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Herts Camping Exhibition May 2015

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. Here's our review of the show. At the bottom of the article you'll find details of the dates and locations of this year's shows.

The Codiicote show in Hertfordshire is based in fields at the back of a large well known 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.

Tent Display

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.

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 the current year's ranges , they even have some previous year's models on sale at vastly reduced prices - all clearly marked.

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 Raclet trailer tents set up and available for you to look around, plus a range of Silver Pop-Up Caravans on display.

Accessory 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 whatever the weather 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, the list goes on and on. 


I love going to the shows and getting a good feel of products first hand and this is a superb opportunity to do this. Even better when it rains and you are in the tents, as it gives a feeling of real camping in the UK, and it just makes me want to get away camping!!

Where and When are the Shows?

2nd May - 31st May 2015
Vanstone Park Garden Centre, Codiicote

1 mile north of Codicote
on the Hitchin Road (B656)
Codicote, Hertfordshire
SG4 8TH

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.
4th July - 26th July 2015
Gorrick Cottage, Wokingham

Luckley Road
Wokingham, Berkshire
RG40 3AU

Satellite Navigation - RG41 2ES

Telephone 0118 978 4982 (operative during exhibition dates)

Opening times: 7 days a week 10.00am to 8pm.

Fancy Camping Nearby?

If you fancy visiting the Hertfordshire show, why not make it a weekend trip and camp nearby! Here's a list of all campsites with 20 miles of the show venue








  Comments on this article from our visitors

    Message posted by OldRex on 06/05/2013 21:19:07Report Post Report this
Thanks for the linky RTS! Yes it was great, gorgeous weather which always helps. I spotted the yellow banner proudly displayed at the entrance! Just told herself we were going to a garden centre Got a few comments when she realised the show was also on there LOL. I think it rubbed off on her though, she did say after shes looking forward to our first trip away this year, which was my cunning plan all along. I didn't buy a tent (my current one is basically new), though the Concorde XL was certainly calling to me. There were some bargains to be had. I came away with a clothes line contraption and some mini moon chairs for the kids. None of which I needed but got pestered into buying!
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    Message posted by bridgeywidge on 27/05/2013 20:51:23Report Post Report this
Hi, I know, I went yesterday. Now I've seen it I've gone off the Da Gama, and still happy I bought an Outwell Monterey 4 last year (now discontinued though they do the same shape in an auto-tent if that's the right term). I enjoyed wandering around the tents and feeling the air tents in the flesh. My husband and I were most impressed with the Outwell Concorde - it felt really solid and safe, which some of the other air tents don't (but they are cheaper). We're not in market for a new tent at the moment but if we were, there were some great bargains to be had. OH is beginning to look at caravans (I think its an age thing, I like the smell of canvas). One thing we weren't sure of was Vango blue... ouch. We wondered if you'd want a couple to be an 'installation' at each tent, brewing up and frying bacon? (But only on good days )
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    Message posted by AdminBob on 01/05/2014 11:52:03Report Post Report this
The shows are back for 2014, check out the details below Codicote and Wokingham Tent and Accessories Show 2014Two great shows held in May, June and July in Hertfordshire and Berkshire. Both displaying a massive range of tents and accessories from a variety of brands.
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    Message posted by AdminBob on 25/04/2015 11:25:07Report Post Report this
The shows are back for 2015, and to check out the details, find the dates and locations, check out the details here
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    Message posted by OldRex on 06/05/2015 00:50:38Report Post Report this
Paid a visit to this year's show this weekend, I was after a weekend tent and was keen to see the Vango Calder. In the event, I realised the attached canopy would probably niggle me as it was flapping around quite a bit - see photo There was a huge range of inflatable tents on display this year, mostly Outwell, Vango and Kampa. Personally I remain to be convinced by the concept, and 2 tents on display with deflated airbeams did not improve my opinion. However there were plenty of "normal" tents to look at too. There were also some classy Raclet trailer tents and some quality Robens canvas tents too. As always there was the huge marquee with every piece of camping equipment you could imagine. This last one always manages to extract some money from my wallet!
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    Message posted by micbrook on 13/05/2015 07:18:34Report Post Report this
Went last week for a look, knew we wanted an air tent but hadn't seen many before. These have a large range of air tents nevermind plenty of pole tents to look at. Staff we keen to offer advice and prices (of air tents at least) all seem to be at least 100 cheaper there than buying online. Went back yesterday after a few days of research/YouTube vids etc and came home with a most awesome tent with carpet and footprint. Can't wait to put it up over the weekend and have a play :) One happy camper.
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    Message posted by kirsty12 on 13/05/2015 14:33:55Report Post Report this
I love our annual trip to this show, we've been twice already!. Great service and always happy to answer questions. I've made some purchases, some unneeded!. It's been exceptionally busy this year compared to other years.
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    Message posted by AdminBob on 01/06/2015 12:40:01Report Post Report this
Hiya. The Codicote Show is now over, but fret not, they are currently setting up in Wokingham and this will open on 4th July Click here for full details
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    Message posted by micbrook on 01/06/2015 12:57:10Report Post Report this
and don't be afraid to ask! i bought tent and carpet and asked if could have the footprint for free. they did. can't grumble with that
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    Message posted by Mrfaize on 29/06/2015 22:33:50Report Post Report this
Any list of what tents are going to be displayed in Wokingham?
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