Camping And Caravanning Club National Rally Comes To Hickstead


The Camping and Caravanning Club’s biggest annual camping rally, the National Feast of Lanterns - or NFOL for short - is heading to Hickstead in West Sussex for four days from 24-28 August 2017.

Hickstead, near Crawley, is the home of the All England Jumping Course, a world famous equestrian sports centre that’s best known for its iconic International Arena. For the duration of the NFOL rally, the wider Hickstead showground will be transformed into a pop-up campsite to accommodate more than 1000 tents, caravans and motorhomes.

The NFOL dates back to 1921, when it was first held at Deep Dene, Dorking - just 20 miles from this year’s event. Based on a Chinese tradition, members were encouraged to decorate their tents with hand-made lanterns. In the years since, it has grown to be the Club’s biggest annual event.

Each year, the NFOL takes on a new theme as it travels around the Club’s twelve Regions of Great Britain. This year’s theme, ‘A Day at The Races’, will see hundreds of visitors don racing themed gear at the ever-popular Mardi Gras parade. The event joins another popular tradition, the lighting-up parade, where members decorate their units in spectacular street scenes, which continue to be celebrated today.

Children’s activities include balloon modelling from Clown Bluey and Clown Flossie while fairground rides, a climbing wall and dodgems will keep them entertained across each day of the show. For adults, there’s music from vocal talent Lianna, while Abba Inferno, one of the UK’s best and longest established ABBA tribute bands, will provide entertainment long into the evening.

There will also be a large trade area for campers to stock up on important camping supplies, while staff from Club HQ will take-up residency in the Admin Marquee, with the Membership and Technical teams on hand to answer rally-goers’ questions.

This year’s event presents great value for money with four nights camping starting from just £72. Members have the option to extend their stay in the area thanks to a series of Meets and Temporary Holiday Sites, run by the Club’s local groups. Crowborough Club Site is also within an hour’s drive of the showground.

Members of the Federation Internationale de L’Automobiles (FIA) are attending the NFOL for the third year. Thanks to the Club’s membership of the international motoring body, it’s able to extend access to a new audience, outside of its base of 750,000 members in the UK.

For those also keen to explore the local area, Hickstead is very close to the rolling hills, pretty villages and beautiful coastal stretches of the South Downs National Park.

Robert Louden MBE, the Club’s Director General, said: “The NFOL is a proud Club tradition and I know members in the South Eastern Region are looking forward to putting on a great show.

“I’d like to thank the volunteers of the Organising Committee for their hard work in planning the event and booking such great entertainment – there’ll be something for everyone.”

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Posted: 14 Aug 2017