A Summer Weekend in England
One of the items circulating around social media recently has been ‘What is the most useless purchase in 2020?’ —
Answer – ‘A Wall Planner’
Certainly true here in my office as I have spent a lot of time deleting events that have been booked to enjoy then moving the caravan and motorhome show dates around, then deleting many of them as well.
However, after a twenty four week gap since the big NEC, Birmingham Show in February the outdoor regional show season finally got underway last weekend, with potentially another six outdoor shows to happen before the winter comes.
So off we went, heading East in our motorhome spending a night at a charming Brit Stop which was the Royal Oak in Duddington, before continuing on Friday morning to the ‘Motorhome and Campervan Sale’ at the East of England Showground in Peterborough.
This being the revised date for the National Motorhome Show that is normally held in late April, but in a new reduced format to ensure all the Covid-19 rules were able to be applied.
Unusually for me, a compliment to how Warners organised this event keeping within the rules, but still allowing an enjoyable experience.
There was a selection of motorhome dealers such as Geoff Cox, M&C Ltd and ES Hartley with both new and used models on display all with signage about wearing masks, washing hands and so on, with staff sanitising the vehicles as required and policing the rules.
Accessory stands were positioned with large gaps between them making Social Distancing easy to accomplish.
Extinguish Fire Solutions showcased their new trailer display stand having some very useful advice about checking your fire precautions.
AS Bikes were just as busy as usual with their range of folding electric assist models.
From the manufacturer of Mirrorguard the new British made Ezipeg range of fixing was launched, including screw in pegs, pet stakes, Ezifoot baseplates for awning legs and lots more.
Tuck Me Under, specialising in fitted bedding for all the variations of bed shapes and sizes were showing for the first time, together with many familiar companies such as Direct Motorhome Services, Hill View Awnings, Puncture Control, AirRide and many more.
A number of ‘new’ Campervan converters including Knights, Edge, Tribe and Orange were showing for either the first or second time, all enjoying successful sales.
For day visitors entrance was free and camping for three nights was just £30 per outfit. All units were well spaced out with plenty of water taps and several black and grey water disposal areas.
No electric hooks ups, but not needed on a hot summer weekend anyway.
Up next is Malvern, then Exeter, Shepton Mallet, New Forest and Lincoln –
Well worth a visit to a Show.
Camping MUST be pre-booked to comply with Covid rules
Day visitors also need to pre-register
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