2016 is done and dusted and a new year opens up that long-awaited chance to get your touring caravan back on the road.
There’s nothing quite like a major show to whet your appetite – whether you’re looking to buy a new model, or simply to keep up with the latest changes in design, buy a handy gadget or two or generally acquaint yourself with all the things the great touring caravan community is planning to do this year.
The calendar of touring shows in 2017 is already filling up quite nicely and there are events in most parts of the country – so take your pick from some of the following highlights.
Of course, all these details ere correct at the time of publishing but please do check the details yourself before you go, just in case something has changed!
19th to 22nd January: The Caravan & Motorhome Show, Manchester
The year kicks off with this major event in the northwest. Held at Manchester’s iconic EventCity, expect it to draw huge crowds – no fewer than 3,000 free car parking spaces are available.
The event’s website has a handy “product finder”, which allows you to home in one the particular makes and models in which you might be interested and pick up your own free show guide as you go in.
There is free entry for children under 16 and the event is right alongside Destinations: The Holiday and Travel Show – brimming with ideas for the season’s outings with your caravan.
20th to 22nd January: Holiday Show 2017, Belfast
This is one of Northern Ireland’s opportunities to show that caravanning is alive and thriving there, too. The Holiday Show is staged at the Titanic Exhibition Centre in Belfast and offers lots of suggestions about where to take your caravan – and how to pay less to do so.
With at least two major events in the first month of the year alone, there is plenty to help set you up for the coming season’s caravanning expeditions – and a timely reminder to check that your touring caravan insurance is up to date (at Cover4Caravans, of course, we’re here to help).
2nd to 5th February: Scottish Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show, Glasgow
Caravaners north of the border are not left out either. The major Scottish event to kick off the new year is held at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC) and promises a fun-packed and informative day out for old hands and novices alike.
Not only is there an exhibition of the latest tourer makes and models, but novices can also try their hand at towing for the first time.
21st to 26th February: Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2017, Birmingham
Later the same month, it’s the turn of the Midland’s with the Caravan and Camping Club’s major annual event at the NEC just outside Birmingham.
Looking for inspiration for likely destinations or your new caravan for 2017? Just as you’d expect from one of the leading caravan clubs in the country, this show has it all. There is even a “hitch and pitch” arena, where you can practice reversing and pitching your tourer.
10th to 12th March: The Caravan & Motorhome Show, Exeter
If you are in or near the southwest of England, the Caravan and Motorhome Show at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter is the likely place to be in March. In addition to new offerings from the leading caravan manufacturers, you might also snap up a bargain preloved model.
18th to 19th March: UK Spring Motorhome & Caravan Show 2017, Newark-on-Trent
Pitch your own tourer on one of the berths at the showground and enjoy the spring exhibition of a wide range of tourers, tents and motorhomes. There is also a day-trip to historic Lincoln available for visitors who are there on the Friday.
1st to 2nd September: The 2017 Autumn Show for all Motorhome & Caravan Owners, Newark-on-Trent
The organisers of this event return to the Newark showground where manufacturers and traders of all makes and models of touring caravans prepare for one of the final flings of the 2017 season.
They are joined by traders, daytime activities and Country and Western themed evening entertainment.
29th September to 1st October: The Malvern Caravan Show, Malvern
If you somehow managed to let the 2017 season pass you by, without so much as a look in at any of the shows for touring caravans, then you won’t want to miss this major exhibition in Malvern – and start your planning for 2018.