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NEC Caravan Camping and Motorhome Show - February 2018

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NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release: December 2017

Sir Ranulph Fiennes to open the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018

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Returning to Birmingham’s NEC from 20 to 25 February 2018, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show showcases the latest in leisure vehicles, camping, caravan holiday homes and lodges, as well as all the must-have accessories.

For 2018 the show focuses on encouraging all ages to spend ‘24 hours outdoors’, a campaign which is supported by the world’s greatest living explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Opening the show, Sir Ranulph shares stories of his worldwide adventures including being the first to cross both the Arctic and Antarctic Oceans alongside Charles Burton. He also highlights the importance of enjoying time outside and the benefits it has on overall health and wellbeing. 

Also fronting the campaign is female adventurer Anna McNuff, who actively encourages women to invest in more time outdoors, whether spending an evening overnight in the garden or travelling further afield for the adventure of a lifetime.

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With Britons enjoying a record 14.4 million staycations from January to April 2017*, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show reflects the growing appeal of camping and caravanning holidays.

The Discovery Theatre will host live cookery demonstrations including Birmingham-born cook Rustie Lee, resident TV-chef Dean Edwards and Eat Well For Less’ Chris Bavin creating an array of outdoor cooking delights. Industry experts provide advice for visitors, whilst TV presenter Rowland Rivron entertains with stories of his numerous family caravanning adventures. Chelsea Ladies FC captain Katie Chapman will also appear, providing tips on how to get fit and make the most of the great outdoors. 

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New-for-2018 feature areas include a skate rink and an inspiring Holiday Park Experience, which is home to the show’s glamping village. Visitors are encouraged to try their hand at motorhome manoeuvring, campervan test driving and caravan towing.

As the UK’s biggest showcase of caravans, campervans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and lodges as well as new season tents, trailer tents and folding caravans, the family-friendly event brings more than 370 exhibitor stands together, under one roof.

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Tickets for the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 are now available at www.ccmshow.co.uk and by phone on 0844 873 7333. Advance prices start from £7.00, with children 15 and under entering FREE.

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NEWS RELEASE

For immediate release: 17 January 2018

UK set to be 2018’s most popular holiday destination as British travellers rediscover the delights of a holiday at home

Recent research by travel trade association ABTA* has revealed the UK is set to be British holidaymakers’ destination of choice in 2018, as 66% of the British population are already planning time away closer to home. Europe follows a close second with 63% planning to visit and 14% look to travel to North America.

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2017 was a popular year for UK breaks, with British adults taking an average of 2.1 UK holidays: up on the previous year. Families with children aged five and over enjoyed 2.7 UK breaks and adults aged 35 to 44 ventured on 2.5 domestic vacations.*

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Research indicates that British spending on holidays will also increase, as a significant 31% are putting aside more money for their vacations in 2018. 47% are hoping to spend the same and just 14% plan to spend less.*

Fresh figures from The Camping and Caravanning Club^ suggest the trend is already underway, reporting a 10% increase in bookings across its 106 club campsites for the 2018 season year-to-date versus 2017. The Caravan and Motorhome Club also supports the forecast+, announcing that 2017 was the best-ever year for tent camping, with a 13% increase compared to 2016 and its best-ever figures currently for winter camping. Leisure vehicle holidays were also up in 2017 with the club reporting an 11% growth in pitch nights over 2016 and a record November for touring caravan, motorhome and campervan stays.

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Commenting on the rise of UK holidaying, Jenny Summers, Group Marketing Director of the NCC (National Caravan Council), the UK’s trade body for the tourer, motorhome and caravan holiday home industries said: “Sales of both motorhomes and caravans were up in 2017, with motorhome registrations rising by 14.9% and tourer factory dispatches to dealers increasing by 8.7%. This clearly demonstrates the continuing popularity of using a leisure vehicle to explore the UK and beyond.”

The growth of the British tourism industry augurs well for the NCC’s next event in February, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018. A record-breaking 101,583 visitors attended its sister-show in October last year.

Taking place at Birmingham’s NEC between 20 and 25 February, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 brings together over 370 exhibitors and is the UK’s largest showcase of caravans, campervans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and lodges as well as new season tents, trailer tents and folding caravans.

The family-friendly event features a variety of holiday destinations and trip options. Show sponsor Freedom to Go is on hand to help visitors plan their next adventure and the leisure vehicle industry’s two largest clubs, The Camping and Caravanning Club and Caravan and Motorhome Club also provide advice and inspiration for all.

Tickets for the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 are now available at www.ccmshow.co.uk and by phone on 0844 873 7333. Advance prices start from £7.00**, with children 15 and under entering free.

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20th February 2018

 

11,502 visitors flock to opening day of the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018

 

The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018, the UK’s largest showcase of leisure vehicles, tents and camping accessories is officially open. Taking over five halls of Birmingham’s NEC from today until Sunday 25 February, over 370 exhibitors join under one roof.

 

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Officially opening the event and welcoming over 11,500 visitors, wildlife presenter Gordon Buchanan was joined on stage by Matt Allwright and famed chef Paul Da Costa Greaves. Following the opening, the winner of a new Hillside Leisure VW campervan, courtesy of the show, was presented with the keys to her new home-from-home.

 

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Swift’s new 8-ft wide Sprite Super caravan is displayed, while Lunar presents its first ever campervan in conjunction with Wellhouse Leisure. Other unveilings taking place throughout the show include new season camping equipment and accessories from Kampa as well as motorhome launches from Cathargo.

 

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As the show’s free activities get underway, guests brush up on their skills with campervan test driving, motorhome manoeuvring and caravan towing taster sessions, so bring your driving licence with you. Activities for the children include a climbing wall, assault course, bushcraft workshops and skate rink, which are available throughout the week.

 

Joining the Discovery Theatre line-up over the show’s duration are appearances from adventurous celebrities including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Anna McNuff and Jake Tyler, along with cookery demonstrations from top chefs such as Rustie Lee, Dean Edwards and Chris Bavin.

Speaking about the show, Jenny Summers, Group Marketing Director of the NCC (National Caravan Council) commented: “It’s been a fantastic first day. Not only have we welcomed existing enthusiasts, but also many newcomers who have enjoyed researching more about the leisure vehicle lifestyle. Visitors have really embraced both the activities and live entertainment and we look forward to seeing more faces, both old and new over the next five days.”

 

Tickets for the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show are available now from www.ccmshow.co.uk, by phone on 0844 873 7333, or on the door at the NEC. With numerous activities and an impressive celebrity schedule, there’s plenty for all ages to enjoy and children 15 and under enter free when accompanied by a paying Adult/Senior. Tickets are non-refundable.

 

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