Why you should visit a caravan and motorhome show in 2024

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Whether you're an experienced leisure vehicle enthusiast or considering buying a caravan, motorhome or campervan, visiting a show can be a very beneficial experience.

Caravans on the Swift stand at the NEC show

Visiting local dealerships, researching options online and getting advice from forums and groups are all great ways to find your perfect leisure vehicle, but exploring a large-scale exhibition show has a number of advantages - even more so if you’re in the research phase of buying a caravan, motorhome or campervan.

Let’s take a look at what these advantages are:

You can explore a much wider range of products

The larger exhibition events typically feature a more diverse selection of motorhomes, campervans and caravans from a variety of different manufacturers. This allows you to compare different makes and models, sizes, layouts, and price ranges all in one place, allowing you to explore multiple options in a short period of time.

Additionally, these shows often feature a wide range of camping and travelling accessories and equipment, so you can also shop for other kit too including camping gear, kitchen appliances, tents, and much more.

You get hands-on experience

Unlike looking at pictures online or in brochures, motorhome and caravan shows allow you to step inside and experience the vehicles first-hand. You can sit in the driver's seat, lay on the beds, check out the living space, and get a feel for the overall layout and amenities, which is an invaluable experience for making an informed decision.

Take advantage of exclusive deals and discounts

Many manufacturers and dealerships at the shows offer exclusive discounts, promotions, or show-only deals that can save you money on your caravan or motorhome. It's also a great opportunity to negotiate and potentially get a better deal.

Check out new models and product launches

Manufacturers often use shows to launch and unveil their latest models and product innovations. As technology is constantly evolving, these events showcase all the latest innovations in design, from advanced entertainment systems to energy-efficient appliances. By taking a look around and seeing these innovations first-hand, you can stay up-to-date with the latest trends.

Swift experts at the NEC caravan and motorhome show

Get face-to-face advice from all the experts

Shows often attract knowledgeable industry experts, including representatives from manufacturers, dealerships, and seasoned leisure vehicle owners. You can ask questions, get advice, explore customisation options (if you are looking for a campervan), and gain valuable insights on towing, vehicle maintenance and travel tips, so you get the very best from your investment.

Network with other caravanning enthusiasts

Enthusiasts in this industry make up a friendly and supportive community. Attending a motorhome and caravan show can help you connect with fellow campers, join clubs, and build a network of like-minded individuals who share your passion for travel.

Learn more at educational workshops

Some shows feature seminars and workshops on topics such as maintenance, travel planning and inspiration, and safety. Motorhomes, campervans and caravans are a significant investment, and these sessions can help you to become a more informed, responsible and inspired leisure vehicle owner.

Jo Mitchell

"Don't hesitate to ask questions to the sales representatives or experts at the stands. They can provide valuable information about the features and specifications of the caravan, campervan or motorhome you are interested in."

Jo Mitchell, Marketing Director at Swift

Get some inspiration

If you're considering the leisure vehicle lifestyle but haven't made the leap, attending a show can provide inspiration and motivation. Seeing the different motorhomes and caravans, and hearing about others' adventures will help you refine your preferences and needs.

If you are interested in a custom-built campervan or want to personalise your existing one, shows are excellent places to gather inspiration. You can see innovative design ideas, space-saving solutions, and the latest in campervan technology.

Swift VAR at the NEC caravan and motorhome show

Family-friendly activities

Many industry events offer family-friendly activities and entertainment, making them enjoyable days out for the whole family. It's also a chance to introduce children to the joys of camping and outdoor travel.

What shows and events do we recommend?

There are many motorhome and caravan shows held across the UK, each catering to different regions and audiences. The choice of which shows to visit depends on your location, interests, and what you're looking to explore or purchase.

The Great Caravan, Motorhome & Holiday Home Show takes place at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate on Friday 6th to Sunday 8th September. Last year there were 220 holiday homes and 140 caravans & motorhomes, and there are more to be expected in 2024. Alongside caravans, motorhomes and holiday homes, you will find lodges, holiday parks, a huge array of accessories and for the first time there will be NCC approved campervans too.

The Motorhome & Caravan Show at the NEC, Birmingham on Tuesday 15th to Sunday 20th October is a great opportunity to explore the country's largest display of campervans, motorhomes, caravans, trailer tents and accessories from UK and European manufacturers & dealers all under one roof. Step inside the newest vehicles from the industry's finest, compare the different layouts, specifications and finishes and choose the right leisure vehicle for you.

You can discover more shows and exhibitions on our events page.


In summary, visiting a motorhome and caravan show provides an excellent opportunity to explore a wide range of vehicles, gain insights from experts, connect with the camping community, and make informed decisions about purchasing a new product. Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast or a newcomer considering a new vehicle, attending a show can be a valuable and enjoyable experience.

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