30 January, 2009
Visitors get the best ‘deals on wheels’ at The Manchester Central Caravan & Motorhome Show
'Van-chester' cara-fans plan for the 'Great Escape' in 2009
Celebrating its 13th successive year, The Manchester Central Caravan & Motorhome Show 2009 welcomed thousands of visitors between 22nd – 25th January. With over 70 exhibitors offering the region's best choice of touring caravans, motorhomes, holiday homes and the ever-popular accessory megastore, it was truly the place for the North West's 'cara-fans' to be.
The show's theme for 2009 was 'The Great Escape', and organisers were delighted that visitors were inspired by the variety of vehicles on display – many at special 'show-only' discounted prices – proving that even at a time of economic uncertainty, caravanning offers a great value and easy way to enjoy a holiday.
The event was officially opened by the new Chairman of The Camping & Caravanning Club, Keith Jackson who emphasised in his welcome address that the pastime is very much on the increase in 2009, commenting that: "Despite the uncertain climate our Club is continuing to grow and in terms of advanced bookings we are 15 per cent up than at the same time last year".
Mr Jackson then gave way to a display by Manchester-based world record holding escapologist David Straightjacket, who pitted his skills against a caravanning specialist to see who could escape and hit the road first. The stunt helped to show that families can hitch up and be on the road in minutes.
The Manchester Central Caravan & Motorhome Show 2009 populated the whole of the Grade II listed building. In the main hall, an unrivalled selection of caravans and motorhomes were ready for visitors to see, try and buy. In Hall 2 the popular accessory megastore kept many 'cara-fans' happy as they picked out the must have gadgets for the season ahead.
Mr Davies of Sale commented; "I've got my accessories! The Manchester show is always good for finding those extra gadgets and generally I go home with something tucked under my arm".
For the first time for years, holiday homes also had a presence, which proved especially popular with visitors looking for the perfect site in which to sample the freedom and flexibility of a caravan break before investing in their own vehicle.
Mr and Mrs Cox from Salford commented: "Its really good to have a presence from the parks people this year. It's very handy for seeing what is available and planning ahead."
Also a hit with many of the show visitors was the cookery theatre showing how to make big dishes in small spaces. Christina Alcock, from near Urmston said; "I loved the Cookery Theatre – great idea. The kitchens are so little in the vans it is good to see how you can make great food in a limited space."
Elsewhere face painting and ice-cream vans proved popular, helping those looking around the show to get into the holiday spirit.
Show Director Sam North, commented: "People are definitely looking to get the best bang for their buck from their holidays, more so now than ever. The many thousands that came through our doors wanted to be inspired and responded positively to the combination of great value, engaging features and choice that we offered. We're already looking forward to returning in 2010."Tags:Caravanning