You might recall that I recently shared this post about seeking inspiration for adventure at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show. After a thrilling and exhausting day I’m delighted to bring you our review and top tips!
Set across five halls at the NEC in Birmingham, the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show is the UK’s largest display of leisure vehicles, static holiday homes, lodges and tents. Beyond the static displays there is so much more – a climbing wall, crazy golf area, electric scooter and bike testing area, top dog canine agility and demonstration arena with teams of dogs and their handlers warming up for Crufts.
We started our day in Hall 4, which had plenty of space in the glamping area to look around, and the climbing wall had virtually no queue when we arrived. There is a great stand as part of the Willerby exhibition in this hall where they were making very impressive and tasty mocktails – definitely worth checking out. We enjoyed watching the Electric in Motion vehicles too, with scooters and bikes available to try.
There are a good choice of food options and coffee vendors around the show, although there were picnic spots too. The Freedom To Go Theatre in Hall 2 is a great place to pause and collect inspiration. We stopped for a break part way through the day and listened to Max McMurdo who was brilliant, very funny and engaging in recalling his working life to date. It was nice to hear a fellow creative talk about their experience and feel encouraged by him.
We continued our day by wandering around the larger displays. The vehicles were impressive, there were lots of things that caught our eye to save up for, especially the 6 berth motorhomes. They would be brilliant for a longer adventure. The static homes were amazing, I picked up design thoughts for our house from looking around these, and we pondered over the idea of selling up and moving into one for our retirement! They really are luxurious.
I think I was most excited by the holiday camp areas; I came home buzzing with many family friendly sites to check out for later in the year or for next summer.
Don’t miss the smaller stands either. Visit Cornwall had lovely colouring activities for children, the RSPB were there along with Greenpeace, Woodland Trust, Rails in Mid Wales, Campsites in France, Gladiator Paddle Boards, and many many more.
At the end of the day we finished with Hall 5, watching a Dogs for Good demonstration and relaxing at the Bushcraft workshop (booking essential to ensure a place for your little one). We then meandered our way slowly back through the halls and out to the bus stop to head home.
If you are already planning to go today you’re in for a real treat, and if you’re looking for a great day out in the Midlands do take a look at their website here for ticket information. Anyone looking for adventure can pick up tips, inspiration and discounts. We would highly recommend it as a super family day out for all.
N.B. I was gifted tickets in return for my honest review of the event. All thoughts are my own. For more information please see my disclosure page.