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 May touring tips…
Why not visit a garden?
There’s no better time of year to see everything in bloom. Spring has sprung and it’s a joyous time to visit some of the UK’s gorgeous gardens.
Our love of horticulture is something to celebrate, as is the access offered by bodies such as the National Trust and the RHS.
In 2022, the RHS Chelsea Flower Show returns to its regular slot (24-28 May), with the usual array of gardens, celebrity appearances and glorious floral displays.
It’s also no surprise to see both World Bee Day (20 May) and International Day for Biological Diversity (22 May) marked this month.
Head west to Cornwall, to explore the imposing biomes of the Eden Project and the luxuriant jungle of The Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Go north for Sheffield’s Botanical Garden, with its pavilions and programme of cultural events, while in the south, visitors can enjoy RHS Wisley and Wakehurst, with its Millennium Seed Bank and Coronation Meadow.
Scotland’s Benmore Botanic Garden is set in a stunning mountainside location in Argyll and is glorious at this time of year, as is the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.
In Wales, the National Botanic Garden is its most visited garden, home to more than 8000 plant varieties.
Northern Ireland also has fine gardens – Castle Ward, County Down, was the location for Winterfell in Game of Thrones.
For something different…
If you want to do something different this May, we have just the touring tips for you! Head for the Sussex Downs for a spot of opera in a truly glorious setting. Glyndebourne Festival (21 May to 28 August) showcases world-class opera in a state-of-the-art indoor auditorium. While you’re there, you can also enjoy a picnic in the beautifully maintained gardens.
On the south coast of Cornwall, perched high above picturesque Mevagissey Bay, lies the five-star Heligan Caravan and Camping Park. You can also get more touring inspiration by taking a look at our guide to the best caravan parks in Cornwall.
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Now’s the time to clean and reproof your awning
It’s normally easiest to clean and reproof your awning when it’s pitched. This way, you can work methodically around the whole unit and be sure you’ve cleaned and treated it all. If you’re looking for one to take on tour with you, be sure to look at our guide to the best caravan awnings too.
1. Brush off loose dirt – if necessary, scrape it off with a flat-bladed knife or a piece of plastic.
2. Use an appropriate cleaning liquid to clean the awning fabric thoroughly.
3. If needed, use some highly diluted bleach solution to tackle mould and mildew stains.
4. Rinse thoroughly.
5. Allow to dry naturally.
6. Waterproof the fabric all over, using an appropriate reproofing liquid.
7. Allow to dry naturally.
Courtesy of campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
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