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Enjoy the best family caravan holidays with our special October magazine, check out five fantastic new-season tourers and much more – out now!

Kids love caravan holidays, so whether you like touring with your little ones or taking the grandchildren for a few days to give mum and dad a break, we’ve tonnes to inspire your next adventure. Grab our brand-new October issue and join Bryony Symes and Claudia Dowell for a family-friendly trip to the Isle of Wight. From their base at The Orchards Holiday Caravan and Camping Park, which you voted as the number one park in the UK in our Top 100 Sites Guide 2016, they discover the island’s best beaches, get charmed by alpacas, enjoy traditional seaside holiday delights at Blackgang Chine and much more. Read all about it in our family touring special issue, on sale now.

And that’s not all. Caroline Mills tours the UK, following in the footsteps – and sometimes pawprints – of some of the best-loved children’s books. What could be better on your next family holiday than playing Poohsticks in Ashdown Forest, taking a stroll through a deep, dark wood with the Gruffalo or walking in the webbed footprints of Jemima Puddleduck in the Lake District? Plus, Suzanne Asquith unplugs and heads to North Yorkshire for a gadget-free getaway with her family, and we share your top tips to help keep children happy in the car during long drives on your caravan holidays.

Pick up a copy of the October edition of Practical Caravan and you’ll also be one of the first to check out some of 2017’s best new caravans. This month we review the Sprite Major 4EB, the blue (yes, really!) Compass Camino 660, a second non-white caravan in the form of the Adria Adora 613UT Thames Platinum Collection, as well as the 2017 Coachman Pastiche 520 and the Lunar Lexon 560. And we’ve two brand-new tow car tests for you too, as David Motton hitches up and puts the new Jeep Renegade and Audi A4 through their paces. We also consider how the second-generation Nissan X-Trail fares as a secondhand tow car.

Browsing used caravans for sale? We compare a pair of two-berth caravans for under £10,000 in our secondhand shootout. On a smaller budget? Read Andy Jenkinson’s expert guide to buying a used Swift Challenger – turn to page 114.

If you’re looking for a project to upgrade your caravan, this month Nigel Hutson shows you how to fit snazzy LED ambient lighting in your tourer to bring its lighting bang up to date and help save energy.

Packed with all this and more, make sure you get the family-focused October edition of Practical Caravan magazine and enjoy memorable tours to inspire the next generation of caravanners – on sale now! Or subscribe today and never miss an issue.

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