The Caravan Club assists Gadget Man with staycation


Richard Ayoade, presenter of Channel 4’s Gadget Man set each week with the “noble quest” to find gadgets that can help with the “bothersome tasks of everyday life”.

Back in the spring, filming started for an episode called ‘Staycation’ for which Richard, along with guest presenter for that week, Phill Jupitus, stayed in caravans on the beautiful Kent campsite.

Viewers of the show will know that the programme purposely challenges Richard in order to make things “tricky” and often amusing. This saw Richard and Phill arrive at Black Horse Farm Caravan Club Site on a reclining tandem bike, for Phill to be met with a state-of-the-art, high-spec, Tripbuddy caravan and for Richard to be told he was staying in the world’s smallest caravan!

The Staycation episode is due to air on Channel 4 on Monday 8 September at 20.30 and promises to be a humorous look into the world of holidaying in the UK.

The billing is as follows: With the combined horror of picnics, days out and bracing walks in the countryside looming, Richard turns to comedian Phill Jupitus to hold his hand through his ‘trial by leisure’.  Gadgets are, of course, central to surviving his UK break and the two holidaymakers enjoy a haul of tech that ranges from 360 degree cameras to 300-litre rucsacks and a pair of trousers that casually transform into a picnic table!

Back at home Richard’s technical team were sourcing contraptions that would allow him to visit a local attraction from the comfort of the visitor car park and join Phill on a taxing country hike, without expending any of his valuable energy.

Director of Marketing for The Caravan Club, Tony Hall, says “The Caravan Club was delighted to be part of the filming for the Staycation episode of Gadget Man, as it highlights caravanning to a new audience.

Also the use of a cherry red Tripbuddy, which comes jam-packed with gadgets as standard, demonstrates that today’s caravans are available in a wide variety of designs, specs and colours, challenging the misconception that all caravans are white and uncool.

While the show may be light-hearted and entertaining, it is watched by a large number of people and is first and foremost an informative programme, so this opportunity positioned caravanning as great way to experience a holiday in the UK.”

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Notes to editors

The Caravan Club is Europe’s premier touring organisation representing over one million caravanners, motor caravanners and trailer tenters.  The Caravan Club has been providing people with the means to enjoy touring holidays since 1907 and offers a wealth of products, information and services, bespoke for caravanners.

Black Horse Farm Caravan Club site is set in the heart of the Kentish Downs. It is a quiet and relaxing site, ideally suited for families wishing to visit the many historic local attractions while also being ideally placed for one night stays prior to a trip to the Continent, due to its close proximity to Folkestone and Dover.

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