Top 5 Coastal Caravan Holidays!

 

The end is in site and lockdown is almost over… but have you started planning your post-lockdown getaway yet? ­­Just in case you’re struggling for ideas, we’ve picked out our top 5 coastal sites for the perfect summer staycation!

Pentewen Sands – St Austell, Cornwall…

If you’re looking for the perfect picturesque location, then look no further than Pentewen Sands. Situated on its own private beach in the Mevagissey Bay, this 5-Star holiday park boasts stunning views and crystal-clear waters! With live entertainment in the Seahorse Bar and an indoor water park, Pentewen is ideal for families. And for all the thrill seekers out there, check out the paddle board and water sports area down on the beach!

With motorhome and caravan pitches just a three-minute walk to the sea, you can have the perfect Cornish costal getaway.  

Craig Tara – Ayrshire, Scotland…

Are you in need of an action-packed break with plenty of activities to keep the kids occupied? Craig Tara touring park is the place to be this summer! Situated on the Ayrshire coastline, Craig Tara boasts stunning views and direct access to the beach. Being a Haven site, there is always something to do – whether it’s traversing the Lighthouse Harbour Adventure or taking a swim in the multi-level pool complex!

With its range of facilities and holiday packages to suit all budgets, it’s never been easier to escape to the beautiful Scottish coast.

Wheal Rodney – Mount’s Bay, Cornwall…

Do you consider yourself a history buff? Then the Wheal Rodney site is the perfect place for you and your family. Set behind Cornwall’s oldest town, Marazion, Wheal Rodney is just a 20-minute walk to St Michael’s Mount Castle. With a range of shops and stunning scenery, Marazion is the ideal location for hikers and tourists alike!

Did we mention that the site has an indoor, heated pool too?

Penrhyn Bay Caravan Park – Llandudno, Wales…

Awaken your inner explorer on the stunning coastline that is Penrhyn Bay! Recognised as one of the few geoparks in the world, Anglesey boasts a many castles, stately homes and Celtic monuments for you and your family to visit. The site itself has a play area and games room for the kids, as well as a heated indoor swimming pool and outdoor tennis court! For the more seasoned explorers, the park also has a private slipway to sail along the coast.

Brighton Caravan Club – Brighton, England…

Just a short walk from the beautiful town of Brighton, the Brighton Caravan Club is the perfect destination for couples and families alike. The town itself boasts a range of attractions including Brighton Pier, the Royal Pavilion, Electrical Railway and plenty of quirky boutiques – it’s the classic seaside resort that we all know and love!

Our stunning coastlines are the perfect destinations for your summer staycations! Make sure your caravan is protected with the Pro-Tec Towing Jacket. With breathable materials and a soft inner lining, your caravan will be protected against dangerous elements…

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Everything you always wanted to know about Pro-tec covers*

(*but were afraid to ask)

Here at Pro-tec we missed the interaction we get at the NEC caravan and motorhome show and getting to meet our

customers old and new, so to help give you that NEC show feeling we have managed to get the boss himself Keith Proctor

to take a few minutes out of his busy schedule to answer the most asked questions we receive at the show, some of his answer surprised even us!

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What does the lockdown roadmap mean for caravan sites?

On Monday 22nd February, the government announced the roadmap for bringing Britain out of lockdown. The plan included key dates of when certain venues and industries could expect to re-open based on how the data is showing at that time.

This included things such as the re-opening of retail, restaurants and hospitality and even later in the year a plan for re-opening sectors such as nightclubs and removing limits of social contact.

This plan has sparked optimism for most of Britain but what does the plan mean for caravanners?

It’s been a tough year for lovers of caravan and motorhome trips, with many of us not having any trips for the last year. However, things are starting to look up. Here’s what we know based on Monday’s announcement:

The plan

It’s important to remember that the dates announced by the government are a guideline and it will still depend on how many people are vaccinated at the time, what the death rate is like and what the R rate is (rate of infection of the COVID-19 disease). If these numbers continue to drop and remain low, then we can expect to follow these dates quite accurately.

So, when will they re-open?

As part of the government’s road map for exiting lockdown, self-catered holidays will be possible from April 12th at the earliest. International travel won’t be allowed to resume until, at the earliest, May 17th – so it’s likely a lot of Brit’s will be holidaying at home for a while.

These are the rules that Boris Johnson has announced for Britain. Under these plans, people will be allowed to stay in self-catered accommodation but only with members of your household. Campsites and holiday lets where indoor facilities are not shared with other households are also included in this category.

Get ready for life after lockdown

Many caravan and campsites have now begun to contact those with existing bookings and are taking bookings for dates past April 12th. We imagine that there will be a high surge in bookings this year so we would advise you to act quickly if you want a trip as soon as possible.

Don’t forget, when you do get back on the road your caravan will be exposed to damaging factors such as UV rays, stones, road chips and gravel. Keep it protected with a towing jacket from Pro-Tec Covers.

AA Campsite Winner Sites That You Should Visit

If you have had travel plans put on hold over the last year, then you will probably want to make sure that your next trip is one to remember. There are so many great caravan sites in the UK but if you want a break that goes above and beyond your usual UK holidays, treat yourself to a stay at an AA award-winning site.

Whether you are looking for a prime location or luxury facilities, these award-winning sites will ensure your holiday is extra special:

East Fleet Farm Touring Park, Weymouth, Dorset

AA Campsite of the Year (South West England)

The south-west of England is spoilt for choice when it comes to high-quality caravan sites, so this park has had to fight off some serious competition to pick up this award.

The location of the site is idyllic, situated overlooking the stunning Fleet Lagoon and the sea, while it is also away from any residential or commercial areas, offering total tranquillity. With direct access to the South West Coast Path and easy access to Weymouth Beach, it is in a great location for families and walkers.

Onsite facilities are also of a high standard, with a bar and patio area to enjoy food and drinks with a view.

Plassey Holiday Park, Eyton, Wrexham

(Wales and Overall Winner)

You will struggle to find a more luxurious campsite than Plassey Holiday Park in Wales. Onsite facilities include an amazing adventure playground for the kids, a retail outlet and even a nine-hole golf course! There is also an indoor heated swimming pool, sports facilities and bars and restaurants.

It is set in 250 acres of stunning woodland and is within a short drive from Chester, Llangollen and Snowdonia National Park, so there are lots of options for fun days out. The site and local area are also well set up for scenic walks and bike rides.

Huntly Castle Caravan Park, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

AA Campsite of the Year (Scotland)

This campsite is the perfect destination for people who enjoy peace and quiet, rather than busy complexes with lots of activities and noise. It is located in the Grampian countryside and is close to the town of Huntly, where you can experience some of the local Scottish culture and heritage.

The Castle and Whisky Trails are top attractions near the site, while it is also popular for cyclists who want to try the selection of mountain bike trails. You are also close to the Moray coast and Cairngorm Mountains, so a great choice of site for outdoors adventurers.

Eye Kettleby Lakes, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

AA Campsite of the Year (England)

This luxury holiday park has won plenty of awards over the years and it is easy to see why. Set in the Leicestershire countryside, the park has 9 coarse fishing lakes, a fantastic clubhouse and outdoor seated area overlooking the lake. 

The park has been beautifully landscaped, with water features and well-maintained gardens throughout. The toilet and washroom facilities are of a very high standard and the site is in a good location for some picturesque walks, away from busy towns and cities.

Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment because these award-winning campsites will be in high demand. Have you bought your towing jacket yet? Order your towing jacket now from Pro-Tec covers so you are ready to go and enjoy your exciting getaway.

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5 Best Cars for Towing in 2021

 

If you are considering buying a caravan and are wondering which car to buy to allow you to tow it, or you are ready to upgrade your existing car, there are a large number of great new models of cars for towing.

 

Whether you are looking for a vehicle with lots of storage space, a luxury car or something on the lower end of the budget range, we have some top recommendations for towing:

 

1. Land Rover Discovery

 

The Land Rover Discovery models have been a firm favourite for owners who tow caravans or horse trailers, due to the reliable and stable performance. However, they now back up their reliable reputation with smart technology to make them even more suitable for towing.

 

The Advanced Tow Assist System has been designed to make reversing a caravan much easier, which most caravan owners will tell you is one of the most difficult parts of towing. The Discovery can tow weights of up to three tonnes, has a 3-litre diesel engine and has great off-road ability, making it the perfect vehicle for towing, although it is at the higher end of the price range, starting at £47,745 for a new model.

2. SKODA Kodiaq

 

For a more budget-friendly option, the Skoda Kodiaq starts from £25,775 and has a towing capacity of 2000kg. One of the great features of this vehicle is that it can be changed from five-seat mode to seven-seat and has a massive boot for storage on your caravan trips.

 

Other features include heated front seats, perfect for a winter getaway, as well as sat nav and wireless phone charging. If you want something a bit more sporty, you can choose the SportLine model for an extra £10,000.

 

3. BMW 520d Touring

The BMW 520d Touring model is built for safe and steady towing and handles very well on the motorway, maintaining a solid, straight line even in high winds. It is very roomy, so it is ideal for family trips with lots of luggage.

 

Towing capacity is 1,700kg to 2,000kg and the BMW 520d Touring xDrive M Sport won the 2018 Tow Car Awards, so this model is very popular with caravan owners. Price starts from £39,890, although the xDrive M Sport will cost you more.

4. Nissan Qashqai

If affordability is one of your main priorities, then the Nissan Qashqai is definitely worth taking for a test drive. Starting from £20,195, the maximum towing capacity is 1,800kg and you might be surprised at the modern technology features that come with this vehicle.

 

3D maps, smartphone integration and drive assist features are some of the impressive advantages that come with the Qashqai.

5. Jaguar F-Pace

 

The F-Pace is both powerful and stable, with sporty handling and a really smooth acceleration. While it does not perform as well as the Discovery in terms of off-road ability, if you like luxury motors then this is one of the best towing vehicles to suit your taste, with a stunning, luxurious interior one of the main draws.

 

Towing capacity is 2,400kg and you can choose between diesel, petrol and plug-in hybrid. Prices for the F-Pace start from £40,860.

 

If you are thinking about planning a trip for later in the year, make sure you buy your towing jacket from Pro-Tec covers for using on your journey.

 

 

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