The Caravan, Camping, and Motorhome Show – We were there!

This past week was very exciting as we headed up to the NEC in Birmingham for the UK’s biggest showcase of tents, trailer tents, folding caravans, motorhomes, campervans, and caravans. Everything you could possibly need for camping at Silverstone! If you didn’t make it this year, put it on your calendar for 2020. It is not to be missed!


We liked looking at all the new season models and products! On our list to get was a new tent (for camping at Silverstone, of course!), camping mattresses, camping table, and Cool box. The Camping Zone display area was huge and we were able to touch, feel, and walk in and out of all the display tents. We have had a small Vango tent in the past and loved it…but we were looking for something bigger…and open to the possibility of the newer AirBeams® but wanted to see one in person. We were not disappointed.

Though we looked at all the different tents, we were drawn back to Vango. Our previous tent had proven itself through the years with whatever weather the UK threw at us…though of course the campsites in Silverstone only have bright sunshine…so we decided on the Vango Valencia Air! That’s right, we are giving the AirBeams® a go. We also picked up the luxurious Vango Shangri-La 15 Double Mattress. We figured we need some comfortable sleep during all the excitement when F1 camping or MotoGP camping! The kids got the Vango Comfort self-inflating sleeping mats. We then moved on to the displays of tables and camping furniture. There are some great options and we ended up with more than we planned…a Vango Cuisine Kitchen (which we are especially excited about) and a table that is large enough to fit us all around. Last but not least, we did find our coolbox over at the Outwell stand. We had done our research and knew we wanted a 12Volt/230Volt option. That way, we had the option of running it from our car or our electric hook up (remember – Dadford Road Campsite offers electric hookups during F1 and MotoGP!) The Outwell Ecolux Coolbox came in two sizes, a 24 litre or 35 litre. We ended up with the bigger one…who can resist a good show deal! All in all…a successful day to prepare for our Silverstone camping this year.

After completing our tent shopping, so we can now camp at Silverstone in comfort, we took the kids to enjoy all of the free activities and attractions. It was a great family day out with a skate rink, climbing wall, campsite cooking, fire starting, top dog arena, and much more! We highly recommend checking it out next year!