It’s not every day you get the chance to play tennis with Tim Henman OBE and Wimbledon Head Coach Dan Bloxham, but that’s exactly what happened a few weeks ago on a windy Tuesday afternoon. A blogger’s life is never dull, huh and I feel Gwyneth Oscar speech style grateful for the memories.

Joining forces with Robinsons, who have a rich history with Wimbledon, (82 years long in fact with their lemon barley water first being created in the changing rooms at the championships in 1932), my kids and I gathered to play with Dan, Tim and a group of digital creatives and their children (including Simon of Father of Daughters who paired up with Xander in some activities on the day when I was behind the camera).



As the kids hit balls and grew in confidence, the games were interrupted by a tall red-haired chap who joined the party…
I assumed he was another coach from Wimbledon here to help us up our tennis skills… until he peeled off his hair, beard and prosthetic nose to reveal he was none other than tennis star Tim Henman OBE! Flicking heck, we weren’t expecting that!It was an absolute honour and delight to be asked to interview Tim both as a Facebook Live and for the vlog which you can watch below:What’s more, I even got to play with the man himself for a quick game and much to my surprise both he and Dan complimented me on my skills (how nice is that?).
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You can also watch the video Robinsons made I feature in too:

…I actually started playing tennis at the age of 6 and continued until my mid twenties, with my husband Peter, even taking me on a date on court when we first met (game, set, match, he got the girl hey) but I’d not picked a racket up in a while. That day reminded me how much I love tennis and must get back to things. As with painting, some of my passions fell by the wayside when kids came along and time became so limited but I’m making tennis, painting and even a bit of piano-playing a priority for my down-time from now on. Self-care means just that and I’m dedicated to find time to do more of what I love from now on.

Quick aside too but I must share a tennis-related story my Mum likes to remind me of as after my very first tennis lesson aged 6, I boldly asked my tennis coach in all seriousness how long it would take me to get to Wimbledon. Bahahah! Talk about a girl with ambition. Well, I made it didn’t I, 30 years later!!! Not quite in the way I’d imagined all those years ago, of course, but I think my young self might well be high-fiving me right now. I GOT TO PLAY WITH TIM HENMAN!!!

It’s not just me who feels inspired to pick up a racket again either as both the kids had so much fun with the MAN THAT IS DAN that I’ve booked some lessons this summer for them, after they tried it last year.

After all the fun and games, we guzzled the delicious Robinsons refreshments (all Robinsons products have real fruit in every drop by the way and make water more exciting) and headed off on a tour of Wimbledon Tim kindly gave us. It was not just any tour either as we were taken to areas you can’t book in public tours with the kids checking out ice baths (Xander thought the freezing water was hilarious), the gym the pros work out in, and the press conference room too. It felt all kinds of magical. A piece of history right there for this family to feel, see and touch.


We felt privileged to be there.

Press, and a film crew covered the day’s event too and you can watch the film I feature in below. Ever the wallflower 😉

What a day which ended with more yummy drinks and food before we headed back to York.


What a glorious day we’ll treasure.
Thank you Robinsons and huge thanks to Tim and Dan too of course!

Now you’ll able to have a day you’ll treasure forever too as I’m giving away Two (2) ground passes to Wimbledon on Saturday 15 July 2017 and two (2) Centre Court tickets to the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Final on Saturday 15 July 2017! Enter via Rafflecopter below, not forgetting to follow the entry requirements. Good luck! <
Terms & Conditions

Two (2) Centre Court tickets to the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Final and access to the Robinson Suite as prizes (the “Prize”).

The Prize includes:

  • • Two (2) ground passes to Wimbledon on Saturday 15 July 2017
  • • Two (2) Centre Court tickets to the Wimbledon Ladies’ Singles Final on Saturday 15 July 2017
  • Access to the Robinson’s Suite as follows:o11.30am – welcome drinks reception on Robinson’s suite terrace (Centre Court tickets will also be distributed then)

12:45pm – Lunch served with wine to accompany

1.45pm – Guests depart suite to take seats on Centre Court

2.00pm – Ladies final commences

3.30pm/4pm – Following Ladies’ final, afternoon tea will be served in the Robinsons suite.

o The suite will close 30 minutes following the end of the second match on Centre Court.

 

The ground passes and Centre Court tickets are for the winner and their companion only. They are non-transferrable and not for resale.

The date of the Ladies’ Singles Final may change for reasons beyond the Prize Provider’s control (e.g. due to bad weather). If the date of the Ladies’ Single Final changes for any reason, the Prize Provider will provide the Prize for the revised date. If the winner is unable to take up the Prize on the revised date no alternative will be offered.

The Prize excludes:  Travel and accommodation

The winner must be 18 years or over and the winner’s companion must be no younger than 11 years old.

Competition ends 6th July 2017.

You must reply to the notification email within 48hrs.

…Don’t forget to check out Robinsons’ delicious products which are made with simply real fruit and no added sugar. Robinsons highlight the goodness in every day, like the one we had, allowing you to enjoy special moments with your family, whatever you’re up to. We’re making a flask of the original lemon barley flavour for a picnic on the Yorkshire coast soon. I love that it’s history dates back to 1932. Amazing!

 

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68 Responses

  1. Kate

    It would be the perfect present for my sister’s birthday that weekend! We’ve both always wanted to go to Wimbledon and this year will probably be our last chance.

    Reply
  2. Lisa Parker

    I am a big tennis fan but I have never been to Wimbledon. I love the ladies game and I think it is far too underated.

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  3. Claire glace

    Big wow, my partner and i have been watching wimbledon in the front room for over a decade,its the highlight of summer, rushing in from work to catch the tennis, well we would be blown away to win these tickets, and we just married last month, so let the party carry on lol !

    Reply
  4. Kirsten

    I’ve entered the official ballot for tickets for years and never been lucky. I’ve always loved watching it on TV and as a Scottish girl am a big fan of Andy Murray! I’m hoping to be lucky this year!

    Reply
  5. Jo Young

    I’d love to win so I could take my tennis mad husband to his dream destination!

    Reply
  6. Sharon Worsley

    I have only ever dreamt about going to Wimbledon. This would truly be a dream come true!

    Reply
  7. Jo Carroll

    It’s always been a huge dream of mine to go to Wimbledon to watch the tennis. Growing up I’ve watched it every year on TV…so much so that I feel like I know my way around the place (which is an odd feeling never have been) To make my debut appearance in the flesh – as it were – at Centre Court for the Ladies Final would be beyond real! Tim seemed such a down to earth guy…good to see you held your own on court? 😉

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  8. Fiona

    I love tennis and have been to see some Davis Cup matches and Wimbledon once, but have never been lucky enough to get finals tickets in the ballot. I would love, love, love to win this, one of my biggest ambitions since I was a little girl was to go to Wimbledon!

    Reply
  9. Lucy At Home

    Oh I am soooo jealous! Haha. I have been playing tennis since I was was little but I’ve never been to Wimbledon and I would LOVE to go. Hubby and I also used to go on tennis-playing dates together. It’s our 9th wedding anniversary next month so I would like to win to take hubby on a date he’ll never forget 🙂 We also live off Robinson’s Apple & Blackcurrant juice as neither of us drinks hot drinks! (weird – I know!) #brillblogposts
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  10. Eb Gargano | Easy Peasy Foodie

    Wow – what a day! My hubby is an absolute tennis nut – so I would love to win these tickets for him! And my little boy is just like you – he’s 6 and already asking when he’ll be good enough for Wimbledon. He’s been having lessons since he was 3, so he’s on the right track at least!
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  11. Tracey Belcher

    I love tennis and Wimbledon. Have not been for a few years, in fact the last time I went I met up with the lovely Sue Barker. Would love to take my husband this time

    Reply
  12. Tony Metcalfe

    Have never been to Wimbledon, would like to experience it at least once!

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  13. CHRISTINE SHELLEY

    What an amazing opportunity to go to a final. I could justify the cost, love Wimbledon as a British institution to lift our spirits

    Reply
  14. sarah mansell

    I love watching Wimbledon. The flowers, the strawberries, the food and the fun makes Wimbledon the best day out in the sun

    Reply
  15. Shelley Formstone

    I love the Wimbledon fortnight. So much history, excitement, Pimms and strawberries!

    Reply
  16. Maria | passion fruit, paws and peonies

    Wow, what an amazing day! I was only watching Tim on The Great British Menu last night on tv! He seems such a nice guy. I would adore to experience Wimbledon once in my life time. It’s so wonderfully part of our culture x
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  17. Mary Lucking

    My daughter and me always watch Wimbledon so to be there would be fantastic

    Reply
  18. Anna Cheetham

    I would love to win as always dreamt of centre court tickets. Please make this dream come true

    Reply
  19. Jenny

    My mum is a huge tennis fan so I’d love to win for her and I to go together. What an experience it would be!
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  20. Rosalind Sargent

    It’s always been a dream of mine since a little girl to visit the famous Wimbledon tennis club and watch tennis during Wimbledon fortnight I am now 54, I only live 20 minuets away but I have never been able afford the tickets so thank you for the chance of this Amazing Prize

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  21. Alison Clark

    Wow – don’t think I have ever seen a giveaway for ladies final before – why I’d like to win – I’d love to go to Wimbledon – so would my mum – amy day tickets would be amazing – I can’t imagine her face if she saw finals tickets. Thank you for offering us all the chance.

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  22. Russell

    It’s a fantastic occasion and a wonderful British celebration of sport & tradition, of course I would like to be present in such event!

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  23. Laura Love

    This is really fabulous prize. After years of watching Wimbledon on TV it would be great to actually be there!

    Reply
  24. Amy Deller

    Wow – definitely on my bucket list and a wonderful treat for my tennis loving friend who I would bring with me!

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  25. Lynn Heath

    I would love to win as I’m so excited for the start of Wimbledon, so to be able to go would be an amazing treat!

    Reply
  26. maria hackett

    Me and hubby are massive Tennis fans. we went to Wimbledon a couple of years ago to see Serena williams winning the ladies championship! it was AMAZING! we met Tim Henman too 🙂 Really would love to go again please 🙂

    Reply
  27. Gemma Holland

    I just love tennis and my sons are mad about it too. Would love to watch the final!

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  28. Clara Cort

    I’ve never been to Wimbledon before…and it’s such a fantastic event, I would like to experience it in person..something to remember for

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  29. Maxine Feehely

    As well as the quality of the tennis, it is the best place for people watching.

    Reply
  30. Kim Neville

    Would love to go and experience it as never been before and also near my birthday 🙂

    Reply
  31. Jackie Lovegrove Walter

    Id love to win this fabulous day out for my mum and my husband who are both massive tennis fans. Plus if they get to go to Wimbledon I get the day to myself and control of the TV remote!

    Reply
  32. Fiona Hogan

    I would love to win this prize . Every year I sit and watch Wimbledon and everyone
    Knows not to disturb me xx

    Reply
  33. Gillian Turner

    I’m a huge tennis fan, been to two competitions already this year, Birmingham and
    Nottingham (both ladies events) and I’ve always dreamed of going to Wimbledon. This prize is blooming brilliant, I’d be thrilled to win x

    Reply
  34. Jo Godfray

    I have always wanted to go to Wimbledon!! What an amazing experience and an amazing story to tell your children. I would be straight in the line for those strawberries and my outfit would be truly fabulous!!

    Reply
  35. Sandra Bald

    I’ve always enjoyed watching tennis on TV, particularly Wimbledon.
    I’ve also played tennis socially over the years.
    The chance to actually go to Wimbledon to watch tennis there would be an amazing experience

    Reply
  36. Katie Skeoch

    I love Wimbledon, watch it every year. I’d absolutely love to watch it live & in person – it’s on my bucket list!

    Reply
  37. kate rushton

    Since I was a little girl I looked up to Steffi Graf and the Wimbledon champions. They are my heroes. They represent girl power and what can be achieved through hard work and determination. One day I want to be a legend like them in my own field and in my own way.

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  38. fiona waterworth

    I would like to win to give to my Aunt, she has watched wimbledon on the tv for as long as I can remember and I would like to send her to watch a final live.

    Reply

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