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  • 10.12.2013
  • 16:47
  • by Lizzie Pope

It's not long until the first big show of the new year, so read on to find out why a trip to Manchester next month could help make your 2014 touring dreams a reality.

 

Sometimes at this time of the year it can be hard to see past the seemingly endless Christmas preparations. Turkey ordered? Cards written? Tree decorated? Well, to calm our festive fears, we’re getting excited about The Caravan & Motorhome Show at EventCity in Manchester next month – and if you’re ready to start mapping out your 2014 travels and dreaming of next year’s getaways, you should be, too.

 

GreatDaysOutx1000Want to get away from it all? Let Great Days Out at The Caravan & Motorhome Show inspire you!

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  • 27.11.2013
  • 11:31
  • by Claudia Dowell

Claudia Dowell guides you to the best campsites in Hull, and reveals why it deserves to be the UK City of Culture for 2017

Hull being named UK City of Culture 2017 may have  come as a surprise to some people,  but an exploration of the city's old town will soon put aside any wonderings about the choice.

Best campsites and attractions in Hull City of Culture 2017

 For many caravanners, Hull is merely a gateway to Europe, but it’s well worth a closer look

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  • 11.11.2013
  • 15:33
  • by Claudia Dowell

Sumners Ponds Campsite & Fisheryat Barns Green near Horsham in West Sussex was the location for the recent Practical Caravan/Practical Motorhome 'megashoot'.

Making use of the site's premier lakeside pitches and pitches in the family area we spent a week looking over four motorhomes and six caravans. You will see the results in forthcoming magazine issues, on the Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome magazine websites and on The Caravan Channel TV and current episodes of The Motorhome Channel TV show.

Fishing at Sumners

Fishing from a lakeside pitch

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  • 18.10.2013
  • 15:34
  • by Claudia Dowell

Futuristic water craft, a Victorian steamer, pleasure cruisers and sailing boats, Coniston Water has been the setting for them all.

Claudia Dowell finds its perfect for a simple Lake District adventure. Coniston Water is said to be the setting for Arthur Ransom's Swallows and Amazons.

Brown sailed boat

Photo by Claudia Dowell

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  • 17.10.2013
  • 01:00
  • by Claudia Dowell

Claudia Dowell takes a challenging cliff-top walk along the South West Coast Path, starting from Sidmouth

‘Strenuous then moderate’ was how the South West Coast Path Association described the stretch of the walk I was tackling

Sidmouth from High Peak

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  • 10.10.2013
  • 16:24
  • by Kate Taylor

Kate Taylor follows three Cornish rivers south: first she crosses the mighty River Tamar, the gateway to Cornwall, touring the south coast to pretty Looe.

It's a spectacular drive to Whitsand Bay. Photo: Dave LF Smith for Practical Motorhome  

Road to Whitsand Bay

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  • 10.10.2013
  • 15:44
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

The most popular attraction in the North is an amazing experience.

Take a look at what is around.

Hadrian’s Wall photo

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  • 10.09.2013
  • 16:33
  • by Kate Taylor

Want to wake and see waves on a beach each morning, or watch the sun set into the sea?

There are plenty of sites around Britain where you can do just that. We asked our Practical Caravan and Practical Motorhome Reader Team and Facebook followers to reveal their top pitchside sea views – and you can find out more about these sites right here on Caravan Sitefinder.

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Old Hartley Caravan Club Site, Tynesideby Gary Richardson

This is Whitley Bay, and the lighthouse on St Mary’s Island. The island is a lovely nature reserve for birds

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  • 24.05.2013
  • 14:22
  • by Alice Abel

Alice Abel picks her favourite nine things to see and do in Cambridge, without visiting the colleges.

Almost everyone knows there’s a university in Cambridge, and it’s almost certainly the biggest draw for many of the 4 million plus visitors to the city each year.  Without doubt, the world famous colleges are beautiful, historic and absolutely worth seeing, but if you’re in Cambridge for more than a couple of days or you’ve seen enough of the university then the city definitely offers some great changes of scenery.

Cambridge punts

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  • 27.03.2013
  • 12:08
  • by Alice Abel

Dogs and tents can get along, with a little pre-planning.

Seemingly endless fresh air (and dog friendly countryside smells), heaps of walks and quality time together are just what dogs and their owners love. Yet camping with dogs, although incredibly fun, can be tricky because doggy bad habits don’t generally mix well with tents and campsites. Barking, chewing, running off after a scent, eyeballing other dogs, etc can all cause tension with other campers, not to mention in the confined space of your tent. 

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