Encouraging start as London caravan show pulls in the crowds
The Excel Centre was packed with caravanners last week
Thursday, 23, Feb 2012 04:17
by Tom Lowenstein
With the dust still settling after this year's Motorhome, Caravan & Camping Show came to an end on Sunday, the event's organisers have revealed that it proved even more popular than they had hoped.
Bringing to an end the drought of shows in the south, it became the first event of its kind in the capital for six years and the anticipation showed.
Across the six days the show spent at its new home in the Excel London, a total of 43,356 visitors made their way through the doors to see more than 600 different caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes on display.
The total attedance figure well surpassed what the organisers were anticipating, with the number of brand new caravan models on display, such as the Bailey Retreat and the new Venus caravans, attributed as one reason for its success.
Other highlights of the show included the appearance of celebrity chef James Martin who entertained the crowds at the Cookery Theatre with his trademark Saturday Kitchen banter.
Strictly Come Dancing stars Vincent and Flavia also wowed onlookers by dancing the 'Argentine Tango' as part of the Caravan Club's Club Day festivities.
Simon Coe, exhibition project director, commented: "Staging a new show at a new venue is always a challenge but we're delighted to have hit our attendance target and feedback from many visitors has been encouraging."
Next year's Motorhome, Caravan & Camping Show is scheduled to be held between February 12th and 17th 2013.