Dear Fellow Motorhomer,
July and it is again possible to tour in our motorhomes. UK campsites are back open and tour Directors Nurcan and Kevin Griffiths have been out and about travelling along the North Devon coast. Their experiences are they were certainly not alone in taking advantage of the reduced restrictions, with many campsites visited being close to full, particularly over the weekends. Whilst not everything is back to normal and individual care must still be taken seriously, travelling in one’s own motorhome is about the safest form of touring in these current circumstances, particularly when using your motorhomes on-board facilities rather than the campsite blocks.
Continental travel restrictions are also being reduced making foreign travel once again possible. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice for British citizens is no longer ‘against all but essential travel’ for over 50 listed countries of which almost all European countries are included. Additionally, returning from any of these countries does not require quarantine upon arriving back in the UK. GB Motorhome Tours is hopeful this will allow for some touring to take place throughout the Autumn, albeit changes will be required to the format of tours and maybe also the destinations possible to reach. Tours will need to fit with both UK and local regulations and most importantly, maintain social distancing for all participants. Information is starting to become available of how the summer season is progressing across Europe and this is beginning to provide a good basis for making tour decisions. Those who have bookings for this September tours received an update email a couple of weeks ago and final decisions on these tours are expected to be taken soon. Regarding these tours it has already been decided that those with bookings for September will be left to make their own decision if travel at this time is right for them. If they prefer to defer joining a tour they may switch their booking to a later date with deposits being moved in full. GB Motorhome Tours feel it is important, that in the current situation individuals are able to make their own choices without any pressure of suffering a financial penalty for not travelling.
Throughout the UK at this time of year the big outdoor motorhome shows are usually taking place. Unfortunately, the Norfolk show planned for the end of July at the Norwich showground is now cancelled. However, some better news is the Peterborough (re-arranged from spring) and Malvern events will take place. The exhibition areas and camping at the showgrounds will be available for 3 days, albeit the usual bars and evening entertainment will not be a feature for this year. All exhibitors will be located outdoors and spaciously positioned to allow for social distancing, visitors should be able to feel comfortable attending.
GB Motorhome Tours wish to support these events and will be at the Peterborough show for the 3 days (Friday 31/07 – Sunday 02/08/2020). Do come along and see us where a number of our Tour Directors will be in attendance to chat to, our stand is number 72.
The Malvern event (Friday 14/08 – Sunday 16/08/2020) has only just been confirmed, GB Motorhome Tours are yet to finalise arrangements for this but are hoping to attend.
Entry to both events is free for day visitor (pre-registration required, click on the images above for this) and £30 for 3 nights camping (bookable in advance, again click on the above images to arrange this).
In these continuing changeable times it is good that motorhome travel is once again possible, with the opportunity of spending time outdoors with like-minded people. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John