Start Caravanning or Camp at the NEC in February

Visitors to the National Boat, Caravan & Outdoor Show at Birmingham’s NEC, from 17 to 25 February 2007, can open the door to a new way of life when they take the plunge and try towing a caravan. For those who already have a caravan or motorhome, the show’s handy camp site now boasts electric hook ups – all courtesy of The Camping and Caravanning Club.

The free 30-minute caravan taster sessions of the Club’s Start Caravanning initiative will run throughout the show, giving visitors the opportunity to try towing a caravan on the roads around the NEC. Land Rover will provide new Freelander 2 vehicles as towcars and the whole experience will be under the expert guidance of the Club’s friendly and professional Caravan Manoeuvring Course Instructors. Sessions can be booked at the show, visitors simply need to take their driving licence.

The Club’s Director General, David Welsford, says:  “Throughout 2006, more and more people have acknowledged that camping and caravanning are cool. This initiative is a great way to get over your fears of towing for the first time. It could give a taste for a new lifestyle that can help you explore the great British countryside and take you all over the world.

“On a practical note, the Club’s Manoeuvring Course Instructors have been encouraging novices to tow – and experienced caravanners to improve their skills – for over ten years. There’s no better way to get on the road confidently.”

The Club’s camp site will be on the West Car Park at the NEC. It is open to the public from 16 to 25 February 2007. For the first time, pitches are available with or without electric hookup, costing £18.50 or £14 per night, respectively. Managed by the Club’s experienced Holiday Site Managers, the site provides a secure place to camp overnight with fresh water, a motorhome service point and waste disposal. Campers can visit the show and also explore more of the Midlands during their stay.

Camp site visitors will also benefit from a luxury fleet of chauffer-driven Land Rovers, giving a shuttle service to the show entrance. With five large halls – equivalent to ten full-size football pitches – to explore, the Club can make it easier on your feet.

Pitches are on sale from 1 December and are available from The Camping and Caravanning Club, tel: 0845 130 7257. Find out more

For further information about The Camping and Caravanning Club and the sites and services it offers to Club members, visit stand 4202 at the show or call 0845 130 7632.

To find out more about the National Boat, Caravan and Outdoor Show, call the ticket hotline on 0870 730 0963 or see www.boatandcaravan.co.uk.

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Ruth Walmsley on 024 7647 5204     Michelle Jewell on 024 7647 5202

Notes to the editor:

1)     Journalists can try caravanning for themselves. Contact Ruth Walmsley on 024 7647 5204 to confirm a time.

2)     Drivers taking part in Start Caravanning are required to produce a full driving licence that has been held for over two years (without serious accident or convictions) and be 21 years old or over.

3)     The Club runs Caravan and Motorhome Manoeuvring Courses throughout the year at venues across the country.

4)     To book your complimentary pitch at the show camp site, please contact Ruth Walmsley.

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