Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show bring in a record breaking visitor footfall

Caravan Camping and Motorhome Show record breaking news

  • 2,420* more visitors to the show than in 2014
  • Record sales for many exhibitors
  • Exciting new products launched, from glamping tents to campervans

The UK’s largest start-of-season holiday showcase, The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show, kicked the year off in style with nearly 87,000* people visiting Birmingham NEC across the six day event. This was a record for this show since NCC Events ran its first spring show at the NEC in 2012. TV’s Ben Fogle and Matt Baker opened the show, which had more than 350 exhibitors across five halls.

The show aims to bring new entrants into the leisure vehicle and camping market and this year it was strengthened by the new industry promotional campaign ‘Freedom to Go’ which is supported by both The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club. ‘Freedom to Go’ aims to inspire the public to experience a leisure vehicle holiday for themselves.

‘Freedom to Go’ was bought to life at the show in the form of an inspirational visitor feature encouraging newcomers to put themselves ‘in the picture’ of the many lifestyle options that owning a leisure vehicle can offer. Visitors could be photographed either in a winter inspired area, on a festival stage or at the beach in an oversized deckchair. Over 8,000 photographs were uploaded to the ‘Freedom to Go’ website for people to download after the show and web traffic to freedomtogo.co.uk increased by over 30% during show time.

Saturday was the busiest day of the show, with just shy of 20,000* people through the doors and attendance was strong throughout, with each individual day seeing more visitors than in 2014.Camping and Caravan Club Seminar

Exhibitors reported strong trading across a range of products, with some selling out completely. Sales of Swift’s touring caravans and motorhomes were up on last year’s show. PJ Outdoors benefitted from at show activity 20% up on 2014, with inflatable air tents proving particularly popular. And in the holiday homes sector optimism was widespread, with Willerby having a five-year sales high at the 2015 show.

Interactive feature areas, including an assault course and cycle challenge, went down well with the crowds and the Experts’ Theatre featured a packed programme of sessions, from practical caravanning tips, to fashion advice from Kate Lawler, talks from celebrities including Sally Gunnell and cooking with Ben Tish all compered by adventurer Richard Harpham.

Plenty of new products debuted at the show too, including The Camping and Caravanning Club’s new Ready Camp glamping product, coachbuilt motorhomes from Benimar and Moto-Trek, campervans from Wild-Ax and Wellhouse Leisure and new caravans from manufacturers such as Lunar.

CCM 15-4932Andrew Whalley, Managing Director of NCC Events, said: “I am delighted that such a bumper audience attended The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2015. It was the busiest ever since we began organising the event in 2012 and the atmosphere in the halls was electric. With double digit growth for 2014 new caravan sales and motorhome registrations, this increase in visitor numbers is reflective of how buoyant the market currently is.

“If you factor in the attendance at our Motorhome & Caravan Show 2014 then we have welcomed more than 180,000 people to our two events in the last five months and with interest in our sector, boosted by ‘Freedom to Go’, continuing to rise, it bodes well for the year ahead, roll on October!”

NCC Events’ second consumer exhibition, The Motorhome & Caravan Show 2015, will return from 13 – 18 October at the NEC and tickets go on sale in the spring.

Campsite Finder Online had their own stand which attracted visitors due to the quirky VW Campervan photo booth. It was fun for the kids and the parents.

Original Pioneer of Glamping, Feather Down, sets innovative 2015 trends

Original Pioneer of Glamping, Feather Down, sets innovative 2015 trends

The team behind the internationally acclaimed Feather Down Farm Days holidays is proud to introduce a number of glamping innovations to suit those looking to get back to nature on some of the UK’s loveliest working farms, without compromising on comfort or luxury.

Brand New Canvas Frills Lodges with en-suite bathroom

The Canvas Frills Lodge is yet another new innovation from Feather Down – a luxurious tent boasting even greater practicality while never compromising on allure, with an all-important en-suite bathroom. With a beautifully decorated wooden bathroom web-tent_evening_02interior, guests may now enjoy an instant hot shower (heated by gas), and in the right style. The breakfast of freshly laid eggs just collected by your children can now follow the shower, entirely in the comfort of your lovely 56m2 living space.

Brand new Canvas Lodge for small groups

For larger families and groups of friends, there is the Canvas Lodge for 10 people, currently available on Canfields Farm in West Sussex. Behind thick protective canvas keeping warmth in without shutting the sounds of nature out, turn-of-the-century farmhouse tent interiors evoke a time when daily life proceeded at nature’s pace. Balancing practicality and feeling, all of the spacious and cosy tents include proper beds with warm blankets and soft pillows, and flushing toilets.

Brand New Log Cabins on the farm

Featherdown FarmsThe company has just launched its brand new log cabin holidays. Available at Howbeck Lodge Farm in the Lake District National Park and at Warren Farm in the beautiful Mendip Hills near Cheddar Gorge, the rugged cabins will bring an extra sense of adventure to the family holiday, while providing all the warmth of hearth and home. Full of frontier flavour, the cabins feature rocking chairs on the veranda and turn-of-the-century farmhouse interiors.

These are now spread across the space of a mezzanine measuring 50m2. But don’t expect TV or wireless – the ethos of a Feather Down holiday is to get away from the stresses and distractions of modern living to reconnect with nature and the family.

Website www.featherdown.co.uk

or call 01420 80804

 

Oakdown Holiday Park serves up a “bray and breakfast” option

Oakdown Holiday Park in Weston, near Sidmouth, is offering holidaymakers a behind-the-scenes introduction to the world of Britain’s largest equine charity.

Guests staying at a top East Devon holiday park can this year enjoy a VIP donkey experience – guaranteed to raise smiles, and much-needed funds for a local sanctuary.

Oakdown Holiday Park in Weston, near Sidmouth, is offering holidaymakers a behind-the-scenes introduction to the world of Britain’s largest equine charity.

The Donkey Sanctuary, adjacent to the park, provides care for around 500 donkeys – many of which have been neglected, over-worked or abandoned.

In conjunction with the park, small groups will spend a hands-on morning helping the sanctuary team with a variety of tasks including grooming, walking, feeding and petting.

But it’s not all donkey work, for the VIP package also includes a slap-up farmhouse cooked breakfast with a special gift for younger donkey devotees.

Oakdown Holiday Park, owned by the Franks family for over 40 years, provides luxury caravan holiday homes to rent and buy, plus camping pods and touring pitches.

In 2015, Oakdown beat more than 900 other UK parks to take the overall title of AA Campsite of the Year, based on votes cast by guests – and it also holds many other accolades.

According to Alastair Franks, the new VIP donkey experience will provide a fascinating insight to a widely-celebrated charity dedicated to donkey welfare:

“Donkeys and mules are hardworking animals, and can also be very affectionate – but sadly, they are sometimes the victims of neglect and cruelty,” he said.

“But these animals, as our visitors will see, are now leading happy and fulfilled lives in the care of dedicated volunteers who provide all the treatment and attention they need.

“For children especially, this will prove a real eye-opener of a morning!” added Alastair.

The £38.00 per person cost of the experience, additional to the holiday cost, will include a donation to the charity. For more information about the park, visit www.oakdown.co.uk