Enjoy the bright lights of Britain’s big cities, and explore some of the best motorhome-friendly European cities with the August issue of Practical Motorhome!

it’s our ‘City breaks special’ this month and our motorhome travel writers bask in beautiful Bath, discover the hidden charms of Leeds and Newcastle, then step back in time with a tour of the Potteries’ Ceramic Trail in Stoke-on-Trent. To go with our tour of Bath, we’ve reviewed 10 great campsites near Bath that would make an ideal base for exploring this Roman spa town and picturesque villages in the glorious surrounding countryside.

Which are the top motorhome-friendly cities to visit in Europe? We asked our reader team members to share their favourite Continental destinations to put on our bucket lists of ‘must-see’ places to visit. They reveal the best places to go to enjoy memorable motorhome city breaks in Spain, Italy, Norway, Luxembourg, France, Belgium, Sweden, Spain, Austria and more. Dig out those Euros and let’s go!

Fancy a trip to Nottingham this September? The UK Autumn Motorhome and Caravan Show takes place at the Newark showground and in our latest issue we have six weekend packages to the event up for grabs. The show runs from 5-6 September and there are more than 130 trade stands to see, with motorhome dealers previewing 2016 models, and camping accessories, food and drink stalls on offer. Our lucky winners will be able to enjoy the show and also two fantastic outdoor concerts on the Friday and Saturday nights. For your chance to win a weekend camping package at the show, enter online before 29 June, 2015.

Also in the August issue we have a special offer code for Ecocamel’s new Orbit Soft Water showerhead. Use it in your motorhome or at home to provide softer water, without chemicals. Full special details are in Stacie’s super savers in the magazine, our competition page.

Motorhome owners are all too familiar with the sound of overhanging branches squeaking and lashing as they graze our ‘van windows in country lanes. What can you do about it? This month our expert John Wickersham comes to the rescue and explains how to repair damaged motorhome windows, so that they look as good as new.

Our motorhome workshop guru Diamond Dave advises on the type of gearbox that might be right for your needs. Then we put the spotlight on automatic transmissions and ask, ‘Do we need more automatic-gearbox motorhomes?‘, a debate that brings surprising results. 

If you love taking photographs on holiday, now is the moment you’ve been waiting for. This month we finally reveal the winners of our fantastic Pitchside Panoramas competition and print a gorgeous gallery of the best holiday photos you sent in.

Looking for a new – or nearly-new – motorhome? This month our Test Editor Mike Le Caplain considers what might be around the industry corner in 2016. We also bring you our full live-in test of the Benimar Mileo 231 and our verdict on the Spanish brand that has just made its comeback into the UK, imported by the mighty Marquis Motorhomes dealer network.

We also review the Adria Twin 500 S and ask how on earth this popular Slovenian manufacturer managed to fit two berths, four belted travelling seats, a kitchen and a washroom into a 5m van? Read the review in Practical Motorhome’s August issue to discover the secret.

French manufacturer Chausson produces excellent motorhomes based on the Ford Transit. Now we get our hands on the new Chausson Flash 610 and give our verdict on the clever new design features in this low-profile motorhome. 

Don’t buy a brand new motorhome without consulting our all-new Motorhome Buyer’s Guide. Check our latest listings to compare the prices and specifications of the brand new motorhomes on sale in Britain right now. 

Browsing the small adverts to find used motorhomes for sale can lead to the joyful discovery of real bargains. Make sure it does, by reading this month’s Used ‘van challenge. In the August issue of Practical Motorhome Nick Harding compares three family-friendly coachbuilts and explains what to look for in each to decide the best of the bunch. We also have an expert guide to buying the best Auto-Trail tandem-axle ranges based on Fiat Ducato X/44, built from 1195 to 2006.

No matter how good your vehicle, from time to time the tyres will need a top-up to maintain optimum fuel economy and keep you safe on the road. It can be hard to manoeuvre motorhomes to get close to the airline in some garages, so is there a better way? Of course there is. This month we review tyre compressors to make sure you only buy the best.

Remember your first time out in a motorhome? Was it a motorhome tour that changed your life? Enjoy the fun as newbie Tim Bulley discovers the joy of taking his camp with him and his family and remembering to wave and smile as he changes gear! 

We hope you’ll enjoy the August issue of Practical Motorhome – it’s in the shops right now!