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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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Caravan Sites with the Best Indoor Pools

 

 

If you are a keen swimmer, or a family with kids who love to play in the swimming pool, choosing a caravan site with a really good indoor pool will ensure you have everything you need for a great break. Many different sites across the UK have indoor pools, but our top four favourites are:

 

Lizard Point Holiday Park

Lizard Peninsula, Cornwall

 

Boasting a heated indoor pool, as well as a heated outdoor pool, this is the perfect caravan site for families and anyone who likes to get some lengths in for some exercise. The facilities include a water activity shipwreck, inflatable kayaks and there is a paddling pool for the little ones as well as a splash play zone.

 

The site has a huge range of activities and things to do, so it is very popular with families, with a big emphasis on making your holiday as fun as possible for the younger guests and there is an adventure playground, as well as plenty of other entertainment for kids.

 

Craig Tara Caravan Holiday Park

Ayrshire, Scotland

 

Craig Tara is jam-packed with water fun and the onsite Splashaway Bay is a huge multi-level pool complex with water flumes, slides, a lazy river and much more. There is also a paddling pool for smaller children and the whole complex is bursting with fun leisure facilities such as soft play, adventure trail, play village and mini aerial adventure.

 

You won’t have to worry about getting bad weather because there is so much for families to do indoors at Craig Tara, it could keep everyone entertained for weeks!

 

 

Summerfields Holiday Park

Scratby, Norfolk

 

You get the best of both worlds at Summerfields, if you fancy a dip in the sea, you are just a five-minute walk from the beach. Or if you prefer a nice warm swim, you can enjoy the indoor pool. There are several aquatic activities available for kids, while there is also a spa bath for any adults who want to take the opportunity to unwind for a while.

 

Other activities and facilities include crazy golf, an adventure playground, an outdoor play park and there are sports fields to play football and cricket or other sports on.

 

 

Hafan y Mor Holiday Park

Pwllheli, Wales

 

Situated close to Snowdonia National Park, Hafan y Mor has some amazing facilities for a fun holiday. The indoor pool has slides, flumes and a wave machine, for hours of splashing around.

 

The fun doesn’t stop there because the site also has an aerial adventure area, SportsDrome, adventure golf, access to a boating lake, family entertainment and a games room. The site is also a short distance from the beach, so there are plenty of places to explore and adventures awaiting you at Hafan y Mor.

 

Once lockdown restrictions start to lift, these sites are ideal for letting the kids (and the adults!) have some long-awaited fun. Make sure you are ready to go, by ordering your towing jacket now to avoid the rush when everyone starts planning their first caravan trip.

 

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Tranquil UK Caravan Sites to Escape To

If your idea of the perfect holiday break is to get away from the hustle and bustle and relax in peaceful tranquillity, with only the sound of wildlife to distract you, these caravan sites are just for you. We’re all looking forward to getting back out on the road again, so if you are planning your next trip and want to find somewhere nicely remote and quiet, take a look at our top recommendations:

 

Killiwerris Touring Park - Truro, Cornwall

 

This is a beautiful, adults-only sheltered site located close enough to the coast to enjoy the beach and coastal paths but far away enough to be away from the throngs of tourists that head to Cornwall. Limited to 17 hard standing pitches, the owners are keen to ensure this site offers campers an undisturbed stay.

 

Blue Rose Country Caravan Park - Brandesburton, East Yorkshire

 

Situated in the picturesque East Riding countryside, Blue Rose Country Caravan Park is a haven for anyone who prefers peaceful locations to busier places. The site is positioned between two very small villages and has beautiful gardens and larger than average luxury pitches, to provide more privacy and space to relax in. The site is adults-only and there is local fishing, golf and birdwatching.

 

Gadfa Touring Park- Isle of Anglesey, Wales

 

This adults-only site is ideal if you like to explore the coast but stay away from busier areas. It is a very small site with wonderful countryside views and it never gets busy or noisy, so you know that you are in for a tranquil break where you can recharge your batteries.

 

Greendale Farm Caravan and Camping - Oakham, Rutland

 

Another adults-only site located just outside of Leicester, set in a beautifully landscaped, quiet part of the countryside. The site is a favourite with walkers, cyclists, and birdwatchers, with numerous natures reserves nearby and a short distance to Rutland Water where there are water sports if you fancy sailing away into even more tranquillity.

 

Two Mills Touring Park - North Walsham, Norfolk

 

 

The ideal site for exploring the coastline and Norfolk Broads before heading back to a peaceful retreat. The site is adults-only and dog friendly, with a designated exercise area for your furry companions. Having recently won the AA Campsite of the Year Award, Two Mills has plenty to offer, location-wise and in terms of quality of facilities.

 

Woodlands Gardens - Fife, Scotland

 

This small caravan park has lovely views and is as remote as you can get. The site is for adults only and is close to the Fife Coastal Path, with many walking trails to choose from. You will pass through quaint fishing villages, with no McDonalds, busy supermarkets or noisy children in sight! Golfers can enjoy one of the local golf courses just a short drive away from this peaceful area of Scotland.

 

If you are planning your first post-lockdown trip, make sure you choose the perfect caravan site to suit your needs, you have waited long enough to get away!

 

Don’t forget to beat the rush by ordering your towing jacket from Pro-Tec Covers today.

 

 

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