If you’re at your happiest when you’re hitting a tennis ball, then why not work it into your holiday plans? UK breaks offer a fantastic opportunity to those wanting to stay active and get out on court; simply pack your racquets into the car and you’re off! Yorkshire, in particular, makes a smashing destination. With professional pedigree and numerous top quality clubs around the region, tennis fanatics will quickly get into the swing of a Yorkshire break.

One of the country’s preeminent tennis players, Roger Taylor was born and raised locally, in Sheffield. During a glittering career, spanning from 1967-1980, he won six singles and 11 doubles titles and was rated as the eighth best player in the world before the introduction of the ATP rankings. The famous left-hander recorded what may have been his most celebrated victory in 1970, beating Rod Laver in the quarter finals of Wimbledon before losing in the semis. After retiring as a player, Taylor went on to captain the Great Britain Davis Cup team between 2000 and 2004.

There are free-to-play public courts scattered around the county, and for those who would like to experience a day at a tennis club, the centres at Thongsbridge and Ilkley, which has 14 grass courts, are particularly popular.

Of course, if you’re more of a spectator, then you can re-enact life in the stands at Wimbledon with a trip for tea and cakes. Famed nationwide, there are six Bettys cafés located throughout the region. Among an array of delights, the legendary afternoon tea includes strawberry preserve and clotted cream served on a sultana scone. We’re confident Mr Murray would approve!

Did you know? Each year, approximately 27,000 kilograms and 7,000 litres of cream are consumed during the Wimbledon Championships!

And for those that want instant access to a tennis court without having to travel? The holiday properties below all have on-site facilities!

Westend (IKF)

Little Edstone, near Pickering 

Standing amidst wonderful countryside close to the North Yorkshire Moors, Little Edstone Farm is a magnificent location for a combined sea and country holiday. Secluded and tranquil, guests are free to explore the woodland and landscaped grounds, which are home to a variety of wildlife - including wild deer, owls and hares. West End cottage benefits from a fantastic range of shared facilities, including an indoor heated swimming pool, a sauna, a small gym, a shared pool table, as well as an outdoor children’s play area and a hard tennis court. 

Ewelands House (24627)

Felixkirk, near Thirsk 

Taking an elevated spot in an acre of attractive grounds, this imposing property is situated on the edge of the Hambleton Hills and enjoys stunning views across the Vale of York. It provides a perfect base for exploring the North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the Yorkshire Heritage Coast. Guests can enjoy peace and tranquillity in this spacious holiday accommodation which boasts its own first floor balcony, detached games room and tennis court.

Puffin Cottage – The Grange Holiday Cottages (30795)

Flamborough, near Bridlington 

Situated on Yorkshire’s east coast, The Grange is a collection of charming holiday cottages that make an ideal holiday home for couples and families alike. Located in the small resort of Flamborough, the famous spa town of Bridlington is within easy reach, and there is great access to the North York Moors and the Wolds. Perfect for holidaymakers who love the great outdoors, there are many fantastic walks along the rugged clifftops or, alternatively, you can make the most of the onsite facilities, such as the shared tennis court!

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