I have been a bit tardy in updating this blog lately so I will try to do better!
As I said last time we had booked to camp at the Motorhome Show at Malvern and indeed we made it. We have been back a while now and I have to say it was a fabulous 5 day break at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcester. We were blown away by the number of outfits on site, over three thousand according to the organisers, plus all the latest Moho’s on show and lots and lots of trade stands (spent far too much!). It was exceedingly well organised and the whole event was disabled friendly and it was fun to see so many and varied ‘mobility’ scooters, wheelchairs, trikes and the like. One or two of the paths were made of rough gravel rather than the smooth Tarmac of most of them, which we thought would cause our powered wheelchair a few issues, but it coped very well. Most of the trade stands were wheelchair accessible too but some just had to be ‘perused’ on foot! The chair batteries lasted very well but needed charging towards Sunday evening.
The ‘Western’ theme of the event was a bit of a surprise as we assumed it meant the ‘West’ of England, but no it was a ‘Western’ themed event with all the trimmings. There were many people fully dressed and equipped for the free evening entertainment which was obviously ‘Country & Western’, and the authenticity of their costumes was fantastic. The evening entertainment was a very pleasant surprise especially as Irene and I weren’t really C&W fans, due mainly to always associating it with ‘line dancing’ which we don’t like much, but the quality of the performers was outstanding. Each evening we made our way into one of the three halls and sat down near the bar and we always found someone at our table willing to chat and they were very accommodating of the wheelchair. Everyone was very friendly and during the day on Sunday we bumped into Angel and Gary and had a chat and they informed us of their ‘Weekenders Motorcaravan club’ which were having a rally at the show. We had only considered joining in with the Camping and Caravan Club lot, but their area was already fully booked so it was nice to know there were other smaller groups having a rally together. On the Sunday evening we took up Angel’s invite to join the ‘Weekenders’ at their table and we were made to feel very welcome. It was this level of friendliness, of the people and staff, that made this event so enjoyable. To cap it all the bar prices were reasonable too! We are looking forward to returning to this event next year and some more rallies as soon as we can. Angel advised us of another event that many of this weekends attendees are also going to, which is the 10 day C&W festival at Braen Sands at the end of September. We have booked a few days there at Northam Farm and this time we will be taking the dogs!
As soon as we got home we joined the ‘Weekenders’ and we are looking forward to our first rally with them