Get summer sport at a bargain cost

ashes-wicketFor many, a visit to Wimbledon, the Ashes and other grass-kissed sporting events are the essence of the English summer. The idea can seem dauntingly expensive but a little careful planning can make it possible.

The Aussies are here for cricket’s own Clasico – and if you want to see for yourself if England can win the Ashes back, one great way is to hope matches go on until day five, when tickets are available at reduced prices at the gate. Both home Tests against New Zealand went the distance in May 2015, with admission at Headingley on day five just £5.

You could try online, but beware of fakes. GetSafeOnline say that one in ten people in the UK have been victims of a ticketing scam online. Stick with reputable and official sites and look for guarantees that you’ll get a refund or replacement if the ones you buy aren’t genuine.

And if you can’t get to the Ashes, then all summer there’s the NatwestTwenty20 Blast – a great way of spending a sunlit evening after work, or an action-packed afternoon with the family, at a fraction of the cost of a Test match and arguably a lot more fun.

If you want Centre Court tickets at Wimbledon, they’re cheapest at the start of the tournament at £50. A ground ticket however is half the price, during the first week, and means you can see many of the big names on courts three and below for £25.

It’s even cheaper in week two, when there are still many doubles matches, and also the stars of the future, playing on outside courts. Not to mention being able to drink in the atmosphere at ‘Henman Hill’ as Andy Murray plays just the other side of the big screen at no extra cost.

And if you enter the gates after 5pm (which you’d probably have to even if you join the queue by midday), when many of the most nail-biting games are played, it’s cheaper still. 

And there’s more
You can get in to the Open golf championship on the gate for as little as £10 during qualifying, for some of that ‘I was there’ feeling. The British Grand Prix doesn’t come cheap, but Friday-only tickets (£67) can get you entry for less than half the price of race-day itself (£155), with under-16s half price and under-10s free, and you still see the same cars doing the same thing.

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