The Friendly Club welcomes TV star to NEC Boat & Caravan Show

Television personality Julia Bradbury will be a guest of The Camping and Caravanning Club at this month’s Boat & Caravan Show at the NEC Birmingham.

The Countryfile presenter and outdoors enthusiast will be present on The Club’s New to Camping Stand (300) on Tuesday, February 23.

Countryfile, BBC One’s Sunday evening primetime series, was re-launched with Bradbury at the helm alongside Matt Baker and on January 24 saw over 7.3 million viewers tune in.

Bradbury is also known for presenting BBC One’s Watchdog as well as other series including Wainwright’s Walks, Railway Walks and The Rough Guide to … on Channel Five.

Last summer Bradbury also completed the ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ challenge where she was amongst 12 celebrities racing against time to raise money for Children in Need.

Last year she officially endorsed The Club’s New to Camping campaign and is delighted to be involved again at the UK’s biggest outdoor leisure show.

She said: “It is fantastic to see that The Camping and Caravanning Club’s New to Camping campaign is still going from strength-to-strength since its launch last May.

“I’ve seen and spoken to a lot of people whilst on location filming across the country and everyone seems to share that real enthusiasm and hunger for camping.

“I’m looking forward to hearing and sharing more stories with the show visitors.”

Show-goers will also be able to seek expert advice, get involved in demonstrations and enter competitions on the New to Camping Stand.

There will also be the opportunity to win a brand new Bailey Pegasus 534 Caravan thanks to Club Care Insurance on The Club’s Main Stand (5295).

Meanwhile, to tie in with the Easter opening of the new Gulliver’s Milton Keynes Club Site, Gulliver’s Theme Park characters will be entertaining the children on the Saturday and Sunday of The Show.

The Boat & Caravan Show is taking place from February 23 to 28. To book your tickets call 0844 581 3000 or visit:

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Editorial Notes:

  1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 109-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 20 Camping and Caravanning Touring Sites and six Cabin Sites.
  2. New to Camping was launched on Monday, May 18, 2009 and incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.
  3. National awards include:
  • AA Campsite of the Year Heart of England 2010 – Teversal Club Site
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly Facilities Overall Trophy Winner
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Category National Award Winner (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly National Award Winner (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Attendant Team National Award Winner (Glencoe Club Site – Scotland)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - ‘Champions League’ – Standards of Excellence
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Teversal Club Site (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Dunbar Club Site (Scotland)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Verwood Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Inverewe Gardens Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Horsley Club Site (Silver)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Delamont Country Park (Silver)
  • Which Motorcaravan Site of the Year Runner-Up – Little Trethvas Farm CS
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  • MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site
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