Well, summer has finally arrived – Wimbledon is back on our screens and a nation holds its breath. I am a huge Wimbledon fan and watch every year. I went to Wimbledon a few years ago and it was an amazing experience. I’d love to go again so will be entering the ballot this year. Here are a few tips if you’re planning to go:

Fred Perry

  • Arrive early before the queue gets too big. There are plenty of things to see once you get in and these are best seen while the crowds are at bay. Plus, if you’ve driven and have booked parking opposite, which we did, the earlier you get there, the closer you’ll park to the venue.
  • Take something to do. I took some knitting with me and the security chap & I had a lovely discussion about it. There are going to be some quiet bits, whether you’re waiting for rain to subside or waiting for your favourite player to arrive so keep yourself occupied.
  • It’s going to rain at some point so be prepared. Pack a waterproof and/or a blanket to keep warm. This is even more important if your ticket doesn’t give you access to the seated areas.
  • It’s also pretty likely that the weather will be amazing so don’t forget your hat (not too big!), suncream (no weird tan lines please!) and your sunglasses.
  • Pack plenty of food and drink, but leave room for the strawberries. There’s some pretty decent food at Wimbledon, but it’s not the cheapest and there are queues so pack yourself an epic picnic, sit back and chow down. There are places to fill up your water bottles too so that’ll save you some pennies to spend on the strawberries and cream. It’s a must!
  • Be ready to pap celebrities just don’t ask John Mcenroe for an autograph. I saw a guy approach him while he was on the phone, (which is a bit rude anyway) and he just breezed past him! Burn! But we saw loads of celebs, which is always fun so have your cameras ready to Instagram away.
  • If you’ve always wanted a Wimbledon tennis ball, then why not buy one used by the players? They sell off the used ones from the previous matches. This is well worth doing as while they might not be good enough for continuing in the match, but they make for an excellent keepsake or gift for any tennis fans in your life.
  • Turn your phone off! For the love of all that is good and holy, don’t be that person who has to be shushed by the Umpire and receive menacing stares from the players.

Have you been to Wimbledon? If so, what’s your number one top tip? Who do you want to win this year?

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