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Making your outdoor adventure more comfortable

Making your outdoor adventure more comfortable

Anyone tempted by a night under canvas but concerned they’ll be uncomfortable, cold and plunged into darkness are being offered a selection of products from the outdoor experts at Taunton Leisure (2019).

The independent retailer, which has been in business for more than 40 years, offers an extensive range of camping equipment for all the family and its instore and online experts provide free advice and assistance on all purchases.

All the products listed below are available instore at Taunton Leisure’s branches in Bristol, Exeter and Taunton and, also, online nationwide from www.tauntonleisure.com

Outwell Flock Superior Double Airbed with Built-In Pump – £71.99

A Million Reasons To Enjoy The Great Outdoors

A Million Reasons To Enjoy The Great Outdoors

Ahead of its official 10-year anniversary this July, UK-based business Pitchup.com has reached an impressive milestone, taking its one-millionth booking on Monday 18 February. 

The bookings equate to nearly 22,000 years worth of trips, with 2.9 million people enjoying a Pitchup.com holiday - greater than the population of Madrid. 

The outdoor accommodation specialist has grown rapidly since its launch in 2009, receiving 18.5 million visits over the last year* and becoming the UK’s highest-traffic outdoor accommodation site in Summer 2018**. 

Prescribe camping and caravanning for better mental and physical health

camping and caravanning pod
77% of campers are satisfied with their quality of life compared to 59% of non-campers 

 

With recent data showing that the state of the nation’s mental and physical health is an ongoing concern, a major consumer event next month is set to showcase ways in which the outdoors can improve the wellbeing of people of all ages. 

For last year’s Mental Health Awareness Day, statistics were released showing that one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem every year and that the most common mental health condition is anxiety. It also demonstrated that half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14 and that three quarters of all mental health problems are established by the age of 24. 

Much more for camping enthusiasts to see this year at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 

Two people camping

Responding to growing consumer interest and demand, the organisers of the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show report a 37% growth in space allocated for tent and camping display areas at the NEC show for 2019, making space for new brands to the show for the first time such as Terra Nova, Field Candy, Robens, Bowcamp and Isabella (tents).  Incorporating the new ‘Camping Zone’ for 2019, Hall 5 will accommodate 1000sqm of dedicated ‘feature area’ space for the display of new tent innovations. 

In addition, growth has taken place this year for display areas for campervans and caravan awnings and in Hall 4 where the larger leisure and park homes are located there will be a ’Glamping’ feature area with a climbing wall as a central attraction.

Spaniels Max and Paddy and new puppy Harry will attend the 2019 Caravan, Camping & Motorhome show

Max & Paddy at the Caravan, Camping & Motorhome show

The organisers of the Camping, Caravan and Motorhome Show are pleased to announce the attendance of hill bagging spaniels Max and Paddy with the new addition to the family, Harry the puppy with their owner Kerry Irving. Max and Paddy have become internet and social media sensations since 2006 when Kerry started sharing their adventures.

The story begins with an awful car accident that saw owner Kerry Irving, of Keswick, Cumbria, being left with chronic back and neck pain. This resulted in the active outdoor-loving Kerry housebound and taking up to 27 tablets a day and quickly led to deep depression all until he met Max. Kerry started taking Max on regular walks around The Lake District which eventually dramatically improved Kerry's physical and mental health.

Meet the Manufacturer – Kampa

Kampa tent

Meet the Manufacturer - the new face or changing face of the caravan and camping industry - link to meeting manufacturers at the Show. Meet the Kampa team at the Caravan & Motorhome Show, held at EventCity Manchester, to check out their caravan and motorhome awnings and for expert advice and assistance on stand 3-212 this January.

 

From small beginnings to one of Europe's most recognised brands.

 

First Time Campers & Glampers Top Tips from Pitchup.com

First Time Campers & Glampers Top Tips from Pitchup.com

With the promise of ‘very warm’ summer weather for parts of the UK* and holiday budgets being stretched, some Brits may be considering taking their first-ever camping or glamping break. Outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com helps make choosing and booking the right site hassle-free with a new guide to first-time camping.

As well as providing access to more than 3,000 camping sites in 45 countries, Pitchup.com publishes handy tips for campers including a handy guide explaining the differences between sites such as tents, touring and static caravans, through to how to set up a tent.

Visitors flock to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018

Over 90,000 visitors flock to the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018

The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show 2018 finished on 25 February after welcoming 90,107 through the doors of Birmingham’s NEC over the six-day exhibition. On Saturday alone 23,137 ticket holders visited the show, with visitors including families enjoying a day out during half-term holidays. 

Key exhibitors confirmed a strong February event. “It was a tremendous event for Swift and the show continues to grow in importance,” said Nick Page, Swift Group Commercial Director. “Overall sales were very strong across the entire portfolio with standout performances on motorhomes and holiday homes. We were delighted that the launch of Swift Sprite Super at the show attracted considerable interest, generating a real buzz and a very encouraging level of retail sales.”

Tips for planning your first family camping trip

first family camping trip

If you love to be outdoors, there's no better family holiday than camping. There's a real sense of freedom and adventure, it’s a brilliant family bonding activity, and it’s often much cheaper than a vacation overseas. A holiday spent getting closer to nature is a great way to instil a love of the great outdoors in your kids, too.

The key to success with a camping trip is good preparation and planning. So, if you want to have a great holiday, it’s essential that you think carefully about your destination, your equipment, and your journey. Read on to learn four of the most important things you'll need to consider before you set off on your adventure.

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