Don’t let the chill of winter get you down – the brand new issue of Practical Caravan is here, packed with touring inspiration and much more.
In fact, our January 2015 magazine that’s on sale now is a bargain British breaks special, so the good news is you can enjoy fabulous caravan holidays in the UK without breaking the bank. So, where do you want to go? We’ve got the country covered! Whether you want to visit Scotland or Essex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Suffolk, Wales, the Lake District, the Peak District, south east England or Cheshire, or you’d rather spend your caravan holidays in Cornwall, Lincolnshire, Somerset or the wilds of the North Yorkshire Moors, we’ve pages of cheap holiday ideas packed with things to see and do. From walks and railways to zoos and cathedrals, from Christmas fairs and tanks to castles and beaches, whatever you’re interested in, we hope you can find something to help you plan your first tour of 2015 – and maybe many more. We’ve also given you loads of campsite ideas too, so you can pitch with confidence – find more on our sister website Caravan Sitefinder.
This month’s Great Escape takes us to the Malvern Hills, where you can join Practical Caravan’s Group Editor Alastair Clements and his family as they enjoy a bargain British break of their very own. Join them as they marvel at breathtaking views, take a trip on the water, struggle to resist temptation in an amazing sweet shop and more as they discover the world of Tolkien and Elgar for themselves.
Also in the January 2015 edition of Practical Caravan, we’ve three caravan reviews. Read our Sterling Eccles Sport 524 review to find out more about this £17,545 four-berth. With a side-dinette, end-washroom layout, we get inside this van from Sterling’s well-received, least-expensive range to find out what’s on offer in this award-winning tourer.
We also take our first look at the three-berth Compass Rallye 530. The Explorer Group has aimed its new, well-specified Compass model at couples who will welcome its unusual features and thoughtful design, so read our review of this £21,199 van and assess its potential for yourself.
Our third new van is the new for 2015 Bailey Unicorn Valencia and in our January 2015 magazine we’ve a full live-in test of it. The cream exterior of its predecessor has been replaced with a smart ‘Polar White’ hue and its maker certainly aims to impress when you see the standard spec of this van. Read the Practical Caravan Bailey Unicorn Valencia review and find out how this fixed-bed, range-topping four-berth fares when our experts put it to the test.
We’ve also a trio of tow car tests. We review the Volkswagen Tiguan, put the Peugeot 308 SW through its paces, and in our used section, consider what tow car potential a secondhand Audi Q7 has. We also get a first drive of the new Kia Sorento – can it live up to the reputation of its predecessors?
But that’s not all. With an eye on the weather, in our latest issue we’re reviewing heaters, plus John Wickersham is here with some expert advice to ensure your caravan is ready for spring touring. In addition, Nigel Donnelly explains how to get a new car ready for its first towing experience, read Andy Jenkinson’s guide to pre-owned end-kitchen compacts costing between £5000 and £10,500, and much more.
Whatever you're interested in, we hope you can find something to help you plan your first tour of 2015