Each month, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about where to go and what to see throughout the year, so you can get planning for a brilliant 2022! We’re now sharing our August touring tips…
Why not go to a festival?
Although many of the larger festivals are earlier in the year – Glastonbury, Download and V are all in June – August is the heart of festival season, with balmy nights combining with sound systems and audiences for a heady atmospheric mix.
Retro 80s festival Rewind is at Capesthorne Hall, Cheshire (5-7 August) and Temple Island Meadows, Henley-on-Thames (19-21 August).
Arts and science
Rock the Park, in Wrexham, Wales, has more than 70 acts across four stages (5-7 August).
For something a little more alternative, check out the Green Man event, a science and arts festival in the Brecon Beacons (18-21 August). Then nip back across the border to Fernhill Farm, Bristol, for ArcTanGent, an award-winning independent festival with more than 100 acts playing across five alternating stages (17-20 August).
Also not to be missed is the annual pilgrimage to Reading (pictured) and Leeds, both held on 26-28 August. They have become something of a rite of passage for young people, but there are still plenty of bands for older revellers to enjoy – just avoid the mosh pit!
Finally, don’t forget the many joys of the Edinburgh Festival, a glorious celebration of all things art and culture. For three weeks (6-28 August 2022) the city will be a vibrant hub of events and excitement, and is well worth a stop during your Scottish tours, particularly as this will be the event’s 75th anniversary.
For something different…
If you’re in Edinburgh for the festival, consider some of Scotland’s other attractions. There’s none more famous or mysterious than Loch Ness, home to the fabled monster. Even if you don’t spot Nessie, there is loads to do. Don’t miss the Loch Ness 360° Trail, an epic outdoor activity challenge.
Edinburgh Caravan and Motorhome Club Campsite sits on the waterfront at the Firth of Forth and within easy reach of Edinburgh for the festival.
Buy of the month
Weber Traveler Gas Barbecue
With its smart slimline profile and foldable cart, the Traveler makes barbecuing on the go so much easier. The unit’s high-quality porcelain-enamelled grates provide a large cooking area and the integral tool hooks make an extremely useful addition. You can also get more great ideas for what to take away with you in our round-up of the best caravan gadgets.
Price £439.95 at weber.com
Now’s the time to make midseason checks
In addition to your van’s annual service, there are plenty of tasks you can tackle to keep it in tip-top condition. Try these:
1 Regularly check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and change them when needed.
2 Keep an eye on the age of your tyres. You’ll find the date in a small lozenge on the tyre wall. Check tyre tread and for tell-tale signs of cracking or damage in the inner and outer walls of the tyre.
3 Watch for corrosion on the chassis, especially at joints, and if the surface has been damaged or scuffed.
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