01 Oct 2018 NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show Preview
Is there anywhere better to see the biggest variety of motorhomes, stalls and entertainment than the 2018 NEC Motorhome and Caravan Show? Not at all! With over 370 stands, whether you are looking for a new motorhome, caravan, holiday home, trailer tent or want to see the different stalls or shows, the October Motorhome and Caravan Show is the best show of the year.
Lets Talk Motorhomes…
First of all, it is the biggest displays of new motorhomes, caravans and holiday homes you will see in the UK. The October show is the key show of the year, as it is the launch site of the new models. Do be aware however, there are no used motorhomes at this show.
All motorhome manufacturers will have on display at least a reduced selection of motorhomes. If the motorhome isn’t at the show, they will be sure to have information in terms of brochures on them, and you will be able to do a deal on your new motorhome, regardless of whether it is on show.
When it comes to show deals, trust me when I say there are deals to be done whether you are buying a motorhome, caravan, trailer tent, holiday home or anything else you may be looking for. If you know what you are looking for, get in touch with WeBuyAnyMotorcaravan.com for a free valuation to sell your motorhome before to put you in a strong cash position.
At this years show there will be a mix of brand new lines, models and even manufacturers. Here is our favourite selection to see:
Etrusco are a new range from the Erwin Hymer Group. They have been available on the continent for 3 years, but are now being introduced to the UK market. With a range of low profile motorhomes and A classes, ranging from £47,022 to £62,706, they are well worth a look at. Click here for the Etrusco write up.
The Chausson Flash 634 we think is heading straight for the Innovative Awards title. With a mix of their EASYBOX system and DUOBED system (drop down bunk beds), mixed with their new UNIQUE lounge, it will steal the show. To see exactly what we are talking about, read our review on the Chausson Flash 634 (above). And watch the video!
After several years, Compass is being launched after being taken over by the Erwin Hymer Group. As an alternative to the Elddis Autoquest range, they will offer entry level motorhomes with their own furnishings and finishes. They are also introducing the Compass Avantgarde CV20 and Compass Avantgarde CV40 van conversions as well as an all new continental style Compass Avantgarde 194 (above) with twin rear beds above a garage which is sure to be a favourite.
When Is It?
The show runs from the 16th of October to the 21st of October. Doors are open from 10am to 6pm.
Tickets and Cost
First and foremost, if you’re driving there, parking is included with your ticket, including the shuttle bus to the show entrance. Kids under 15 years old get free entry. Only assistance dogs are allowed entry. If you pre-book, prices are £8.50 for seniors (60+) and £9.50 for adults – this includes a free goody bag and show guide. If you wait to pay on the day, prices revert to the full price of £12 for seniors and adults for adults £13. Free show guides are available to everyone.
The NEC is in a fantastic place in the country. Just outside Birmingham in the Midlands and next door to Birmingham Airport, there are plenty to options to get there.
Use the postcode B40 1NT and it’ll guide you right there. The M6, M40 and M42 all cross paths there and once you’re in, there is free parking for this show. There are then shuttle buses that take you straight to the entrance.
Motorhomes and Caravans
For motorhomes and caravans wanting to stay over, the Caravan and Motorhome Club have put on a temporary on-site campsite for 350 pitches. With prices from £21-36, it gives you the option to really take your time to enjoy the show.
Bus and Coach
There are 120 National Express and Megabus routes from all over the UK to Birmingham Airport. From the airport, jump on the free air-rail link, which takes just 90 seconds and runs every 2 minutes.
There are plenty of train routes that go to the NEC, but if yours isn’t, get a train into Birmingham New Street, then a connecting train in, which usually takes less than 15 minutes.
Coming from further afield? You couldn’t be better connected. Simply take the air-rail link to the Birmingham International Railway Station which takes 90 seconds and runs every two minutes.
Guests and Speeches
Something it won’t be short of is entertainment. Famous for programmes such as The Restoration Man, TV presenter and architect George Clarke (below left) will be opening up the show. GMTV, Daybreak and Good Morning Britain star Dr. Hillary Jones (below right) will be doing a talk on the great outdoors and its health benefits. There will be live cookery shows from the likes of Jill Weatherburn, Kieran Creevy, Richard Holden, as well as other talks from the likes of swimmer Sharron Davies, TV presenter Matt Allwright and many more.
Live Product Launches
This is where the manufacturers reveal their new models for the first time. On the Tuesday is Swift, Wednesday is Morelo, Thursday is Adria, Friday is Bailey, Saturday is Hillside and Sunday is Swift.
If you want to see something incredibly special, go on the Wednesday launch to the Morelo launch. Relatively new to the UK, Morelo motorhomes are at the pinnacle of motorhomes. Seeing a price tag of £200,000 plus is normal and you will see exactly why.
Free Test Drives
New to caravanning or motorhoming or just want a brush up on your skills? The NEC is the place to do it!
Towing Experience – The Camping and Caravanning Club are offering free one to one sessions on towing advice, with Jeep, the official towing partner.
Motorhome Manoeuvring – The Caravan and Motorhome Club is offering free expert tuition on motorhome manoeuvring, perfect for improving your skills or great for beginners just wanting to try it out.
Food and Drink
With it being a big show, there are plenty of choice, from the permanent canteens to the Edinburgh Gin stand, Gourmet Cheese Mill, Snowdonia Cheese and more.
Just like the motorhomes, there are plenty of caravans to see – probably more than any other product there. You will find caravans from pretty much every manufacturer you can think of including Swift, Bailey, Elddis and Hymer.
Holiday Homes & Holiday Lodges
Fancy a more permanent residence? There are some stunning lodges and homes to see, ideal if there is a place you have fell in love with, and would prefer a more fixed abode.
Trailer Tents & Folding Caravans
For the caravaner without the the storage space, a trailer tent or folding caravan could be for you. Do not consider these as just a tent, they have come along way and the displays from the likes of Pennine and Trigano.
Accessories & Other
It’s probably easier to say what isn’t available. There will be displays from the likes of Costco, TomTom, Cadac BBQs, Harrington Dog Food, The National Trust, clothing stores and more. There are also large displays of awnings and other motorhome accessories. Anything you need for your motorhome journey, you’ll find it here.
Need more information? Visit the Motorhome and Caravan Show website for timetables, tickets, events, stands and more.