Entering the vast halls of Birmingham’s NEC during the Motorhome and Caravan Show can be quite a daunting experience. A sea of stands extends in each direction as far as the eye can see, with hundreds of exhibitors forming a visual feast. Whether a complete newcomer or a seasoned regular, the sheer range of things to see can be overwhelming.
Which is why the Caravan Times team sat down earlier to pick through our highlights from this week. It’s been a superb year for new caravan launches with fresh designs competing to catch the eye; while there are hidden attractions and experiences for those wanting to try something different. Take a look at our top ten tips for the NEC this weekend.
Get under the skin of Bailey’s first ever motorhome
You might know Bailey for their market-leading caravan ranges, but this year the Bristol-based manufacturer enters the motorhome world for the first time with the Approach SE. For the NEC, Bailey has peeled back the skin of a demonstrator model so visitors can see the secrets behind the Alu-Tech construction. Get up and close to Bailey’s first motorhome on Hall 19, Stand 19-29
Get free cookery demonstrations from celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo
Need some fresh ideas on what to cook during your next holiday? Pop down to the Cookery Theatre for some fantastic recipes and live demonstrations. On Saturday celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo will be showcasing his easy-to-cook Italian meals, while also signing copies of his latest cookbook. Catch him in Hall 9
See the “spaceship on wheels” from a brand new caravan manufacturer
It’s not often you get a new caravan manufacturer, yet alone one as daring and radical as IH Leisure. Known for their motorhomes, the British brand has launched their first caravan, filled with luxury appointments and with the look of a spaceship. Check out the Monopod 660 on Stand 8-33
Try towing with a Towcar of the Year winner
Each year the Caravan Club makes our job of choosing a towcar that much easier with their annual awards. Try one of the Towcars of the Year by towing a Bailey around the Club’s dedicated course with guidance from an expert. Visit Stand 20-79 to book your place.
Witness the return of historic brand Carlight Caravans
It’s been over a decade since one of Britain’s oldest caravan manufacturers ceased production. However the big news for 2012 is that Carlight Caravans are back – and you can see their full new range of tourers on Hall 18 Stand 25