Summer sport without busting your finances

Game, set and match to you, if you look after your finances

Game, set and match to you, if you look after your finances

Tired of the football yet? Wimbledon is here now, and for many, a visit to this 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 bring it into your grasp.

If you want Centre Court tickets at Wimbledon, they’re cheapest at the start of the tournament. A ground ticket however is less than half the price and, during the first week, means you can see many of the big names on courts three and below for £20 or less. 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 if it inspires you to play, then borrow a racket and pick up some balls from a local sports shop, then head for the courts in your local park.  There are holiday courses at many local schools and tennis clubs, too.

Get set for summer costs
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Improve your finances
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There’s not only tennis – the Great English Summer has some other great sporting attractions too, with Twenty20 cricket 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 a lot more fun.

Country life
If the country life attracts you, head out to the green & pleasant land for a local agricultural show or fair. Displays, competitions, lots of animals, funfairs, shopping and more make a great day out for all the family. And racing doesn’t have to mean horses: many farms hold lamb races aimed at children, while charity duck races are an annual summer fund-raiser.

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