The perfect summer sporting event is finally upon us – Wimbledon is here! Prepare yourself for strawberries, Pimms, washouts and the odd bit of world-class tennis. If you’ve got a ticket or you’re planning to brave the queues – read on for our insider tips on how to get the most out of this summer bonanza.
Now this really depends on your budget. If money is no object, there are a number of websites that are selling tickets. £300-£400 could get you a spot on centre-court where you could witness the greats in action. Ticketmaster releases several hundred tickets for centre court and court three on the day before play – so if you’re quick on the laptop you might get lucky!
For the rest of us it’s time to join the queue. Rock up to Wimbledon Park, Church Road side the night before you want to attend. Don’t forget your tent – you’re in for a long night. There are about 500 tickets each for Centre Court (from £50) and Courts 1 (from £28) and 2 (from £37), and several thousand more for ground admission – so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved.
Brush up on your tennis knowledge so you can strike up conversations with your fellow queuers.
Make an awesome playlist on your iPod for when conversation dries up!
Don’t trust the weather forecast – bring waterproofs and an umbrella – nothing will spoil your queue fun like soggy feet.
Have an emergency stash for when you run out of water (we suggest Pimms or Prosecco).
If you’re local then get on the District line to Southfields or Wimbledon, and it’s just a twenty-minute walk from there. You could also get the train from London Waterloo to Wimbledon for under a fiver. If you’re travelling by car, car park 6 in Wimbledon Park opens at 6am and will cost you £25 for the whole day.
If you’re not from London or you’re doing a couple of days of tennis action, you’ll need somewhere local to crash. Travelodge London Morden has double rooms available for about £120, or if you’re after a bit more luxury, book a room at Hotel du Vin where you can enjoy a double room for £550 – including travel to and from the tournament.
If Rain Stops Play
Notorious British weather may mean a couple of washout days – but don’t worry, your day doesn’t have to be ruined. There’s plenty to do in the surrounding area until the players can get back into the swing of playing. Head into Wimbledon Village for a spot of lunch in one of the local pubs or catch a matinee at the Wimbledon Theatre.
What To Wear
Casual or smart casual are both more than acceptable – depending on the tickets you have. Generally – the pricier your ticket, the smarter you’ll need to be! You’re going to be outside for a long time, so layers are key. Also remember this is a grass tournament – so leave the stilettos at home.
There’s Always The Hill
If you fancy watching the games without the expense or the commitment of queuing, there is always the option of sitting atop Henman Hill or Murray’s Mound. Whatever you call it, this is a great place to sit in the sun with a picnic and enjoy the tennis for free in a relaxed atmosphere, watching from the large big screen.
Find more helpful information by visiting our tennis page.