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8 March, 2011

New NCC Motorhome, Caravan & Camping Show Gathers Momentum

Space is selling out fast for the newly launched Motorhome, Caravan and Camping Show, which will take place 14-19 February 2012 at ExCeL, London. With low stand rates, more than 67% of the floor plan has already been reserved by exhibitors.  As a demonstration of confidence, NCC Events has signed a two-year contractual commitment to ExCeL on behalf of the industry.

NCC Events has been formed as a wholly owned subsidiary of the NCC and has received the support of all the major UK Caravan and Motorhome manufacturers. The industry now plans to run two shows a year with a major show at the NEC, Birmingham in October (11-16 October 2011) and a new regional show at ExCeL, London in February.


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16 February, 2011

The February 2012 “NCC Motorhome, Caravan and Camping Show”

image The February 2012 "NCC Motorhome, Caravan and Camping Show"

The UK caravan industry is launching its own February show, The NCC Motorhome, Caravan and Camping Show, 14-19 February 2012 at the prestigious ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London.  This exciting location will allow the industry to cater for the many loyal caravanners living in the south who are not within easy reach of other show venues.  As the first major caravan show of the new year, the event will run during the spring school half-term, providing the opportunity to attract a new family and day-out audience.


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15 February, 2011

Cool Caravanning even Cooler in 2011

50 year Boat & Caravan Show attracts growing number of 'staycationers'

Austere Britain 2011. Uncertainty abroad. Lack of quality family time. Need to justify every penny.

In these uncertain times it is good to reflect that there is some certainty in life. Holidays are in the bloodstream of the British. The Great British holiday and the love for the outdoors shows no sign of abating and is being celebrated at the 50th Boat & Caravan Show at the NEC, Birmingham, 22 – 27 February.


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30 January, 2011

Top Car Manufacturers Showcased At Boat & Caravan Show 2011

Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Volvo, Isuzu, Skoda and Subaru
'One of the most successful events with consistently good lead results' - Mitsubishi

The UK's biggest outdoor leisure event – The Boat & Caravan Show – taking place at the NEC, 22 – 27 February 2011, has attracted some of the world's leading car manufacturers that will be showcasing their newest 2011 models.

Big names include Land Rover (Discovery and Freelander): Mitsubishi (Lancer, Shogun, Grandis, Outlander and Colt); Volvo (XC60 and XC90 SUV's, XC70 and the sporty C30 SportsCoupe); Nissan (QASHQAI, Murano, X-Trail, Pathfinder); Ŝkoda (Superb Estate and Yeti); Isuzu (Rodeo and Denver) and Subaru (Legacy and Forester Diesel).


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23 December, 2010

The Manchester Caravan & Motorhome Show 2011 Ticket Competition

Manchester_2011 The Caravan & Motorhome show 2011 returns to Manchester Central from 20-23 January 2011 as the nation's love with camping and caravanning continues.  Tickets are now on sale and with more exhibitors than ever before, the show is the ideal place for enthusiasts and newcomers who have been inspired to consider a caravan, motorhome or camping  holiday to start making plans for their 2011 adventures.

An extra hall has been added for January's show to make room for over 100 exhibitors - a phenomenal increase on last year's 70 to give visitors more choice than ever before. The show will be the first opportunity for the North West caravanning community to see, explore and  purchase all the latest 2011 caravan and motorhome models in one place. From Swift to Hobby to Lloyd Caravans, there's a huge choice of touring caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes.  Keen campers will also find a variety of tents and accessories at the best possible prices.  This year, new exhibitor, Yeoman's will launch a 'Tent Pitching Championship' where visitors will race against the clock to pitch up their tent in super quick time for the chance to win a Yeoman's tent.

For those who come to the show in search of inspiration for their next holiday, there will be campsites and destinations from around the UK and Europe, providing the best starting point and plenty of ideas of where visitors can enjoy their next adventures.

Representatives from The Camping & Caravanning Club, The Practical Caravan, The NCC and many others, will be on hand to answer any questions and offer useful advice on everything from how to find the perfect destination for a camping or caravanning holiday, through to sourcing specialist insurance and finance packages.

There will also be many more attractions on offer to keep all family members entertained, including a cookery and expert talks theatre, farmers' market and Gulliver's KidZone, making for a great family day out.

Clarion show director, Sam North says "Each year we're amazed at the level of interest from exhibitors and visitors alike.  We're confident that the extra hall coupled with 40 per cent more  exhibitors this year will make the show a huge success and help maintain it's postion as the number one caravanning and motorhome show in the North West.  We're aiming for 20,000 visitors in 2012 so this will be a great starting point".  

Whether visitors wish to make a purchase, hear interesting and informative talks on a range of topics or improve their gastronomic skills in the cookery theatre, there's something for everyone at the Caravan & Motorhome Show 2011, Manchester Central.

Advance day tickets cost just £6.50 compared to £8 on the door, and kids go free! (aged 16 and under).

Ticket Competition

Win a pair of tickets to the 2011 Manchester show by answering the following question:

How many exhibitors will there be at January's show?

Please send your answer to:


Winners will be notified by email only.

If you're not a lucky winner, tickets can be booked online at http://manchester.caravanshows.com or via the ticket hotline: 0844 209 7351. Please quote promo code: BUS30 when booking

* Only one entry per household is permitted; multiple entries will be disqualified.
* The judge's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
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18 December, 2010

The NEC Boat & Caravan Show February 2011 Ticket Competition

boat_show_2011_logo BOAT & CARAVAN 2011 50th ANNIVERSARY

  • Thousands of great-value, holidays – UK and international tourist boards, campsites, holiday parks and destinations will be on hand, offering holiday inspiration for the year ahead – your passport to Summer 2011!
  • Exclusive caravan, motorhome and park home launches – New for the Show, look out for new ranges from leading manufactures including:
    • Elddis: Launching a new light touring caravan Xplore 304 and the Aspire luxury motorhome
    • Swift: Showing four new ranges of touring caravans on show and the new Escape motorhome range
    • Bailey: Launching two, new, entry-level, family caravan ranges
    • Lunar: Showcasing a new range of 21 lightweight luxury caravans
    • Fifth Wheel: Launching its first ever caravan at the show
    • Normandy Holiday Homes: launching a new holiday home
  • New! 'Gardening Showcase' – Featuring Britain's flamboyant Garden Showman David Domoney on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th February
  • The Rangemaster Cookery Theatre – Featuring TV Chef James Martin on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th February
  • Caravan Club Day on Tuesday, 22nd February – With Caravan Club member Shaun Williamson, former Eastender and Extras star who will also be performing at the Caravan Club Lounge
  • 'New to Camping' with The Camping and Caravanning Club – Offering expert help and advice on how to get started on holidaying under canvas, featuring tent pitching demonstrations and competitions.
  • Launch of a 'Discover Touring Bookazine' by The Caravan Club – Offering beginners advice on all aspects of caravanning and motor caravanning
  • Free caravan towing and motor caravan manoeuvring lessons for visitors
  • Monica Rivron launching her new cookbook – 'Caravan Cookbook' - and cooking up a number of special recipes from the Rangemaster Cookery Theatre
  • New! Suzuki Power Pool showcasing the latest sports boats and RIBs on the water
  • Boating Holidays – A whole host of companies offering boat hire and skippered holidays across the UK and Europe for couples, families and groups
  • Free kids activities – Canoeing and kayaking lessons, climbing course and rope swings in the new Kids Adventure Zone.
  • On site camping – Operated by The Caravan Club, on site camping is available at the venue for those with a caravan or motorhome wishing to extend their visit and stay on site.


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1 December, 2010

Win Tickets To The Scottish Caravan & Outdoor Leisure Show

caravan_NEC_2011_logo The Scottish Caravan & Outdoor Leisure Show is setting up camp at the SECC, Glasgow from 3 - 6 February 2011. We've teamed up with the organisers to give away ten pairs of tickets.

The show is a fantastic one-stop shop bringing together a full range of latest caravans, motorhomes, holiday homes, accessories, marine products, camping products, as well as the chance to meet the experts from industry clubs and associations.

All the major manufactures will be represented, with the new models from the Swift group (Sterling , Swift, Sprite and Dealer Specials ), Bailey (including the new Unicorn), Coachman, Lunar Caravans, Elddis Caravans ( including Explore), and Rimor Caravans.

The Motorhome ranges will be the most comprehensive ever and will include East Neuk Campervans, who this year won the Caravan Club's Design and Drive Award for the Best Van Conversion (up to £40,000).

The show will also feature cookery demonstrations and wine tasting, free expert advice and exclusive money saving offers. This year's show will occupy five halls within the SECC and showcase products and services of more than 150 companies.

Advance ticket prices have been held at 2009 levels, making it the ideal crunch-beating day out. Advance tickets are £7 or £6 for seniors and on-the-door tickets are £10 each or £9 for seniors. Kids go free. All tickets include a show brochure, RRP £5. Book in advance and receive a Towsure Voucher to spend at the show which gives £5 off when £50 or over is spent.

For more information visit and details of exclusive show offers visit www.caravanshowscotland.com or call the ticket hotline 0844 3954000. Follow the show on Twitter and Facebook, where you will find all the latest news and can win tickets to the show.

For your chance to win a pair of tickets send the answer to the following question to:

competitions (at) busyoutdoors.com

Q. How many halls at the SECC Glasgow will The Scottish Caravan & Outdoor Leisure Show occupy?

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7 November, 2010

Uk’s Leading Manufacturers Sign Up To 50th Boat & Caravan Show

boat_show_2011_logo The Boat & Caravan Show, the UK's largest show for outdoor leisure, taking place from 22 – 27 February 2011 at the NEC Birmingham, has confirmed the UK's leading caravan manufacturers have chosen the event to drive 2011 sales. This comes at a time when the British public's eagerness to discover the freedom and adventure of independent holidaying in the UK shows no sign of abating.

Swift, Bailey, Elddis, Lunar, Coachman as well as French manufacturer Trigano have all confirmed their presence at the six day event, highlighting   the importance the event plays in the industry calendar.

Commenting on the commitment to the show by the leading manufacturers, Exhibition Director Andy Gibb said: "This is excellent news, not only for the event, but for the sector, and the tens of thousands of visitors expected to visit the show looking to view and purchase the newest Spring 2011 ranges.
"Our show has gained a reputation amongst the industry and manufacturers. They recognise the event introduces families and individuals to the 'great outdoors' and the advantages of taking caravan, boating, and camping holidays."

For further information on the Boat & Caravan Show and to benefit from special advanced ticket prices visit www.boatandcaravan.co.uk.

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Birmingham’s NEC will now be the venue for the just-launched motorhome and caravan show..

NCC CARAVAN NEC 2011Birmingham's NEC will now be the venue for the just-launched motorhome and caravan show, to take place in autumn 2011. 

Following the recent announcement of a new consumer-facing caravan show at ExCeL, London, the NCC (National Caravan Council) and Clarion Events Ltd (current organisers of the NEC October show), convened to consider the best way forward for exhibitors and potential show attendees.  It was clear that having two competing industry shows in October 2011 would lead to confusion for the loyal customers.  

In an unprecedented move, it was agreed that the NCC will now run one national motorhome and caravan show in October and this show will be held at Birmingham's NEC. Consequently, NCC Events have agreed to move their new Motorhome and Caravan Show from ExCeL to the NEC. This speedy decision will eliminate potential confusion and ensure marketing initiatives can have clear messaging.  

NCC Chairman, Rod Tucker, said: "Attendees will enjoy all the core elements of previous events, the only difference is that the October show will now be run by the industry's trade body.  There are substantial long-term strategic advantages to NCC owning the largest motorhome and caravan show in the calendar.  Without the commercial needs of an independent exhibition organiser, the NCC can drive innovation and value across every aspect of the exhibition to create compelling value to our customer base."

John Lally, NCC Director General, continued: "Our exhibition team has a strong understanding of the industry and we believe we can add great value to previously run shows, which are already extremely successful.  We are committed to continuing the excellent service Clarion has provided and that customers have come to expect.  We will now look to deliver additional value by reducing costs and further improve the customer experience."

Gary Barbe, Managing Director, NCC Events Ltd said: "We are dedicated to providing a show for the good of motorhomers and caravanners and we need to take on board feedback from exhibitors and our customers.  We are delighted to host our first show at the NEC in Birmingham, offering manufacturers and dealers the ideal place in 2011 to showcase their brand new 2012 season products."

Kathryn James, Managing Director of NEC, stated: "We are delighted to welcome this new industry show to the NEC and are confident of a great working relationship with the NCC and the show organiser because we share a common goal of understanding customer experience for our exhibitors and visitors."

For more information about the show please contact Gary Barbe, NCC Events Ltd on 0844 8094694 (office hours) or 07799 030521 (out of hours) or visit www.motorhomeandcaravanshow.co.uk.

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25 October, 2010

Boating Organisation Backs The Boat & Caravan Show 2011


In a move that highlights the importance placed by the boating industry on the Boat & Caravan Show, the British Marine Federation (BMF) has announced it will be officially supporting the event's dedicated boat and marine hall for 2011.

Since establishing a dedicated boat hall three years ago, the Boat & Caravan Show has gone from strength to strength, showcasing a wide range of craft for those looking to enter the market for more experienced mariners.

Show director Andy Gibb adds "What makes our show unique is that we offer boating exhibitors the opportunity to showcase their products to an audience of new, potential boaters not delivered by any other show in the industry calendar – caravanners, motorhomers and campers.

"We are delighted to be working with the British Marine Federation, bringing to the Federation members a potential audience of over 83,000 visitors."

Howard Pridding, Executive Director of the British Marine Federation commented: "The BMF is pleased to support the Boat & Caravan Show at the NEC in Birmingham – an increasingly important show in the industry calendar. We look forward to working with Ocean Media to encourage BMF members to exhibit at an event that can help them develop and grow their businesses."

The Boat & Caravan Show takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from Tuesday 22 February to Sunday 27 February 2011.

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