Adventure Overland & Travel Show, Stratford Upon Avon, 25-27th September 2015

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Our MotorhomeFun basecamp at the show

Our MotorhomeFun basecamp at the show: making friends enjoying a meal

I am going to take a little break from documenting our summer road trip to share with my faithful readers this lovely event that took place this weekend at Stratford Upon Avon, Warwickshire, England.

View of town from show grounds

View of town from show grounds

We were cordially invited to attend this event by the motorhome365/motorhomefun community, which we joined online earlier this year, and we had been looking forward to it even since we got the tickets a few months ago and it certainly didn’t disappoint.

A nicely converted 4x4.  It's got adventure written all over it

A nicely converted 4×4. It’s got adventure written all over it

This is a major national outdoor show for all kinds of alternative travel and holidays, including motorbikes, 4x4s, trucks, unimogs, RVs and any other type of vehicle you can think of. I was awe-struck by the multitude of innovative design and imagination gone into producing these magnificent and cool methods of transport for just about any kind of need. It really is a case of ‘any which way you can’ to make your dream holiday/trip/adventure/trek a reality: if it had wheels, it was there. I had never seen anything like it and, once again, my camera was working overtime trying to capture all these vehicles transformed into some sort of comfortable home on wheels for the brave, the spirited and the adventurous.

This unimog caught my eye

This truck caught my eye

And how about this one for humour?

And how about this one for humour?

Dare you get closer?

Dare you get closer?

More inspiring set-ups

More inspiring set-ups

And this one?

And this one?

Take your pick

Take your pick

Really spoilt for choice!

Really spoilt for choice!

And there is wild cooking too!

And there is wild cooking too!

You'll be safe up there from snakes!

You’ll be safe up there from snakes!

Apart from the vehicles themselves, we were also very keen to meet face to face all the wonderful people we have met over the last few months on the motorhome365 forum and it was lovely to put faces to names and have a proper conversation. Meeting people online and having virtual friends is all very well and good, but you can never substitute the pleasure of seeing them in real life and having a laugh sharing experiences over some food and drinks.

The faces behind the forum chat.  Nice to meet you all!

The faces behind the forum chat. Nice to meet you all!

Ready for the communal meal

Ready for the communal BBQ

Various activities were organised by our friendly hosts – David, Sylvie, Nigel and Pamela – for everyone to join in and I particularly enjoyed the BBQ and Jacobs/American table to which everyone brought a dish, either savoury or sweet or both to share, as well as Sunday morning Bacon Butties and coffee, cake and chat sessions. It all went very well and a good time was had by all, with the added bonus of some magnificent weather that couldn’t have been more perfect for the occasion.

Meal in full swing

BBQ meal in full swing

A very well equipped base for us all to enjoy

A very well equipped base for us all to enjoy

A sneaky peep inside

A sneaky peep inside with delicious food on the tables

I must also mention there was a prize (nice bottle of whisky) for the motorhome that had travelled the furthest to get there and, guess who won it? Yes, you’re right: yours truly: 150.625 miles (241km) from Bognor Regis to Stratford’s Race Course, with good old Adonis at the wheel. I’m so proud of him for driving all that distance in heavy traffic after a hard day’s work! He more than deserves that bottle and I’m sure he’ll enjoy it soon enough.

I loved the inside of this RV.  Thanks Sue for showing me around!

I loved the inside of this RV. Thanks, Sue, for showing me around!

More wonders!

More wonders!

And they just keep coming!

And they just keep coming!

Getting bigger!

Getting bigger!

Enjoying a walk with Beano round perimeter

Enjoying a walk with Beano round perimeter

An alternative kind of town!

An alternative kind of town!

You just have to love this!

You just have to love this!

I am already looking forward to next year’s gathering!!!

And it was sunny, warm and with blue skies!

And it was sunny, warm and with blue skies!

11 responses »

    • Thank you for reading, hpold. I was sorry not to meet you there. I took camping guide for you and left it with Merle. I’m not sure about the chef competition; I don’t think there was one. I think Big E won the Name the Car, but can’t remember who won the Name the Band. You’d better check with Pamela as she did the presentations. I hope you can make it next time! 🙂

    • Hi Chris,

      So sorry you couldn’t make it. Sometimes life just gets in the way of the things we really want to do. It was our first time and we loved it. Hope you can make it next year too. Keep in touch. 🙂

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