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Practical Caravan January 2020

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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welcome to your new-look magazine!

The eagle-eyed among you will notice our all-new look – we’ve introduced some new features and freshened up the overall appearance of the magazine. I hope you love it as much as we do, but this is your magazine, so let me know what you think – and if there’s anything else you’d like to see in these pages. As I type this, we at Practical Caravan HQ are gearing up for the festive season – there’s much talk about where we’re planning to go in the colder months, and what fantastic events to see. Don’t miss our special festive features this month; there’s even a guide to cooking your turkey! From everyone at the magazine, we wish you a very happy and peaceful caravanning Christmas. Editor-in-chief SARAH is a…

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the big shot

‘We had an early Christmas treat with a visit from one of the farm’s reindeer, Dancer’ Where are we? Woolley Edge Christmas Tree Farm, near Wakefield Coordinates/postcode 53.61540, -1.53651/ WF4 2LQ Nearest campsite Broadlands Farm (adults-only; What’s going on? We had an early Christmas treat with a visit from Dancer, one of the reindeer the farm keeps, while organising our festive-themed In-depth test (p52) Which outfit? We towed a Coachman Acadia 860 with a Hyundai Santa Fe Premium SE 2.2 CRDi Photographer Tim Andrew…

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you also said...

n I read with interest John Sootheran’s article on packing your caravan fridge, in issue 420. It brought to mind a problem we had with our fridge while touring to Cornwall. The plastic shelving that slots into various positions inside the door started to break and fracture around the locating slots on the door shelf, which we had loaded with bottles of milk and wine. The manufacturer was very sympathetic and agreed to send us two replacements free of charge, but the problem continued to occur. Our solution now is to keep the door shelving free from heavy bottles. We store them flat in the fridge or in the coolbox, transferring them when we are on the pitch. Then, we can pop the cork and enjoy a glass of wine after the…

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touring news

1 Visit England awarded South Lytchett Manor in Dorset (a previous overall winner in our Top 100 Sites Guide) a five-star rating recently. It was also given a gold award for its customer service and accommodation. 2 Visit Scotland has announced that a project to improve walking paths on the Eildon Hills, in the Scottish Borders, has now been completed. The increasing number of visitors there resulted in erosion; the paths have now been improved using natural materials, which the council hopes mean they remain sustainable. 3 Lonely Planet recently released its Ultimate United Kingdom Travelist, which features the best of the UK’s destinations. On the list was the glorious Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, described as “one of the best experiences, offering staggering beauty, adventure and a wonderful escape”.…

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driving myths busted!

Aviva (, the company that offers life, general and health insurance, among other products, has released a list of winter driving myths that you shouldn’t believe. Here are some of them, and the company’s response… It’s illegal to drive in wellies “Technically it’s not illegal to drive in wellies and Aviva research finds that 13% of UK motorists have done just that. But that doesn’t mean this is a good idea.” You’re more likely to experience car thefts at Christmas time “Motor-theft claims actually fall at this time of year, with Christmas and Boxing Day recording some of the lowest volumes of motor theft claims of the year.” You can invalidate your insurance if you don’t have an emergency kit in your boot “In the UK, there are no requirements to have an…

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your photos

TOP PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS Hold the camera securely And not just because you don’t want to drop it! Holding your phone using both hands, elbows tucked in against your body, helps reduce camera shake. Alternatively, use a tripod. Avoid the flash Despite advances, the flash built into phones often produces unflattering results. More often, a ‘noisy’ picture is preferable in low light. Tap the lightning bolt symbol and set the flash to Off. Zoom with your feet You can zoom with an ‘unpinch’ gesture, but all that does is crop the photo that’s taken – which you can control better later, using the Photos app’s Crop tool. Instead, simply try to get closer if possible.…