2015-02-232015-02-23 Campervan Hire East Midlands
Campervan Hire East Midlands
The Midlands is close to the geographical centre of England, and this group of counties includes the regions of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. You will find fantastic tourist destinations such as the Peak District and Sherwood Forest. What the counties all have in common is easy access to the handily located East Midlands Airport. They are also perfect motorhome touring destinations; user-friendly smaller cities, surrounded by scenic countryside. Get on the road in an East Midlands motorhome rental and connect with the real England.
Compare East Midlands camper rental brands
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Things to do and see in the East Midlands
Close to East Midlands Airport is Donington Park, a motorsport circuit that is the home of the British Motorcycle Grand Prix and other premier events. You can book track driving experiences, or visit the on-site museum, which hosts the Grand Prix Exhibit - the largest collection of Grand Prix cars in the world.
In the city of Nottingham, visit the Galleries of Justice Museum. You can explore the old courthouse and gaol with a tour that will tell you the gruesome history of crime and punishment in the city. Below street level, tour the cells and dungeons and learn of the appalling conditions for prisoners in days gone by.
Chatsworth House in Derbyshire is one of Britain’s great stately homes. Its gardens, designed by Capability Brown, are described as being among the country’s best and most vibrant. Chatsworth House has featured in several movies, as Mr. Darcy’s home in a 2005 adaption of Pride and Prejudice and in The Duchess starring Kiera Knightley.
Food and drink in the East Midlands
Deep in the East Midlands, between Nottingham and Leicester, you will find Melton Mowbray, the self-acclaimed Rural Capital of Food. It is host to the annual East Midlands Food Festival and has a lively farmers market. As you drive around the district, look out for signs on farm gates for Long Clawson Dairy - this is a co-operative of farmers who are the largest producers of Stilton cheese in the world. Also on the region’s highways and byways, near the village of Stathern, you will find what just might be the most perfect rural pub, the Red Lion Inn. Whilst there, order a pint of Blue Brew, by Belvoir Brewery in nearby Old Dalby. This ale uses stilton whey in the brewing process. Back in the big smoke of Nottingham, Mem Saab is a multi-award winning Indian restaurant, which is a cut above your standard curry house.
Where to stay in the East Midlands, motorhome accommodation
The Golden Sands Holiday Park in Lincolnshire has so much to do, you may never want to leave. It is situated with a long sand dune-backed beach just across the road, as well as heated indoor and outdoor pools with water slides, inside the park. It also offers bikes, go-karts, ten-pin bowling and a ropes course. Inland in Derbyshire, and somewhat lower-key, is the Common End Farm, which has handy access to the Southern Peak District National Park.
East-Midlands Road Trips
Using East Midlands Airport as a starting point for exploring ‘Middle England’ makes a lot of sense. Pick up your van and make your first stop the town of Loughborough, just 15 minutes’ driving time away. This is a university town with a famous bell-tower. You are just over half an hour from the true Midlands city of Birmingham, which is well connected by the motorway system for travelling in any direction to discover the rest of England. Catch a Premier League game involving Aston Villa if you get the chance.
Leeds, to the North is another city worth visiting and the gateway to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Driving Tips for the Midlands
If you are heading towards Birmingham and the infamous Spaghetti Junction, be aware it does get very congested at peak times and holiday weekends – avoid if you can.