Meet the stars of 2015! We bring you our pick of the most important new tourers for the upcoming season. New 2015 caravans featured include the new Bailey Unicorn, new Coachman Pastiche, new Swift Elegance, new Elddis Affinity and the new Adria Altea. Plus of course our cover star is the new Venus 540/4 – so don’t miss the September issue of Practical Caravan!
Also in the latest issue we have some dream caravan holidays to share with you. Inspired by the dark crime dramas from Scandinavia, our new editor Alastair Clements took his family to Denmark, with the promise of a trip to Legoland. We stay in the north of England, too, with trips to Durham, Scarborough and the East Yorkshire coast, and slip over the Channel to bring you 10 great sites for French beaches.
First of all, though, we start every issue with Caravan Chat. In this section we feature your letters on touring in Italy and France, your votes on vans without toilets. Plus, reader pics and new gear.
In Home from home Martin Roberts (of the BBC One TV show Homes under the Hammer fame) gets caught in his birthday suit during his caravan holiday.
Talking tourers brings you marketplace news by Alastair Clements, who looks at changes at the Explorer Group and Lunar, and a new book for all those who love the vintage caravan scene. Plus we alert you to the caravans that have vanished from the 2015 ranges.
On our Diary and Local knowledge page we find great wildlife events for families and share the inside line on going touring in beautiful Surrey.
Stacie’s super savers this month include a chance for you to win tickets to October’s NEC show and a toilet-tidy kit, plus discount on slip-on waterproof shoes perfect for caravanning.
In Me and my caravan Alastair Clements reports on how a movie enthusiast turned a derelict Ministry of Transport van into a mobile cinema – his very own Theatre of Dreams.
Caravan Travel brings you news on the ways that active holidays are good for the economy as well as good for you!
Great escape to Viking country is our editor Alastair Clement’s tale of his family caravan holiday exploring the lighter side of Denmark’s popular crime drama settings.
Weekender in Durham is Gary Richardson’s story about delving into the culture of this university city.
Weekender in Scarborough is our former editor Rob Ganley’s farewell tale as he joins a Camping and Caravanning Club rally in North Yorkshire – and meets Julia Bradbury.
In Getaway to Yorkshire Janice Sadler explains the appeal of East Yorkshire.
Caravan holidays near beaches in France are the focus for our pick of 10 great campsites this month.
Meet the stars of 2015! This month’s Showroom highlights our pick of the most important new tourers for the upcoming touring season. Take an early peek at the new caravans set to be unveiled for next year. We reveal the new 2015 Bailey Unicorn Cadiz, new 2015 Coachman Pastiche 460/2, new 2015 Venus 540/4 (our cover star), the new 2015 Swift Elegance 565, the new 2015 Elddis Affinity 554 and the new 2015 Adria Altea 552 DT Tamar.
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In Layout focus this month we think couples will find a lot to like in these two-berth, end-washroom caravans.
Test bench looks at inflatable furniture that add oodles of comfort but take up very little space and weigh next to nothing!
Tow car test this month is our review of the sublime Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Plus we report from our First drives of the Jeep Cherokee and Nissan Qashqai and bring you our running reports and news of our fleet.
Caravan Genius looks at gas regulators and explain how to use and look after your caravan’s gas gizmo. Our Technical Q&A gives expert DIY advice on running your caravan, too.
The Buyer’s guide to buying new caravans lists what’s on the forecourt now, before the 2015 launches.
Our Second-hand Shootout seeks out the best island-bed four-berths and our Used van buyer feature advises what to look for when buying end-washroom vans.
Talking tow cars answers your questions about cars that are up to the job of towing your caravan – and for those of us on a budget, our Used tow car buyer feature looks at buying a pre-owned Mitsubishi Shogun tow car.
Plus: Don’t forget that in every issue of Practical Caravan we have a ‘Buying and selling’ section – two pages of awnings and kit selling for bargain prices.
Finally, pop into the kitchen with our Caravan chef Emma for comfort food on tour. This month she tests one reader’s special recipe for that camping classic – caravanners’ corned beef hash!
Inspired by the dark crime dramas from Scandinavia, our new editor Alastair Clements took his family to Denmark