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National Motorhome Show now open

THOUSANDS of motorcaravanners are descending on Peterborough this weekend for the National Motorhome Show.

Outdoor enthusiasts from up and down the country have made, and are continuing to make, their way to the East of England Showground for the popular annual show, which is one of Britain’s largest outdoor motorhome events.

Many are camping on site for the whole weekend while others will just visit for the day.

New features at the show include the multi-million pound Peterborough Exec indoor exhibition centre, which is housing some of the UK’s leading motorhome dealers.

It is accessed through a glass-roofed atrium, which is sponsored by The Caravan Club and showcases the 2008 MMM award winners.

Lee Clarke and Annie Percy
Visitors to the show site today (Friday) included Derby-based couple Lee Clarke and Annie Percy who, from May, will spend a year touring Europe in their Elddis Autoquest motorhome.

Lee (20) told the website: “We’re keen campers and have gone from tent to bigger tent but we decided on a motorhome for our year-long tour. I suppose we are young for motorhomers but it’s great fun and we love the outdoor lifestyle.”

Annie (25) added: “We’re staying on site in Peterborough for the whole weekend and we’re keen to see what camping accessories are available so we can stock up ready for our trip. We’ve both taken a year off work and we’re really excited about it.”

Show visitors with a few more touring miles under their belts included David Booth of Alford in Lincolnshire who, along with his wife, is camping on site in their Bailey caravan.

Mr Booth said: “We’ve been here four times over the past five years and it’s a great weekend away. I’d highly recommend it for the camper or the day visitor because there’s a lot to see and do. The new exhibition hall is really nice, we were both very impressed with it.”

Another popular draw for visitors are the 250 stalls on site offering everything from Indian food spices to motorhome accessories.

For Pauline Hawkes of Dunstable in Bedfordshire these stalls offer her a shopper’s paradise – much to the dismay of husband Barry.

Pauline said: “He’s glad I’ve been stopped to talk to you because it means I’m not spending any money! We’ve been attending the show for about seven years and we love it.

“It’s a very social occasion. We’re members of an American RV owners’ club and our evenings are spent with other members on the campsite. It’s great fun. Peterborough is the first show of the year and we come here to get everything we need and have a good look at the new motorhomes for sale.”

Showgoer: Pauline Hawke

Showgoer: David Booth

The National Motorhome Show continues until Sunday. Day tickets are available at £6.50 per adult, £2.00 per child (5 - 14 years) and £17.00 for a family of two adults and up to three children.

Tickets are still available for Saturday evening’s main act, the razor-witted Julian Clary. Visit the Information Office on site for details.

For a selection of photos from the opening day of this weekend’s National Motorhome Show, click here.


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