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Blog posted on 8th March 2017 by Steve Danby
The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show takes place once a year and this year was hosted at Birmingham NEC for one week running between 21-26 February.
The show is said to be the best place to get holiday inspiration from. If you're looking for tents or modern motorhomes, luxurious touring caravans or compact camper vans and spacious lodges, they have everything to make a fantastic getaway! This year in fact, was a record breaking year for attendance, which was fantastic for both us and our client, Peachy Productions, who asked us to create a bespoke piece of play equipment for the exhibition.
Peachy Productions are a production company supplying lighting, themes and sound equipment for private and corporate events, and have worked on big events across the UK from the Football Business Awards to a bespoke Bollinger tent at Twickenham.
The company were contracted in by The NCC - who is the UK trade body for the tourer, motorhome, caravan holiday home and park home industries - to design, build and run the five feature areas throughout the show. Therefore, they were on the lookout for a company to help them create a bespoke free standing adventure trail to showcase at the event. Of course, we were excited to be a part of the project and couldn't wait to get started!
The requirements of the play trail was to accommodate children ages 5-13 years old to enjoy while their parents were walking around the exhibition or having a break during the day.
The site itself was a concrete based floor, so when we were drawing up the designs, we had to be very mindful of all health and safety requirements, ensuring the prevention of accidents. However, the trail was supervised throughout its use, too, which gave everyone peace of mind.
The finished piece, which we named the 'Woodland Assault Course' included an A frame scramble net with ladders, an up and down balance beam maze and a crawl through tunnel with a cargo net roof. The adventure trail also included:
We included all of the different elements to create a challenge for the children, not only to keep them occupied for free at the bustling event, but to also encourage engagement with other children and increase agility, co-ordination and most importantly, confidence.
We'd like to thank Phillip French and everyone at Peachy Productions for allowing us to be a part of this fantastic project; we loved every minute of it!