The National Motorhome and Caravan exhibition is upon us once more, and, as the biggest show of its kind in the UK, it’s a key date when many potential motorhome owners take the plunge for their first purchase and long-time enthusiasts upgrade. The sheer size and scale of the show can be overwhelming to first-timers, and even seasoned show-goers can struggle to fit everything in. We have been regulars at the show for more than ten years and in that time have picked up some top tips, so here’s our invaluable guide to the exhibition to help you make the most of your visit.
Just like when you are about to embark on an adventure in your motorhome, a trip to a show
of this size takes precise planning. Think carefully about the day that you want to attend beforehand. For those wanting to avoid the crowds, it’s best to avoid the opening day of the exhibition, or the weekend, as this can be when visitor numbers reach their peak. Visiting on a quieter day will give you more time to chat with people on the stands and at Safeguard we will have a team of friendly motorhome and caravan insurance experts ready to answer your queries. Buying your tickets beforehand is recommended, especially if you are planning to travel a long way or attend on one of the busier days. There are some tickets available at the site but these could sell out quickly and being prepared will let you skip the queues and enjoy your time looking around the show. If you are travelling a long distance, or just want to make a weekend of it, arranging accommodation well in advance is crucial. Tens of thousands of people attended the show last year, and, with this year expected to be just as successful, hotels around the NEC can get booked up quickly. As you might expect from a motorhome and caravan show you can stay with your motorhome onsite, and with some brilliant evening entertainment provided from Tuesday through to Saturday it’s a great way to meet fellow motorhome owners and make the most of the experience. If you would like to take a longer break, or stay in a more rural location, tourist favourites such as Stratford Upon Avon and Warwickshire are easily accessible from Birmingham, via train and road.
Regardless of whether you’re a first time buyer, or have been hitting the highways in your motorhome for years, researching your next purchase is essential. Think realistically about what you will use your motorhome for, how much room you will need, and, most importantly, your budget. Keep these firmly at the forefront of your mind when looking and you will find a motorhome perfect for you. Look in advance at which dealers will be attending the event and where they will be based within the NEC. This will help you to plan your route and maximise the time you have. best deals, so don’t be afraid to take the plunge there and then if you’ve done your research already. It you’re unsure it could be worthwhile visiting the exhibition on two separate days, allowing you to time to consider your options. But it’s not just your next motorhome that you need to think about while at the show. Whether browsing or buying, speaking to someone about the insurance that you will need is vital. Our advisors at the Safeguard stand will be available to answer all your questions and provide you with on-the-spot quotes for your preferred vehicles. You will also receive a 25% discount by insuring your new vehicle with us during the show. If you just can’t wait to take your new motorhome on an adventure, there are also a range of holiday companies that attend so you can plan where you want to explore straight away.
The NEC is set in grounds of 611 acres - approximately the size of 340 football pitches! With so much to see and do walking around can get tiring and it’s important to wear comfortable and appropriate clothing to make sure you get to experience as much as possible. Stopping for a break is also recommended. There are a number of cafés at the NEC that food providers attending the show from across the country we would suggest visiting.
Whether you are going with the sole intent of buying a motorhome or just want to look around at the latest models, the show can be fun for everyone. Kids under 15 go free to the exhibition and there a range of activities available to help keep them entertained. There is even an onsite crèche for little tots where they can be looked after while you explore. There are a range of activities available for big kids too, including cookery demonstrations and live question and answer sessions with industry experts. If you want to become a master at manoeuvring your motorhome, there are workshops running throughout the show to
help you build the skills needed to confidently hit the road.
The National Caravan and Motorhome exhibition is a time that everyone in the industry enjoys and 2015 looks set to be better than ever before. Buying a motorhome is an exciting time, and buying one at the show means that you can get everything you could possibly need under one roof. Insurance is an essential purchase, and if you want to talk to one of our friendly team, or would like to insure your new vehicle on the day, pop to our Safeguard stand 74 in hall 10 and we can help you start to enjoy your motorhome straight away.
You have until 30th April 2016 to take advantage of a 25% discount* on your caravan or motorhome insurance. Offer only available to new customers.
Call 0800 995 1415 and quote NEC15 for 25% off.*
*Customers renewing their existing Safeguard policy or making amendments to their existing policy are not eligible. The offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or promotion. Safeguard reserve the right to withdraw the offer at any time. Safeguard is a division of Swinton Group Limited, registered in England number 756681 whose registered office is at: Swinton House, 6 Great Marlborough Street, Manchester, M1 5SW. Calls are recorded for training and quality purposes. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.