February 2020 Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show NEC
Once again the Caravan Camping & Motorhome Show returns to the NEC in February 2020.
I did go to this show last February, but unfortunately, we missed the show in October, so I’m really looking forward to this one.
This year, for the first time, I’ll be taking more of an interest in Motorhomes. Actually, I’ve always been interested in motorhomes and owned one for a while. They’re not that different from caravans in many ways, except an engine here, a jockey wheel there…
Also, this year, for the first time, I’m spending a few days there, I have a plan, a schedule, things to do. Having said that, the last time I went, I had big ideas, I was going to wander around, true vlogger style, chat about the show, the caravans, the accessories. I’d be “interesting” and “witty” – Ha! Anyway, by the end of it last year, I had about 10 minutes of footage and NO talking at all!. Rubbish, absolute rubbish.
There were two reasons for this, firstly, I absolutely lost my “bottle”. Every time I turned the camera on, nothing came to my mind. If you’ve watched my channel, you might think that’s perfectly normal! Well, to start with it is. I have to get myself into the “zone”. This normally involves 20 minutes of waffle, which I don’t include in my vlog – I know, I really do waffle more than I show. By the time I’ve finished this “warm-up” I don’t worry that people might find it uninteresting.
Oh the second reason is that I spent 90% of my time walking about aimlessly and talking to people! Which was more fun than filming.
So, what’s different this time for me? Well, I have a year of vlogging under my belt, albeit from my caravan and not in public. Of course, my fear is that nothing has changed, I’ll just spend 3 days wandering around making excuses not to do anything, talking to people. Which, by the way is great and definitely the larger part of why I attend. I enjoy meeting other vloggers, but more so meeting anyone who has watched my vlogs and is a subscriber.
When is NEC Caravan Show On?
It runs from 18th – 23rd February 2020. Tickets for the show are available now and priced at just £8 for adults and £7 for seniors. Tickets on the door cost £10 for adults and £9 seniors – children 15 and under go free!
For those that have never been, the show is set across 5 of the NEC exhibition halls and is the UK’s largest display of leisure vehicles (caravans and motorhomes), static holiday homes, lodges and tents.
The show is massive and has a wide array of leisure vehicles, tents accessories, kit and equipment. There’s even crazy golf for those Motorhomers into extreme sports!
The Freedom To Go Theatre is back with guest speakers including some celebrities and even some vloggers have been known to grace the stage. Shane Ritchie is there, no doubt talking about his recent TV series as well as Matt Allwright.
Something new for 2020 is “Electric in Motion” which will feature some cutting edge bikes, scooters, skateboards, and even unicycles. No, I won’t be trying a unicycle, thanks very much.
As always you could book to have a free one to one session from experts towing a caravan. Or even get behind the wheel of a camper van with the Caravan and Motorhome Club. Book early as the towing experience tends to fill up quickly! These are really worthwhile if your new to caravanning or just want to experience towing something.
As well as all the biggest caravan and motorhome manufacturers, there are also many smaller traders selling great accessories to get yourself ready for the new holiday season.
There are not many places that you can get to compare so many different vehicles in one place, with expertise on hand to answer any questions you might have. You might even be able to seal yourself a show deal on your next purchase, be that a £70,000 motorhome, or a £7 collapsable bucket! There are deals to be had my friends!
Are There Deals To Be Had?
In a word, yes. However, my experience is that it does get really busy. We went on a Saturday and were ready to buy if we got a good deal. The sales staff were so busy we wouldn’t really get enough time with them for us to be able to get a deal we felt comfortable with. Be ready to queue to get into caravans and motorhomes, much like you might at Disneyland rides. Ok not that long, but I was surprised by the queues.
We used the show for just getting a better feel for the caravan we were looking at as well as sitting in others we liked just to make sure the one we wanted, was the one we wanted.
Sometimes there are “show offers” but there might be a lead time on vehicles, as new models are launched and are not yet built. Fine if you’re expecting to use next season of course.
As with everything you’ll possibly get a better deal if not part ex changing.
CaravanVlogger Be There….
I plan to walk aimlessly around the halls on most days, equipped with a camera and a packed lunch (the food can be expensive!) If you see me, feel free to ignore me, buy me a coffee or maybe even share my packed lunch. (That’s a joke!)
I plan to go on the 19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd. Mr. MotorHome Vlogger might even put in an appearance unless I can lose him in the meantime. Please don’t throw tomatoes at him, he means well!
I’ll be, for the first time, looking at Motorhomes for www.motorhomevlogger.co.uk as well as a new YouTube channel, again, Motorhome based
Get Your Tickets Now
For further information about The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show or to purchase tickets please visit www.ccmshow.co.uk. The latest exhibitors, celebrities and features will be updated regularly on the website.
Don’t underestimate the amount of walking you’ll do. The show is over 5 halls and these things are as big as aircraft hangers! So, suitable footwear and clothing are a must. The halls can get warm and there are a lot of people. Prepare yourself as if you were going on a walking holiday!
Our good friends over at Adventure Wheels did a great article for last years show, but it’s still valid (apart from maybe the discounted ticket bit)