Are you thinking of taking your children with you to the Wimbledon tournament? Wimbledon is a fantastic day out for children – even if they have not (yet) caught the tennis bug.
As a parent or guardian, there are a few things to be aware of before you take your kids to the tournament.
What are the rules and guidelines at Wimbledon?
Children under 16 years old attending Wimbledon must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
On an average day, The Championships welcomes over 42,000 people through its gates. The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) requires parents and guardians to accompany their children to the Tournament.
Parents and guardians will be expected to supervise their children appropriately and make sure that they are aware of The Championships’ rules and etiquette, including:
No cheering or shouting while points are being played.
- No standing during points.
- Ensure the correct dress code is followed.
- Are any Courts off-limits for kids?
Babies, infants and children under five years old are not allowed into Wimbledon’s Show Courts, which are the Centre Court, No. 1 Court, No. 2 Court, No. 3 Court, No. 12 Court, and No. 18 Court.
Children between the ages of 5 and 16 are permitted to attend all courts at the AELTC. Children must also be supervised by an adult at all times inside the Show Courts.
Do kids need a ticket?
Any child under the age of 5 is not required to have a ticket to enter the AELTC grounds or non-Show Courts.
Children over the age of 5 must have their own ticket to gain entry to the Grounds. Tickets for children 5 and over are charged at full price.
What should you bring?
To ensure you and your little ones have a fantastic day out at The Championships, there are a few items you should take with you.
Although there are plenty of places to buy refreshments, it’s a good idea to pack water and any other drinks to keep hydrated throughout the day.
There are plenty of shaded areas for refuge throughout the Grounds, but can get very hot in July. Depending on where you are seated, you could be exposed to full sun all afternoon. Pack hats, wear sunscreen and consider dressing younger kids in long sleeves.
Unfortunately, it can also get wet and cold at Wimbledon. Check the weather forecast before you arrive at the Tournament, and remember to bring ponchos, light coats and a small umbrella. Centre Court and Court No. 1 do have retractable roofs, but you will still be exposed to the elements when you walk to and from the courts.
Easy-access snacks are also a must if you’re bringing young children to The Championships. A day out at Wimbledon consists of a lot of walking, so stock up on energy-boosting treats.
Are there any children’s facilities at the Grounds?
Baby changing facilities are located throughout the Grounds at Wimbledon.
There are also numerous water refill stations stationed around the AELTC, so don’t worry about bringing a day’s worth of water with you to keep the kids hydrated.
Numerous restaurants, cafes and kiosks around the Grounds serve tasty treats, hot food and drinks. For the widest selection of food options, head over to the food village near Centre Court.
Babies and very young children.
It can get crowded at Wimbledon so the AELTC encourages visitors not to bring prams, pushchairs, buggies, or babies in arms to The Championships.
Pushchairs can obstruct some of the narrow gangways and access routes at Wimbledon and can be difficult to navigate through the crowds at the Tournament. You can still bring a buggy, but it is advisable to use a lightweight folding pushchair and not a heavy buggy.