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  • 12.03.2013
  • 16:45
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Camping breaks make great, inexpensive and memorable family holidays explains Alice Abel, but a bit of planning can make it easy too

Camping with kids isn't for everyone. For many, the words children and camping uttered together are enough to cause a shudder, but if done right it can be a great and cheap family holiday. What often comes to mind are images of bored, cold and generally miserable children (and adults), or of more spirited youngsters running wild amongst campfires or other camp hazards.

Camping with kids

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  • 27.02.2013
  • 22:49
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Practical Caravan, the UK's best selling caravan magazine has announced the result of its annual Top 100 Sites awards for 2013.

Bath Chew Valley is about 10 miles outside of Bristol and is obviously much loved by the magazine readers. It is the fourth time that tiny adult only touring park has claimed the gong in the last six years. Pretty good going.

Bath Chew for Sitefinder

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  • 13.04.2012
  • 11:06
  • by Nigel Donnelly

A plush new Ludlow caravan site got ministerial approval this week when John Penrose MP arrived to cut the ribbon.

Penrose, the Tourism and Heritage Minister joined local MP Philip Dunne for the unveiling of the new 135-pitch Ludlow Touring Park. Developed to five star standards by Shrewsbury-based Morris Leisure, the 20-acre site sits alongside the River Teme. Caravanners start arriving from Wednesday, May 9. 

Ludlow Touring Park

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  • 20.03.2012
  • 16:22
  • by Jeremiah Mahadevan

Jeremiah Mahadevan discovers an apparently wild forest region that is packed full of surprises.

The curious thing about the New Forest is that it isn’t very new, and it isn’t really a forest. 

It was created in 1079, when William the Conqueror decided he needed grazing grounds for his deer, and is only a forest in the medieval sense – a cordoned off area where animals could graze.

There are plenty of lovely viewing points in the Forest

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  • 20.03.2012
  • 14:58
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Sometimes you don’t need to travel very far from your front door to find a wealth of interesting places, steeped in history, and great pubs.

Hampshire has a healthy mix of quaint villages, sprawling cities and lush landscape. It’s historic. It’s beautiful. And, what’s more, it’s really rather close to me, but for some reason, until recently, I’d never been there. The only explanation I can offer for my folly is that when places are close to home, I get complacent.

Buckler’s Hard, where ships were once built for Nelson’s navy

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  • 20.03.2012
  • 11:56
  • by Alison Rye

Find out why Alison Rye and family love this part of the Norfolk coast so much.

We’ve been in the car for a good 30 seconds when the demands for food start coming from the back seat. Out come the raisins and apples, and the kids settle themselves in for the journey to Cromer, on the Norfolk coast, now armed with a potful of nibbles each and several episodes of ‘Bob The Builder’ on DVD.

South Lakes, England

There’s much excitement as we arrive in Cromer, and the kids get their first glimpse of the sea. “Are we really in Cromer?” asks Millie, almost popping out of her car seat with joy. “It’s my favourite and my best!”

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  • 05.03.2012
  • 22:43
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Pods and shepherd's huts are popping up on campsites all over the UK, as caravan park owners respond to the current desire for glamping and Vintage camping holidays

At a recent Motorhome Caravan and Camping show,  we spied two intriguing products which show how many site owners are thinking.Neither fits neatly into any of the three show title categories but could best be described as accommodation units or “pods” for the trendy new activity of “glamping”.

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  • 01.03.2012
  • 00:00
  • by Nigel Donnelly

Enjoy the rich diversity of experiences to be had in the south of the Lakes. Nigel Donnelly reveals what to do.

The Lake District has a uniquely inspiring landscape and has provided the backdrop for many stories in the modern era.

Holker Hall, England

Beatrix Potter is one of Lakeland’s most celebrated authors and, by dint of the fact that she owned most of it, the South Lakes area is inextricably linked with her work. Celebrated guidebook author Alfred Wainwright’s writings created an awe-inspiring body of work documenting the landscape and the footpaths traversing it, but it only takes the briefest of visits to understand how the landscape prompts people to pick up their pens and start scribbling.

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  • 15.01.2012
  • 21:19
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

One of the top parks in Wales has unveiled an ambitious addition to the site facilities to help visitors get more from their lodges.

The Warren in Abersoch, North Wales has launched a mobile website so smartphone owners on site can get the latest information about onsite activities, wherever they are.

Haulfryn The Warren

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  • 12.01.2012
  • 14:37
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Dare we dream of a more prosperous 2012? Hoburne Holiday Parks certainly is as booking figures are up steeply on the same time last year.

The family-run park group says booking figures are up 11 percent across all seven of its sites on the same period last year, although individual parks have even more impressive figures, particularly Hoburne Park, Christchurch where figures are up a whopping 50 percent.

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