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Caravans and motorhomes on rise along with ‘staycations’

Nearly a quarter of the 44.7 million trips in England last year involved caravans, motorhomes or camping. Pictures: Motorhome and Caravan Show

Nearly a quarter of the 44.7 million trips in England last year involved caravans, motorhomes or camping. Pictures: Motorhome and Caravan Show

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More people are turning to caravans, motorhomes and camping and enjoying a staycation in Britain with sales and site bookings rising.

Nearly a quarter of the 44.7 million trips in England last year involved caravans, motorhomes or camping. Pictures: Motorhome and Caravan ShowNearly a quarter of the 44.7 million trips in England last year involved caravans, motorhomes or camping. Pictures: Motorhome and Caravan Show

The UK’s continuing enthusiasm for caravanning and motorhoming is confirmed by figures released by the National Caravan Council (NCC), the event arm of which runs the UK’s largest leisure vehicle show. Staycations and domestic trips in leisure vehicles are also on the rise.

The Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 at Birmingham’s NEC from October 17 to 22 will see leisure vehicle manufacturers and dealers show their 2018 product ranges to around 100,000 visitors.

The NCC says production of touring caravans was up 13.7% in the first six months of this year compared to 2016, while motorhome registrations rose by 11.3%.

Caravan holiday homes are also steadily increasing, with a 5.6% growth in deliveries to holiday park locations in the first six months of this year.

From January to April this year, Britons took a record 14.4 million domestic ‘staycation’ holidays in Britain – up 3%.

VisitEngland reports British residents took 44.7 million holiday trips in England last year, up 2% – more than 10.2 million used caravans, motorhomes or camped. Short breaks, up to three nights, made up two-thirds of all English holiday trips, with 29.3 million last year.

Its figures also show Brits are increasingly using caravans, motorhomes and camping for other trips, such as sporting events or visiting relatives, contributing to a total of 11.94 million trips in England last year – up 2.5% on 2015.

The Camping and Caravanning Club has grown to a record membership of 300,000 households this year. With more than 100 UK sites, pitch night sales have risen 9% year-to-date which it puts down to warmer British summers, lower fuel prices and a wider range of camping options such as glamping.

The Caravan and Motorhome Club’s membership continues to grow as it invests in new and existing UK sites and enhances its offering in Europe. Caravan booking this summer are up 2.2% and motorhome bookings up 8%. The club has also seen a 5% increase in family bookings.

Jenny Summers, NCC group marketing director, said: “The European tourer and motorhome industry is providing innovative and stylish products at competitive prices, with products such as campervan conversions appealing to a younger market. These figures also endorse the popularity of staycations in the UK.”

The Motorhome and Caravan Show is the biggest launch event of its kind in the UK with new 2018 motorhome and caravans revealed. Visitors can access more than 700 leisure, try caravan towing and motorhome manoeuvring, celebrity chefs cook from new leisure vehicles and industry experts share tips on leisure vehicle ownership and holidays.

Tickets, from as little as £8.50 are now on sale – visit www.mcshow.co.uk or call 0844 873 7333.

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