Just because it’s October doesn’t mean it is time to pack your ’van away until spring. The brand-new issue of Practical Motorhome is full of inspiration – and it’s on sale now.

Features Editor Claudia Dowell is off on the trail of the legendary landscape architect Capability Brown. Join her has she tours across England in our long-term Auto-Sleeper Broadway EK, visiting some of his most spectacular masterpieces.

In the 300 years since his birth, Brown’s gardens and the stately homes they surround have become some of England’s most-celebrated tourist attractions. And many are easy to visit in your ’van.

So why not follow our Claudia to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, Cambridgeshire’s Wimpole Estate, Burton Constable Hall in East Yorkshire, Syon House in Brentford and more gardens across England. Whether it’s a weekend away, a day trip or a longer tour taking in several locations, there’s lots to get stuck into in the December 2016 issue of Practical Motorhome.

And there’s more! Donna and Phil Garner head to another of Capability Brown’s masterpieces, and one that’s a star of the small screen, too. Find out what there is to see at Highclere Castle in Berkshire – and further afield.

Still want more? Head to France. Across four days, Caroline Mills tours the gardens of André le Nôtre around Paris. From the pomp of the famous Palace of Versailles to the equine attractions at the Château de Chantilly, you’ve all you need to start planning your own adventure.

2017 motorhomes reviewed

Don’t miss our four reviews of brand-new, 2017-season motorhomes in our December magazine – and they’re all from much-loved British brands.

Our Editor Niall Hampton checks out the Auto-Trail Tracker RS. This two-berth, parallel lounge/end-washroom ’van usefully has a 3500kg MTPLM. It’s priced from £54,691 OTR and if fixed beds aren’t a must for you, this could be a ’van to put on your shortlist.

And be sure to read our Bailey Autograph 75-2 review. All-new for 2017, find out how this sharp-looking, French bed model shapes up.

Then Reviews Editor Peter Baber looks around the 2017 Elddis Autoquest 196. The only new Autoquest for 2017, the 196 brings a drop-down bed to the range for the first time. It also squeezes six berths into its 7.43m length and 3500kg chassis. Read our review for the full story!

Plus, as Swift redesigns its Escape range for 2017, Andy Jenkinson reviews the 694. See its in-line island bed, central washroom and L-shaped lounge in the December 2016 edition of Practical Motorhome.

And that’s really just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve more ideas for your motorhome holidays, advice if you’re looking at used motorhomes for sale, expert insight, some of our top tech spots at the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf and much more.

So make sure you get a copy of our December 2016 issue – on sale now!