Britain is shaping up for a glorious summer of festivals – and we’re determined to make sure you won’t miss out. Whether you love rock, jazz, classical or pop music, or prefer a feast of fine words from literature, there’s a special event designed just for you. Read our 2015 guide to 20 great festivals you can enjoy around Britain – and five more elsewhere in Europe. Why not pick one of these exciting events and make it the highlight of your caravan holiday this year?
Our festival guide has been put together by our Bryony Symes and in our travel section she reports on her own festival fun. She dresses up in 1940s-style vintage clothes to see the Jive Aces at the Summertime Swing Festival in Sussex. She also treats her mum to the joys of a book-fest in Bronte country, at West Yorkshire’s Ilkley Literature Festival.
Andrew Stott takes his son Jack to East Riding for the Burton Agnes Jazz Festival, for some cool music in the grounds of a Tudor manor house. Gary Richardson revels in dozens of great gigs at the Lake District‘s famous music extravaganza, Kendal Calling.
If you’re ready to take longer caravan holidays in Europe, don’t miss our inspiring Great Escape to Greece in Practical Caravan this month. After their first drive from Britain to Greece, Jeremy and Debbie White found it a breeze to explore the glorious Peloponnese peninsula and its ancient ruins beside the beautiful blue Ionian sea.
This month’s Stacie’s super savers brings you two exciting new Practical Caravan competitions and a special offer. If you love Yorkshire, head for Harrogate from 14-16 July. Enter our prize draw by 17 June for a chance to win one of the five family tickets for a great day out at the 157th Great Yorkshire Show.
We also have two fantastic prizes to make pitching your caravan easy. Purple Line’s Kojack Lite jack and levelling system now fits more caravans, thanks to improved brackets that you can use even with the latest vans without jacking points. There’s a jack for single-axle caravans and one for twin-axle vans and we have two sets to give away. Each set includes a three-stage hydraulic bottle jack and two chassis brackets with integral spirit levels, while there are two extra brackets in the twin-axle version. Enter our new competitions online by 17 June for a chance to win these prizes.
Ecocamel has just launched its Orbit Soft Water showerhead for caravans and home showers. To celebrate the launch they’re offering readers of Practical Caravan a chance to buy the Orbit unit for £70, getting free delivery, a free hose worth £10, and a non-slip shower mat worth £12.95, when using the exclusive special offer code printed in Practical Caravan’s July issue.
If you enjoy seeing the latest caravans rolling onto the forecourts, you’ll love our new July issue of Practical Caravan. Our cover star is the brilliant new Sprite caravan. This month we bring you our full live-in test of the Sprite Major 4 SB: a luxury layout for a bargain price-tag less than £15,000.
We head for Lunar Caravans near Preston next to review the Lunar Quasar 646, a spacious twin-axle six-berth caravan with fixed bunks and a large washroom. We also review the plush new Lunar Delta TS, which has fixed twin beds and a full-width washroom. Our expert also takes a good first look round the Sterling Continental 570, to see how it measures up to its Swift-branded cousin, the fixed-bed four-berth that did so well in our Tourer of the Year contest.
The new Skoda Octavia Scout is our main tow car on test this month. Our expert notes that the four-wheel drive version of the Octavia faces a challenge… from itself. Join Motty for his test track report and full verdict on this capable tow car.
We also have tow car reviews on the new Mazda 6 and a used Volvo V70, and news of Seat adding a new 4×4 to its Leon range, the new Jaguar XF saloon and more!
Finally, we bring you plenty of practical advice for caravanners on finding spare parts for caravans so you can make essential DIY repairs, compare used four-berth caravans for sale up to £7000, we test 14 windbreaks to find the best caravan accessories you can buy, and share with you the lovely tale of one man’s mission to restore a vintage caravan.
Don’t miss the July issue of Practical Caravan – it’s on sale in the shops right now!
Explore the glorious Peloponnese peninsula and its ancient ruins beside the beautiful blue Ionian sea