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 September touring tips…
Why not go off-peak touring?
If you’re after some peace and quiet, now is the time.
Kids are back in school, campsite prices have dropped and there’s lots going on around the country. Now’s the time to head off (especially as September’s weather is often better than August’s), and take advantage of your flexibility to tour outside the peak season.
England’s diverse history and culture make the Heritage Open Days events, running from 9-18 September, an absolute boon for the curious caravanner.
From stately homes and museums to cemeteries and gardens, all sorts of attractions open their doors for free in this 10-day celebration of all that’s great about English heritage.
Burghley Horse Trials (pictured below), at Burghley House near Stamford, Lincolnshire, are a celebration of equestrianship and country life, and take place from 1-4 September in 2022.
The setting is sensational, and with its stunning grounds, fine house and child-friendly Garden of Surprises, you can easily fill a weekend there.
Caravan membership (to pitch on site) is pricey (around £400!), so we’d stay locally and drive in. Keal Lodge, nine miles away, would be our choice.
The End of the Road Festival (1-4 September), near Blandford in Devon, would make a perfect end to the summer holidays. It’s a laid-back festival of music, arts and fun – and caravans are welcome. The Pixies headline in 2022, and there are hundreds of other attractions.
For something different…
There’s fun for all the family at Cofton Holiday Park in south Devon: everyone can try loads of new activities over a long weekend. They include fishing and Segway riding,
as well as lots of antics with paddle boards, kayaks and canoes on the River Exe.
Fforest Fields, in the heart of Wales, has been described by one visitor as the “Shangri-La of campsites”, nestled as it is in a tranquil, tree-lined valley.
You can also take a look at our guide to the best caravan sites in Wales for more campsite inspiration.
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Now’s the time to lubricate the caravan
If you’ve been using the van all spring and summer, now’s the time for some DIY lubrication. You’ll need liquid or spray lube and a tub or tube of grease.
Starting at the front, oil or grease all moving parts: the hitch head release handle, Al-Ko stabiliser and handbrake pivots, the hitch head damper under the plastic cowling, and the jockey wheel and its clamp. Take care not to get oil or grease on the stabiliser pads.
Moving back, grease the corner steady mechanisms, including the long screw threads and pivots, and if you have a pull-out style spare wheel holder, ensure that it slides freely.
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