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  1. Official Crit'Air UPDATE

    You may have something there too Gordon
  2. Official Crit'Air UPDATE

    Could that be because there are more of them in France than other nationalities - Just a thought Gordon
  3. CELEBRITIES HIGHLIGHTS – FOR THE FULL LIST VISIT https://www.ccmshow.co.uk/speakers Tuesday 19th February Julia Bradbury TV Presenter and President of The Camping and Caravanning Club, Julia will be officially opening the show on Tuesday 19 February with Matt Allwright and Martin Dorey. Matt Allwright TV presenter and journalist, Matt Allwright, will be at the show on Tuesday 19 February with the Caravan and Motorhome Club. The popular presenter has been a fan of motorhome holidays for a long time now and will be speaking about his favourite touring adventures and experiences. SEE MATT WITH THE CARAVAN AND MOTORHOME CLUB AT STAND 2000. Martin Dorey Writer, surfer and campervan owner, Martin Dorey opens the show and shares his love for the leisure vehicle lifestyle. SEE MARTIN OPEN THE SHOW ON TUESDAY 19 FEBRUARY Wednesday 20th February Alastair Humphreys Alastair Humphreys is a British Adventurer, Author and Blogger. He spent over 4 years cycling round the world, a journey of 46,000 miles through 60 countries and 5 continents. More recently Alastair has walked across southern India, rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, run six marathons through the Sahara desert, completed a crossing of Iceland, busked through Spain and participated in an expedition in the Arctic, close to the magnetic North Pole. He has trekked 1000 miles across the Empty Quarter desert and 120 miles round the M25 – one of his pioneering microadventures. He was named as one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the year for 2012. Thursday 21st February Karen Wright Karen Wright was one of the twelve contestants in the 2018 series of The Great British Bake Off, earning some non-baking notoriety with her crisp munching antics and her unusual baking attire of red beret, stripes, and glitz. Her exit from the show was memorable with her final words to camera being ‘that’s it, I am going away now in my caravan!’. David Domoney David Domoney is a television gardening presenter. He currently co-presents ITV1’s Love Your Garden alongside Alan Titchmarsh—the most-viewed gardening TV show in Britain today with around 4 million viewers. He is the resident gardener on ITV1’s This Morning and presents with James Martin on his Saturday show. He is the garden columnist for the Sunday Mirror and Grow Your Own magazine. Friday 22nd February Lauren Steadman Lauren is the current World & European Champion – a title which she has won 3 and 6 times respectively. Lauren was born missing her lower right arm, however this has challenged Lauren to be the best she can be, and she relishes the chance to overcome barriers. She has competed at two Paralympic Games as a swimmer. She has since specialised in Paratriathlon & represented Team GB in the sports inaugural entry to the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, where she took home a silver medal. She has her sights set on Tokyo 2020 where she will be aiming for the gold! Lauren’s passion for swimming started at just 4 years and she represented Team GB just 11 years later in her first Paralympic games as a swimmer aged just 15. Lauren was encouraged to switch to Triathlon by her Uncle who saw her potential to achieve in all three sports. She entered her first triathlon, the British Championships, in 2011 and finished second. Lauren has since gone on to achieve great things including her first Olympic medal. She is now coached by former Olympian Robin Brew. In her time away from being a world-class athlete Lauren successfully studied for and achieved her Masters in Business after gaining her degree in Psychology. She has a love for baking and salsa and was selected to take part in the 2018 season of the BBC ’s hit show Strictly Come Dancing. Saturday 23rd February Max and Paddy are two English Springer spaniels who live in Keswick in The Lake District. Every day is a new adventure, meeting new people, climbing mountains or swimming in the lakes whilst being photographed and videoed for their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram ‘Max and Paddy out in the Lake District’. To date the two loveable Springers have around 90,000 followers, three thousand of which have joined us on charity walks and have helped raise £60,000 for various charities. Chef Campers The chefs who like to escape the professional kitchen in their campervan and cook up amazing camping recipes, using open fire, two gas ring stoves and the odd BBQ too. You won’t want to miss their cooking demonstration in the Freedom To Go Theatre! Check out their Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/ChefCampers Sunday 24th February Max and Paddy are two English Springer spaniels who live in Keswick in The Lake District. Every day is a new adventure, meeting new people, climbing mountains or swimming in the lakes whilst being photographed and videoed for their social media pages on Facebook and Instagram ‘Max and Paddy out in the Lake District’. To date the two loveable Springers have around 90,000 followers, three thousand of which have joined us on charity walks and have helped raise £60,000 for various charities. Claire Hall Claire Hall is an award-winning travel blogger and freelance writer. She launched Tin Box Traveller to share her adventures with two young children, her husband, their dog and sometimes the grandparents too. Her aim is to inspire other families to explore more, but not necessarily by boarding an aeroplane. In the past six years her family has taken at least 100 caravan, camping, glamping and holiday park breaks across the UK and Europe. Read more about Claire’s travels and tips on www.tinboxtraveller.co.uk FEATURES NEW-FOR-2019 BEAR GRYLLS ADVENTURE - Test your physical and mental strength at the Bear Grylls Adventure feature area, offering those attending the show a unique chance to take on four epic challenges based on the activities available at the new Bear Grylls Adventure at the NEC. If you love challenging yourself, why not pop over to Hall 1 and see if you have what it takes! NEW-FOR-2019 CAMPING ZONE - A great place to start if you want to see tents of all types, shapes and sizes, all pitched under one roof with experts on hand to offer advice on which are best for you. The camping offering has grown by an enormous 37% since last year, this year’s display will include family tents, adventure tents, high tech tents, tunnel tents, tipi tents, bell tents, trekking tents, expedition tents and dome tents! HOLIDAY PARK EXPERIENCE - The show brings to life a flavour of what a holiday park can offer the whole family and there’s plenty of opportunity for kids to experience fun activities such as climbing, and skating. With such a range of holiday parks on display you’re sure to come away with lots of holiday inspiration. For those looking to buy a caravan holiday home or lodge why not speak to the experts who will be able to answer any questions and give best advice. FREE Motorhome Manoeuvring FREE Towing Experience FREE Towcheck FREE Campervan Test Drive TOP DOG ARENA - The Top Dog Arena is back for another year and will be packed with pooch talent every day. We are sure you will enjoy the contributions from the various parts of the canine world be it agility, assistance, dancing or obedience dogs as we show the many reasons why man’s best friend is a part of so many UK households. Knowledgeable commentary will guide you through each presentation and you may even see a Crufts winner or two. SHOW PREVIEW See the show preview here
  4. Fair point Dave, but there's more to life than watching other people playing games on Sky Sport Personally I wouldn't have a sky system in the house but there was a dish mounted on the MH when I bought it, although I would not have opted to have one given the choice. For the few occasions I've used it, the terrestrial aerial system has worked perfectly well for me in the UK, and when abroad I like to get away from all television, after all, I'm on holiday. Gordon.
  5. Most who responded on Caravan Talk thought I wanted to watch sport - I don't - however it appears that the Oyster system is in essence no different from other systems. The only comment that related directly to Oyster was the fact that it held its memory when lowered of the last satellite used, so will reacquire it when next raised. In contrast our satellite dish sits within a plastic dome on the MH so does not need to be lowered when not in use. Gordon.
  6. Best of Both

    That's useful Dave but unfortunately min jockey wheel unwound leaving the outer tube tightly clamped to the side of the trailer frame. My own fault for not locking off the handle at the head of the jockey stem with a bungee cord. Gordon
  7. Crit'Air

    Certainly any charge in addition to the "normal" taxes of vehicle ownership, whether called a congestion charge, road toll, Crit'Air or whatever, will have an impact on where I drive. I detest paying road or bridge tolls so if at all possible I will either take an alternative route to my destination, or change the destination completely, I refuse totally to pay a congestion charge to enter a city and consequently spend my "hard earned" in alternative places. In the same vein, I also hate paying to park so that too dictates where I'm prepared to shop. Clearly my actions merely relocate "my car pollution" but at what cost to local businesses within these low emission zones? Getting increasingly grumpy each year!!! Gordon.
  8. Crit'Air

  9. Hi Bookm54 to Motorhome Talk, I cannot answer your question myself but I have asked the same on our sister forum "Caravan Talk" so will report back any responses there. Gordon.
  10. Prescribe Camping & Caravanning for Better Mental & Physical Health 77% of campers are satisfied with their quality of life compared to 59% of non-campers With recent data showing that the state of the nation’s mental and physical health is an ongoing concern, now is the time to get some inspiration on how to improve your family’s wellbeing by spending time in the great outdoors! For last year’s Mental Health Awareness Day, statistics were released showing that one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem every year and that the most common mental health condition is anxiety. It also demonstrated that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14 and that three quarters of all mental health problems are established by the age of 24. Taking place from 19th – 24th February the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2019 is your one-stop-shop to kick-start your new healthier outdoors lifestyle! Studies have shown that 77% of campers are satisfied with their quality of life compared to 59% of non-campers and that 93% of campers say camping can make you happier. Research also showed that 80% of children who camp feel their parents are less stressed when they go camping and three-quarters say their parents shout less! With studies also showing that half of Britons will be obese by 2045 and more recently, a Public Health England report stating that by the time children are 10 years old they will have exceeded the maximum recommended sugar intake for an 18 year old; undoubtedly contributing to the obesity crisis, it’s now more important than ever to make the switch to - and encourage from an early age - a healthier and more active lifestyle for both mind and body! Whether you are new to the outdoors lifestyle or a long time camper or caravanner, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show offers inspiration for all! It features the largest display of caravans, motorhomes, tents, awnings and accessories all under one roof, as well as the latest trends in destinations. In addition to getting a first look at the latest innovations in camping and caravanning, the show offers a huge amount of fun for everyone, and will keep kiddies entertained all day. New for 2019 is the Bear Grylls Adventure feature area, offering four epic challenges to test your physical and mental strength - perfect for all budding adventurers! BUY TICKETS HERE With special guest appearances by celebrities, activities for the kids such as ice skating and a climbing wall, features areas such as the Top Dog Arena showing amazing agility demonstrations and theatre events - plus the chance to win some huge prizes – it offers the perfect day out during the February half term! Advance tickets cost just £8 for adults and £7 for seniors. Tickets on the door cost £10 for adults and £9 seniors - kids 15 years and under go free! To find out more about The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show or to purchase tickets please visit: https://www.ccmshow.co.uk - ENDS –
  11. ACTIVITIES FOR ALL THE FAMILY THIS HALF TERM – KIDS GO FREE! Visit the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, Birmingham NEC The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC Birmingham has plenty of family fun on offer this February half term - from 19-24 February - and children aged 15 and under can get in for free*. Special guest appearances by celebrities, adventure challenges, dog agility demonstrations, interactive exhibits, theatre events and much more guarantee a packed and value for money day out that will keep everyone entertained. Set across five halls, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show is set to welcome more than 90,000 people over six days. Visitors will be able to view the UK’s largest display of caravans, campervans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and lodges, tents, awnings and accessories in one venue, including a wide variety of the latest options for families of every size. A highlight of the 2019 show will be the brand-new Bear Grylls Adventure feature area which will give visitors of all ages a chance to test their physical and mental strength by taking on a series of exhilarating challenges. This feature is based on the activities available at the new Bear Grylls Adventure theme park that opened recently at the NEC. A returning favourite to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show is the Top Dog Arena where visitors can take a break from exploring the show to enjoy some amazing canine agility demonstrations. Celebrity spaniels Max and Paddy, along with the new addition to the family, puppy Harry, and owner Kerry Irving, will be making a special appearance on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 February. Max and Paddy have become internet and social media sensations since 2006 when Kerry started sharing their adventures. Other family friendly activities include the popular skate rink, toboggan slide and climbing and bouldering walls, guest speakers, live cookery demonstrations - plus the chance to win some huge prizes! Advance tickets (bought by 23:59 on 18 February 2019) cost just £8 for adults and £7 for seniors. Tickets on the door cost £10 for adults and £9 seniors - children 15 and under go free! * For further information about The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show or to purchase tickets please visit www.ccmshow.co.uk. The latest exhibitors, celebrities and features will be updated regularly on the website. *Ticket prices - £7.00 senior (over 60s), £8.00 adult when booking before 23:59 on 18/02/19, after which time prices revert to the on-the-door price of £9.00 senior and £10.00 adult. A £1.25 transaction fee applies. Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Car parking is included in the ticket price. No dogs (except assistance dogs). Children 15 years and under go free when accompanied by a paying adult/senior. Tickets are non-refundable. Free show guide and towing and manoeuvring tuition are subject to availability.
  12. Crit'Air

    I fear you may be right. While accepting the reason for these restrictive measures makes sense, in effect owing to the lack of specific information and ill thought planning, there are now certain areas (with more to follow) that have become no-go areas for tourists. As for the "aps", not everybody has a smart phone, and even if they do, they're not allowed to touch them whilst driving! I plan to help the polluted areas simply by going elsewhere as, if I understand the rules correctly, our vehicles don't comply with the Crit'Air requirements. Bizarrely there is currently one exception and that is the small Aixam we have, and although that is the most polluting of all we own, it is classed as a quad bike, and so not currently affected by these rules. It's a brave new world . . . . maybe. Gordon.
  13. Crit'Air

    I don't know how the various Crit'Air classifications are applied but the following may help:- Paris is operating a permanent scheme that applies to every weekday (not during the night or at weekends). Lyon has an emergency scheme, meaning restrictions can be imposed on vehicles if pollution is expected to reach a particular level. Grenoble has a permanent scheme that currently only applies to commercial vehicles but includes the main through route south. Lille has an emergency scheme, meaning restrictions can be imposed on vehicles if pollution is expected to reach a particular level. Strasbourg has an emergency scheme, meaning restrictions can be imposed on vehicles if pollution is expected to reach a particular level. Toulouse has an emergency scheme, meaning restrictions can be imposed on vehicles if pollution is expected to reach a particular level. Chambery has an emergency scheme, meaning restrictions can be imposed on vehicles if pollution is expected to reach a particular level. Marseille has an emergency scheme, meaning restrictions can be imposed on vehicles if pollution is expected to reach a particular level. The information above is correct on 11 June 2018 but check the current situation before travelling. Look out for these signs at the start and end of the restricted zones.
  14. France 2019

    As you say, ignorance is no excuse but the writing is on the wall, and we'll soon all be back on "Shanks's Pony", unless they can find some way of taxing the air we breathe
  15. France 2019

    It's already happening. I believe that from next year the centre of Oxford will be a zero emission zone, the busses already are capable of running on electricity only in town. I'm sure that other towns/cities will follow soon even if they haven't started on that track already. Gordon.
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