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A show not to be sniffed at

Don’t be an April Fool… why not celebrate springtime with a visit to the UK Spring Motorhome & Caravan Show at Newark Showground?
Basket caseMy newshound’s nose tells me it’s a great place to kickstart the new touring season. And don’t worry that your canine companion will lose out, he or she is welcome if kept on a lead.
The show, from Friday, April 1 to Sunday, April 3, will feature more than 100 traders, lots of new motorhomes and caravans, plenty of evening musical entertainment and pitches for tents, caravans and motorhomes of all sizes, including American RVs!
Oh, and of course (very important, this!) there will be lots of food on sale and even stalls for your four-legged friend to sniff out canine treats.
Over the weekend there will be offers and activities exclusive to campers so you can catch up with what’s new on the touring scene for 2016. Camping is available but if you just want to go along for the day, you can, and car parking is free. Visit the show’s website for details of prices for weekend camping, day tickets and advance prices, and how to get there.

There are plenty of other opportunities to combine visiting a show and camping throughout the season too. You'll find more information in Out & About's Featured Events section of Camping & Caravanning magazine. You'll also find details Club meets and Temporary Holiday Sites, an affordable and social way to camp, great for meeting like-minded folk and their furry friends.  You can also download the new Out & About App which, the maid tells me, means you can now store details of meets on your smartphones or tablets and search by date, location or organiser. She's been pretty pre-occupied recently so I reckon Kizzy and I are going to be very sociable this season!

Spring show

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Travelling terrier Ted, together with his maid and chauffeur, visit campsites around the UK with Milly the caravan in tow. Ted offers tips for places to stay and shares some of his holiday capers.

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Change and chocolate ahead

Ted and KizzyKizzy and I were kindly invited by the maid and chauffeur to accompany them on their caravan hunting trip recently. They have a nice ‘van ( I spent a week in it last summer while we moved house) but I think the chauffeur craves a little more space to relax in after our walks on the proms of England.

As you can see from the photo, there were lots to choose from but at the moment our little Milly, the Avondale Dart 380/2, is awaiting her first trip out of 2016. So where will we go? Well, we have a weekend trip in May to West Yorkshire to look forward to, and this year I think we’ll be spending more weekends away, with being relatively close to the seaside hotspot of Skegness!

You may think I’m joking, but there’s a great promenade there, and more than one cafe when dogs (they often specify ‘small’ but that does apply to Kizzy and me!) can pop inside with their owners, as long as we are good and keep our paws firmly on the floor.

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Travelling terrier Ted, together with his maid and chauffeur, visit campsites around the UK with Milly the caravan in tow. Ted offers tips for places to stay and shares some of his holiday capers.

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The Club on the telly and spring in the air

Candy was explaining to the presenter of BBC series Great British Railway Journeys about the origins of the Club, and a fine job she did too!

Ted watching tellyAs you can see, I was engrossed, and while the maid scrambled to find her camera, I watched intently from my perch on the ‘buffet’, as the chauffeur calls it. However, after a couple of shots the maid’s camera battery failed. Honestly, you just can’t get the staff these days!

Now we’re into February, it feels like spring is truly on its way. We’ve seen daffodils flowering early and even blossom on some trees, so it must be almost time to get Milly the caravan out of storage and check her over.

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Travelling terrier Ted, together with his maid and chauffeur, visit campsites around the UK with Milly the caravan in tow. Ted offers tips for places to stay and shares some of his holiday capers.

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