Arriving at the NEC, the October Show will welcome celebrities and inspirational speakers, as well as what’s new in the world of outdoor Leisure Vehicles from the West Midlands and beyond
The UK’s biggest showcase of campervans, caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and accessories – The Motorhome and Caravan Show – rolls up to Birmingham’s NEC from 18th – 23rd October.
With 11 huge halls filled with the industry’s most-talked about launches, inspiring UK-firsts, celebrity talks, travel inspiration, all you need to get the most out of your next getaway and Saturday tickets sold-out, excitement is building for another stellar Show.
All eyes are on the latest 2023 products and updated models from the industry’s leading manufacturers from across the UK and Europe, including some close to home here in Birmingham and the West Midlands. Expect cutting edge design innovations, vamped-up interiors and modern twists on classic designs.
After an unprecedented few years in the Leisure Vehicle sector, which saw demand for campervans, motorhomes and caravans skyrocket like never before, over 350+ industry leaders, destination experts and accessory gurus are bringing the best of the best to the Show.
Visitors will be invited to step inside and physically compare the different layouts, fixtures and finishes of over 1000 models in their search for the perfect Leisure Vehicle – as well as getting their questions answered by the leading manufacturers and top dealers, including Adria, Auto-Trail, Bailey of Bristol, Brownhills, Carthago, Coachman, Compass, Elddis, Erwin Hymer Group, Groupe Pilote, Hobby, Lowdhams, Marquis, Rapido, Swift Group and many more.
With the continued rise in popularity of UK stay-cationing and campervan touring, the Show will feature a dedicated Campervan Hall including models from Autohaus, Auto-Sleepers, Auto-Trail, Bilbo’s, Compass, Danbury, Hillside, Knaus Weinsberg, Rolling Homes, Vantage, Vanworx, Westfalia Mobil, Wildax and many more. Just make sure you’re wearing comfy shoes to cover all of the Show’s 11 halls of the NEC!
Here’s a few highlights of what not to miss:
The Inspiration Theatre is set to inform and inspire across the six days of the Show – with comedian and writer Rowland Rivron hosting.
Best-selling author, adventurer and documentary filmmaker, Simon Reeve will be opening the Show at 10am on Tuesday. Simon will then be sharing some of his most memorable moments (good and bad!) from filming in the UK, Europe and more recently South America with visitors at the Inspiration Theatre.
Other celebrities to watch out for at the Show are Birmingham-born singer, actress, presenter and author, Toyah Willcox who will be giving a glimpse of her life before pop stardom and how a love of the outdoors as a child helped shape her into the fearless artistic creator she is today; and TV presenter, Jeff Brazier, who after hiring a campervan for a weekend break to Cornwall with his boys, got the campervan bug and has just bought a brand new VW campervan. Jeff will be sharing what he’s learnt so far as a first-time owner.
Inspiring talks from campervan, caravan and motorhome vloggers and outdoor enthusiasts about where they love to travel to and explore will continue throughout the Show. Talks will include motorhomers who’ve quit their bricks and mortar homes in favour of a life on the open road – think touring the Fjords of Norway, the mountains of Austria and Spain’s peninsula among many other unbelievable destinations.
Not to be missed is the first UK appearance of the jaw-dropping off-roading Hymer Venture S motorhome. With its sleek and sophisticated design, inflatable pop-top roof, powerful compressor and even illuminated steps to reach the upper deck, Hymer has torn up the rule book with the Venture S and it’s sure to excite.
Leading caravan, campervan and motorhome manufacturer, Swift will be showing its new-for-2023 line-up including the new Swift Voyager: a motorhome designed for family adventures, with Ford reliability and motoring peace of mind. Built with Swift’s SMART construction body shell and with a spacious interior, it arrives with a high level of specification including a fully fitted kitchen and integrated washroom.
West Midlands-based Auto-Sleepers will be showcasing its refined and adaptable 2023 range of Coachbuilt and Van Conversations, featuring the ergonomic and stunning Warwick XL with an adaptable rear lounge that shifts from living space to a double bed or two singles. Leading dealership Marquis will be bringing some exciting new 2023 vehicles from different manufacturers, and West Midlands-based disability and accessibility motorhome experts, Coachbuilt GB, will be showcasing their bespoke wheelchair accessible vehicles.
Caravans connoisseurs will have the chance to set their sights on the newest caravan designs, upgrades and technology from industry leaders, including Coachman, Bailey, Knaus, Hobby, Compass and Elddis as well as Barefoot Caravans, Campod Caravans, Lion, Mink Campers and Freedom Caravans who will be showing smaller caravans and micro-campers light enough to be towed by electric vehicles (EVs).
It’s not only vehicles on display at the Show, with visitors treated to halls filled with trailer tents, awnings and hundreds of accessories including BBQs, e-bikes, pet products, tow-bars and security systems. There’s also a ton of travel inspiration, expert advice and a choice of UK and European destinations on offer, plus much more across the entire Show. Birmingham’s own Maypole Ltd will be bringing along its huge range of outdoor accessories and towing know-how, alongside West Midlands’ Jacksons of Old Arley’s accessories, cooking equipment, awnings and more.
Karen Dodd, Marketing Director of NCC Events said:
“With just a few weeks to go, we’re all really excited for the return of the industry’s national showcase – the Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC. We’re seeing some incredible innovations come through from the leading manufacturers across the UK and Europe and we’re delighted that many of them are using the Show to launch new layouts and vehicles to visitors.”
“The demand for tickets reflects the growing consumer interest in campervans, caravans and motorhomes. We are looking forward to welcoming these first timers as well as familiar faces to the Show, providing them with all the products, help, advice and information they need on all aspects of leisure vehicle ownership as well as a heavy dose of travel inspiration to kick start their 2023 adventures.”
Free caravan towing courses, motorhome manoeuvring lessons and campervan test drives provided by leading member organisations, the Camping & Caravanning Club and the Caravan & Motorhome Club, will be available for visitors (over 25 with a driver’s licence) to get a feel for the different types of Leisure Vehicles available, brush-up on their driving/towing skills and build confidence behind the wheel.
Tickets are limited and on sale now at www.mcshow.co.uk/ priced at £12* including parking.
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*Online ticket sales only. Standard Ticket Prices are £12.00 before 23:59hrs 17/10/2022. After this time tickets are £15.00. A £1.25 transaction fee applies to all bookings. Tickets are non-refundable and subject to availability. Car parking is included in the ticket price. No dogs (except assistance dogs). Children 15 years and under go free when accompanied by a paying ticket holder but still require a ticket to attend (max 4 children per adult).