When an e-mail pinged into my inbox about potentially visiting the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC in Birmingham with The Caravan Club, I did wonder if they were contacting the right person. I don’t really do camping unless we are talking Glastonbury and I’ve never even stepped foot in a Caravan or a Motorhome. The Caravan Club had invited me to explore the show and gain a fresh perspective on Caravan & Motorhome industry. To be honest, I was intrigued to find out more and explore something completely new for me.
With over 110 years of experience, The Caravan Club is the largest touring organisation in Europe. Membership costs just £49 per year and includes many benefits such as access to 200 exclusive Caravan Club Campsites in the UK and priority at 2500 ceritfied locations.
Just because I don’t have a caravan or motohome doen’t mean I can’t be a member. In some locations, there are actually some cosy cottages available to rent or camping pods (sort of like glamping). There are some stunning destinations, especially in Cornwall and Scotland. After visiting their stand I’m feeling inspired to discover more of the UK. The Caravan Club also cover destinations across the globe with tours across Europe, USA and Austrailia!
On arrival to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at the NEC, Birmingham I met up with Hayley. The Caravan Club stand was already buzzing within half an hour of the show opening as they revealed a big rebrand reveal was about to take place. It was actually quite exciting as they had a countdown to 10.30am and more & more crowds gathered.
The chairman revealed that they were re-branding as the Caravan & Motorhome Club. This re-brand is a first for the company and really reflects how the industry has grown. It seems they are really focusing on developing the brand to appeal to all ages who are looking to experience the great outdoors.
Throughout the day they were offering complimentary Motorhome and Caravan Manoeuvring Masterclasses which were very popular amongst guests. All spaces were booked up within an hour of the show opening but we luckily got a place. I say “we” but as I can’t drive, this was Hayley’s chance to shine. Although I can’t drive and unlikely going to be driving a motorhome anytime soon, the masterclass was so informative and Hayley did so well. I was sat in the back spectating and kinda fearing for my life but I was really impressed with her skills!
As you can imagine, throughout the show there was plenty of Caravans and Motorhomes – Shock Horror! Hayley and I loved looking round them all and choosing which ones we were going to buy when we won the lottery. They all cost a pretty penny but some of the designs were so insane and luxurious. The show covered all things camping and even had a Dog Agility show!
Whilst it’s unlikely that I’m going to buy a Motorhome or even learn to drive anytime soon, I was facinated by the whole experience. I wouldn’t rule out visiting a Cottage or Camping Pod with The Caravan Club. It does seem like a great way explore more of the country or go further a feild. They are also currently giving away an American tour across Route 66 over on their Facebook page so go check it out. It’s basically my dream trip! A big thank you to The Caravan & Motorhome Club and Good Rebels for inviting me and organising this.
Have you ever been on a Caravan/Motorhome holiday? Would you consider it? Are you a member of The Caravan Club?