With Covid restrictions this year the Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show went virtual. The show that would normally be held in Glasgow’s SEC has gone online so they could still deliver to all the people who would have normally attended the weekend show. If you are reading this on the 27th or 28th February 2021 before 5 pm you may still be able to attend. Just visit https://scottishcaravanshow
SHOW IS NOW EXTENDED TILL THE END OF MARCH 2021 AND CAN BE VIEWED BY VISITING PAGE.
We would normally have spent today travelling to Glasgow and attending the show in person. Like many we attend more for the camping section but love to wander around all of the show. We enjoy seeing all the new tents and grabbing some of the show offers offered by many of the exhibitors.
Some of the Exhibitors this year include Vango, Camping and Caravanning Club, Cabanon, PJ Outdoors, Dometic and many many more.
We also like to take some time to go and catch some of the talks in the seminar theatre by people in varying outdoor sectors, professions
Enjoying The Show From The Sofa
This year has been very different with the show going online and becoming a virtual show. As promised they still delivered on many levels. There was still a good variety of exhibitors, talks in the seminar theatre, competitions, show offers and plenty of experts for you to speak to or get advice from.
So this year I have attended the show on both my sofa and from my computer. Yip, I have sat in the house, in comfort and still been able to enjoy the show. I am, in a way, quite glad about this as I was not feeling the best this morning when I first logged on. If I was attending in person I may have had to have second thoughts about leaving the house while feeling so poorly. Don’t worry though as my feeling poorly is not covid related. So I put my feet up and had a little peruse around the site with a cuppa and decided what I wanted to attend in the seminar theatre and which exhibitors I would be visiting.
I still have managed to pick up lots of useful information, leaflets, infographics and such, only this year I didn’t need a trolley to put it all in or have to run back to the car at lunchtime to lighten my load. Instead this year the show has provided you with a virtual “show bag” to put everything in and everything has come in digital format. This means you will have it at your fingertips online or you can choose to print it out.
I spent some time watching videos from the exhibitors, entering competitions and seeing all that was on offer. I even renewed my Camping and Caravanning Club membership and got a new Camping Insurance quote as I let our last insurance lapse as we were not getting away last year. Don’t worry I moved all our tents and gear indoors and ensured that it was insured through our home insurance.
As is normal with these types of shows there are normally some show offers to be had. This year is no different with many of the exhibitors still offering great show offers if you are signing up or purchasing items through the show this weekend. These can be had through direct links from inside the virtual show or show codes that can be applied when visiting their site.
The biggest downside of this being a virtual show was not being able to get up close and personal with tents and camping accessories. I am, by nature a very tactile person and love to see how things feel and react to touch. I get a better sense of items in this way including the quality and design of an item.
Another downside is the atmosphere. I love the atmosphere at these shows as everyone is getting excited about the coming camping season and all the new tents, gear and equipment for this season. There are always a few new items that are hot topics and everyone wants to get their hands on.
I love the demonstrations too. There is always someone cooking up little camping treats or showing how the products work. These are great little taster sessions if you are looking to buy one or some of the products. It is also a great way to get advice and ask questions related to the demonstration, while the experts are there. I also love the one on one chats you can get from experts when it comes to tents, gear and accessories. These people are full of knowledge and normally have had hours of hands-on experience with the products they are showcasing.
All of the above can go a long way to helping you make informed decisions before purchasing a new product and helps you to get the most from any product you do buy.
An Enjoyable Show
Apart from the obvious that the show still went ahead, virtually. I was really impressed at just how together this virtual show was and take my hat off to Darren Brechin, the Show Director. A lot of work and effort from all involved has went into putting this virtual show together. It is this dedication from everyone involved that shows that they value and respect all of their customers, clients and those who attend these shows that they chose to still go ahead.
“The Show Must Go On…line” was what they envisioned, so they could still bring a much loved and anticipated, start of the year, holiday show to the masses and for FREE is testament to their commitment and willingness to bring inspiration, knowledge and products to everyone.
As I have said at the start, if you are reading over the weekend of February 27th – 28th 2021 before 5 pm why not try and attend and show support for this great show.
Next Year’s Scottish Caravan, Motorhome and Holiday Home Show
If you did miss this year’s virtual show don’t worry. The dates have already been set for next year’s show. The show will be back at the SEC in Glasgow from the 3rd – 6th February 2022 and promises to be better than ever.
Tickets will be advertised later in the year and if you would like to attend next years show you can always sign up for their newsletter at www.caravanshowscotland.com so you can keep up to date with what is going on.
We will be attending again next year and would really love to see some of you there.