SOURCE: CARAVAN TIMES
Written by Tom Leaning.
Consistent national media coverage reflected the interest caravans, camping and motorhomes have around the country.
The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2017 finished on 26 February with over 94,000 visitors through its doors: 7,023 more than 2016. The weekend peaked with 25,349 visiting the show on Saturday and over 45,000 visitors attending across the two days of the weekend.
The show’s media coverage reflected the nation’s interest in caravans, camping and motorhomes, with Radio 2’s Chris Evans championing the event during last week’s breakfast show, and ITV’s This Morning presenting a range of products on London’s South Bank during its live broadcast.
Despite midweek gales disrupting roads and public transport in the Midlands, exhibitors still reported strong sales figures from the event. Director of Sales and Marketing for Auto-Trail, Scott Stephens reported that “show sales have highlighted how many customers are entering into motorhoming which is a great sign for the industry on the whole.” The announcement of a re-brand by The Caravan Club to The Caravan and Motorhome Club – which was broadcast through a Facebook Live RSS Stream by CaravanTimes – also reflected the growth in motorhome ownership.
The caravan industry also confirmed a positive result. Unveiling a one-off Joules-designed touring caravan, Lunar’s UK Sales Director, Lee Roberts said that he saw “good footfall throughout the show, complemented by a great buying audience, making this February’s show the best yet.” The Coachman Caravan company reported an increase of 22 per cent in retail sales compared to the previous year. Elliot Hibbs, Managing Director said “2017 has been positive for the industry as a whole and we have enjoyed an increase in demand for our product range.”
Swift showed its S-Pod 4 holiday lodge for the first time and reported strong interest. Nick Page, Group Commercial Director commented that “this has been our most successful February show for years with retail sales increasing by 26 per cent on touring caravans and 34 per cent on motorhomes.”
Launches included the Sonic Supreme 810SC by Adria. Managing Director, Slavica Sterk said: “The show has strengthened Adria’s position in the market,” suggesting that while products are not traditionally launched at the February show, overall public response surpassed expectations.
Omar Park and Leisure Homes unveiled the Wessex Hideaway lodge and were very pleased at the general interest across its lodges. Peter Berwick, the Group Sales and Design Director said that the show is “an opportunity to showcase top end models across the Wessex and Omar brands and gives us the chance to get valuable feedback from customers.”
Camping equipment brand Vango created a great buzz in Hall 5 thanks to the AirBeam Challenge, letting members of the public race against the clock to inflate a full sized tent. Vango saw record sales again at the show, with the Kela II DriveAway Awning and Inspire 800XXL eight-berth tent leading the way. Ivan Davies, Account Manager said that “the show really launches our year.”
“The February show’s attendance endorses the optimistic outlook for our industry, which continues to grow,” said John Lally, CEO – NCC Events Ltd. “We are also pleased to see that the demographic of those attending the show continues to diversify, with engagement from those new to the industry.”
A whole host of celebrities took to the Discovery Theatre stage throughout the show. Appearances included Ben Fogle, Barney Harwood, Kate Humble, Julia Bradbury and Sam Quek. Live cookery demonstrations from Monica Rivron, Selasi Gbormittah, Welsh chefs Mike Bates and Colin Gray also graced the stage.
Displays included the Lego® caravan, which featured in a Facebook Live RSS stream organised by Guinness World Records, and the highly popular Dog Agility arena. Additional attractions for visiting families included trampolines in the Bounce Zone, bushcraft workshops, climbing wall, artificial caving and a virtual reality of Europe’s longest zip wire in the North Wales LIVE area, and a Woodland Assault Course in partnership with The Woodland Trust.
The Motorhome and Caravan Show is at the NEC from 17 to 22 October 2017 and The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show returns 20 to 25 February 2018.
From Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 February, the Birmingham NEC will be home to the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2017 where nearly 350 leading leisure brands will be exhibiting the very best in caravans, motorhomes, tents, camping equipment and accessories.
The six-day event has a packed entertainment agenda with a celebrity line-up and live cooking demonstrations, as well as plenty of interactive features, including an indoor children’s’ assault course, towing and motorhome manoeuvring tuition, a much-loved dog agility arena plus new-for-2017 bushcraft workshops. The show is a great day out for all the family with advance tickets starting from just £7* and children 15 and under go FREE.
If you love the great outdoors the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2017 offers all the inspiration you need for your next holiday.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the show on a day of your choosing, simply answer the following question:
What is appearing for the very first time at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2017?
A) Towing and manoeuvring tuition
B) Dog agility arena
C) Bushcraft workshops
Send your answer by email to MOTORHOMENEWS
Your entry needs to be with me before Sunday February 5th 2017.
For more information about the show, please visit:
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TICKETS TO BE COLLECTED AT THE PRESS OFFICE AT THE NEC.
*Advance ticket prices £7 Senior (0ver 60’S) £8 Adult when booking before 23:59hrs 20/02/2017 after which time prices revert to the on-the-door prices of £9 Senior and £10 Adult. A £1.25 transaction fee applies. For full terms and conditions please visit http://www.ccmshow.co.uk
Wellhouse Leisure offers the widest choice of campervans and more new model launches at The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2016
• Wellhouse Leisure will have its largest and most diverse range of new campervans ever, including the show debut of five new models, on its stand in Hall 12 at The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2016, at the NEC from 11 to 16 October 2016. This includes:
• Ford Terrier – SE, M-Sport and the new long-wheelbase model with up to seven seats
• Ford Evie – compact camping-car based on the Ford Transit Connect Grand Tourneo
• Hyundai i800 Camper – facelifted version returns to the Wellhouse Leisure range
• Mercedes Moselle – based on the new Vito, with all-new interior furniture by Tecnoform
• Zooom Mobile NV200 – a two-berth, compact campervan based on the Nissan NV200
• new Toyota Proace – prototype model fitted with elevating roof and windows only
• new Ford Nu-Venture – first Nu-Venture coachbuilt on a Ford Transit Custom cab
• new SsangYong Turismo – an MPV-based, four-berth camper with a kitchen, elevating roof and 178PS, 2.2-litre Euro 6 diesel engine, plus value for money with prices expected to be from £29,995
The Wellhouse Leisure stand in Hall 12 at The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2016 is particularly worth visiting this year as it will have its widest range of eight different campervan ranges to see, including the debut of five all-new models.
Its most successful campervan, the Ford Terrier 2, will be there with three variants to see: the best-selling SE, the eye-catching M-Sport, and the new long-wheelbase model launched this summer which can seat up to seven people. All Terriers feature the practical, sliding rear seat, stylish, high-quality Tecnoform furniture and the new 130PS, 2.0-litre, Ford Euro 6 engine, with improved fuel economy and torque compared to the previous 2.2-litre, 125 PS TDCi unit, plus the new option of automatic transmission.
For something more compact based on a Ford there’s the two-berth Wellhouse Ford Evie camping-car, winner of the Micro Motor Caravans class of The Caravan Club Motor Caravan Design Awards 2016, available from £28,500.
The popular, and award-winning, Hyundai i800 Camper will be at The Motorhome and Caravan show after making a welcome return to the Wellhouse range this summer, with prices starting from £42,000. It has a particularly high standard specification, including oven, heating and hot water system, plus an external shower, with standard or special edition trim levels available, plus the option of automatic transmission.
Another model returning to the Wellhouse stand is its redesigned Mercedes Vito-based Moselle, which now features an all-new kitchen and storage unit from the Italian furniture designer, Tecnoform. It still has an SCA elevating roof, seats five people and has Wellhouse’s trademark sliding rear seat system, with prices from £44,500. The luxury specification includes solar panel, heating, a choice of three Mercedes BlueTec Euro 6 engines, with rear-wheel drive, plus the option of automatic transmission.
The Zooom Mobile NV200, based on the compact Nissan NV200 van, is a new model that Wellhouse Leisure is considering introducing for the UK in partnership with the German manufacturer, Zooom. It is offered with two or five seat models plus an elevating roof, and can be fitted with storage units in the back, including a fold-away kitchen unit.
The first of Wellhouse’s all-new models is based on the stylish, new Toyota Proace. Wellhouse is one of the first in the UK to develop a campervan conversion of Toyota’s new van. In fact, this exciting new model is so new that Wellhouse is not able to show the finished interior conversion yet, with the example on show fitted with side windows and an elevating roof only so that people can see what size and look of it, and pre-order one. It will have four-seats, an economical 1.6-litre diesel engine and a body length of 4.9m. Prices are expected to start from around £38,000.
Wellhouse has co-operated with Nu Venture motorhomes to develop a coachbuilt-style model based on a Ford Transit Custom cab, which makes its debut at the show. The two-berth coachbuilt body is the same width as the base vehicle to make it easy to drive and compact enough to be used every day. This two-berth model is 5.5m long with an entry door at the rear, and a comfortable interior with all the features of a full-height motorhome. This includes a front lounge with side dinette that converts into two singles or a double bed, over cab storage area, kitchen and full washroom with shower. Prices are expected to start from £46,000.
The final all-new campervan being launched at the show is its first conversion of the SsangYong Turismo MPV. This car-sized campervan, powered by a 178PS, 2.2-litre, Euro 6 diesel engine, really is a multi-purpose vehicle with an elevating roof, kitchen unit, four seats and four-berths, with prices expected to be from £29,995.
David Elliott, Managing Director of Wellhouse Leisure commented: “Wellhouse Leisure is really pleased to be launching more new campervans, and to be able to offer such a wide choice in a mixture of sizes and brands. Wellhouse now offers something for everyone and every budget, from micro campers to our best-selling, award-winning models, all offering exceptional value for money.”
• Olympic champion to open the show
• New Swift product to be unveiled by cycling hero
• Team Wiggins supported by Swift Group
Five-time Olympic Champion, Sir Bradley Wiggins, will open this year’s Motorhome & Caravan Show and unveil the hotly anticipated new-for-2017 caravan from Team Wiggins sponsor and caravan and motorhome specialists, Swift Group.
‘Wiggo’, as he’s affectionately called by his legion of fans, will be appearing at the show’s LIVE Theatre on Tuesday 11 October to pull the covers off and proudly launch the latest addition to the Swift product line-up.
Since 1964 the Swift Group has been manufacturing quality caravans and today is one of the market leaders. For two seasons the Swift Group has proudly supported Team Wiggins cycling team.
While details of the exciting new Swift caravan remain under wraps, the British caravan and motorhome specialist is more than happy to shout about its support of Team Wiggins. James Turner, Managing Director, Swift Group said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Team Wiggins, and with the growing number of cyclists in the team we’re happy to now be providing them with two motorhomes.”
The team, founded by Sir Bradley in 2015, will continue to race under a UCI Continental licence and compete both at home and abroad.
Hot-on-the-wheels of his Olympic success at the Rio De’ Janeiro Games this month, Sir Bradley will no doubt be given a champion’s welcome at the Motorhome & Caravan Show in October at The Birmingham NEC. The eight-time medal winner will be sharing his passion for cycling as well as his passion for the great outdoors. He’ll be giving talks at the show about his love of the open road.
The Motorhome & Caravan Show is the only place where all the new 2017 caravan and motorhome models from leading UK and European manufacturers are revealed under one roof.
Over the six-date must-attend event, visitors to the show will have access to nearly 400 exhibitor stands over the space of 11 halls, offering exclusive ‘show-only’ deals on thousands of products and accessories. Major manufacturers and industry experts will be on hand to give advice and a number of well-known celebrities will also be in attendance, keen to share their love of the great outdoors.
The popularity of the leisure vehicle industry continues to grow, contributing over £6 billion per annum to the UK economy. According to a recent survey, 2015 saw motorhome registrations increase by 21.1% and growing popularity and preference for UK ‘staycations’.
Tickets are now on sale for the UK’s biggest ever leisure vehicle launch show, held at The Birmingham NEC, from as little as £7.50.
To buy tickets for the show and for more information visit http://www.mcshow.co.uk or call 0844 873 7333.
The show runs at EventCity from today until Sunday and if you are unfamiliar with the location it is next to Trafford Park. There are more than 200 exhibitors and the dominant theme is “Get back to Nature”.
More at http://www.caravanshows.com
The Caravan & Motorhome Show will be pitching up at Trafford’s EventCity from January 21 – 24. DJ and TV presenter, Vogue Williams, will officially open the show this year, fresh from winning Bear Grylls’ Mission Survive. There will be with more than 200 exhibitors.
She will join touring enthusiasts from across the country as she kicks off the show on the Caravan Club stand.
This year, the show has a brand new stage, Get Back To Nature, which will feature Monty Halls from BBC’s Great Escapes and speakers who will look to inspire visitors to rediscover the British countryside. Popular attractions are also set to return – including free tuition in manoeuvring motorhomes run by the experts from the Caravan Club and the chance to hone towing skills with the Camping and Caravanning Club.
Last year the show saw over 31,000 visitors over four days.
Further details at http://www.caravanshows.com
The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show heralds the new year in the leisure vehicle and travel industry taking place from 23-28 February 2016 at the Birmingham NEC. The show displays the latest products and launches from leading brands such as Swift, Lunar, Bailey, Vango, Elddis, Trigano and Coachman, to name but a few.
The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show is organised by NCC Events (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the industry trade body NCC) and supported by The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club, making it the ideal platform for expert advice and industry presence.
More than 350 exhibitors are participating in the celebrity-studded event, with Hyundai as the show’s official tow-car partner. The public will be treated to exclusive deals, complimentary caravan-towing and motorhome-manoeuvring lessons as well as attractions such as a themed activity area inspired by the Woodland Trust, and sessions with industry experts at the Discovery Theatre.
The leisure vehicle industry continues to play an important role in the UK, with England as the largest tourer-manufacturing base in Europe (98% of all new tourers sold in the UK are manufactured by NCC Members). The UK reported the highest growth in European motorhome registrations in 2014 (+17.6%) and the UK caravan industry is worth more than £6bn a year.
To find out more come to the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show from the 23 until the 28 of February 2016 at the Birmingham NEC with caravan and motorhome models from leading UK and European manufacturers displayed under one roof. The show is supported by The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club.
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NEC Birmingham – 23 – 28 February 2016
• Holiday, short break and outdoor pursuit inspiration
• Exciting new glamping holiday village to launch
• Expert advice for anyone new to leisure vehicles
Tickets are on sale now for the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, taking place from 23rd – 28th February 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham. The event is the UK’s largest start of holiday season showcase and every February welcomes visitors that love nothing more than spending their leisure time in the great outdoors. It’s the place to visit for families, pet owners and anyone else looking to go on holiday in a leisure vehicle and there’s plenty of free advice for those new to the lifestyle. Advanced tickets start at just £7* for seniors (60+ years), £8* for adults, kids go free, and free parking and a Show Guide are included too.
In 2016 a brand new glamping holiday village will debut at the Show featuring bell tents, yurts, tipis and other trendy accommodation options. There’s more than 350 exhibitors, plenty of outdoor accessories to browse and buy and exciting feature areas that add up to make a fantastic value day out.
The popular dog agility area returns as well as a packed programme of sessions in the revamped Experts’ Theatre, including slots on what to look for when buying a first leisure vehicle. For people new to towing, or those looking to freshen up their skills, the free towing experience is back to help visitors try driving with a caravan in a safe and controlled environment. And, free motorhome manoeuvring sessions can be booked with expert tuition from qualified instructors.
James Bissett, marketing campaign director for NCC Events, organiser of the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, said: “Following on from our successful Motorhome & Caravan Show in October 2015 I can’t wait to throw open the doors to our February start-of-season showcase, especially with our new glamping holiday village in mind. For anyone who loves spending time in the great outdoors and wants to find out more about the leisure vehicle lifestyle there is no better place to start than our show. We’ll have plenty more thrilling news to come in the weeks ahead so stay tuned to our website and social media channels.”
Organised by NCC Events, a wholly owned subsidiary of industry trade body the National Caravan Council, and supported by The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club the Show features many leading leisure vehicle manufacturers, including Adria, Bailey, Coachman, Elddis, Lunar, Swift, Trigano and more. This means visitors will be able to compare all the latest motorhome and caravan layouts, interiors and benefit from exclusive show offers on thousands of products ahead of the 2016 season.
Tickets can be booked by going to:
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* When booking before 23.59 on 22/2/16. On-the-door prices: £10.00 Adult, £9 Senior (60yrs+). Children 15 years and under go free when accompanied by a paying adult/senior. Car parking is included in the ticket price and the free show guide is subject to availability. No dogs (except assistance dogs). Calls to cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. £1.25 transaction charge applies unless otherwise stated.
NCC Events is the exhibitions arm and a wholly owned subsidiary – of the NCC. The NCC is the trade body for the UK caravan industry, encompassing touring caravans, motorhomes, caravan holiday homes and park homes. The NCC represents some 800 member outlets in manufacturing, park operations, distribution, retailing, and in the provisions of specialist suppliers and services within the UK caravan industry, which is worth in excess of £6 billion per annum (sale of products, services and holiday spend).