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 June touring tips…
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Why not take to the water?
Let’s hope the weather is warm, as there are fantastic outdoor events taking place this month, many of them on the water.
Join the annual extravaganza at Henley-on-Thames for the Royal Regatta (28 June – 3 July) – the six days of racing can be enjoyed by the public, who can enter into the spirit of things by decking themselves out in snazzy blazers and stylish frocks.
As you’re in the county, why not head for Oxford for a spot of punting? At Magdalen Bridge Boathouse you can hire punts, rowing boats or pedalos. If you’re more of a light blue, make your way to Cambridge (pictured below), where punt hire companies operate from Jesus Green, south of the Cam.
It’s World Oceans Day on 8 June, time to give a little back to our wonderful seas by joining one of the many beach cleans run by the Marine Conservation Society.
Visitors to the Isle of Wight also have the opportunity to join the Round the Island race (25 June), one of the UK’s most popular yacht regattas.
A number of charter firms offer training and places in the event. (If you’re staying longer on the island, you’ll find more sailing action, with Cowes Week beginning on 30 July.)
This month also marked the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, with an extended bank holiday from 2 to 5 June. The celebrations include Trooping the Colour and the lighting of beacons around the country.
For something different
If you’re looking to do something different this June, our touring tips have you covered.
It’s all strawberries and cream for sports fans as the Wimbledon Championships (27 June – 10 July) serve a feast of tennis. The games start with the men warming up at London’s Queen’s Club (13-19 June) and the women at Eastbourne International (20-26 June).
Swiss Farm Touring & Camping, in Henley, has plenty of excellent facilities and is only a short walk from the Regatta. You can also find more brilliant touring inspiration in our guide to the UK’s best caravan parks, where we take a look at the standout campsites to head to.
Buy of the month
Sonos Roam Speaker
You can bring the party with you wherever you go on tour, with this drop-resistant, waterproof, portable speaker powered by a built-in rechargeable battery.
The Sonos Roam allows you to enjoy multi-room listening via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth streaming, and includes voice control. You can find more brilliant accessories to take on tour with you in our best caravan gadget round-up.
Now’s the time to become an awning expert
So you’ve cleaned your awning, but what’s the most efficient way of putting it up?
Take advantage of the good weather to perfect your skills. Attach the draught skirt and wheel-arch cover, if you have one. Pull the awning onto the rail, and ensure it fits over the area it is supposed to (particularly for porch awnings).
If you have an air awning, now start inflating. With a pole awning, put the central ceiling pole and its immediate support poles together first, pulling the awning away from the caravan to form a ‘T’ shape. Secure and peg the corners nearest the van, then the outer corners, then the front, and finally the sides.
Alternatively, if you’re still looking for one, be sure to take a look at our guide to the best caravan awnings.
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