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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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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

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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23 October, 2010

Caravan industry takes “levers of control” to run their own exhibitions

Caravan industry takes "levers of control" to run their own exhibitions

In response to requests from the caravan industry, the NCC has set up a wholly owned subsidiary called NCC Events Ltd, to run industry exhibitions.  A new NCC Motorhome and Caravan Show 25th – 30th October 2011 at ExCel, London has been launched. The Managing Director, Gary Barbe, previously worked as Events Director on the National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show.

The major industry manufacturers have joined forces in support of the new Motorhome and Caravan Show and have underlined this by financially underwriting NCC Events Ltd.  The key underwriters are Bailey, Coachman, Elddis, Lunar, Swift and Trigano.  The Caravan Club and The Camping and Caravanning Club are also 100 per cent behind the NCC and are showing their support with unprecedented marketing initiatives for the show.

NCC Events Ltd works under the vision statement "through business partnership, bring together the industry to create inspiring exhibitions for the effective promotion of caravanning to the wider consumer market".

John Lally Director General of the NCC says: "This is the most exciting and positive change for the industry.  It's a win/win situation for all parties and an enormous opportunity to grow the consumer market.   

"This new show will be run by the industry, for the good of the industry.  Exhibitors will benefit from greatly reduced rates and there will be significantly lower show ticket prices for the consumer.  I'm delighted to be involved in this project and to have the support of key players in the industry behind me."

Peter Smith, Chairman of the Swift Group, said: "Swift are 100% committed to this new show and I am thrilled that the industry has taken control of its own destiny."

Chairman of Bailey, Patrick Howard, agrees: "It's fantastic that the industry has come together and can now offer a truly co-ordinated marketing effort to drive higher consumer traffic to the show. This in turn benefits all of the industry and the visiting public will pay lower entry prices."

For more details regarding the initiative, please contact John Lally on 0844 8094694 (office hours) or 07799 030521 (out of hours) or visit www.motorhomeandcaravanshow.co.uk.

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18 October, 2010

Camping & Caravanning Club awarded High Tourist Board Ratings

The Camping and Caravanning Club's 110 Club Sites have continued to impress in the recent Tourist Board star ratings awarded by VisitEngland, VisitScotland, and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

Bellingham and Conkers Camping and Caravanning Club Sites have both been upgraded to five stars, taking the total number of Club Sites achieving five star ratings to 21.

These Sites are; Barnard Castle, Bellingham, Blackmore, Boroughbridge, Cannock Chase, Charmouth, Conkers, Delamere Forest, Delamont Country Park, Dunbar, Eskdale, Folkestone, Hereford, Kingsbury Water Park, Oswestry, Sandringham, Scarborough, Tarland, Teversal, West Runton and Windermere.

Eighty-one percent of Club Sites achieved four or five star ratings in the prestigious assessment scheme, which aims to give an indication of accommodation standard, cleanliness, ambience, hospitality and service.

Sites Director, Bob Hill was elated with the ratings and said: "It's a fantastic result for the Club as a whole and it really reflects all of the hard work that we have put in to make our Club Sites safe and enjoyable holiday destinations.

"On behalf of the Club, I would like to say a big thank you to our Holiday Site Managers and their Assistants for their continued dedication which undoubtedly helped us achieve our outstanding star ratings.

"The Club's Site Network is currently going through a £29 million development, upgrade and improvement programme; so this is a really pleasing result and has given us a benchmark to continue to build upon.

He added: "There has never been a better time to experience camping and we hope our commended ratings will convince campers to place their trust in us as an organisation."

The success story didn't end there as The Club's Troutbeck, Eskdale and Teversal Franchise Sites received AA five star pennants.

Skye, Cheddar, Hereford, Corfe Castle and Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Sites achieved four star gradings.

AA rated accommodation is assessed under a set of common quality standards agreed by the AA and the UK tourist authorities (VisitEngland, VisitScotland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board).

For further information visit http://www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk

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8 October, 2010

The 50th Boat & Caravan Show to Celebrate one of UK’s Great British Success Stories

UK's largest show for outdoor leisure to benefit from 'stay-at-homers' looking for holiday inspiration

The Boat & Caravan Show, the UK's largest show for outdoor leisure, taking place from 22 – 27 February 2011 at NEC Birmingham, is set to attract record numbers as the British public's eagerness to discover the freedom and adventure of independent holidaying in the UK shows no sign of abating.

Having attracted over 100,000 visitors last year, the show, celebrating its 50th anniversary, will be showcasing the latest in new caravans, motorhomes, park homes, holiday homes and lodges, boats, tents, camping accessories and towcars. Visitors will be able to view and purchase the newest Spring 2011 model ranges from leading manufacturers across outdoor leisure.

Visitors will also find thousands of campsites, day-out destinations and tourist boards across the UK and Europe. Experts from the Caravan Club, Camping and Caravanning Club, and specialist media will also be on hand to offer expert help and advice to both newcomers and more experienced enthusiasts.
Renowned as a show that caters for all the family, visitors of all ages can enjoy a fun-packed day with free climbing, canoeing, and kayaking demonstrations. Those new to caravanning can try towing at the show and motorhome manoeuvring courses are also on offer from The Caravan Club.

Chef and TV presenter James Martin will be returning to the show for the second year running, cooking up some 'outdoor' treats at The Rangemaster Cookery Theatre on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 February. Caravan enthusiast and chef Monica Rivron will be launching her 'Caravan Cookbook' and will be cooking on Tuesday 22 Feb  - the opening day of the show - as part of Caravan Club Day festivities.

Andy Gibb, Boat and Caravan's Exhibition Director and Portfolio Director of Ocean Media Group Ltd said: "The Boat & Caravan Show, over its fifty year history, has gained a strong reputation for introducing families and individuals to the  'great outdoors' and the advantages of taking caravan, camping and boating holidays.

"The show's continued growth, with the support of the industry and leading associations, not only reflects a Great British business success story but the ever increasing demand for the outdoor way of life and holidaying in the UK."

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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20 September, 2010

Butlin's Dividend Soars

Report from the Guardian.co.uk

The family owners behind the Butlins and Haven holiday parks are happy campers, after pocketing nearly £60m in dividends as cost-conscious Britons continued to holiday at home rather than abroad.

The "staycation" trend saw profits at Bourne Leisure, majority-owned by the Cook, Harris and Allen families, jump to £87.9m in 2009 from £54.8m, with sales up 6.3% to £791.6m – and the company forecast further growth this year.

Not only did more people decide to take their main holiday in the UK – despite the unpredictable weather – but the company also benefited from growth in short and weekend breaks. In its efforts to make the most of the trend, Bourne has continued to invest in its resorts, turning the cheap and cheerful Butlins image of Redcoats and regimented routines into something more modern.

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24 May, 2010

Get Connected with the Caravan Club

The Caravan Club has announced it is to double the amount of sites with a Wi-Fi connection.  Visitors will be able to buy a card at reception that will be valid for 6 months.

If you need that urgent piece of kit while you are away, just get online, surf to Busy Outdoors.com and we will deliver straight to the Caravan Club Site!

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