Saturday, 27 April 2013

What will you choose to do in Wimbledon?

Mention Wimbledon and you immediately think of tennis. The world famous Championships are held here every summer, but you'd be missing a treat if you didn't take time to enjoy the other great things the area has to offer.

The Wombles are loved by young and old. These little bear-like creatures are famous for cleaning up Wimbledon Common. The book was written by Elisabeth Beresford, but the when the BBC made it into a series, the common became very well-known. You can take a picnic over there and sit and watch the world go by. Dog walkers, cyclists and children all have a great time in this much-loved open space.

Over on the common, you could spend a little time at The Windmill Museum. This museum is housed in a restored windmill where you can learn all about these buildings and their importance to communities in England. There's a little bit about the local history too. Plus, there is some scouting memorabilia on display as a tribute to Baden-Powell who spent some of his time writing 'Scouting for Boys' here.

Wat Buddhapadipa is a beautiful Buddhist temple that can't fail to move you. Built in the style of Thai architecture it was the first Buddhist temple in the UK. There is 4 acres of gardens surrounding the main building, which you can visit and learn all about Buddhism.

Kew Gardens can also be found in this part of London. You can spend many-an-hour wandering around the different sections of this homage to all things green. Three greenhouses hold exotic plants for you to oh and ah over. Then there are formal gardens, ponds and water gardens. Stroll above the trees on the tree top walkway. Or buy tickets to the summer evening concerts at Kew that'll have you bopping to your favourite bands surrounded by the foliage.

People come from miles around to spend time at Richmond Park, the pride of this area. At 2300 acres, it's the largest of Royal parks and the vast space makes you feel like you're right out in the sticks. You can catch a glimpse of all kinds of wildlife, but the most exciting beasts to spot are the red and fallow deer, there are about 600 to find in all.

Had enough of the great outdoors? Then poodle down to Wimbledon Village where you can shop at some pretty little boutiques, or get a mani- pedi at the nail bar. The buildings are pretty and quaint with a real feeling of rural England. There are some great places just here to eat and drink and sit for a while.

To save you getting the train into the West End, great shows come to The New Wimbledon Theatre. This Edwardian building has seen been putting on great live productions for years, and the likes of Noel Coward and Gracie Fields have appeared on its stage. This year, you shouldn't miss the chance to see Spirit of the Dance which is on at the same time as the tennis. This award-winning tango, salsa and Irish dancing combo is a real treat for the senses.

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