Thainstone to host Scottish Caravan and Camping Show

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT: Tourists take advantage of the sunny weather at the beach of the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, 500 kilometers east of Cairo in the Sinai Peninsula 24 July 2005. Many tourists have remained in the area, despite 88 people were reportedly killed, including foreign tourists, in a string of bomb attacks that rocked the resort early 23 July. AFP PHOTO/EITAN ABRAMOVICH (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)
SHARM EL-SHEIKH, EGYPT: Tourists take advantage of the sunny weather at the beach of the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh, 500 kilometers east of Cairo in the Sinai Peninsula 24 July 2005. Many tourists have remained in the area, despite 88 people were reportedly killed, including foreign tourists, in a string of bomb attacks that rocked the resort early 23 July. AFP PHOTO/EITAN ABRAMOVICH (Photo credit should read EITAN ABRAMOVICH/AFP/Getty Images)

The North-east is to get a major new leisure show which will be the first of its type outside the Central Belt.

Plans are well under way to hold the Scottish Caravan & Camping Show 2011 in June at the Thainstone Centre near Inverurie in Aberdeenshire.

The two-day event will also feature the Grampian Outdoor Leisure Show as part of a bid to offer something for all ages and take advantage of the boom in stay-at-home outdoor holidays.

It is a new venture for the ANM Group, which is one of the UK’s biggest and most progressive farm co-operatives and owns the 25-acre Thainstone site. The complex, housing livestock auction rings, restaurants and a variety of businesses, was built 21-years ago and is the biggest agricultural centre of its kind in Europe.

It has already enjoyed success through hosting the long-running Taste of Grampian food festival, which attracts crowds of up to 14,000.

That has convinced the ANM Group there is a market for more events as part of a wide ranging diversification programme for the site. A similar event is held in Glasgow but major manufacturers and dealers have been keen for an annual showcase further north.

The show will take place on the afternoon and evening of Friday, June 17 and all day on Saturday June 18.

A special rally campsite will be set up at Thainstone for the weekend to allow visitors from further afield to come and stay for the event.

Campsite residents will be allowed to stay on for Thainstone’s popular Sunday Market and live entertainment is being provided over the weekend.

The event has already attracted a principal sponsor in major Scottish caravan dealer, Dyce Caravans of Aberdeen.

Kenneth Cumming, the sales director of Dyce Caravans, said: “As the major retailer of caravans and motorhomes in the North of Scotland, we are delighted to be the main sponsor for this exciting new event.”

He added: “A growing number of people are enjoying the benefits and freedom that holidays in a touring caravan or motorhome can offer.  A show like this will promote these benefits to a wider audience of those disillusioned with the package holiday and airport delays.

“I am sure the show will become a must visit annual event in the diary of more experienced caravanners.”

Further show details are available on the website: www.caravancampingshow.com