Despite three months of snow, high winds and almost unbroken rainfall, the National Motorhome and Caravan Show, April 20-22, opened here at East of England Arena and Events Centre on Friday, thanks in large part to a million pound investment in infrastructure improvements, including better drainage, road resurfacing, security cameras, outdoor power distribution and new car parking spaces.
Sally Dodds, head of events at Warners, organiser of the show, praised the East of England Arena staff saying, “We’ve worked intensively with the arena grounds team over the last few months, watching the venue endure some of the worst weather imaginable. The improvements to the site drainage and roadway surfaces have been instrumental in allowing our show to go ahead exactly as planned.”
Dodds continued, “This is the UK’s largest motorhome show, and it marks the start of the touring season, so it’s crucial for the site to be ready for the expected 10,000 day visitors and 6,000 campers, and to remain in good condition for the duration. Thanks to the team and the investment in the grounds, we’re confident it’s going to be a great show.”
Ryan Moroney, head of operations at East of England Arena, confirmed that the investments in infrastructure were certainly paying dividends, saying, “Over the last 18 months we’ve secured a number of long term agreements with festivals, consumer events and trade shows including Plantworx, Truckfest and Festival of Antiques, that require us to plan at least six years into the future. The confidence our clients are showing in the venue is due in part to our programme of investment. We've been able to demonstrate a long-term commitment to continuous improvement of the venue facilities, teams and infrastructure, and our clients see the benefits of long-term planning and the exceptional service they receive from our grounds and venue teams."