Summer is upon us and if you’re an RV lover, then you know what that means. No matter where you are in the UK, it’s the season for motorhome shows. Indeed, it’s a chance for experts, enthusiasts and novices alike to gather together and celebrate the wonderful world of campervans and motorhomes.
Whether you’ve been thinking about buying a campervan for a while now, hunting through travel and trade magazines for that perfect home-on-wheels or are a seasoned camper looking to swap-in or upgrade, a motorhome show is the perfect place to get an up-close look at the newest models out there and discover some bargain used gems.
These camper mecca events are also a brilliant opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with the experts in the trade who can offer up advice on anything from camping-friendly meals, tents, accessories like awnings and things like motorhome insurance.
Every year, the UK stages some of the best motorhome shows and events out there, with campers pitching up across the nation in some of the country’s most beautiful and inspiring locations. If you’re wondering which of these shows are worth attending we’ve put together a list of the top 10 motorhome shows taking place in the UK this summer. So pack up the car (or RV) with all your camping essentials so you can hit the road and not miss out on any of these great events.
The Norfolk Motorhome Show
Location: Norfolk Showground, Norwich
Dates: 19th-21st July
Price: Advance tickets are £4.00 per adult and £6.00 on the day, children (16 and under) visit for free
Opening time(s): 9:30 am
As one of the more fun motorhome events in the UK, the Norfolk Motorhome Show also offers excellent value for money. Taking place in the middle of summer and situated close to the coast, the event is a draw for a lot of mid-season buyers looking to switch up their current recreational vehicle and who are looking to kit out with additional camping accessories.
As the only show along the East coast that boasts well-maintained camping grounds in a beautiful holiday area, it’s a great spot if you’re after a bit of a staycation while you browse through 200 new and older models from over 20 national and more local dealers. With over 130 exhibitors including Marquis, Cleveland Motorhomes and E-ranger, daytime bingo as well as live music the show offers plenty to do alongside the backdrop of Norfolk’s scenic coastline.
Not to mention the four nights of fantastic live entertainment available to those camping on site. The line up includes ‘The Amazing Blues Brothers’, ‘Wham! Duran’ among other acts. If you don’t own a mobile home (yet) there are also luxury bell tents available to rent that come with airbeds, linens and ‘shabby chic’ decor that will make it a really memorable experience.
Bristol Motorhome and Caravan Show
Location: Ashton Court Estate, Bristol
Dates: 8th-11th August
Price: Free apart from onsite parking
Opening time(s): 12:00 pm
Taking place around the same time as the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, this four-day show is a boon for the more serious camper, those just becoming acquainted with motor-homing as well as the 500,000 balloon festival visitors.
As one of Europe’s largest meet-ups of hot air balloons, this year’s Balloon Fiesta is set to bring in over 130 hot air balloons from around the world to the skies of Bristol. With a plethora of food stalls, fairground rides and entertainment to match, it’s an idyllic event that’s sure to amaze and inspire.
And perhaps even get you dreaming about that campervan life? If your appetite’s been whet then you’ll be in good company with hundreds of motorhomes and caravans to browse as well as all the camping essentials to get you up and running. With exhibitors like Camping & Caravaning Club, Crossings Motorhome Tours and Boon Dock Trailers, you’ll also be surrounded by a wealth of experts who can help you out.
The Western Motorhome Show
Location: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire
Dates: 16th-18th August
Price: Advanced day tickets are £6.00 presenting a saving of over 25% on door prices, parking and showguide are free on the day
Opening time(s): 9:30 am
As one of Britain’s largest annual country and western fairs, the Western Motorhome Show currently attracts over 3,200 recreational vehicles and tents over its weekend. Day visitors and campers are treated to live performances, historic re-enactment in the Lonestar Old West Re-enactment area, and a food court with live entertainment scheduled for every day.
You’ll be able to view over 550 new and old models provided by over 50 local and nationwide dealers. Not to mention the over 250 exhibitors offering a gigantic selection of accessories, lifestyle add-ons and more. Multiple venues will host live acts every night, including ‘The Dixie Divas’, ‘Steve Cherelle as John Denver’ and the ‘Swing Commanders’.
Additionally, you can book a class to learn line dancing or take part in the best-dressed westerner competition. With gorgeous scenery extending around the showground, Malvern makes a great weekend break destination. You could tour the idyllic town or even hop on over to the city of Worcester to continue your western adventure.
The South West Motorhome Show
Location: Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet
Dates: 6th-8th September
Price: Advanced day tickets are £5.00 which offers a saving of over 25% on door prices, parking and showguide are free on the day
Opening time(s): 9:30 am
If you’re a southern-based hobbyist, this one will be your cup of tea. With a huge range of models available from the UK’s most popular dealers such as Ventura, as well as some big-name retailers from the south like Buy A Camper, Alan Kerr and Highbridge Caravan Centre, there’s much to explore at this show.
That includes hundreds of old and new motorhomes as well as a display of campervans and Fifth Wheels. The weekend entertainment is a must for rock lovers and will include tributes to Dire Straights and Bruce Springsteen on Saturday night.
The show is perfectly placed for visitors and campers to explore the surrounding area of Bath and Wells, which are 20 miles and 8 miles away respectively. Shuttle bus tours to Bath city centre are available on Friday for those keen to shop, relax and unwind in a pub garden or cafe. Similar will be provided for Wells Market Place.
The Caravan Extravaganza
Location: The Lawns, Cottingham, East Yorkshire
Dates: 3rd-8th September
Price: Between £2.50 and £6.00
Opening time(s): 9:00 am
The Caravan Extravaganza is a fun-filled day out for the whole family. You’ll get the chance to catch a glimpse of this season’s new models and browse the extensive accessory shop.
There’s also a funfair to keep children occupied while mum and dad search for their next motorhome. You’ll be at the centre of 40 acres of beautiful landscaped park at the heart of the University of Hull. Here you’ll get to see more than 130 touring caravans and 150 RV holiday-homes, park homes and lodges from major British manufacturers.
The Motorhome Show Season Finale
Location: Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln
Dates: 20th-22nd September
Price: Advanced day tickets are £6.00 per adult while children (16 and under) are free and £8.00 for daytime visitors. Campers pay between £45.00-£48.00 pre-booked or £55.00-£58.00 on the day
Opening time(s): 9:30 am
Held in the charming and history-rich town of Lincoln, the Motorhome Show Season Finale has garnered cult status as the show to close the outdoor season. It’s a chance to reunite with old travel buddies pre-winter as well as pick up some bargains on remaining 2019 stock as dealers are eager to sell up before the New Year.
Over 200 exhibitors should be present with over 5,000 visitors flocking in on a daily basis. Over 40 dealers will be present showcasing over 425 RV models, both new and used. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy any final savings for the season and stock up on any camping essentials before winter sets in.
There will also be plenty of activities during event days including a Shadows tribute by Josh Doyle and a musicals act from Kelly Louise. Aviator enthusiast can marvel at the static Spitfire display in the main food court and look up to the skies for a flypast of the Battle of Britain flight team.
South Coast Caravan and Motorhome Show
Location: Broadlands Estate, Romsey
Dates: 27th-29th October
Price: Price of admission is £7.50 for adults and £6.50 for seniors
Opening time(s): 10:00 am
This a draw for plenty of dealers from the south who will be there with all their current designs and layouts. Displays will include the latest models from Elddis, Bailey Wildax, Rimor and many more.
Additionally, South Coast Camper Conversions, Buy a Camper, Mal V-m and Brakes will be in attendance with the latest in campervan conversions.
And if you're after accessories, you won’t need to look any further as they’ll be retailers there showcasing everything from awnings to electric bikes.
The Malvern Caravan Show
Location: The Three Counties Showground, Malvern
Dates: 4th-6th October
Price: Hookup pitches are £37.00-£67.00 depending on if you buy in advance or on the day while tickets for daytime visitors are £5.00 or free for children (under 16).
Opening time(s): 9:30 am
Revamped in 2015 by Warners in partnership with the Three Counties Showground, this long-established show is a great one for ending your outdoor show season.
In 2018, it drew in over 1,600 campers and 4,000 daytime visitors. With an eclectic range of both motorhomes, caravans and accessories on offer as well as over 90 onsite exhibitors including Cotswold Motorhomes, Golden Castle Caravans and Broadland Leisure, you’ll have plenty to explore.
And there’s sure to be something for everyone with bingo, charity coffee mornings and even a dog show on Sunday. There’ll also be a number of live acts to entertain you, including comedy by Tank Sherman, party band Jump, the talented Hayley-Ria Christian with her Whitney Houston tribute and the Ragdolls. The local area boasts Barnards Green and Great Malvern when you need a break.
Motorhome and Caravan Show - NEC Birmingham
Location: NEC Birmingham
Dates: 15th-20th October
Price: Advanced day tickets are £9.50 for adults and £8.50 for seniors and £13.00 for adults and £12.00 for seniors on the day. Children (under 15) go free.
Opening time(s): 10:00 am
It’s the biggest launch event in the RV space and will be returning mid-October to see the upcoming year off to a great start with all the leading UK and European manufacturers under one roof.
If you’re looking to get into the campervan game, it’s a great place to start as hundreds of leisure vehicles will be showcased boasting the most current layouts, innovation and design and they’ll be plenty of experts on hand to answer all your burning questions, such as ‘what are the best motorhomes’ and ‘what motorhome manufacturers are rated best’.
Get guidance and inspiration from specialists and adventurers alike for planning your next trip whether that’s in the UK or further afield. With drop-in advice clinics, chefs cooking campsite friendly meals on stage and one-to-one towing insight sessions sponsored by Jeep, it’s a great opportunity to take a deep dive into the world of RVs and road adventuring.
With exclusive offers on thousands of recreational vehicles, if you’re keen to kickstart your motorhome experience, this one’s not to miss.
Caravan and Motorhome Show - Manchester
Location: Event City, Manchester
Dates: 16th-19th January 2020
Price: Adult day passes are £8.50 in advance or £9.95 on the door while children (under 16) and carers are free.
Opening time(s): 10:00 am on weekdays 9:30 am on weekends
If 2019’s still a little too soon to make it to any of these events, we’ve also included one of the first set to take place in 2020 the Caravan and Motorhome Show - Manchester.
Offering the largest selection of motorhomes and campervans in the north and over 200 exhibitors, this is another great one for launching your caravan masterplan.
There are sure to be some jaw-dropping discounts on offer as well as plenty of add-ons like barbecues, awnings and outdoor furniture to complement your home-on-wheels.
With lots of celebrity speakers and experts, towing experiences for adults and kids and a Food & Travel stage you’ll be able to truly immerse yourself in all that is campervan over the course of these dates, this is definitely a date for your diary.
Protect your investment with motorhome insurance
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Get a quote from Motorhome Protect today so you can hit the road worry-free with a smile on your face.