ESCAPING to the great outdoors will be highlighted at this year's Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show as a new survey reveals leisure holidays are booming.
More than 17 million camping and caravanning trips were estimated to have been taken by UK adults in 2016, over 15 million of which were in Great Britain according to a report from Mintel.
Accommodation options ranged from yurts, safari tents and shepherd's huts to tiny two-berth mini and large luxury caravans, sophisticated motorhomes and holiday lodges.
The total number of trips taken is expected to rise to 17.9 million in 2017 and to over 21 million in 2020 with Mintel forecasting the UK camping and caravanning market will be worth over £3.2 billion by 2020.
Market drivers for camping, caravanning and motorhomes trips in recent years include a reduction in petrol prices and a desire for families to reconnect with the environment.
The NCC (National Caravan Council), the event arm of which runs the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show, estimates in the UK at present there are approximately 550,000 touring caravans, more than 205,000 motorhomes and 330,000 static caravan holiday homes in use, totalling over one million leisure vehicles.
This year's event will run at the Birmingham NEC from February 21 to 26 and will feature more than 350 leading leisure brands exhibiting caravans, motorhomes, campervans, trailer tents, folding campers, tents, caravan holiday homes, camping equipment and accessories.
A towing and manoeuvring skills area offers expert tuition for those new to caravanning and motorhome holidays as well as those who want to brush up on their techniques.
Throughout the six days of the show celebrity guests planned to attend include Countryfile and New Lives in the Wildpresenters, Ben Fogle, Kate Humble and Julia Bradbury who will be discussing their love of the great outdoors while new for 2017 will be bushcraft workshops where visitors can learn essential survival skills.
Advance ticket prices are from £7.00 per person and children 15 and under enter free.