Practical Caravan June 2021

Practical Caravan is Britain's best-selling caravan magazine. Each month we travel at home and abroad, bringing you essential guides to the best caravan holidays around. There's practical advice, too, with technical tips and all your questions answered, making us the perfect place for first-timers and experts alike.

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13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
hidden treasures

The year ahead looks as though it will be an exciting one for touring, as we’re all keen to hit the road again – but that could come with some downsides, as everyone tries to book pitches at exactly the same time… I recently tried to book into an adults-only site for a weekend in Somerset, but I had to be flexible with my dates – there simply wasn’t space on the days I planned to travel. One way to get around this is, of course, to visit somewhere a bit quieter – and that’s exactly what we had in mind for our feature on p20, which includes seven hidden UK gems that you’re sure to love – just don’t tell anyone else! This month we’ve also got a brilliant article on…

1 min
the big shot

‘Here at Avebury you can see the world’s largest stone circle, among other relics from the Neolithic and Bronze Ages. The surrounding area, with beautiful views, is ideal to explore on foot or by bike’ (p23) Where are we? Standing stones at Avebury, Wiltshire, on a bright, sunny day! Coordinates 51.4289° N, 1.8549° W Why tour here? The site of the Avebury stone circles and henge includes Avebury Manor, Avebury village (and its pub), the Circles Restaurant and the Alexander Keiller Museum. It’s a fascinating area to explore and is part of the World Heritage Site that encompasses Stonehenge. For more UK hidden gems, see p20. Don’t miss… The museum and the manor house when indoor attractions are permitted to open again. Photographer Getty Images…

4 min

★ Star letter ★ This photo from August 1953 shows three generations of caravanners! I’m the baby, with my maternal grandmother sitting and my mother standing. I’m still caravanning with my husband, 68 years on. Jacqueline Wileman MILENCO The contributor of our Star letter wins a pair of Milenco Grand Aero towing mirrors, worth £50. They’re designed to fit all wing mirrors and offer an outstanding view. For further details and a list of retailers of Milenco products, visit WINGING THEIR WAY INTO SPRING SPRING SEES THE return of migrant birds from warmer climes, and the RSPB has put together a great list of seasonal arrivals to keep an eye out for: ▪ Chiffchaff One of our earliest migrants to return, you might already have heard this charming bird if your daily walk takes in any…

1 min
your photos!

The sun is out, the sky is blue... we asked, where are you hoping to return to this summer? TAG US #PRACTICAL CARAVAN OR EMAIL LETTERS@PRACTICALCARAVAN.COM…

2 min
this month we love…

Kampa storage drainer This cleverly designed, compact drainer will help to dry your washing-up in a small space – it’s easy on the wallet, too. Price £6.50 Web Personalised bus blind Immortalise the coordinates of your favourite touring destination in a unique way, with this impressive ‘bus blind’ print. Price £55 Web Sun protection Designed in Australia, this elegant adjustable hat is constructed with a reversible double layer of cotton-linen blend fabric, and a drawcord to keep it secure. Price £40 Web Oakbay plant pots Keen horticulturists can bring their garden with them on tour, in these versatile tin plant holders with detachable hooks. Price £16.99 (pack of 10) Web Playmobil caravan The young – and young at heart – will love this bright and breezy FunPark caravan from the popular Playmobil range of toys. Price £24.99 Web Snuggle up…

6 min
expert q&a

Sarah Wakely Editor Paul Critcher Deputy editor Peter Baber Reviews editor Claudia Dowell Features/Travel editor David Motton Tow car editor John Sootheran Consulting editor Andy Jenkinson Used-van contributor ‘A key advantage of the 4x4 is the extra traction that is gained by sending power to four wheels, rather than two’ DOES A 4X4 MAKE A BETTER TOW CAR? Q I’ve decided to buy a new Volkswagen Tiguan as my next tow car. I’m in two minds whether to buy the two-wheel-drive version or the 4x4. The 4x4 weighs more and has better traction, but the two-wheel drive is more fuel-efficient. Which would you recommend? D Craig David Motton replies… Judged purely as tow cars, the 4x4 versions of SUVs will usually perform better. As you point out, the 4x4 will weigh more, making for a more favourable car-to-caravan matching ratio and better stability. You also mention the second key advantage,…