|Camping Centre Exhibitions have been running camping shows for
a number of years now and we were invited down to the Codicote Show in Hertfordshire to take
a look around.|
The show is based at the back of a large garden centre and has the full
benefit of a big hard standing car park, a coffee shop, things to amuse
the kids and of course the garden centre itself, however we were there to
see the tents and the accessories, so down to it.
The tent display is outside on a well mown part of the garden centre and
is on a slight incline, therefore shows the tents in their natural habitat and it
also means the ground is well drained. It had rained pretty much constantly for the previous
few weeks prior to our visit and the ground was surprising hard, so all good, but to
be safe you might want to bring along a spare pair of shoes just in case it
They have a massive range of tents from some of the major manufacturers
in the industry including Outwell, Coleman and Vango. Not only are they
displaying the 2013 ranges , they even have some 2012 models on sale at
vastly reduced prices. They are displaying many tents including
lightweight one-man tents, through to massive 10-berth family tents.
Toilet tents, day rooms and gazebos / shelters are also available for you to
wander around and get a good feel for them.
It isn't just tents that are on show, they also have a large range of the
Raclet trailer tents set up and available for you to look around, plus a
range of Silver Pop-Up Caravans on display.
Not only have they got the great selection of tents, trailer tents and
folding caravans, they also have a vast accessory store, covering several huge marquees, so fortunately this is undercover, so if those hailstones keep falling, you can have a good
smooch around and stay dry.
The accessories on display are from the major manufacturers and they seem
to have almost everything from tent pegs to trailer boards, sleeping bags to
stoves, gas bottles to guy ropes and so much more. We picked up some toilet
chemicals, an air bed, a funky air chair and some gas canisters, but the
options didn't stop there. There was crockery, cutlery and canoes.
I love going to the shows and getting a good feel of the products first
hand and this is a superb opportunity to do this. Even better when it rains
and you are in the tents, it just makes me want to get away camping.
Where and When are the Shows?
There are two shows and when the Codicote Show has finished on June 10th, they are
packing up the stock and heading off to do it all again in Wokingham on June 30th.
|4th May - 2nd June 2013
Vanstone Park Garden Centre Codiicote
1 mile north of Codicote
on the Hitchin Road (B656)
Telephone 01438 - 821544 (operative during exhibition dates)
Opening times: Mon - Fri 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. and
Saturday to Sunday 09:30am to 5:30 pm.
|1st July - 28th July 2013
Satellite Navigation - RG41 2ES
Telephone 0118 978 4982 (operative during exhibition dates)
Opening times: 7 days a week 10.00am to 8pm.