With spring just around the corner, our new March issue offers a great selection of travel ideas for all-weather fun!
We love reading a good novel on holiday, whether it’s a detective story, a romance, heroic war story or epic tragedy. So this month our travel stories are all inspired by great literature.
Claudia Dowell fulfils a long-held ambition to visit Stratford-upon-Avon, home of England’s finest playwright, the one and only William Shakespeare. As she follows in his footsteps she meets some colourful characters, takes in a show and relaxes at a campsite that’s open all year.
Devonshire cream teas and an Agatha Christie trail entice Bryony Symes to visit the English Riviera. With blue skies and sublime sea views, Torquay lives up to its seaside holiday reputation during her tour. How can such a lovely place have inspired so many murder mysteries? It’s a conundrum worthy of Hercule Poirot, but our Bryony turns detective and heads up the River Dart to find out more in the author’s home at Greenways. No wonder caravan holidays in Devon are so popular!
From the soft south-west coast, we then travel to the wilds of North Yorkshire, seeking ‘Wuthering sights’. Join us on a tour of Brontë country and discover for yourself what inspired the sisters’ to become such dramatic storytellers.
In our new March issue we also bring you 10 great campsites and places to visit in North West England. Have you been to Carlisle Castle, enjoyed the Bowness Bay Blues festival, or Words by the Water in the Lakes? Test your knowledge and take a look at the excellent sites we recommend this month.
Your best caravans revealed
Finding Britain’s most reliable and best-loved caravans is one of our missions – and the reason for our annual Practical Caravan Owner Satisfaction Awards. Thank you to all our readers for filling in the quick Owner Satisfaction Survey online. Your votes have been counted and verified and the results are reported in detail in our latest issue – the March 2016 edition. Now in its fourth year, these awards are sponsored by Whale. Here’s what you need to know when buying your next caravan!
Will the Eurostar win you over?
The Germans are coming, launching the glitzy new Knaus Eurostar 650 ES in Britain. With its yacht-style seating, timber flooring and stylish upholstery, Knaus hopes to win a bigger chunk of the UK market.
We also bring your our new 2016 Swift Conqueror 650 review this month. The new 650 floorplan establishes this new van’s credentials as a distinctive luxury tourer. Find out what our expert thinks of this classy new island bed tourer.
If you’re looking for a new caravan with a spacious end-washroom and a fixed bed, read our new 2016 Bailey Pursuit 430-4 review. We put this £13,440-van to the test to find out how practical the layout is in use.
Airy awning and Bluetooth speakers on test
If the idea of putting up a full awning gives you nightmares, don’t miss our new Kampa Fiesta Air Pro 280 review. This neat little inflatable awning could be the answer to your prayers.
Bluetooth speakers are a fantastic way of enjoying music on holiday, and most of these versatile portable units are light enough to take to the beach for an evening barbecue! We compare 12 Bluetooth speakers to find out which could be the best for you.
In used caravan buyer we give tips on how to find a tidy 2004 Lunar for your holidays this year, with examples going from £5,500 to £6500. Then we compare two sub-£16k twin-single-bed caravans in a head-to-head used caravan test.
Would you tow with a Jag?
Can the brand new top compact executive Jaguar XE cut it as a tow car? Motty has hitched it up to a caravan for a quick tow car test – and you can read his findings in the latest issue.
We also report the results of our new Vauxhall Zafira Tourer tow car test – and we’re pleasantly surprised at the results. Behind that bland exterior lies a capable, frugal MPV, says our expert.
Plus we advise you how to buy a great used Volkswagen Touran in our used tow car test this month.
Win West Country Show tickets and more!
In Stacie’s super savers there’s a chance for you to win tickets to Exeter’s West Country Caravan and Motorhome Show, which takes place from 11-13 March.
We also have two innovative My Buddy Tag tracking wristbands to give away. This gadget can help you keep tabs on your children, allowing them to explore the campsite without causing you a panic when you think they’ve got lost.
Finally, there’s a special offer – now’s your chance to buy a copy of Sea View Camping: The West Country at just £5.50 instead of the full price of £9.99.
Enjoy our March issue – it’s in the shops from today!
Devonshire cream teas and an Agatha Christie murder-mystery trail entice Bryony Symes to visit the English Riviera