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Practical Caravan Summer 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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life after lockdown

I’m typing these words in late June – it was only yesterday that the UK Government announced campsites in England would be allowed to open at the start of July. To say that we at Practical Caravan HQ were happy about the news would be the understatement of the (shockingly eventful) year – just like you, we can’t wait to get back out on the road. Of course, the way we use campsites, and local pubs and restaurants, will be different for the foreseeable future. Only time will tell how long this will last. But there’s every reason – as campsites cautiously begin to open their gates once more – to look forward to getting out again in the caravan, and to begin to make plans for the coming months.…

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wild in the isle

Coordinates 54°16’20”N 8°36’16”W Why were we there? Six years ago, Practical Caravan’s Kate Taylor and Claudia Dowell set out to pay a long overdue visit to regular Top 100 finalists Rushin House and Ballyness Caravan Park, a journey of 100 miles taking a direct route. Craving adventure, they decided to follow Ireland’s western coastline along the Wild Atlantic Way, beginning at Strandhill Caravan and Camping Park in Co Sligo Don’t miss… Catch some waves at Strandhill’s surfing beaches, visit Glencolmcille Folk Village and take in the outstanding views from the coastal mountain of Slieve League in Co Donegal Outfit Land Rover Discovery towing a Sterling Eccles Sport Photographer Phil Russell…

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goodwood cancels festivals

The Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival are highlights in the calendar for motorsport enthusiasts (and those who just love to dress up), but Goodwood Motorsport has had to take the sad decision to cancel this year’s events. The former is normally in July, while the latter was scheduled for September. Both attract thousands of visitors interested in vintage car races and markets. Tickets for either event can be rolled over for 2021, or refunded. And all is not lost – a ‘behind closed doors’ event is planned for the autumn. For further information, visit Dining out on the drive Having seen the great photos of staycations in last month’s issue of Practical Caravan (428), we decided to enjoy a Chippy Tea in our Xplore 554, on the driveway. Here’s our own lockdown…

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keep your valuables secure

Your caravan and tow car keys are among the most valuable possessions in your house – so why not keep them secure by storing them in a Vecta Personal Safe? It’s fitted with a key rack and valuables tray, and comes with a signal-blocking Faraday bag to help prevent relay-theft of cars with keyless ignition. It’s easy to use – just input your four-digit code – and has UK Police Secured by Design accreditation. The safe has also been Sold Secure tested by the Master Locksmiths Association. It is available from or locksmiths. Win your own Vecta Personal Safe worth £149! We have a Vecta Personal Safe, worth £149, to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, and see terms and conditions, go to…

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life under lockdown

Just like campsites everywhere, Bagwell Farm Touring Park, on Dorset’s dramatic Jurassic Coast, had to close to visitors as we went into lockdown. Site manager Karen Kennedy got in touch to tell us what this meant to the campsite and what has been happening there. “It was heartbreaking, closing the site. Phoning and emailing all of our expected arrivals to ask them to stay home instead was surreal,” she says. It soon became clear to the team at Bagwell Farm that there were some people on local sites who had nowhere else to go – carers unable to live in their normal home, workers stranded between live-in jobs, touring full-timers – and needed their assistance. “With the help of our MP, emergency planning councillor and environmental health team, we managed to get an…

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we love...

A good sat nav is crucial when you’re towing, and there are some great caravan-specific units out there right now. One that’s new to the market is the Garmin Camper 890; it has a whopping eight-inch display that you can use in landscape or portrait mode. Custom routes for caravans will get you safely to your destination, while warnings alert you to sharp curves, and there’s a pre-loaded directory of campsites, as well as many other brilliant features. It costs £479.99; to find out more, visit…