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Practical Caravan September 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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the show will go on

Here at Practical Caravan HQ, we were disappointed to learn that the annual Motorhome and Caravan Show at the NEC had been postponed – it’s such a major event on all of our calendars that it really brought home the ongoing impact that Covid-19 is having. Safety has to come first, of course, so it’s an understandable decision; but it’s one that will sadden many, offering as it does the opportunity to see a whole host of new models under one roof. But the industry will bounce back – there are already positive noises coming from dealers across the UK, and with the height of the summer still in front of us, there’s plenty to look forward to in the months ahead. And, as we have done since 1967, Practical Caravan…

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the big shot

Where are we? Compton Bay, Isle of Wight Coordinates 50.6562° N, 1.4757° W Why tour here? From the mainland, the Isle of Wight involves a short ferry ride to a very family-friendly holiday destination. Seaside towns, award-winning beaches, watersports, downs for walking, wildlife and attractions children will love – there is so much to do, as well as some great campsites. Don’t miss… Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s summer residence; Ventnor Botanical Gardens; stargazing in some of the darkest skies in the UK; and a fossil tour – the isle is also known as Dinosaur Island! Photographer Bob Atkins…

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THIS MONTH WE CHAT… FAMILY TOURING // FERRY TRIPS // DRIVING ABROAD ★ Star letter ★ I really enjoyed the article about the Wild Atlantic Way (issue 429). I have travelled sections of this route on many occasions over the years and can testify that the scenery is jaw-droppingly beautiful. However, if you are driving there with a caravan or motorhome, the Ring of Kerry must be travelled in an anti-clockwise route. The roads are extremely narrow and twisty, with sheer drops. Believe me, you don’t want to meet a tour coach coming towards you! 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…

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your photos!


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how to take brilliant photos

1 Use the rule of thirds The rule of thirds can be used in all genres of photography, but it can be especially useful for landscapes. By splitting the scene into virtual thirds, vertically and horizontally, you can balance the composition, carefully positioning your main point of interest (a tree in this example) on a point where the lines intersect, to draw in the eye. 2 Take a tripod A tripod is a must-have accessory for all landscape photographers. When capturing scenic shots, you’ll often be shooting in low light at the start or the end of the day, or using small aperture settings to capture as much of the scene as possible in focus, so you’ll need to use a slow shutter speed, making it impossible to get sharp shots handheld. 3 Frame…

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this month we love…

OUTDOOR FURNITURE // CLEVER KIT // GREAT GADGETS Luxury hamper It’s picnic season, and what better way to celebrate than this classic hamper? It has an insulated inner and comes with a smart rug. Price £115 Web Lumi-Mosi mosquito killer This LED lantern and UV midge/mosquito killer should enhance nights in the awning. It charges via USB and has three settings. Price £24.99 Web Two-way family radio Keep the family in touch on site or during cycle rides and hikes with this set of four walkie-talkies, with a range of up to 3km. Price £59.99 Web Helinox Table One Hardtop This small table can hold up to 50kg, but folds down to a very compact size. Price £120 Web Inflatable mattress When you need an extra bed, this mattress is inflated by pressing on the pillow. You can also clip…