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Motorhome madness! This year's camping, caravan and motorhome shows

VW camper tent Any excuse to buy a new tent, say we – and what better excuse than Glasto ? Yes, a goodly chunk of the Pitchup.com team shall be mud wallowing in Somerset fields come next weekend, making it an absolute necessity to acquire new canvas under the excuse that ‘this one might not be waterproof enough’. (Far be it from us to invoke the rain gods, but we all know the best part of Glastonbury is sliding around in fathomsful of slidey mud.)

It naturally follows that attendance at camping shows/expos must be had beforehand, in order to check out the very latest varieties of tenty goodness and tell our other halves we ‘haven’t quite found the right one yet’. And, even though the new tents have been acquired, it’s our plan to go then merrily forth to as many caravan and motorhome shows as we can this summer and autumn, because of course a campervan is the next step. And even better, some of these shows can be combined with a trip abroad. Huzzah!

Details of tent, caravan and motorhomes shows below, illustrated with a few coveted faves from our ten awesome tents and ten crazy caravans blogs. We hope our long list isn’t too in-tents…

Click on the town and/or county link of each show to see campsites nearby:

Tents and camping shows

Tree tents. Pic by Robbert R. Roos. Go zippy fast for the end of the Reading Camp Show this weekend (until 22 June, tel: 07980 346 068), and then on to these:

Duffield Camp Show 1 , until 29 June, Burley Meadows Farm, Derby Road, Duffield, Derbyshire DE56 4FQ. Tel: 07980 414 769

Duffield Camp Show 2 , 6 August – 1 September, details as above

Brighton Camp Show , 25 June – 13 July, Middle Farm, Lewes, East Sussex BN8 6LJ. Tel: 07980 346 068

Codicote and Wokingham Tent and Accessories Show, 28 June – 28 July, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 3AU. Tel: 0118 978 4982 (during show dates)

Ripley Camp Show , 2 – 20 July, Nottingham Rd, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3AZ. Tel: 07980 414 769

Nottingham Camp Show , 16 July – 3 August, Events Field, West Park, Long Eaton, Nottinghamshire NG10 4AA. Tel: 07980 346 068

Ripley Castle Camp Show , 23 July – 10 August, overflow car park, Ripley Castle, near Harrogate , North Yorkshire HG3 3AY. Tel: 07980 414 769

Calver Camp Show , 13 – 31 August, A623 Calver Crossroads, Baslow, Derbyshire S32 3XH. Tel: 07980 414 769

Caravan and motorhome shows

WANT. Pic courtesy of Kevin Cyr. This weekend

Starting today at Stratford Racecourse, with motorhomes to mull over, two nights’ entertainment and a ‘Best Pets’ comp on the Sunday:

The Motorhome Show, 20 – 22 June, Stratford-upon-Avon , Warwickshire

July

Two motorhome shows in Cornwall for July, as well as new and used caravans for sale in Newbury, and a new motorhomes for sale show at Staffordshire County Showground:

The Midland Motorhome Sale , 11 – 13 July, Staffordshire

The South West Caravan and Motorhome Show , 11 – 13 July, Wadebridge

Cornwall Caravan and Motorhome Show , 12 – 14 July, Cornwall (see also The Westcountry Motorhome Big Sale; dates for 2015 to be confirmed)

Caravan and Motorhome Show , 25 – 27 July, Newbury, Berkshire

August

Only one show in August, but it’s a biggie and in its tenth year; expect over 200 exhibitors, British, European and American motorhomes on show, evening entertainment over evey night and a country and western theme (better pack the [spurred] cowboy boots):

The Western Motorhome Show , 15 – 17 August, Worcestershire

Festival camper bike. Pic courtesy of Paul W Elkins. September

Lots coming up in September for motorhome and caravan connoisseurs, including an envious look (from us, anyway) at 2015’s new statics at The Beaulieu Show; the first major showing of next year’s caravans at The Caravan Extravaganza Weekend;  and the Motorhome Show Season Finale at Lincolnshire Showground:

The Caravan Extravaganza Weekend , 6 – 7 September, East Yorkshire (part of The Lawns 2015)

UK Autumn Motorhome & Caravan Show , 6 – 7 September, Nottinghamshire

The Motorhome Show , 12 – 14 September, Somerset

The South Coast Caravan and Motorhome Show - Broadlands Romsey , 19 – 21 September, Hampshire

The Beaulieu Show , 26 – 28 September, New Forest

The Motorhome Show Season Finale , 26 – 28 September, Lincolnshire

October

Billionaire's earth caravan. Pic via Jalopnik. The mighty Motorhome and Caravan Show at Birmingham’s NEC with new innovations for 2015, plus the latest motorhome and static designs, pre-owned motorhomes and the newest motorhome gadgets and accessories at Exeter:

The Westcountry Static Caravan & Motorhome Show , 4 – 5 October, Exeter , Devon

Motorhome and Caravan Show , 14 – 19 October, Birmingham, West Midlands

Excuse for trips abroad

Take a trip to France for the country’s biggest showing of RVs from over 200 exhibitors and to Spain for the 31st International Caravanning show for more of the same in Barcelona. And possibly a French theme park while you’re across the water? Voilà:

Salon des Loisirs Véhicules , 27 September – 5 October, Paris

Salón Internacional del Caravaning , 4 – 12 October, Barcelona

QT van. Pic courtesy of ETA Services. 2015 caravan and motorhome shows

Caravan and Motorhome Show , 23 – 26 January, Manchester, Lancashire

Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show , 5 – 8 February, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Caravan and Camping Show , 17 – 22 February, Birmingham

The Great Yorkshire Motorhome and Caravan Sale , 27 – 29 March, Harrogate , North Yorkshire

The National Motorhome Show , 17 – 19 April, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

(Full 2015 list coming at the end of the season!)

If we’ve left any out for 2014, please let us know in the comments. Happy hunting!

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