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A (Certificated) Site for sore eyes…

Although we’d stayed previously camped in places that are classed as Camping and Caravanning Club Listed Sites, we’d never before spent a night on a Certificated Site (CS). And what a beautiful site it was.

Nestling in the village of Shepley, near Huddersfield in West Yorkshire, this CS in Marsh Lane provided a restful and handy base for our latest trip in the Xplore.

Ted at CSI was at home straight away, and as I’m a slim chap I can balance quite nicely, thank you very much, on the back of the bench seats, where I took up my position and looked out for wildlife on this scenic CS.

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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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Club Site ‘hailed’ a seaside success

Well, Kizzy has taken to caravanning like a duck to water! Having said goodbye to dear little Milly, the Avondale Dart caravan that was our temporary home for a couple of weeks last summer as we moved house, we ventured out in the replacement 'van, an Elddis Xplore 452.

Kizzy in new caravan Off to the Club Site at Mablethorpe we went, a location the chauffeur and the maid had not visited in all the time I’ve been alive. The last time they went, about ten years ago, it rained, and rained… and rained. But they were cosy in their little campervan and, with no dogs to walk, they were happy to stay put and wait until the bad weather had passed.

So we were fortunate that it was mainly dry for our visit. But oh, the northerly wind certainly made the east coast seem decidedly chilly for the second half of April and at one time we were bombarded by hailstones. Luckily the as yet unnamed Xplore benefits from blown air heating,so we were all toasty and warm as the evening temperatures fell.

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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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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!

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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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