Well, it’s been a bit of a long time coming but the time has finally arrived for our new-look magazine to start hitting doormats around the country.
You may have already seen Camping & Caravanning’s updated, fresh new appearance, and it’s great to know that all our hard work and effort over the past six months or so has come to fruition.
We’ve enhanced the sections, moving one or two around and giving them a more modern feel. Our Take Off diary section has become Pitch & Go! and we’ve given Forum an updated identity to reflect the fact that we now receive communications from members in more ways than simply by post or email.
Our Technical pages have also had an overhaul and are now called Advice & Expertise (A&E) with their own contents page fronting up the section.
Features have been given more room to flow and we’ve introduced symbols to highlight links to our new digital content and social media presence.
This new look has been both exciting and a challenge to get into print. We’ve had ambitions for a while to refresh the magazine without completely reinventing the content, but it has taken a fair bit of coordination, not only within the Club but also with our contributors and external partners.
It won’t be perfect – in fact we’ve already spotted a couple of things we’ve done wrong – but by and large I think it’s a great start to bring the title bang up to date and continue to hold our readers’ interest from the first page to the last.
I hope regular readers of the magazine enjoy it, and make the most of the great ideas, suggestions, advice and offers that will still be there in abundance.
Let us know what you think of the new design by tweeting us @FriendlyClubMag or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the meantime, enjoy the snow and the build-up to the new camping season!
Stuart Kidman is the magazine's Deputy Editor. He has been a journalist for ten years, writing for local newspapers before joining the Club in 2009.
He loves camping and enjoys nothing better than trekking off into the wilderness to 'rough it' for a couple of nights.