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Preparing for the new season - Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show NEC
Highly organised UK campers and motorhome owners and those that have made it their leisure pursuit for many years now know that it is best to be ready for the new season as early as possible, even when snow might still be lying on the ground.
The biggest trigger point for this comes with the arrival every February of The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at Birmingham’s NEC exhibition centre. Held this year between 13-18 February, the event brings together a large number of associations and businesses, and is the biggest such event held in the UK each year.
The event is open each day between 10am - 6pm and costs just £12.50 advance booking entry for adults and children under 16 get in for free. The event this year will be situated in halls 1-5.
Tickets can be booked online at the following link: https://caravancampingshow.seetickets.com/tour/the-caravan-camping-motorhome-show
History and Facilities
The National Exhibition Centre, or NEC for short, is now the UK’s number one venue for companies of every shape and size to put their wares in front of the public eye. Ever since the complex was opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1976, the now, eighteen halls, thirty-two conference suites and a number of outdoor spaces have housed almost everything you could imagine.
Whichever member of the family, during a single year, the NEC will have something for them. Dad can maybe go to a Collectormania show and get that signature and chat with their favourite film star, mum might absolutely love the Fashion & Embroidery show and the chance to get away from dad and the kids. Meanwhile those kids might be thrilled to see the Toy Collectors Fair or maybe the Insomnia gaming festival if they love a video game. Granny also might be thrilled to come and have a stroll around the Sewing for Pleasure exhibition. Meanwhile grandad might want to attend, let me think, The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show of course!
The NEC very much has established itself as a destination venue for everyone.
What makes the NEC even better of course is the ease with which it can be got to. Situated close to Birmingham, and in a prime transport location in the centre of the midlands, the NEC can easily be got to by car (with space for over 16,500 vehicles), train or even by plane if you are from further afield, due to its close proximity to Birmingham Airport. (https://www.thenec.co.uk/visitors/getting-here/)
Food and Drink
During a long day wandering round the exhibitions you are sure to be looking for a food and drink top-up, and the NEC is perfectly prepared to fulfill all your needs with a multitude of eating and drinking establishments on site. Ones that will keep the family fuelled for the day include Wetherspoons (that white mugs keeps refilling to keep the coffee flowing), Starbucks, The Cornish Bakery and Subway and many more. You surely will never go hungry at the NEC if you have forgotten to bring that packed lunch!
Whether you have traveled from near or far, you may wish to stop over while visiting the event, and if you haven’t planned on stopping in your motorhome or on a nearby campsite, you might wish to locate a hotel for a night whether you are flying solo or have family in tow. If that is the case, the NEC is well looked after with nearby places to stay for short term or long term stays. (https://www.thenec.co.uk/visitors/find-a-hotel/)
The Event : The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show
Products on Display
As expected with an event sprawling five halls of the NEC, this fabulous event features an incredible number of products all available to view. The vast halls have everything designed for an adventure into camping or caravanning, or expanding it. Within the halls you can see displays of campervans, motorhomes, tents and trailers.
Full display details can be found at https://ccmshow.co.uk/whats-on/products-on-display/
Exhibitors on Show
To display all those products you will need a lot of exhibitors and with over 400 companies onsite, you will need a hefty link and once again, the event website has the perfect one to help you find them. Follow this link for the full list: https://ccmshow.co.uk/exhibitor-list/
Also, for anyone looking for a map of the event space, they have this as well at https://ccmshow.co.uk/plan-your-visit/floor-plan/
Every year there are some fabulous opportunities to hear experts on a huge range of subjects and this year is no different.
Ray Mears brings his expertise on Bushcraft and Survival and provides all the information you could possibly need if your camping experience goes either intentionally or unintentionally a little wild.
Television favourite Will Mellor is on hand reminiscing on his own love for caravanning and camping and has some unique insights into some of his treasured UK destinations.
If you have a penchant for a fab bit of tech to compliment you on your camping experience, Ella Williamson, from TV’s Something for the Weekend will be giving talks on a huge variety of gadgets and accessories everyday of the show.
If you are a fan of rambling, expert Jack Cornish will be on hand to go through both the history of the leisure pursuit and his strong drive campaigning against any loss to those historic parks.
However, the above is just a small selection of the speakers which will be at this years show with many more experts giving talks throughout the week.
A complete list can be found at https://ccmshow.co.uk/speakers/
A word from the event sponsors.
For 2024, The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show is proud to have several partners for their event. Some of these include:
The Camping and Caravanning Club
The Camping and Caravanning Club is the largest such group in the world representing over half a million members.The club also perhaps has a claim to being the oldest as well, having been established in 1901. The club was founded by Thomas Hiram Holding, coined often as the father of modern camping, he also founded the Bicycle Touring Club.
For the show, the Friendly Club will be on their stand to talk about getting the most out of your caravanning holidays. There will also be a chance at the event to improve towing skills with their free towing experience.
For full details of the club, including membership opportunities click the following link: https://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/
Caravan and Motorhome Club
The Caravan and Motorhome Club is Europe’s largest touring organisation and represents over one million caravanners, motorhomers and campervanners.
Membership of the Club gives access to over 2,700 scenic sites across the UK and Europe, along with membership and services bespoke for caravanners, campervanners and motorhomers alike.
The group this year will be on stand 2000 in Hall 2 and they will be sure to offer a warm welcome and offer an opportunity to find out more.
For full details of the club, including membership opportunities click the following link:
Subaru is delighted to be attending the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show once again. For the event, they will be showcasing many of their vehicles, including their electric vehicle, Solterra, and the award winning Forester, Outback and XV models.
Subaru is also the official tow car sponsor at this year’s show where they will be offering free one-to-one towing experiences with guidance from expert instructors, giving you top tips to tow safely on your next adventure.
For more information about Subaru check out their website below:
Find My Leisure Vehicle
This brand-new independent, unbiased, industry backed product guide allows you to search and compare over 2000 caravans, campervans and motorhomes and offers the chance to select your favourites to see at the Show based on any combination of budget, layout and specification.
For more information about Find My Leisure Vehicle check out their website below:
Before buying and towing a new or used caravan it is important to ensure that the fundamentals are covered. This is where TowCheck comes in to ensure that a given combination is safe and legal, giving you and your family peace of mind before making an investment.
For more information about TowCheck check out their website below:
Approved Workshop Scheme
Approved Workshops are run by fully qualified caravan and motorhome servicing professionals. Currently they have over 550 mobile and fixed base workshops spread across the whole of the UK.
Using an Approved Workshop gives you peace of mind that the technician is qualified to the required standards. Along with the requirements for technicians, each workshop must also meet high standards of competency (the formal qualifications of the technician) and comply with an industry Code of Practice.
For more information about TowCheck check out their website below: