Posted in: Dreamy Dates On: June 29, 2015
In honour of the marvellous British grand slam starting today, Wimbledon is perfect dreamy days inspiration.
I am not really a sports person (playing or watching!) at all but a lot of sporting events make up the British social season, which I am quite partial to! Please see the *Sparkle Pearls and Lace Guide to the Season* for more information on this. My husband is a huge sporting fan, whether it be Cricket, F1, Football, Golf, Rugby or Tennis and so I have definitely learnt more about the appreciation of sport. He both plays and watches Tennis, so Wimbledon is a highlight of his sporting calendar. I probably don’t appreciate the tennis as much as him but i do love the ambiance, the strawberries and the whole British experience.
The grass court tennis tournament takes place each summer at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon featuring 660 matches over the two week period. The quintessentially British event is renowned for its impeccable standards – players dressed in crisp white, the lines officials all match with their sharp blazers and the ball boys and girls act with military precision.
There are nineteen grass courts – tickets are allocated via the ballot for Centre and Courts 1, 2 and 3. The other courts are for general admission tickets and have unreserved seating.
We apply for tickets via the ballot every year and have been lucky enough to go several times. For more information about the ticket ballot, please see *Wimbledon Ballot*.
If you are not successful, then the infamous Wimbledon queueing system is another way to acquire tickets each day – 500 are available for each of the show courts, except for the last four days. I have many friends that have been able to get tickets to Centre Court, so the British tradition of queuing can pay off! There is a Queuing Code of Conduct, so please find more information via *Queuing At Wimbledon*
When entering the gates, the renowned purple and green colour scheme is in abundance.The infamous strawberries and cream and Pimms stands are always busy with people wanting a little bit of a British summer.
The matches do not begin until 1pm and go on until the evening but the gates to the grounds open from 10.30 each morning. It is well worth getting there early to have a wander round. You often see lots of the tennis stars being escorted from practice to their match, we saw Roger Federer one year, although I wasn’t quick enough with the camera!
‘Henman Hill’ is the perfect place for a picnic lunch before play begins. The big green mound overlooks a giant screen showing the biggest matches of the day and is electric with atmosphere and infused with an array of picnic goodies, often sourced from Marks and Spencers and Waitrose.
Once you have had your scrummy lunch, you can head to the appropriate court if you have show court tickets or you can head down to one of the other courts.
Even with ballot tickets, we love to head down to the other courts – they have a great atmosphere and you get up close to watch some fantastic tennis matches.
When watching any of the matches, you need to be prepared for the everchanging British weather: Sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, waterproofs and plenty of water are essential! Just because it is summer, and you enjoying the summer festivities does not mean that the weather will be forgiving! Glorious sunshine is what everyone hopes for but so many people leave bright red, rather than with a bronzed glow! British showers can also be prevalent and are part of the Wimbledon experience! Although centre court has a roof, play will be suspended on all courts if the rain becomes heavy and the rapid action of the Wimbledon team kicks in. Sometimes this can be very short-lived, and play can suspend shortly after but it can last for longer – think back to Cliff Richard’s performance!
The whole of Wimbledon is hit with tennis fever for two weeks!
This is a fabulous summery day out and well worth a visit, even if tennis is not your thing!
In keeping with British traditions, there are quite a number of rules and banned items, including the selfie stick.For more information, please see *The A-Z of Wimbledon*
For more information, please see *Wimbledon*