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National Caravan Council welcomes the launch of “exciting” Tribeca from Away Resorts

National Caravan Council welcomes the launch of “exciting” Tribeca from Away Resorts and ABI at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show

away-resorts-camping-caravan-motorhome-showThe National Caravan Council welcomed the launch of the Tribeca from pioneering UK holiday park operator Away Resorts and leading holiday home manufacturer ABI at the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at Birmingham NEC yesterday.

Applauding Away Resorts’ vision to develop a new caravanning concept for the modern family, NCC group marketing director Jenny Summers said: “It’s exciting to see new product launches such as the TriBeCa, which have the lifestyle appeal to bring new visitors to holiday parks, This is exactly the objective of our Freedom To Go programme, which is all about attracting newcomers to leisure vehicle ownership and holidays.”

Away Resorts has made an investment of £1.2 million to create the Tribeca and install 15 at its Tattershall Lakes Country Park and a further 5 at its Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park on the Isle of Wight, in time for the Easter and summer seasons.

The ‘boutique-style’ caravan was the result of opinion polls, focus groups and a wide range of research.

What is it?
‘Tribeca’ is the future of caravans.  The humble caravan has been updated and reinvented to create a solution for the modern family: a groundbreaking ‘boutique-style’ caravan.

The Tribeca will do for caravanning what glamping has done for camping – is quite unlike any other caravan on the market, past or present.

Who invented it?
British holiday park company Away Resorts has teamed up with leading holiday home manufacturer ABI to create this.   Over a two year period, Away Resorts listened to its guests, developing the futuristic concept using opinion polls, focus groups a wide range of research, and, most importantly, mums!

Why is it different?
It’s cool!  The Tribeca has a New York loft hotel feel (hence the name), with industrial-style lighting and wall coverings, but with soft, plush furnishings.

It has a central, light-filled, airy living space with the adults’ and children’s bedrooms either side. The open-plan kitchen and living area has an apartment feel: with timber-effect walls; a 55-inch screen; American-style fridge/freezer; and panoramic bifold doors.

The adults’ bedroom has boutique hotel features, such as a flatscreen TV, sumptuous bedding, and a stand-alone bath-tub, as well as a separate ensuite.  The children’s bedroom has bunk-beds complete with dens underneath, screens and power points for charging their tech, and astro-turf-inspired flooring.

No other holiday park has any caravans like this in their fleet. The timber-effect walls and huge windows create a jungle feel and the astro-turf-inspired flooring carries on the theme of bringing the outside in.

The Tribeca also has its own deck, for watching the world go by on, glass in hand, mind switched off, and some come with a private hot tub.

The cool caravan has arrived, and it’s fit for all the family.

How to book:

The Tribeca is the labour of love of Away Resorts CEO Carl Castledine, and is inspired by the loft-style apartments of the trendy Tribeca district in New York City. Carl personally visited every caravan manufacturer and walked through every model ever produced in the last 15 years to create the concept for the new caravan, and worked with ABI to turn this into reality.

Castledine says: “More than 51 million nights are spent in the UK in caravans each year, a figure I suspect will rise as the impact of Brexit kicks in over the coming years.  The caravan industry contributes more than £6bn a year to the UK economy, so it’s got no shortage of fans.  But, it’s never really been cool, until now.

“First of all, we know that the lifestyle and leisure needs of the modern family have changed drastically – especially in the past decade.  Twelve years ago Facebook didn’t exist, let alone Instagram and Snapchat, and just five years ago primary school aged children didn’t carry their own tech around with them.  Add to this the massive rise in the popularity of boutique hotels and glamping – both of which have raised the expectations of families in terms of the comfort and aesthetics of their surroundings when on holiday.

“And we know from research that women are often the main decision makers when it comes to family holidays, and they know what the family needs. So we used valuable feedback and opinions from hundreds of mums as well as dads, and then teamed up with a woman designer to create the Tribeca.  We are really proud of this new concept in family accommodation, which puts the modern family at the heart of its design.”

Talking about working with Away Resorts, Mel Copper, ABI chief executive, said: “We are really excited to be able to work with such an innovative holiday park operator like Away Resorts to showcase our design capabilities on such a groundbreaking project.”

The first guests will stay in the Tribeca caravans (which can be booked online from now) at Easter in Tribeca Villages’ at Away Resorts’ Tattershall Lakes and Whitecliff Bay (in Lincolnshire and the Isle of Wight).

The grand unveiling of the first Tribeca will take place at the Caravan and Camping Show at Birmingham NEC on 22nd Feb.

The cool caravan has arrived, and it’s fit for all the family.

To book:

Main features of the Tribeca:

A New York loft hotel feel

A central living space

A children’s bedroom that kids will go gaga for

An adults’ bedroom that is like a boutique hotel

Its very own deck




Visitor Numbers Up On the First Day


This week until Sunday 26 February Birmingham NEC is home to the leisure vehicle and holiday homes industry as The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2017 rolls into town.

Visitors to the show, with figures up on last year, walked the five halls of the NEC on the show’s opening day looking at the latest products from caravans, modern motorhomes, cosy campervans, luxurious holiday homes and lodges to spacious tents.

The show was officially opened by The National Caravan Council Director General John Lally alongside a celebrity line-up including Ben Fogle, Julia Bradbury, Barney Harwood and Matt Allwright.

Families tried out the many free features available at the show, including the Bounce Zone, learning how to build a shelter in the bushcraft workshops and challenging the indoor Woodland Assault Course in partnership with the Woodland Trust.

The Discovery Theatre hosted insightful talks from industry experts and celebrity question and answer sessions as well as cooking demonstrations from Paul Da Costa Greaves.

The Caravan Club announced a name change to The Caravan and Motorhome Club, reflecting growing motorhome ownership.

Launches at the opening day show included Omar Park and Leisure Homes unveil of the Hideaway by Wessex, Swift’s S-Pod 4, The Mulberry and The Canterbury by Willerby and the Frontier Scout by Auto-Trail.

The show offers holiday inspiration for lovers of the great outdoors and luxury seekers. Celebrity guests appearing across the remaining days author of The Caravan Cookbook Monica Rivron and TV and radio personality Rowland Rivron; wildlife presenter Kate Humble; Britain’s Got Talents winners Ashleigh and Pudsey; the banker turned baker Selasi Gbormittah; and Olympic gold medallist Sam Quek*.

Tickets can be bought the door and children 15 and under for free*.

Have A Tent Will Travel


As the UK heads towards the annual Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show at Birmingham’s NEC from 21 to 26 February 2017, just under four out of ten UK adults had experience of camping or caravanning in the past three years according to a Mintel report*.

A total of over 17 million camping and caravanning trips are estimated to have been taken by UK adults in 2016, over 15 million of which were in Great Britain, and include a spectrum of accommodation options from yurts, safari tents and shepherd’s huts to tiny two-berth mini and large luxury caravans, sophisticated motorhomes and holiday lodges. The total trips taken figure is expected to rise to 17.9 million in 2017 and to over 21 million in 2020, and Mintel forecasts Great Britain’s camping and caravanning market will be worth over £3.2 billion by 2020.

Of those camping in a tent in the last three years^, ‘getting away from it all’ is one of the key attractions (42%) as well as ‘connecting with nature’ (41%). Just 14% overall of those camping would welcome the opportunity to be disconnected from technology with no WiFi or internet, although surprisingly 32% of music festival campers claimed they would welcome the lack of connection!

Among those interested in such leisure holidays, 16% plan to buy a tent from 2016 onwards, 9% a towed caravan, 12% a motorhome or campervan, and 10% a static caravan or mobile home. Motorhomes are seen as adventurous and fun, comfortable and family-friendly, with secure, spacious, high quality accommodation. A multi-destination European trip attracted 55%, while 34% would aim for a North America tour and 37% would use a motorhome to see a sports event.

Market drivers for camping, caravanning and motorhomes trips in recent years include a reduction in petrol prices and a desire for families to reconnect with their environment. A report published by The Wildlife Trust** found that children have become increasingly separated from nature, highlighting that fewer than 10% of children play in natural areas, with 78% of parents concerned their children don’t spend enough time interacting with nature and wildlife.

The government’s Climate Change Risk Assessment report 2012 (produced every five years) predicts that future climate change is likely to improve the appeal of the UK as a holiday destination for both UK and overseas visitors with increased summer temperatures and a longer summer season.

The NCC (National Caravan Council), the event arm of which runs the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, estimates in the UK at present there are approximately 550,000 touring caravans, more than 205,000 motorhomes and 330,000 static caravan holiday homes in use, totalling over one million leisure vehicles.

From Tuesday 21 to Sunday 26 February the Birmingham NEC will be home to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2017, with over 350 leading leisure brands exhibiting caravans, motorhomes, campervans, trailer tents, folding campers, tents, caravan holiday homes, camping equipment and accessories.

This year’s show has plenty of free, have-a-go features including an indoor children’s assault course and mobile climbing mountain. A towing and manoeuvring skills area offers expert tuition for those new to caravanning and motorhome holidays as well as those who want to brush up on their techniques. For pet lovers there is the much-loved dog agility arena.

Throughout the six days of the show the Discovery Theatre plays host to celebrity guests including Countryfile, and more recently New Lives in the Wild presenter, Ben Fogle; Kate Humble and Julia Bradbury discussing their love of the great outdoors; celebrity chefs including baker Selasi Gbormittah performing live cooking demonstrations; and the professionals sharing their top tips on owning leisure vehicles and camping holidays. New for 2017 are bushcraft workshops where visitors can learn essential survival skills.

On the door price for adults is £10.00/seniors (60+) £9.00. Children 15 and under go FREE.

Celebrity line-up may be subject to change.

Camper Calling Music Festival

Camper Jam add a new music festival to their portfolio, bringing leading acts to Ragley Hall this August named Camper Calling

If you love live music and camping, then Camper Calling is for you! This summer, our new three day family music festival will be taking place at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire, with acts including ABC, The Magic Numbers, The Hoosiers, Toploader and Dodgy.
The show, which will take place from 26 th 28 th August 2016, has been devised by the team at Jazz Events. Shelley Bond, Events Director, said: “We’ll be taking over Ragley Hall for a weekend of amazing music from over 40 amazing bands, as well as introducing you to new talent on our freshly squeezed stage. Plus with family entertainment, lakeside watersports, adventure playgrounds, loads of activities and craft workshops and some seriously tasty street food & drink, you’ll be as busy or as chilled out as you choose!”
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Friday 26th August include: The Magic Numbers, Dodgy, Willie and the Bandits and Mused.
On Saturday 27th August music lovers will be entertained by the likes of: ABC, The Hoosiers, Toploader, The Carnabys and the UK Foo Fighters.

On Sunday, the soundtrack to the day will be provided by: Undercover Hippy, Buffalo Brothers and Barbarella’s Bang Bang, amongst many others.
Following on from the success of the hugely popular Camper Jam, the family friendly event which is held in Weston Park, Camper Calling will offer a wide variety of entertainment, a variety of camping areas and plenty of opportunities to feast on fantastic street food. Brothers will also be serving up a wide array of flavoured ciders.
The organisers of Camper Calling have pulled out all the stops to ensure that the August bank holiday weekend is filled with a host of family friendly activities, from craft workshops to campfire tales, lake activities to children’s circus shows. There will be several live music stages, craft workshops, scrumptious street food, AüguztFest for the connoisseur of fine Beer with a live Oompah Band, a fun fair, and an array of
activities for visitors of all ages.
The main Lakeside stage will play host to over 20 bands over the course of the weekend, providing the perfect platform for rising stars of the music scene and established acts alike to provide unmissable entertainment.
The Jazz Events team pride themselves on creating a relaxed, welcoming environment at all of their shows and Shelley Bond commented: “We’re delighted to be introducing Camper Calling at Ragley Hall – it’s the perfect location for what promises to be a must visit family music festival, featuring fantastic bands, activities for all ages and so much great food – everything you need for the perfect summer weekend.” Early bird discounts are available for those who book their Camper Calling tickets in advance at: (or call: call 0 1244 881895) . *Camping at the show is available by prebooking only, there will not be camping tickets for sale on the day. Day visitor tickets are on sale now.