• 12.02.2014
  • 00:00
  • by Kate Taylor

Taking a family on holiday needn't cost a fortune if you take advantage of half term special offers and spring breaks


February half term holiday offers

Don't get cabin fever at home this half term – we've found the best bargain family caravan holidays for you and your family.  



Camping holidays of all types offer children freedom to explore (photo Stacie Pardoe)



  • 31.01.2014
  • 18:22
  • by Lizzie Pope

 As 2014 is the Chinese Year of the Horse, we explore where you can go in the UK to have your own equine adventure this year

With the dawning of the Chinese Year of the Horse on 31 January 2014, this could be the perfect inspiration for your year’s travels. And when we say it could be a great option for your caravan holiday, we don’t mean by pulling your beloved tourer behind a four-legged friend – although some horsepower from your four-wheeled companion would be pretty handy. The freedom offered by horse riding is not a million miles from the freedom enjoyed by campers and caravan and motorhome owners, and with the ability to up sticks and spend a few days here, another few there, why not take in some of the equine events happening across the UK this year?

 Time for horse inspired holidays in 2014Time for horse inspired caravan holidays in 2014 (photo: quinky/


  • 29.01.2014
  • 17:00
  • by Kate Taylor

Chinese New Year celebrations in London will be the largest outside Asia, according to Visit London

The London Eye on the South Bank of the Thames, near Waterloo Station will get everyone in the mood by lighting up in red and gold on Chinese New Year's Eve, Thursday, 30 January.

The Year of the Horse begins on Friday, 31 January and colourful free events will take place from then  until Sunday, 2 February. Here's our guide to Chinese New Year in London – with a handy map of the Chinese New Year Celebrations in Central London – and links to campsites within reach of our famous capital city. 


See the Chinese New Year Parade on 2 February - Photo James O Jenkins/VisitLondon.comCome to London for the Chinese New Year Parade on Sunday, 2 February - Photo James O Jenkins/



  • 28.01.2014
  • 11:33
  • by Lizzie Pope

If you’re Europe bound and looking for a convenient place to pitch your caravan, motorhome or tent for the night en route to the ferry or Eurotunnel, you’re looking to break up your drive home from a holiday in Europe or you simply want to take in the sights of Kent, Cobbs Meadow campsite might be just what you need


 CobbsMeadow 3This no-frills campsite is well placed for holidays across Kent (photo: Phil Russell)



  • 27.01.2014
  • 12:31
  • by Claudia Dowell

Guarding the vulnerable Kent coastline from invasion has been going on for centuries – Claudia Dowell takes a caravan holiday in the Garden of England, to find out more

Deal Castle was one of a string of castles built by Henry VIII to defend the south coast (all photos by Claudia Dowell unless stated otherwise)Deal Castle was built by Henry VIII (all photos by Claudia Dowell unless stated otherwise) 


  • 22.01.2014
  • 00:00
  • by Claudia Dowell

Some of the Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome team recently visited Upper Ribblesdale in North Yorkshire to try out several new vehicles for upcoming issues of both magazines. 


checking out the best view

 Our photographer checking the low levels of winter light and the view around a new Lunar Lexon caravan launched for the 2014 touring season



  • 17.01.2014
  • 18:50
  • by Lizzie Pope

We give you the low-down on 10 of the best places to visit in Britain this year

The new year is but a few weeks old, yet with memories of Christmas holidays fading fast, we’re as keen as anyone to plan our 2014 getaways. Wondering where to go? We are here to help with our 10 top places to visit in the UK in 2014. We hope we inspire you to have a fantastic year.


The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow this summer as it hosts the Commonwealth Games – and following the passion stirred by the London 2012 Olympics, this promises to be a fantastic sporting festival.

Top10 GlasgowHosting the Commonwealth Games makes Glasgow one of the top UK destinations this year (photo: Glasgow 2014)


  • 03.01.2014
  • 18:00
  • by Claudia Dowell

Blossom, tea, scones and sunshine: students at the University of Cambridge have been enjoying this heady mixture in nearby Grantchester for years. Claudia Dowell and daughter Amber share their tea heaven

My daughter Amber and I were spending a couple of days in Cambridge on the way back to London. But before we explored this beautiful, historic city that's home to one of the world's oldest and most famous universities, we needed a cuppa to set us up for the day.

Orchard Tea Room Grantchester

The Orchard Tea Room, Grantchester, Cambridge: taking tea under the apple blossom.  All photos by Claudia Dowell



  • 17.12.2013
  • 00:00
  • by Doug King

Everything you 
need to know about caravanning in bad weather

Doug King is a firm believer in using his tourer regardless of the weather. It keeps it in good condition, he says! Here he explains how to get the best out of your holiday, come rain or shine

Winter caravanning


  • 13.12.2013
  • 10:59
  • by Heidi Fuller-Love

Brighton 'Ma Belle': humming that Beatles song, Heidi Fuller-Love shares insiders’ tips and tricks to make the most out of a camping weekend in Brighton

A far cry from kiss-me-quick hats and stripy sticks of rock, modern Brighton is an exciting place to spend a long weekend. With historic locations like the Palace Pier and the Brighton Royal Pavilion and major attractions like the 300+ independent boutiques in The Lanes, there’s plenty to do, but if you want to discover some of the resorts lesser known sights follow this guide.


Funfair rides, fish and chips, fortune-telling, doughnuts and candyfloss: head for Brighton Pier and the Brighton Wheel for a traditional seaside holiday experience