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.
With over 50% of Britons set to holiday in the UK this year, and with over £400 million contributed to rural economies by Caravan Club members (source: Caravan Club), the industry's annual flagship show is the place to visit for those wanting to see the latest 2011 caravans, motorhomes, boats, tents, accessories, 4 x 4s and to research holidays from thousands of holiday parks, campsites, destinations and tourist board exhibitors.
Andy Gibb, Boat & Caravan's Exhibition Director commented: "With over 1.5 million caravanners, motor caravanners and trailer tenters in the UK, the resurgence of the Great British holiday, with value for money playing a major role in the family decision making process, is continuing apace. With caravan manufacturers – a Great British business story in itself – benefiting from 'staycationers', all the signs are that rural economies will benefit even further in 2011."
For those yet to discover the freedom and adventure of independent holidaying, whether in a tent, a caravan, folding camper, motorhome or boat, a visit to the show provides the perfect introduction and inspiration to start enjoying this lifestyle. Valuable help and advice will be given by the industry's leading clubs and organisations through 'New to Camping' and 'Discover Touring' features.
There will be special celebrity guest appearances by TV Chef James Martin at the Rangemaster Cookery Theatre and a Gardening Showcase with flamboyant garden showman David Domoney on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 February. On the opening day of the show, former Eastender and Extras star Shaun Williamson will be performing live with local school children at the Caravan Club lounge, and Monica Rivron will be launching her new 'Caravan Cookbook', cooking a number of new recipes at the Cookery Theatre.
Additionally, all the family can participate in canoeing and kayaking lessons; adults can take part in caravan towing courses and motorhome manoeuvring lessons, whilst children can 'go wild' on the climbing and rope swings in the new Kids Adventure Challenge.
Ticket prices are from as little as £5.50 for a child under 16 and £38 for a family of two adults and three children in advance*. A free show guide and parking are included in the ticket price. To skip the queues contact the Ticket Hotline on 0844 581 3000 or log onto www.boatandcaravan.co.uk.
* £1.50 transaction fee applies to advance ticket booking which must be made by 22 February 2011