The Manchester Caravan & Motorhome Show is based at EventCity, located just next door to the Trafford Shopping Centre. It’s arguably the North’s premier outdoor leisure show and features a good selection of motorhomes, campers, caravans, holiday homes and statics.
The event normally takes place on the third weekend of January, around the 20th. It’s on for four days, starting on the Thursday and finishing on the Sunday.
You don’t need to attend all of the four days, a simple ‘day ticket’ is adequate. Ticket prices for the 2019 event were priced at £8.50 per adult, without ‘booking fee’. Children under 16 have free entry when accompanied by a paying adult. Equally Carers accompanying a blue badge ticket holder qualify for free entry also.
Onsite there’s over 3,000 free parking spaces and 10 accessible parking bays close to the wheelchair accessible entrances. EventCity has been carefully designed and is fully accessible with the exhibition hall all on one level.
As you would expect being based in a major city, there’s excellent transport links to EventCity, it’s conveniently located close to the M6, M62, M56 and M60 motorway networks. Equally as the facility is close to the Trafford Centre, there’s also fantastic bus and rail links from the centre of Manchester. By bus you can use the X50 and by rail EventCity is is connected to Manchester Piccadilly station.
EventCity Caravan & Motorhome Show
The show is in a prime location in Northern England, not far from major cities and regions such as Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, York, Newcastle and Durham. As Manchester is located on the edge of the Pennines and within reach of the Lake District, Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales, this show has a great reputation throughout the caravanning community.
Names such as Swift, Bailey, Buccaneer, Elddis, Coachman and Lunar have been displaying at the show for years, members of the public can easily get ‘up close and personal’ with the products they have to offer. In total the event has around 200 exhibitors!
For example, there’s product demonstrations, most vehicles and caravans are free to ‘roam about in’, you can easily walk inside to check the finer details or even test out the sofa or bed! There’s also experts and assistants on hand to help with any questions or queries you may have. If you like what you see, you can even make a purchase at the show!
However, that’s not all, while at the show there’s also a great selection of camping accessories, clothing, guest speakers and attractions.
For example, in the January 2019 show, attractions included Motorhome Manoeuvring, Tow Car Taster Sessions and Towing Experiences. This gives you ‘hands on’ experience with a product or item you may be thinking about purchasing, ideal for both seasoned pros and people who are looking to get into caravanning. After you’ve had a look around the show, there’s plenty of eating and ‘rest points’, with seating available so you can review an item, read product literature, have a drink or a bite to eat.
Equally another great feature of the whole experience is the guest speakers, for the 2019 event these included well-known figures such as TV presenters, adventure enthusiasts and so on.
Remember the event is ideal for beginners and pros, great if you’re looking to purchase a first touring camper, or just as good if you’re looking to upgrade! Remember as well as the camper or motorhome itself, you can also purchase a wide range of accessories from towing bars, awnings, cooking accessories, furnishings and more!
There’s usually a great atmosphere within the show and you should certainly head to the ‘emporium section’, where lots of independent retailers from across the country who are displaying their goods in neat stalls. You can easily enquiry about products, get additional information or even make a purchase.
Remember it’s not just the Caravan and Motorhome Experience which takes place, there’s also the Destinations, Holiday and Travel Show which members of the public can gain free entry with a Caravan event ticket. The Travel event includes live cookery on the food stage, travel companies such as Great Rail Journeys, Trail finders and Rail Canada. There’s also a good selection of tourist boards from across the world, this includes locations such as Barbados, Cuba, Malta and Morocco.
A feature I really loved about the Destination Travel Show was the “VISIT USA Pavilion”, this was brand new for 2019 and featured the ‘largest ever’ selection of North American tourist boards, highlighting the beautiful landscapes the country has to offer. Some of the tour operators and destinations which featured in the show included Amtrack, Deep South USA, Rocky Mountain States, Texas, United Airlines and Visit North Carolina.
Equally if you’re planning a trip abroad (with or without a caravan) a great asset of the event was the superb MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad) attraction. This free section highlighted all of things a traveller would need for staying safe and healthy on their next adventure. The MASTA Travel Health Zone had informative talks where members of the public can pick up vital advice when travelling in different countries. This included the latest information regarding vaccines and dangerous diseases to be aware of. Overall I thought this was a responsible and well-thought out idea which certainly added a nice tone to the event.