Every June, thousands of fans all over the world visit Wimbledon, England to witness the most prestigious annual lawn tennis championships. This year, the Open Tournament will be held on June 23 to July 6 at it’s usual destination, the majestic All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. If you are planning to attend this big sporting event, you better start planning your trip as soon as possible. To those of you who would like a perfect view of the games, the finest official Wimbledon Debenture seats in the arena are now available for reservation through www.tennistours.com.
To fully maximize your trip, we’ve listed down some of the best places and activities you can try while you’re at Wimbledon for the duration of the tournament.
Attend The Wimbledon Village Fair
If you arrive two days ahead of the 2014 Tennis Championships (June 21), you will be just in time to experience the Wimbledon Village Fair – an annual charity event sponsored by the Wimbledon Guild that has run for over 25 years. It raises funds and awareness to support aging, tackle poverty within the local community, and encourage mental well-being. The Guild’s official website said that almost 20,000 visitors from all over the world came to participate in 2013 to enjoy the festivity’s great food, stalls, and entertainment.
The largest, free-entrance, outdoor event in South London is home to a delicious food village boasting gastronomic delights from different exhibitors around the globe, hundreds of arts and crafts stalls, a grandiose horse show, and a Fun Dog Show. For shopaholics, there will also be booths from different clothing lines and jewelry. Those who are looking for something fun to do can also participate in its Rodeo Bull assault course and bounty castle rides.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bijzibOujcs?rel=0]
Visit The Historic Hampton Court Palace
Your tour wouldn’t be complete without visiting the iconic red-brick Hampton Court Palace, home to the late King Henry VIII. Annie Fitzsimmons of Travel + Leisure magazine said that every year on the 10th of July, the palace hosts the annual public Hampton Court Place Flower Show. Most of its patrons are the country’s social celebrities and gardening aficionados, including the royal family. In 2005, the palace was logged in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the world’s longest grape vineyard.
The historic place also attracts international tourists and personalities alike. Last year, the stars of Hollywood movie “Jack and the Giant Slayer” were spotted in the palace for a couple of weeks, after its production house decided on the Hampton court as the film’s setting, as reported by Claire Buchanan of the Kingston Guardian.
One of Australia’s top professional poker player Tyron Krost shared his unforgettable trip to Wimbledon, saying that the Hampton Court Palace is one of his unforgettable experiences alongside his 2010 London Poker tournament. On the Partypoker blog, Krost wrote that “the overall vibe in London is pretty cool and it seems like there’s always something going on… (We) did a bunch of other touristy stuff, some of which is worth doing like Hampton Court.”
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
This Museum houses exhibits of men and women’s original tennis outfits going all the way back to 1884. It also offers a historical tour for visitors who are curious as to why the Wimbledon annual open championships is the world’s favorite tennis tournament and why the place is considered as the most celebrated venues in London. As featured by Londontown.com, you will also get to see the authentic championship trophies in the museum and attend its famous Victorian tennis garden party and racket-maker’s workshop. In its video theater, you can preview highlights of recent games as well as the winning footages of great players in action since the 1920’s.
Those who love modern technology will also find its viewing platform as the most entertaining part of the museum tour. There’s an interactive gallery in CenterCourt360 section, which features an interactive touchscreen which displays the town’s most hallowed tennis court.
These are just some of the exciting sites you can include in your itinerary. You still have some time to save up for these adventures which will definitely make your trip worthwhile.