Highlights from the Caravan Club National, Cornbury Park
I got the chance to relive a piece of my childhood over the Spring Bank Holiday by attending the Caravan Club National at Cornbury Park in Oxfordshire.
It’s difficult to describe the scale of a National, but it’s like a small temporary town of caravans with a central hub of shops, an arena and marquees. I’ve been to Nationals when there were about 5,000 caravans and motorhomes from as far away as Cornwall and the Scottish Highlands. It’s a significant event in the caravanning calendar.
I would be lying if I said it was just the same as it’s always been. The Caravan Club has changed the event’s focus from being about the regional Centres into more of a commercial weekend designed to attract non-rallying members. Prices have gone up, the number of people attending has gone down – there were about 1,500 this year – and there’s less focus on the inter-Centre competitions that used to keep us in sports kit and cheering at the pitches all weekend.
However, the National still has a lot going for it. Here are our highlights from the event:
The MayDay Zone
With less sports competitions for families than when I was a teenager, the MayDay Zone kids club has really taken off. Tin Box Tot had a great time doing crafts, jumping on the bouncy castles and attempting to play crazy golf. There was also a climbing wall, cookery and a Wii for the older children and teens.
We had a lot of fun at this year’s National and it was interesting to see how it compared to my childhood memories. Next year the event is being held in Cheshire, which is a bit of a trek for us, but I’m sure we’ll attend another National sometime in the future.
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