It happens every two years when the Football World Cup or Euro Cup clashes with the Wimbledon Championships and this year it has happened again. But then, doesn’t it make the week more exciting? June 25th is the start of the Wimbledon Championships and also the week the semi finals for Euro 2012 begin. Here is your guide on what to see and do if you are lucky enough to have tickets for the tennis, you will still be able to watch the football in the evening:
The museum is open all year round but it is busiest during the summer months. It houses all the memorabilia and the history of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTCC) which was responsible for staging the tennis tournament. Some of the tennis players such as Venus Williams have been known to go the museum early in the day before their big match. It is also where Pat Cash had his book signing one year.
The shop sells a wide range of souvenirs of the Championships. Every year there is a new ladies and men’s towel as well as a new Ralph Lauren Wimbledon tshirt Ralph Lauren designs the ball boys and ball girls uniform which changes annually. There are also books about the history of Wimbledon, mugs, map of the AELTCC.
Eat Strawberries and Drink Pimm’s
There are many food stalls at Wimbledon and of course there is the famous strawberries and cream. You are paying for where you are rather than the quality as the strawberries can cost up to £4.00 per pot. But eating fresh strawberries on a warm summer day while drinking Pimm’s and watching tennis is a perfect way to spend the afternoon.
Relax on Murray Mound, which was called Henman Hill when Tim Henman used to play. There is a big screen outside Court Number 1 where people who do not have tickets to the court watch the tennis. From Murray Mound, you also have great views of London.
There are 19 courts but the three where the big matches take place are Centre Court , Court Number 1 and Court Number 2. Players come from all over the world to take part in the Championships. As Wimbledon is a little further out, instead of renting one of the London apartments in the city, they rent a house short walk away from the tennis courts.
A trip to Wimbledon is a fantastic day out and now with the cover on Centre Court, play lasts right into the late evening. For those who are unable to get tickets to the Championships, they can visit the shop, Murray Mound and The Museum throughout the year. Don’t worry about the football, you will still be able to catch all the action in one of the pubs nearby and there may even be a few screens within the ALETC showing Euro 2012.
Written by Jo Turnbull