purchase car parking by telephoning 020 7 598 2515. For more information and to book online follow this link
We welcome disabled visitors to Olympia, The London International Horse Show. There is a wheelchair platform with 16 places for each performance. The price for a place on the platform is £35 (plus £2.75 booking fee). All carers go free.
There are also seats held for allocation to ‘walking disabled’. Please telephone the box office on 0871 230 5592 to discuss your requirements.
There are a number of disabled parking places outside the halls to find out more please click here for disabled access information.
Wheelchairs can be hired from the halls by telephoning 020 7 598 2411.
There are disabled toilet facilities within the halls.
Please follow this link to find out more about the disabled facilities at the exhibition halls.
We welcome groups to Olympia Horse Show. Groups should be made up of 20 people or more. There are discounts of 30% off the normal ticket price for group bookers for the following performances: Tuesday evening, Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon, Sunday evening. Group bookings must all be made by telephone by calling the groups number on 0844 4124650. Group bookings have a reduced booking fee per ticket of £1.00.
We count children as those people aged 15 years and under. You can purchase a children’s ticket at 30% off the normal ticket price for certain performances. These are Tuesday evening, Wednesday afternoon, Wednesday evening, Thursday afternoon, Friday afternoon and Sunday evening. At all other performances children are full price. If you have a very young child who will not occupy a seat (but may sit on your knee) they are free of charge. We suggest that any child aged under 2 would fit this criteria but leave it to the discretion of the parent. We do ask though that children are kept under control whilst watching the performance so that they do not spoil the experience for others seated around them.
There are cloakrooms where you can leave your belongings at the entrance to the National Hall and the Grand Hall. These ask for a small charge. There is also a ‘Shopping Drop Off’ facility in the Shopping Village (National Hall) which is run by the Show charity (Animal Health Trust this year), they will ask for a donation to the Charity.
There are toilet facilities throughout the halls.
Whether you want fine dining or fish and chips there is a huge choice of places to eat at Olympia.
Pre-book your seat in the Members Restaurant by calling 0207 370 8163. You can enjoy a 2 or 3 course meal in a waiter served restaurant, located on the Gallery level.
Menu available to download Here.
Monday 16th: 16:30 – 21:30
Tuesday 17th: 14:00-21:30
Wednesday 18th-Sunday 21st: 11:00-21:30
The Gallery Brasserie
Pre-book this restaurant when you book your tickets. The combined ticket and meal prices are as follows (the prices depend on which seat type you choose).
The cost of the meal adds £30 to your ticket price for an adult of £11 for a child. The meal includes a glass of wine or a soft drink.
Monday 16th: 12:00 – 20:30
Tuesday 17th: 14:00-20:10
Wednesday 18th-Sunday 22nd: 10:00-21:15
‘Raising the Bar’, supporting World Horse Welfare
Located on the gallery level in the Shopping Village, Danish and a coffee or tea will be served until 12pm, from £3.00. After 12pm, platters for 2 people sharing will be available from £19.50. There will also be a Sweet Station including ice cream, candy floss and popcorn from £3.50.
Monday 16th December 12:00 – 20:30
Tuesday 17th December 14:00 – 20:10
Wednesday 18th – Saturday 21st 10:00 – 21:10
Sunday 22nd – 10:00 – 21:30
The Olympia Restaurant
Pre book your table by calling 0207 370 8163. A waitress service restaurant offering:
A selection of starters from £4.50, Main course carvery style choice (Roast beef, Turkey, Honey Roast Ham, selection of vegetable and potatoes from £10.50, Selection of deserts from £4.50
Monday 16th: 16:30 – 20:00
Tuesday 17th: 14:00-19:30
Wednesday 18th-Sunday 22nd: 12:00-20:30
In the National Hall, where the Shopping Village is located there is a Pizza Express Restaurant (which also has access from Hammersmith Road). Pizza Express do not accept reservations.
Taittinger Champagne Bar
The Taittinger Champagne Bar is located on the gallery level in the Members Area and can only be accessed by those holding Members Badges. The bar serves a full selection of drinks and has a Deli counter offering open sandwiches, platters and hot meals.
Around the Halls
In addition, there’s a Crussh bar selling fresh juice and smoothies and a Café Bar which serves a variety of hot and cold refreshments.
In the Grand Hall, where the main arena is, there is a Taste Italia which sells take away Italian style food, a Crussh Bar, selling fresh juice and smoothies, a Café Bar with a variety of hot and cold refreshments and a DP Cappuccino selling coffee and snacks.
There are also a number of restaurants and bars around Olympia. For a useful guide click here
The Hilton, London Olympia is the official hotel for the Show. Reservations can be made by clicking here.
Superbreak are the show’s travel and hotel partner – they offer Olympia visitors discounted rates at over 250 hotels in London from 2 star to 5 star. You can also include discount rail travel from any mainline station. To make a booking and get a 10% discount (telephone booking only) please call Superbreak on 0871 221 3700 and quote ‘OLYPA’ or book online by clicking here.
The Animal Health Trust is the official charity for this year’s show.
They are a veterinary charity which fights disease and injury in animals. They offer clinical referral services and diagnostic testing for horses, dogs and cats across the UK and internationally. They have also recently opened the Kennel Club Cancer Centre which provides radiotherapy and their research projects help develop new treatments.
The Animal Health Trust receives no government funding and so relies on generous support to continue their vital work
Tuesday 17th 19:40-22:25: Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage – Red button and BBC website
Thursday 19th 20:55-22:15: The Alltech Puissance – Red button and BBC website
Saturday 21st 13:45-16:30: Longines FEI World Cup Jumping, plus highlights of Puissance on BBC1 live and also on the BBC website
Saturday 21st 18:00-20:45: Red Button – a replay of the above
Sunday 22nd 18:10-22:00: Evening performance live – plus delayed, from 22.55 – 05.59 on the Red Button
Monday 23rd 14:05-15:05: Olympia Highlights – BBC2
Thursday 19th 20:30-21:00: Kingsland Christmas Tree Stakes
21:00-22:15: Alltech Puissance
Sunday 22nd 17:15-18:15: Christmas Masters
18:15-20:45: Olympia Grand Prix
Applications for Olympia 2013 Volunteers are now closed. Thank you very much to all who applied and we hope to see you at the Show.