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Motorhome & Caravan Show comes to Kent

The camping and caravan sector is booming in the UK – and the Kent Event Centre is helping to cater for this growing market by staging a major new two-day public show.

It has been announced that organisers Event Developments Ltd are bringing the UK Summer Motorhome & Caravan Show to the South East on Saturday 31st May and Sunday 1st June 2014 at Kent Showground near Maidstone.

Event Developments stage some of the UK’s largest outdoor motorhome and caravan events and have added the Kent show to their Schedule to serve the large and growing number of motorhome and caravan owners in the South East.

In 2011 spending by Brits during domestic camping and caravan trips was up 12% compared to the year before. Enthusiasts took 16.6m such trips, spending £2.3bn during the breaks. The latest figures for 2011 also show that one in three people took a camping or caravan holiday in the preceding three years (sources: Mintel, UKTS and GBTS).

Organiser Russ Harman of Event Developments said: “Our decision has already proved popular with local dealerships and we are receiving some great feedback from enthusiasts who are looking forward to attending our event at Detling.”

The event will feature trade stands aimed at experienced owners and first-time buyers alike, with new and used motorhomes and caravans for sale, plus all kinds of outdoor leisure accessories. Kent businesses are invited to take part in the event and trade stands are now booking, with prices from just £120+VAT.

Day tickets are £7 per person on the gate, or just £5 when booked online in advance, plus accompanied under 14s are free, and car parking is free. Other attractions will include a craft and gift fair, plus a Kids Corner, a bar and catering.

Hundreds of weekend campers from all around the UK are expected to stay at the event and enjoy a great line-up of evening entertainment, including music from the UK’s best Rockabilly band The HounDogs and The Shades Show Band, plus comedy from illusionist Steve Price and stand-up comedian Bobby Dazzler.

Weekend camping can be booked in advance for just £45 per pitch for either a motorhome or caravan, including two adult weekend tickets.

Russ Harman added: “I’m really excited about the new show as the Kent Showground is a great venue with lovely modern facilities which will be ideal for our weekend campers to enjoy the event and to explore the local area.”

Kent Event Centre manager Alison Wallington said: “We are delighted to be hosting this fabulous new show. As the largest and best-placed venue in the county, we are the ideal choice for such a large-scale public event.”

The Kent Event Centre is enjoying a boom in bookings and is investing £1.5m in expanding facilities. A new structure is being built to replace the existing Kent Pavilion. The new Kent Pavilion will be 44 metres wide and 72 metres long and will seat up to 4,000 people in theatre style. Construction is due to be completed by the end of April 2014 and it will be officially opened at the Kent County Show in July.

Alison said the investment, boosting choice and capacity for clients, was paying dividends in attracting more bookings. “By improving facilities and maintaining a clear focus on customer service we are anticipating a hugely successful 2014.”

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