Get the strawberries and cream out, it’s that time of year again!
For many, Wimbledon is the official start to the British summer. This year is the 130th edition of the championships started on Monday 27 June and runs for 2 weeks until Sunday 10 July. Novak Djokovic will be defending his two-time champion title in the Gentlemen’s single and Serena Williams is defending her champion title in the Ladies’ singles.
Andy Murray takes on Yen-Hsun Lu on centre court today (30/06/16) at 1pm in the gentlemans singles. The two men have met three times before with Murray coming out on top on all occasions. Murray has far from attained the mighty standards of world no. 1 Novak Djokovic this season, but there is a reason that Andy Murray is current holder of the world no. 2 ranking. This is largely credit to two runner-up finishes at the first two Grand Slams of the year: Falling to Djokovic at the final hurdle of both the Australian Open and the French Open. Roger Federer also remains a strong favorite having fallen to Djokovic last year in the final.
Wimbledon Park attracts tennis lovers from all over the globe, but also travellers of all ages looking for a unique experience in South England that doesn’t just involve visiting Big Ben and a phone box.
If you want the best seats, you’ll need to get up early. Queuing for tickets starts at around 6.30am and the The first 500 people in the queue will be guaranteed to get Centre Court tickets. The practice courts also open around 10.30am and the games here can be watched without a ticket.
You can also pass an afternoon simply by walking round the park and soaking up the atmosphere of the tournament. Don’t forget to eat the traditional dessert of Strawberries & Cream while you’re there! If you don’t want to pay for the food inside the Park, you can also pack a lunch and bring it in without problems.
As the tube from London to Wimbledon is especially busy in this season, we don’t recommend staying in the centre of London. For a better experience closer to the courts, we recommend that you either camp a the Wimbledon campsite, or in the nearby area of SW19.
Vehicles are also allowed on the official Wimbledon campsite for a charge, but you can also look for other campsites in the area online.
More than just tennis, Wimbledon Park is in a great location. As well as tennis courts for public use, you will find a large boating lake and woodland with a crazy golf that is very popular with kids. Wimbledon town centre is about 25 minutes away, and will allow you see more of Greater London, less concentrated and more relaxed than London city centre and without as many people.
Make the most of your time near Wimbledon, South London is very green and great for hiking!. Richmond Park is nearby, the South Downs are less than an hour’s drive away, with High Weald and Brighton reachable in just over an hour.
Find a motorhome near to Wimbledon with Yescapa.com (formerly IRentMyMotorhome.com) to soak up the atmosphere from the courts and have your bed to return to afterwards! Here are some motorhomes that are available during the Wimbledon period:
However you plan to get there, you are sure to have a unique travelling experience at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships!
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