Well, campers it’s now February and for many campers, it’s a month where we all get the chance to go and see some of the new equipment arriving on the camping scene at one of the 2 UK camping shows held in February.
We Missed The Glasgow Show
Last weekend we had the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show held at the SEC in Glasgow. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend this year. We hadn’t booked tickets as we had a few family commitments but we were hoping we could have just rocked up on the day and purchased our tickets at the door if we had a free day. We did manage a free day, however, the weather had other plans and with amber weather warnings in place and some flooding in our area, we decided to play it safe and stay at home.
It was a disappointment as I would have loved to get up and see what was on show this year. I know the tent section at the Glasgow show is very small compared to the Birmingham show but as it is more local to us I do like to attend.
We didn’t purchase much last year but did come away with lots of new ideas for places to visit, campsites to go to and new setups for our own camping trips thanks to what we were able to see and from some of the people we spoke to.
Did you manage to attend the Glasgow show? If so please share your experience either in the comments or on our Facebook Group page.
The Birmingham Show
This year, however, we have booked tickets to go to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2020 held in the NEC, in Birmingham.
The show is at the NEC from the 18th -23rd of February. Tickets start at £7 and kids go free with a paying adult. With the show running each day from 10 am till 6 pm. That’s a full 8 hours and I am still panicking about how I am going to manage to see everything!
I really wish we could have attended on 2 days to make sure we get to see everything but with work commitments and the fact that it is a 6 and half hour drive to and from the show we will have to pack as much into the 8 hours we have as humanly possible.
What’s On at the Bimingham Show
With over 400 exhibitors and a jam-packed show each day anyone attending may find it a little difficult to decide what they want to see and do.
Each day there will be guest speakers, cookery demonstrations, various dog shows at the Top Dog Arena, as well as tow checks, tow reversing and campervan test drives should you wish to try your hand at these. (could be very valuable for those who have trailer tents or those who tow a trailer full of camping gear to and from sites)
You can join the guest speakers at the Freedom to Go Theater who will be talking about various camping, caravanning, and motorhome related topics. On Saturday when we attend I really want to check out the “Get Kids Camping” with Simon McGrath as I do have a passion for getting kids outdoors, having fun and learning new things and also “Potty Adventures” with David Mellor as I think not only will it be educational but also a little fun.
So as well as all of this what about the main reason us campers go to these events – TENTS!
With everything from expedition tents for the solo adventurer to family tents for taking the whole brood away to experience new adventures and make great memories, there is sure to be tents on display to suit every camper and camping style.
There will be tents from Kampa, Coleman, Outwell and The Bell Tent Shop to name a few.
I just love being able to get inside a tent and imagining how I would set up my gear and equipment, visualizing where I would put stuff and how it would feel looking out each tent on any of my favorite campsites. It may sound strange but tents are of varying sizes have different sizes of windows or window positions. Depending on the size of the tent would depend on where we would take it camping and also in which position would we be looking out at the views. Would we be lazing on our camping chairs with a cuppa in hand or laying on our stomachs, looking out through the doorway in a smaller tech style tent?
There will also be den building and fire lighting workshops 3 times each day. I dare say the guys and kids would love this! There will also be a survival trial that will take you through your paces to see if you could beat nightfall in reaching the bush tucker. There will also be kids activities each day to help keep the younger ones entertained
This is just a small selection of what’s on each day. If you would like to see a full list or buy tickets for the show please click here.
Again, if you are planning to attend the Birmingham show why not get in touch and let us know either in the comments or on our Facebook Group, we would love to hear from you and maybe you could also share your experiences on the day with the group too. Feel free to share some pictures or videos as we will be doing the same.
If you are going, we hope you have a great time and if not there is always next year. Look out for our post next week where we tell you what we got up to while there and show you our highlights of the day.