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Choose Leisure
The UK's first dedicated motorhome broker

Choose Leisure Limited
The Showroom
Howfield Lane/A28
Chartham, Canterbury
Kent CT4 7HG [map]

To avoid narrow lanes approach from A28

01227 733557


Open 7 days a week
Summer Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm
Sun 10am-5pm
Winter Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Sun 10am-4pm



Choose Leisure Motorhomes, South East: Latest News



Best of British!


Let's get this show on the road! The new '19 registrations have arrived and both our British brands have been announced as award winners for 2019.


The season kicks off with Auto-Sleepers being titled 'Best Manufacturer' according to the Practical Motorhomes Owner Satisfaction Awards while the Bailey Alliance 59-2 and the Bailey Autograph 79-4T achieve top awards in the Caravan and Motorhome Club's Motorhome Design Awards.


See which models from these brilliant British brands we have in our showroom right now or speak to someone in Sales about any other models we can order for you: 01227 733557.



Visit Us at the NEC 19th-24th February


Inspired by the newest ‘selfie’ category in the British Photography Awards - here we are at the national Caravan, Camping & Motorhome show, NEC Birmingham. Maybe not a winning photo but certainly a winning team! Visit us on the Auto-Sleepers stand (3150) and the Bailey stand (3020) for a ‘snapshot’ of what we can do for you.


The Adventures of Mowgli


Mowgli the Spaniel has had many motorhoming adventures over the years but recently came back to buy the luxurious Auto-Sleeper Stanton for himself and owner, Les.


Mowgli tells us from his new bed, "It is nice and spacious which is very important for enjoying a good sleep after a walk in the sunshine".

Dominic hands over the keys to Mowgli's new Stanton




Prioritising... Paul makes sure that his cardboard cutout of Kylie Minogue doesn't get left behind.


Right, Sharon (Finance Assistant) and Gary (Finance Manager) join us to make the new finance team.

Expanding... Upwards!


In the words of pop group 'M People', we're moving on up... nothing can stop us!


Having recently expanded our upstairs store rooms into bright and airy open-plan offices, Paul, Jenny, Dominic and Molly move up to their new homes to make more space downstairs.



A Choose Leisure Winter Sale like never before on both our new and used motorhomes... Click here to see more


An early Christmas present...


Caz and Rod brought baby Arthur to see us for the first time this morning - and what a gorgeous little bundle he is! We're sure Caz will miss doing the accounts and payroll but it looks like she'll have her hands full for a while - enjoy your maternity leave Caz!


Wishing all our customers and suppliers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


Buongiorno! Come along to our Fusion Launch Weekend for exclusive offers and an Italian-British "fusion" of festive treats



Awesome Autumn Offers here.... Don't miss out!


Bigger, Better & Back in the UK

They're here at last! The long-awaited Fusion range is on our pitch in time for the sunny weekend so come and look around all five models in one place or view our stock now.

Tried and trusted Italian manufacturer McLouis have made the all new Fusion range exclusively for British brand Auto-Sleepers for their move back to the UK. Built with practicality in mind, the huge rear garages and fixed beds mean that your Fusion is ready for the next holiday when you are...





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Motorhome & Caravan Show 2018

We're back from the NEC after an impressive show but there is no time to rest.. It's all-go back at base with the arrival of the new McLouis Fusion motorhomes being delivered throughout the week. Watch this space!


L to R: Dave Williams (A/S Sales Director) with our NEC team; Jason, Dom, Paul, Charlotte, Carla, Jonathan


Choose Adventure!

We love it when customers share their incredible trips with us. This week we received some photos that make us a little envious... Andy and Bev have travelled 2,500 miles from Dover to Budapest in their Auto-Sleeper Winchcombe, "Charlie", visiting seven countries along the way.

From the Netherlands to the Alps, I'm told the sun followed them right to the last day. You can't ask for more than that, can you?!

Andy, Bev and Charlie, ready to go!

...And relax! The first night of the adventure

Stunning views over Budapest



We're Now a Vango Awning Dealer

Vango awnings are stylish, compact and easy to assemble. We've got the Kela model on display along with a variety of camping furniture so pop in and see how it looks in the flesh.

We can order any model you'd like - just speak to someone in Service for advice: 01227 733557




Daily Bailey Deals

We've got Bailey deals and we've got them daily! Summer isn't over but, just incase the weather doesn't agree, we've moved our brand new Bailey motorhomes into our showroom. Shelter from the British summer and see us for our deal of the day along with a fantastic finance offer until the end of September only.



Last Week of Auto-Sleepers August

The bank holiday marked the FINAL weekend of Auto-Sleepers August. You may have missed the BBQ but our incredible August deals are here to stay until Friday.

Come and find out how we can make your 'Best of British' dream a reality!

Above: Paul Santos (Choose Leisure MD) & Dave Williams (Auto-Sleepers Sales Director)



It's raining - at last! It's come as a shock to us all but Auto-Sleepers August is in full swing so it won't dampen our spirits!



Plans Change... Just Go!


Wayne and Louise (right) have just started their adventures together in their brand new Bailey Autograph 79-6. Louise is no stranger to motorhoming life having previously converted her own van into the fondly nicknamed "Pampervan" to take to festivals (she was the one with eyelashes on the headlights apparently - in case any of you spotted her!).


It turns out that Wayne has always wanted a motorhome too so, when they met again a few years ago, having dated back when they were teens, (how romantic is that?!) their fate as motorhomers was sealed.

We chatted about plans for the summer but Louise told it perfectly...


"Don't make plans because plans change... Just go!"

Wayne & Louise in their new Bailey Autograph




Sunday 3rd June


It’s all gone - we’ve given away the whole £10K!


However, as there’s only one day left, Dom and the sales team have persuaded Paul to add another £3K!!


So, if you’re thinking of buying, today’s the day - Paul’s gone crazy so why don’t you?



ONLY £1500 LEFT!!!


10 Years ~ 10 Days ~ £10K

We seem to have an in-house Pastry Chef... looking good Carla!



Happy Birthday to Us!

Our own 10th birthday parties are in the long and distant past, but we can't wait to celebrate Choose Leisure's in a more grown up style with bubbly and BBQs on the weekends

(although, no proper birthday is complete without cake, obviously!).

And to show our appreciation to all our customers, we've got £10,000 in discounts to give away to anyone who purchases a motorhome during the 10 days.

Buy early to claim your share!

10 Years~10 Days~£10K


Friday 25th May


Sunday 3rd June




Getting Our Paws on the London Marathon

Our tortoise gets around these days and this weekend he was lucky enough to run around the London Marathon with the lovely Nikki (the hare!). She crossed the line in a very respectable time, despite the record-breaking heat, and raised over £4000 in aid of the Animal Health Trust.

Congratulations Nikki, thanks for the ride!




Way Back When...


Our site on the corner of Howfield Lane on the A28 used to be Chartham Fuel Station so we compared the photos (circa 1960 and today) to see how much has changed in 60 years. (Photographs of old fuelling station courtesy of 'Canterbury remembering it as it was' Facebook page.)




It's a Happy Easter at Choose Leisure


We're feeling like the season is really kicking off so we're having some fun this long Easter weekend. Pop into our showroom for some Easter treats and, to make things more exciting if you buy a motorhome, try your luck at our brand new Spin the Wheel! Prizes range from handy motorhome supplies to an Avtex TV. Visit our showroom to find out more!





Congratulations Millie and Brett!

Look who popped in to see us...

We were delighted to see triple Paralympic medalists Millie Knight and Brett Wild who came to show off their trio of medals they brought home for Great Britain.

We're really proud to have sponsored her in the build up to the 2018 Winter Paralympics.


Trying the Auto-Sleeper Symbol for size

Not sure our gym is quite up to the level they're used to...!



Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show 2018


Charlotte made her debut on the Bailey stand at the NEC in Birmingham this February.



What a Show!

We're back from the Motorhome & Caravan Show and what a show it was.

A HUGE thank you to all who visited (despite the storm!) Paul, Dominic and Jonathan on the Auto-Sleepers stand and Joe on the Bailey stand. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.

Above: The Choose Leisure boys think they're rock-stars in their team photo at the NEC!



Have You Heard..?

Written in-house and performed by Jenny (Director), Caroline (Accounts) and Ann-Louise (Sales Admin), we now have our very own jingle. You can hear it at the end of our Smooth Radio adverts, or give it a listen here.



We Have Become a Preferred Dealer

We're proud to have become one of The Camping and Caravanning Club's Preferred Dealers for South East England.

The Club has chosen us as a Preferred Dealer because of our strong Customer Feedback and our exclusive offers to Club members throughout the year. Read more about our current offer here or pop in to see us for more information about The Camping and Caravanning Club.



Postcard from a Devon in Yorkshire...

We love receiving photos from our customers. Thank you to Chris who sent us this photo of her Devon Aztec (or 'Devina' as we hear she is more affectionately called!) on the Yorkshire Moors.



Congratulations to our Cricket Bat Winners!


Ian and Debbie (and Douglas the dog!) are the proud winners of our cricket bat, donated and signed by the Kent County Cricket Club Team. They visited us to collect it before setting off on an adventure round the West Coast of Scotland in the Autotrail Tracker they bought from us at the UK Summer Motorhome and Caravan Show this year at Detling.



An Extra Special Birthday

We knew that it was Mrs Reynolds' birthday so, in true Choose Leisure style, we decided with Mr Reynolds that we would surprise her with a huge purple bow and bunch of flowers when they came to collect their brand new Auto-Sleepers Nuevo. Happy Motorhoming!

Pictured above: Carla and Charlotte wishing Mrs Reynolds a Happy BIrthday



Choose Leisure's Best of British Celebration Event

We had another amazing weekend of sunny weather for our Best of British Event. The BBQ Bangers, Beers and Bakes went down a treat!



Choose Leisure at the UK Summer Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017

The sun was shining and we feel like the season is well and truly underway after a great weekend at the UK Summer Motorhome and Caravan Show at Detling again.



Starting to fill up our new space!


We Are Expanding!

In 2011, when we took the huge step of buying our current showroom, workshops and forecourt, we gave up half of our previous site next door, thinking we’d never need it again - little did we know! We’ve been bursting at the seams recently so are delighted to have taken that site back over again giving us another huge workshop and masses more forecourt space.

It’s exciting to have reached another Choose Leisure milestone and we’re so proud of our staff, and thankful to our customers, who have helped to make this possible. We can’t wait to get in there and fill it up!

Above: Mark takes down the boundary fence


Pretty in Pink

We knew how much it meant to Roy and Anita to finally come and collect their Autotrail Cheyenne 630 SE (or 'Minnie Winnie' as I believe she's now called!) so we made sure that Minnie was looking her absolute best in a big pink bow. Wishing you both many happy holidays from all of us here.



Choose Leisure wins GOLD in the 2017 Practical Motorhome Owner Satisfaction Awards!

We would like to say THANK YOU to all of our fantastic customers who reviewed us for the awards this year. As if our glowing Customer Feedback page wasn't enough, we now have a gold award to show off how hard we work to make sure that your experience with us is an easy, enjoyable and exciting one.

We wish each and every one of you many more happy holidays and adventures.

Happy Motorhoming!



Spring has Sprung at

Choose Leisure

The daffodils are out and the season is well and truly underway, and now that the clocks have changed we have switched to our Summer Opening Hours:

Mon - Sat: 9am - 5:30pm

Sun: 10am - 5pm


Show Offers Continue Throughout March

After a record-breaking February show at the NEC, we are extending our NEC motorhome show offers throughout March. This will apply to all new stock Auto-Sleepers ordered on the new ‘17 plate. It’s nice and simple, just come and tell us what we need to do in the form of discount or part exchange price (it’s one or the other, you can’t have both!) and if we can possibly do it, we will. There, told you it was simple….see you soon.





There's No Business Like Show Business!

This February's Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at the NEC turned out to be a record-breaker, so a BIG thank you to those of you who came to see us (despite storm Doris!) and did business with us.

Paul, Dom and Jonathan (above) were on the Auto-Sleepers stand and Joe (right) was on the Bailey stand as usual. Don't they all look smart?


Great Wins for Great Britain's Millie Knight

As proud sponsors of Paralympic Skier Millie Knight, we have been eagerly watching her news as it has been medal after medal for Millie this season.

The World Para Alpine Skiing Championships in Italy saw Millie achieve another step towards her Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics goal when she, and guide Brett Wild, won Gold in the women’s downhill to become World Champion. Go Millie!

Above: Millie and Brett at the World Para Alpine Skiing Championships



"It's the End of an Era"

This week we said goodbye and good luck to someone that many of you will know very well.

Wayne has been with us from the start and has been a vital part of Choose Leisure's journey. He is now moving on to do the things he enjoys (even more than working here!) and we really think he deserves it!

We know that he will not only be missed by everyone here, but also by many of you, so we want to reassure you that he left in style!

Ride safe Wayne!




We've never had it 'show' good!

What an amazing show! Thank you to all who came to see us again at the NEC this year on both the Auto-Sleepers and Bailey stands.

We had a tremendously good show and hope that everyone who visited enjoyed it as much as we did.

Joe on the Bailey of Bristol stand (above)

L to R: Paul, Martin and Dominic on the Auto-Sleepers stand (right)



Check out our latest radio ad with Smooth Radio!



Team Away Day at the Red Bull Air Races

A real treat for our best and busiest season ever!



Betty and Wilma, our new tortoises

Meet Betty and Wilma

Many of you will have seen the tortoise house ready for our new recruits and they are finally here.

Betty and Wilma are creating a real buzz in our showroom as avid promoters of taking your home comforts wherever

you go!




'Best of British' Auto-Sleepers Event

We had our very own 'street party' and a great deal of fun was had by all.




Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th June

We’re at the UK Summer Motorhome & Caravan Show this weekend at the Kent County Showground, Detling. We’ll have a great selection of stock for sale so for motorhome and caravan inspiration, advice, hospitality and extra special show deals this weekend visit us on stand B1 (closest to the gate).

Don’t worry… if you’re planning to visit us back at base, we still have plenty to view, test drive and buy here with show deals applying right across both sites.*

* if you wish to view a specific 'van remember to check which site it's at before you set off.


Welcome Carla to our Office Team!

We welcome the lovely Carla to our admin team. She will be at the front desk and many of you will have already been greeted by her smiling face when visiting us!

We have taken the photo opportunity to show off our smart new uniform from Jack Wills.

Left to right: Carla - front desk, Molly - vehicle admin, Jenny - company director, Caz - accounts and payroll


Check out our latest radio ad with Smooth Radio!



                       It's Arrived!

            In Our Showroom Now...


  The All-New Auto-Sleepers Fairford.

  View, test-drive and buy it here first!


The latest addition to the iconic Auto-Sleepers van conversion line up for 2016 is the all-new Fairford. Based on the extra long wheel based Peugeot boxer the Fairford offers spacious luxury throughout to deliver maximum flexibility in use.


Jolly Good Show!

Once again we were at the NEC in Birmingham and were pleased to meet new faces and got to see some of our 'regulars' there too!


A HUGE thank you to all of you who came to see us and we look forward to seeing you again when you come to collect your brand new Auto-Sleepers Motorhomes!



Left to right: Dominic, Paul and Joe, who was at the show for the very first time!



Making Dreams a Reality


Mr and Mrs Thorgilson adored their Murvi Morello motorhome but had set their sights on the Hymer B584 ever since they met Paul... a whopping 15 years ago! He must have made a good impression and it was a nostalgic moment when they showed us the business card he had given them all those years before! They are now off on their many adventures in their dream motorhome. Have fun!


Mechanical Servicing


We are now fully equipped to carry out mechanical servicing alongside our existing habitation workshops. Wendy (left), our new mechanic, has a wealth of experience and enthusiasm.


To book in your complete winter service phone and ask for our workshop team or email:



We said 'goodbye' and 'good luck' to Jools this week as she retired after being with us right from the early days. Lots of you, customers and suppliers, filled her last working weeks with visits, cards and kind words which we know meant alot to her. She's now jetted straight off on a long holiday - and we don't blame her! You'll be missed Jools xxx


NEC Show

Thank you to everyone who visited us on the Auto-Sleepers stand at the NEC this year.

We had a great show and look forward to seeing those of you who bought from us again when you come to collect your new motorhomes!


Choose Leisure at the Goodwood Revival!

A great day was had by all the staff at Goodwood's historic motor racing event to say thank you and celebrate another great year...


We love selling new Auto-Sleepers - we get happy customers and great part exchanges.

It’s amazing how often we get used Auto-Sleepers in part exchange against new ones and equally amazing how quickly they sell. Well that’s great business in our eyes and speaks volumes about the quality. Subsequently, we are mad keen to sell more and with that in mind, and September new registrations fast approaching, we are running AUTO-SLEEPERS AUGUST.

It’s very simple with no gimmick. Basically, if you buy a new Auto-Sleepers motorhome from us in August and take delivery in September with a new 65 registration plate, you are going to get an amazing deal. Each and every deal will be worked out on its own merits but rest assured, whatever we can do to get your business we’ll do it. Just talk to one of our sales team, tell them what you want and if we can we will. And if we can’t, then we’ll tell you what’s the best we can do. Then it’s up to you.


There, we told you it was simple!



Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebrations


A hearty congratulations to Mr & Mrs Williams who collected their new CI Riviera from us to celebrate their Golden wedding anniversary. What a lovely way to mark such a special milestone. We wish them many happy motorhome adventures in the years to come.




Auto-Sleepers' Top Three Dealers


Since taking on the new Auto-Sleepers franchise in February 2013, we've been delighted with them.


But no-one says it better than Dave Williams, sales director at Auto-Sleepers:


"Choose Leisure impressed us from the very outset with its total dedication to looking after its customers, having decided to expand into new motorhome sales with us less than three years ago, and has exceeded all expectations with its meteoric year-on-year sales growth to be in our top three independent retailers already."


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Choose Leisure at the UK Summer Motorhome and Caravan Show Sat 6th & Sun 7th June


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    And a lovely time was had by all...



Meet Molly The Motorhome...


When the lovely Mr and Mrs Fellows, from Worcestershire, collected their new Auto-Sleepers Warwick XL we were delighted to learn that they'd decided to call her 'Molly' after our Molly, who looks after vehicle admin. There's not many people who can say they've had a motorhome named after them Molly! What a lovely gesture.


Left: Here they all are in front of the showroom with Molly in the middle.



L to R: Martin, Paul and Dominic on the Auto-Sleepers stand


What a fantastic record-breaking show we had! Thank you to all who visited us at the NEC and a huge thank you to those who purchased from us there. We look forward to seeing you again back at our base in Canterbury.



Alas, the Christmas jumpers and lights have been packed away for another year. Here's wishing you all a healthy, happy 2015!


Here Come The Girls

We're so chuffed with our new girls' uniform, by Joules Clothing, we thought we'd take a picture!

As staunch individuals, we all mix and match navy and yellow with a variety of Joules classic stripes, ditsy and floral prints, as the mood takes us.

l to r: Jools in Joules! (service coordinator); Jenny (company director); Molly (vehicle admin); Caz (accounts and payroll).





Over another busy season, we've welcomed more people to our growing Choose Leisure Team and thought it was about time you were formally introduced!


Jola has joined Pete, our Valeter, in making sure that all our motorhomes are polished and sparkling.


Caz is no stranger to the motorhome world, having worked with Paul some years ago. We are over the moon to have her on our team as Accounts and Payroll Manager.

(left to right) Jola, Caroline, Jonathan and Martin


Jonathan has recently joined our fantastic service team in the workshop. And Martin joined our sales team back in the summer - so some of you will already have met him!


It's great to have you on board ladies and gents!


NEC Motorhome Show 2014


A MASSIVE thank you to everyone to visited Gary, Paul and Dominic at the NEC this October.


Being so near to the 'Food & Bar' can't have distracted the boys too much because we have had our BEST show so far. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!


Summer is about Auto-Sleepers... and Cricket!


AUTO-SLEEPERS AUGUST was an amazing success. It’s great business when you have happy customers, dealers and manufacturers alike so, with that in mind, we are extending our offer throughout September.


As proud sponsors of Kent County Cricket Club, we had the opportunity to sponsor the quarter-final match and you may have even spotted us on the TV!


Mr Peters entered the competition we ran on the day, and was 'stumped' when he became the lucky winner of our signed cricket bat, which was kindly donated by the club (see right).

Dominic presenting Mr Peters with his signed cricket bat.



The windy weather didn't stop the Kent Spitfires winning the game, but it did mean that our photo wasn't quite as successful as our home team (left).




Choose Leisure On Track... the Track at Silverstone!


Another Choose Leisure birthday and we are on track for a jump start into our seventh year! After a celebratory day at Silverstone for the Formula 1 Grand Prix, we are feeling revved up and ready for what looks to be an exciting summer. A British win rounded off our day brilliantly, and we even had the opportunity to see the Lotus 25 that is featured on the wall in our showroom.


The trip was thanks to a sales incentive that was achieved with a lot of hard work and a bumper year of sales, and all the staff here would like to say a HUGE thank you to all our customers who helped us win it.

Auto-Sleepers Weekend Special



         Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June


              Special Auto-Sleepers Event


It was another successful Auto-Sleepers special weekend with lots of you coming along and sharing our food, drink, music, chat and, of course, unmissable deals!


Thank you, once again, to all our staff, customers and suppliers for being so brilliant.


We've had three really hectic weekends on the trot now so we're all feeling a bit sleepy this morning - in fact, I think it's time for another cuppa to liven us up... Steve - I reckon it's your turn!!!!



Summer Motorhome and Caravan Show, Kent Showground


It was great to see so many of you at the very first UK Summer Motorhome and Caravan Show at Kent Showground, Detling this weekend.


Thankfully, the weather was very kind - the sky may look a bit threatening in this picture but the sun shone alot of the time and, most importantly, it stayed dry!

The show was well organised and attended - lets hope, with all of our support, it grows now year on year (I hear the band on Friday night was particularly energetic by the way!)


To those of you that bought a motorhome or caravan from us at the Show - many thanks for your business and we look forward to seeing you again when you come to collect.


Big thanks for the continued support of all our fabulous customers, suppliers and staff!


Springtime Swells the Choose Leisure Team


Yes, spring has finally sprung and everything’s starting to grow, including the number of staff we’ve got, having just welcomed our new recruit!


Dominic Price, ex-Discover Leisure, has joined us to head up our sales department and, along with Wayne and Martin, is keen to make his mark. We’ve already had two glowing customer testimonials about him which we’re hoping is a sign of things to come (those of you who have dealt with us will know how strongly we feel about our service and reputation here at Choose Leisure). His background also covers motorbike sales and motor factors but, good timing for us, he was eager to return to the motorhome industry – and who can blame him?



Camping and Caravan Show at the NEC



If you managed to make it to February's Camping and Caravan Show at the NEC, then you might have seen Wayne, Paul (pictured right) and Gary at the Auto-Sleepers stand. Don't they look smart!


The odd sunny spells we've been having must have been getting us all in the holiday spirit, and we had lots of friendly faces visiting the stand to get a great deal on a brand new Auto-Sleepers Motorhome


Those of you who bought one from us, many thanks for your business, and you will be looking forward to a healthy dose of freedom and adventure this summer, and we can't wait to help you on your way.



Our Choose Leisure Team keeps on growing...


Look who came to see us last Sunday! We met 10 day old baby Michael, with his very proud Daddy Pete, our valeter, and Mummy Alena.


We were all very excited when we found out, and were even more excited when they popped in to say hello!


Congratulations from all of us at Choose Leisure to very happy parents and a lovely little boy.




Best January Ever


Happy Chinese New Year to you all. Apparently, it's the Year of the Horse but WE think it’s going to be the Year of the Motorhome!

As expected, January has been a fantastic month of sales for us, despite the rain. As a consequence, we are mad keen to have your motorhome on our pitch to sell! Call and ask for Paul personally to discuss either buying it for cash or selling it via our tried and trusted brokerage scheme.

We’ve got a database of customers looking for specific vehicles and are particularly looking for automatic motorhomes. So, if you’ve got one and want to sell it – call Paul now.



We're NOT having a January Sale!



As I’ve already mentioned, all the talk in the motorhome industry is for a bumper year for sales in 2014 and for once I have to agree with the majority! We’re having the strongest finish to a year we’ve ever had, with almost double the number of sales for November, year on year. Not only that but a large proportion have been ‘first timers’ which of course means no part exchanges.


Great news of course, but it does mean that we are not at the stock level that we would like to be at this time of year. Consequently we will NOT be having a January sale as we have in the past. Now don’t get me wrong it doesn’t mean there won’t be a deal to be had, there’s always a deal to be had! I just thought it fair to let everyone know in advance and give you the opportunity to grab that deal now rather than waiting and finding the motorhome you have been dreaming about has sold.




Choose Leisure at the NEC



Wayne and Gary represented Choose Leisure on the Auto-Sleepers stand at the NEC Motorhome Show in October.


It was a great show and we would like to thank everyone who went to see them over the course of the week. It was good to see so many friendly faces and we hope anyone who visited enjoyed it.


We hope to see as many in the other shows we visit - we'll keep you up to date!





Carriages At Noon!



Check out our latest model in - only two horse power!


We love having visitors and today we played host to a pair of horses, their owners and lorry whilst they prepared for a wedding party locally. And the sun came out too!


Congratulations Claire and Karl - here's wishing you all the best for your future as husband and wife from all of us at Choose Leisure.

Jenny and Paul with Claire, the bride, and her wedding party - including Henry and Victoria the shires horses.




Choose Leisure Go Off-Roading



As a celebration for another great year, Paul and Jen took everyone for a 4x4 driving experience. Ranging from careful blindfolded driving, to confusing backwards steering, and the tense and adrenaline filled off-roading, we all had a really fun day. The technicians had their chance to shine with egg-catapult building, and clearly Laurie (our most recent addition to our technician team) was a good find, with his team’s egg launching far further than the rest of them.  In other words, it went forward, which was more than some of us could say on first attempts! Overall, a great day, and a huge thank you to the two Grahams and Linda who kept everything in order whilst we were gone.





Calling All Auto-Sleepers and Autocruise Owners!


Do you own an Auto-Sleepers or Autocruise motorhome? Considering buying a new

Auto-Sleeper? Then read on...


We've been looking at our statistics (as we love to do every now and again!) and they show that Auto-Sleepers have consistently been our best selling used motorhome, with Autocruise the runner up. What does that tell us about Britain's best loved brands? It say's that we will give the BEST price for YOUR Auto-Sleeper or Autocruise in part exchange against a new Auto-Sleepers model!


To prove we mean what we say, bring your Auto-Sleeper or Autocruise along and

"Let us put OUR MONEY where YOUR MOTORHOME is!"









Mr Epps was bowled over when he heard that he had been the lucky winner of the Kent County Cricket Club bat, that has been signed and kindly donated by the Kent County Cricket Club team, who we are supporting this year.


He then knocked us for six when he came to collect it and ended up buying a brand new AutoSleeper Warwick Duo!





How do we Price THIS Part-Exchange?



Look what came in today...


Paul was scratching his head this afternoon when Bob Rawlings called in with his self-built steam-powered car 'Free Spirit'. You certainly won't find it in any Glasses Guide! Fortunately, the gentlemen had just swung by to say hello. We were well 'chuffed' to see them (groan!)




Actively Seeking Stock!


We've had a bumper run on sales so if you're thinking of selling your motorhome, camper or caravan now is the time to do it! Talk to us about our tried and tested brokerage scheme (see CUSTOMER FEEDBACK page for customer experiences) or ask us for a cash quote.



We are looking for quality motorhomes and campervans, including:

Autosleeper Ravenna, Auto-Sleeper Pollensa, Auto sleeper Duetto, Ace Napoli, Ace Milano, Ace Modena, Ace Capri, Ace Roma, Dethleffs A7871, Burstner A747, Auto-sleepers Symbol, Swift Sundance, Swift Lifestyle, Swift Suntor, Swift 530LP, 590PR, 590RL, 590RS, 630G, Swift Freestyle, Compass Avantgarde 180, 140, 130, 200, 300, 400, Calypso, Suntor, Autosleeper Symphony, Talisman, Clubman, Nuevo, Autotrail Scout, Auto-Trail Tracker, Autosleepers Executive, Auto-Sleepers Trident, Topaz, Elddis Autoquest 180, 140, 130, 200, 300, 400, Elddis Autostratus, Compass Drifter, Autocruise Starfire, Autocruise Starquest, CI Carioca, Knaus Traveller, Knaus Sun Traveller, Bessacarr E 435, Bessacarr E 795, Bessacarr E 410, Kon-Tiki 645, Kontiki 660, Rapido 9 series, Roller Team,Hymer C Class, Hymer Camp, Hymer Tramp, Trigano Tribute...  What do you have?


Get in touch with Paul to talk about selling your van for cash or via our brokerage scheme.



New Team Members!


We have acquired some new members of the team this year! We have been getting increasingly busy, so needed a few extra pairs of hands on deck! Although Pete, our valeter, does an amazing job, even he can’t keep up with the number of vans being sold, so he now has Ernie (left) to give him a hand over our busiest time of year. Secondly, Molly (centre) has joined Jenny in the office to help with all of the behind-the-scenes business. Likewise, our technicians now have another pro in their squad – welcome Laurie! (right)





Auto-Sleepers Warwick Duo Handover


The Auto-Sleepers Warwick Duo was the first of our new Auto-Sleepers range to be collected, by Mr and Mrs Wade from Kent. They didn’t quite take the shirts off our backs, but Paul and Wayne had to relinquish their Auto-Sleeper jackets! We wish them a brilliant time with their new motorhome.





Successful Open Weekend 15th, 16th, 17th March 2013


We held an open weekend to celebrate our new site, five successful years in business and the launch of our new Auto-Sleepers Franchise. Despite the weather, many people from near and far came to enjoy the jazz band, free hot food and bubbly, and to take a look at our exclusive deals.

We saw lots of friendly faces, both old and new, and as the weather picked up into Sunday, the atmosphere became even more enjoyable. On the Friday, we also raised almost £100 for Comic Relief, through visitors’ kind donations.


Thanks to all those of you who came along and supported us!





New Auto-Sleepers Motorhomes come to Choose Leisure



Wayne and Paul at the Birmingham NEC on the Auto-Sleepers stand...


...Meanwhile, back at base, Steve and Jenny check in the first delivery of new Auto-Sleepers.


Exciting times!




Choose Leisure Sponsors Cycling Challenge


Paul Santos presents Jon with a £500 cheque to sponsor a stage of his epic cycle.

Unable to get tickets to the London 2012 Olympics, one of our intrepid customers – Jon Cooke – was inspired to organise and take on his own Olympic challenge this summer.

Jon cycled around the UK to raise money for the homeless in association with the Estate Agency Foundation. And his wife and children followed him and his team mates on his gruelling 33 day, 2600 mile trip in the CI Mizar motorhome they purchased from us back in December last year.

Well done Jon!

They have raised nearly £70,000 but it's not too late to contribute. Find out more and make donations at:


Choose Clay Shooting Championships


To celebrate the beginning of year five in business, and the best six months to date, Paul and Jen took the team for a day out clay pigeon shooting. After a sporting round and some expert tuition, Paul couldn’t resist challenging everyone to a competition – a forty-clay flush in teams of two. Everyone performed well but Wayne and super-sub Gary chalked up the best score, leaving Paul and Jen with the total to beat. Unfortunately, they missed it by one! (so you can see why everyone's smiling!) A walk down the road to see the Olympic Torch making its way through Canterbury rounded off a champion day.



Wayne's City Win!



Back way back when, we promised Wayne (a die hard supporter from childhood) that if Manchester City won the Premier League we'd let him fly his City flag on the forecourt.


And right up until extra time of the final match we thought we were safe! However, with a couple of last-minute goals providing a dramatic finish to the season, Wayne's anguish was over and they'd won it - for the first time in 44 years!


So, Wayne came in on his day off and we all joined him for his flag-flying ceremony to mark the occasion. (for those of you that don't know him, he's the one in the middle with the fullest glass and biggest smile!)


Enjoy the moment Wayne!


Choose Leisure takes delivery of its first Leisuredrive


A development for 2012, Choose Leisure is proud to have formed an association with Lancashire-based, award-winning conversion specialists 'Leisuredrive'.


Paul Santos, Choose Leisure MD, takes delivery of our first 'van from Paul Hewitt, Manager at Leisuredrive

You can now:

  • Choose, order and buy second hand Leisuredrive VW T5 campervans with new conversions
  • Choose and order your new Leisuredrive VW T5 campervan
  • Choose and order a Leisuredrive conversion for your own VW T5, Ford Transit, Peugeot Boxer or Citreon

Visit to learn more about the product and this well-respected family firm


Choose Leisure Keeps it under Wraps


Mum and Dad, Nick and Sarah Taylor, really outdid themselves Christmas shopping this year when they surprised their daughters with a motorhome!

The Kent family took delivery of their Elddis Autoquest 160 motorhome just before Christmas - but they had to unwrap it first! Excited daughters, Shannon and Rebecca said: "We didn't think Dad would really do it!"

Good one Nick and Sarah!

Meet the New Edition to our Choose Leisure Team!


Our Workshop Technician, Pete, and his partner Jane like to start them off early... he brought in his baby girl, Abigail, to meet the rest of the team and see where Daddy spends so much of his time!


Congratulations Pete and Jane on your beautiful little girl!

We've moved in!


Remember to use the new entrance on Howfield Lane from now on...




London Low Emmission Zone (LEZ)


Are you in the Low Emission Zone? Check if your motorhome or camper is compliant by clicking here:


LEZ Compliance Checker


Do you want to sell your motorhome? We are outside the LEZ and will happily sell it for you.


Contact Paul Santos to discuss our tried and trusted motorhome brokerage service.

We've bought the former Brownhills site next door

Big news for us, and our customers, is that we've just purchased the site next door, formerly owned by Brownhills Motorhomes. We'll move in gradually, as the site needs clearing, but we're all really excited about the future opportunities this purpose-built facility will bring. With more space, a fantastic indoor showroom, beautiful forecourt and state of the art workshops, we're confident you'll love our new premises as much as us.

To customers past, present and future - THANK YOU for your support in getting us this far.

Choose... Work Experience


Some of you may have met Glen and Sam Sargent, both aged 15, from Walmer Science College in Deal, when they came for two weeks' work experience this July...

Above: some expert tuition from Sales Manager, Wayne Sargent (aka Dad!)

They Come From Here, They Come From There...


Mr Pitts collecting his Herald Valencia motorhome after repair work, April 2011. Pictured with Jools Haffenden, service co-ordinator and Chris Burrows, service technician at Choose Leisure, Canterbury

This customer came 750 miles to visit us here at Choose Leisure - and this is his third visit!

Being located right at the ‘gateway to Europe’ we’re used to customers’ scheduling service and repairs with us on their way through but this has to be something of a record...

Mr Pitts drives all the way from his home on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides to visit family near to us in the South East corner of England. And he books his motorhome in to our workshops whilst he’s here.


In his own words: “The genuine family atmosphere and honest appraisal of any issues has given me the reassurance of knowing any job will be well done.”


What A Birthday Present!

Mig Olyer really knows how to get it right when it comes to Birthday presents for her husband – she bought him a motorhome!


Ex-motor trader, George Olyer, was delighted with his wife’s gift, a 4 berth Autocruise Starfire. Now retired, George already has an impressive array of motor vehicles accumulated throughout his years of dealing in Kent. And now he’s got one more to add to his collection.


Here’s wishing both of them many happy holidays in their new purchase.

Editor's note: It's my Birthday soon...!

Mr & Mrs Olyer collecting their Autocruise Starfire from Choose Leisure’s Martin Lynch on 22nd Jan 2011


Where We’re At...

We’ve been busy analysing our geographical sales figures and thought we’d share the summarised results with you – you’ll see we get about a bit! These are the main areas where our motorhome and caravan customers live who’ve either bought from us, sold via our brokerage scheme or had service or repair work done over the last year. As expected the bulk of our custom, particularly for service work, comes from our local area but a surprising amount of brokerage and buying customers travel a significant distance…


70% Kent - Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover, Hythe, Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs, Whitstable, Herne Bay, Ashford, Tenterden, Maidstone, Faversham, Sittingbourne, Medway Towns, Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham, Gravesend, Sheppey, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells


5% South Coast – Worthing, Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings, Bexhill, Romney


21% Rest of the country – London and neighbouring counties (West Sussex, East Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Essex, Hertfordshire) Oxfordshire, Birmingham, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Northumberland, Manchester, Yorkshire, Suffolk) to the farthest flung corners of the country (Devon, Cornwall, Northumberland, Norfolk, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Wight)


4% Belgium, South Africa, France, Australia, New Zealand, Spain

Bon Voyage!

View our camper van stock


Click on the link above for an up to date list of our present stock. Can’t find what you’re looking for? We have new stock coming in all the time – just get in touch and we’ll see if we can help.