Thousands turn out for Elddis open weekend
Monday, 19, Sep 2016 10:39
by Ed Davies
To trek hundreds of miles to Durham to see Elddis's latest ranges can seem daunting for some but that is exactly what thousands of spectators have done this weekend, reflecting just how popular their factory openings are becoming
This time around the show fell on one of the hottest September weekends in living memory and it saw Elddis's factory car park lined with rows of caravans parked neatly as enthusiasts perused eagerly through each vehicle.
Caravan fans thronged around the show, to see the impressive all-new 2017 season ranges by Elddis, Compass, Xplore and Buccaneer, with their company flags standing tall at the fronts of each vehicle.
Speaking to some of the 4,000 caravan fans that turned out for the event, we came across a Bournemouth couple, who had travelled 350 miles to the Elddis factory car park, in Consett, County Durham.
They were first time Elddis buyers and wanted a greater feel for what they were buying. They told us it was a fantastic day and had been well worth the journey.
They were hardly alone as the event, now in its fourth year, is quickly becoming a feature in the caravanner calendar.
Another family from Edinburgh also came with their two young children. They were first time buyers and were blown away by a new 8ft wide Avanti they saw.
That is the feeling of these regional shows; family-oriented, relaxed but still for caravan enthusiasts eager to see their favourite models.
But this was not the only attraction on the day as experts were on hand from the Camping and Caravanning Club and The Caravan Club to give handy snippets of advice.
Information sessions on towing and motorhome maneuvering were also given.
Families could take a guided tour of the production factory, enabling them to see how Elddis's multi-award-winning models are designed and produced.