Wimbledon serves up active holiday inspiration

And so it has begun, a fortnight of sweat, tears, triumph and more strawberries than supermarkets can stock – Wimbledon 2016 is here.

There’s something about tuning in to a popular sporting tournament that brings out the competitor in all of us. And for that reason, we’ve selected a handful of activities you can take part in when you book a Canvas holiday – time to get the blood pumping!


An exhaustingly fun experience which allows children and adults to run, roll and flip on water without getting wet. And if you don’t fancy taking part, it’s incredibly entertaining to watch! This activity is offered as part of our FamilyExtra activities programme on 10 of our campsites across France and Italy.


And just like that, the kid had mastered the art of water running


Golfers will be in their element at campsite Pra’delle Torri, Caorle, in Italy. Home to an 18-hole golf course, with stunning sea views, the course is great for both experienced and novice golfers. If you fancy perfecting your swing first, the golf school onsite will be able to help you hone in on your skills.

Centro Vacanze e Golf Pra delle Torri 6

Golfer: “I’d move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course.” Caddy: “Try heaven, you’ve already moved most of the earth.”


Book a holiday at campsite La Ferme de la Serraz, Lake Annecy in the French Alps and you can hire a bike and discover the small villages round the lake. This is a great choice for serious cyclists who will be able to tackle some of the more physically challenging routes such as the climb up to Le Semnoz.

Biking in mountains

It was at this very moment Jane realised it was all uphill from here


Feeling inspired by Murray, Djokovic and co? There are tennis courts on many of the Canvas campsites with cheap equipment hire. Why not check out Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont, Berny Rivière. Last year the courts were relocated to a new area of the site and are in fantastic condition. You can expect to pay around €7 an hour to rent them.

La Grande MŽtairie

James is so condescending about my tennis strokes – I can’t take any more of his backhanded compliments

If you’d rather just kick back and enjoy a glass of Pimms watching the tennis (whilst also contemplating your next Canvas holiday) here’s four Wimbledon facts you may not have known:

  1. The dress code is strict. Wimbledon’s famously all-white dress code is taken very seriously. In 2014 the rules were made even tighter which means everything from the likes of players’ collars, soles of their shoes and brims of their caps must adhere.
  1. No selfie sticks. If you want to take in more of the background then you’ll have to do so the old fashioned way and ask someone to take your photo. Selfie sticks are banned from the grounds along with oversized hats. Check out this list of all the banned items.
  1. This will be the first year that Wimbledon has included a wheelchair singles tournament. There will be both a men’s and women’s final and team GB will be represented by Gordon Reid, Alfie Hewett, Jordanne Whiley, Lucy Shuker and Louise Hunt.
  1. It pays off. The All England Club will award a total of £28.1m in prize money to competitors. The Gentlemen’s and Ladies’ Singles Champions will each receive £2m. Not bad for two weeks work!

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