To many people in the world, Wimbledon is a place in England consisting of 19 tennis courts and many seats. To them, it comes alive for two weeks every year and then hibernates until the next summer.
Of course, this is far from the truth. Wimbledon is a largely residential area in London and is a very desirable place to live.
Moreover, there are more attractions in Wimbledon that just the one summer festival of rackets, balls, Champagne and strawberries and cream.
Wimbledon puts on concerts throughout the year.
In March 2017 there is a concert celebrating the “Magnificence of Mozart”. This will take place on Saturday, March 11th in St Paul’s church. This concert will be in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.
Wimbledon College of Art is holding a series of exhibitions between the January 19th until the 27th April 2017. Included in this series is some performance art. The college often holds exhibitions throughout the year and if art is your interest, it would be worth giving them a call.
Every member of the family will doubtless enjoy this exhibition.
Wimbledon Model Railway club is the second oldest railway club in the world (I do not know who is the oldest) and they are holding an exhibition of a model railway.
There will be a large selection of model trains that will appeal to every member of the family, even the female side.
The dates for this will be on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th of June 2017.
Ball Room Dancing
This one will appeal to all those who love Strictly Come Dancing.
Karen and Kevin Clifton, two of the professionals from the popular TV show will be touring the UK with their own show in 2017.
They will be tangoing, foxtrotting and jiving across the stage.
There will be sparkling sequins, twirling twirls and fantastic footsteps on show at the New Wimbledon Theatre on Saturday the 17th of June 2017.
Speaking of the New Wimbledon Theatre, this venue puts on many excellent productions throughout the year. And there are shows to cater for all tastes.
From the 27th February to the 4th March they are showing “Noel and Gertie”, a play telling the story of the long friendship of Noel Coward and Gertrude Lawrence.
On Saturday the 11th February, you can see Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake.”
On St Valentine’s Day, Tuesday you can listen to the opera “La Boheme.
If Rock’n’Roll is more to your taste, “The Buddy Holly Story” can be seen, listened and danced to from the 24th – 28th January.
The Lawn Tennis Championships
We could not mention events in Wimbledon without mentioning the most famous event held there every year.
The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club will be hosting the only tennis grand slam played on grass.
This event draws thousands of people from all over the world to Wimbledon.
Between July 3rd and 16th, the All England Lawn Tennis club will be echoing from the oohs and aahs from the crowd and cries of “out “from the umpires.
Wagon-loads of strawberries will be eaten and gallons of Champagne and Pimm’s will be drunk.
The crowds will be guaranteed to see some of the best players in the world compete, and if history is anything to go by, several day
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Wimbledon is a great place to live
We hope this article has shown you that there is more to Wimbledon than a major once a year tennis tournament.
Wimbledon has plenty of restaurants, bars, and cafes for people to enjoy during their leisure time. It also has a large open area, Wimbledon Common, with its woodland and lake – the perfect place to enjoy a sunny summer’s day.
With all of these amenities and good transport links that will get you into central London in under an hour, you can see why Wimbledon is a highly-sought after area where people want to live.
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