Practical Caravan Summer 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
summer in the sun

One of my very first caravan holidays was to Cornwall – I was seven years old, and we stayed in our tiny Sprite on a five-van site on the south coast. The sun shone constantly (or so it seemed), and since then I’ve loved that part of the world – as do many other caravanners, of course. With that in mind, in this issue, we’ve brought you Sam and Rosemary Johnson’s memorable account of a recent trip to this beautiful county – you’ll find it truly inspirational, and on p2o! No matter where you’re touring over the next few months, though, do take a look at the latest of our Know-how Guides, which this issue is dedicated to Summer Touring (p83). From the hottest UK campsites to essential apps, there’s something in…

1 min
the big shot

Where are we? Carlyon Bay, Cornwall Coordinates 50.3370° N, 4.7467° W Why tour here? Cornwall is one of the UK’s most popular touring spots, and Carlyon Bay is at the heart of the action, a short way from St Austell. Made up of three beaches, it was partly formed by mining deposits from the china clay industry. For more, see p20. Don’t miss... Take your pick – the Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, the South West Coast Path... the list goes on. And there’s always the beach itself! Photographer Getty Images…

4 min

★ Star letter ★ Driving back from Cornwall, it took three attempts before we could park for a break. The problem is, other vehicles think it is acceptable to park in designated caravan spaces. This is selfish and dangerous – they can find other spaces, a caravan can’t. We’re recommended to take a break after driving for several hours, yet if you can’t park, you have to drive on. How is this safe? Service areas should monitor their parking and free up spaces for the correct vehicles to use. Could you start a campaign to get this situation changed? Carol Lawrence Editor Sarah replies… Thanks, Carol – we will certainly consider this. Meantime, everyone should keep an eye on our Road Sense articles, telling you which services offer dedicated caravan spaces (see p54). MILENCO The contributor…

1 min
your photos!

Summertime, and the touring is easy! Back on the road at Last, you’ve been enjoying some great destinations TAG US #PRACTICAL CARAVAN OR EMAIL LETTERS@PRACTICALCARAVAN.COM…

4 min
this month we love…

Fjällräven Vidda Pro trousers Practical pockets and durable ventilated construction will help to make your outdoor adventures even more enjoyable. Price £165 Web Sup insulated wine bottle Keep your favourite tipple cool for up to 24 hours with this stylish bottle. Available in six colours, it holds a full 750ml bottle of wine! Price £24.99 Web OLPRO sun canopy Add vintage style to your set-up with this retro canopy. Available in a range of colours, it is easy to put up for welcome shade. Price £119 Web Pint2Go insulated glass Get ready for al fresco events and enjoy a fresh pint in this handy insulated, spill-proof glass. The sliding lid also keeps out unwelcome bugs! Price £9.99 Web Kempii UnSponge This eco-friendly cotton dishwashing sponge is completely compostable and comes in a pack of three, with a variety of…

3 min
expert q&a

WHY NO BUILT-IN GROUNDSHEETS? Q We have recently changed from motorcaravanning to a caravan. Looking for an awning, we were surprised to discover none has a built-in groundsheet. Awnings we used with our motorhome had a built-in groundsheet, and it seems a hassle not to have one. Do you know why this is? David Sykes Peter Baber replies… It is generally down to caravan park owners’ desire to keep the grass on their site in as good a condition as possible. Fitted groundsheets tend to starve the grass underneath, leaving an unsightly mark after you depart, which the next caravanner might not be so keen to pitch up on. With motorhomes, the (not always accurate) thinking is that you are likely only to be staying for a night or two before you move on, which probably…