Cities up and down the country have installed huge outdoor screens showing the whole of Wimbledon, and as the Championships draw to their exciting conclusion here’s the Funky Pigeon guide to the best places to watch the tennis outdoors – with plenty of child-friendly activities to keep the little ones occupied!
Resident in the capital? Lewis Cubitt Square, on the doorstep of Kings Cross, offers 50 free deck chairs, a bar stocked with Pimms, Prosecco and soft drinks, KERB street food and even pop-up tennis events in the afternoon. It’s even guaranteed to be sunny everyday*, making it the perfect family outing in the Big Smoke this week. *Don’t quote me on that one.
In Manchester, MediaCityUK will be transformed into a tennis arena for the two weeks of Wimbledon, once again offering comfy deck chairs, snacks and refreshments from The Shack and mini tennis courts to have some fun on. There’s no way I’m gonna try and guarantee sunshine in Manchester though – sorry guys.
Onto my hometown! If you’re lucky enough, you might even catcha glimpse of me sunning myself in the Bristol weather over at Quakers Friars, with a Pimms truck on board for the whole two weeks to keep tennis fans refreshed. What’s more, and it must be something the South West air, but you can even get snacks delivered straight to your deckchair! See you there.
Leeds are going all out in their Wimbledon coverage this year, with a huge outdoor screen in Millennium Square complemented by deck chairs, benches, a fully-stocked bar, strawberries and cream and even ice cream for when that heatwave (hopefully) makes a reappearance.
YES Birmingham! With more deck chairs than you can swing a leg at, big comfy blankets and the usual array of refreshments on offer, I’m seriously considering journeying up here to catch some of the action. Provided you pesky lot don’t order too many personalised cards for me to deliver, that is.
The emphasis at Liverpool Central’s Tennis Plaza is very much on fun, with an astro-turf tennis court, two Xbox ONE consoles, a tennis photo wall and a spot the ball competition all adding up to a fun-filled family day out watching the tennis.
Don’t forget to bring along the Funky Pigeon Wimbledon Bingo Card, where there are loads of events to cross off your list as they happen. Let me know if you manage a full house!
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