Each month, we’ll provide you with everything you need to know about where to go and what to see throughout the year, so you can get planning for a brilliant 2022! We’re now sharing our April touring tips…
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Why not plan a trip abroad?
Many UK motorcaravanners tour abroad, and for good reason – France in particular is very welcoming to those with a motorhome.
Driving in France is easy, with its much quieter roads. You’ll find stunning countryside and coast, as well as fabulous towns and cities.
A great starting point is a trip to Normandy, so why not go to learn more about the events of D-Day?
Take Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth to Caen and you’ll find some great sites just a few miles from the port. We have stayed at Camping La Vallée near Houlgate, Camping Hautes Coutures at Bénouville and the CAMC-affiliated Camping Côte de Nacre. All recommended!
You can immerse yourself in the culture there, with some top-notch cuisine and the local tipple, Calvados.
We can highly recommend Casserole et Bouchons, in Ouistreham. Ignore the décor and just savour the excellent fixed-price lunch menu. Two can feast for around £25.
The must-see list includes the Mémorial de Caen museum; Merville Battery; Le Grand Bunker, Ouistreham; Pegasus Bridge; Longues-sur-Mer Battery and memorials across the region, including the new British Normandy Memorial.
Pegasus Bridge is the place to soak up the atmosphere. Other attractions include the Bayeux Tapestry in Caen.
For something different…
Puy du Fou is an incredible theme park near Nantes, northern France. The park has a Roman amphitheatre with a live gladiator show; vast castle scenes with battling knights; dancing horses; jaw-dropping light shows and the unforgettable Bal des Oiseaux Fantômes bird show (our favourite).
Sunnydale Farm Touring Park, near Portsmouth, is ideal for a stopover before catching the 8.15am ferry to Caen, or exploring Hampshire. You can also get more great touring inspiration by heading to our guide to the best motorhome sites, where we’re picking out the top campsites to stay at around the UK.
Buy of the month
Ryze Tello drone
The Ryze Tello is lightweight at just 80g and easy to use, capturing decent enough footage that will please most users. The maximum flight distance is 100 metres, although you are more likely to use this comfortably in the 30- to 50-metre range, and a maximum flight time of 13 minutes should be more than enough to capture a view of the local area.
Now’s the time to brush up on your driving skills
Both of the major Clubs offer excellent manoeuvring courses at cost-effective prices that are great ways to brush up on your motorhome driving skills. They are vital for new motorcaravanners, but experienced drivers can always benefit from refreshing their skills, too.
On a course, you can expect to learn the principles of driving a larger vehicle, maintenance information, manoeuvring your ’van forwards and backwards, and safety checks. These courses take place at locations all around the country and typically cost around £190.
Don’t forget to mention attendance at a driving course to your insurance provider – it might bag you a discount.
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