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Camping with pets: National Pet Month 2016

Shakey's first camping trip

Shakey's first camping trip

It’s exactly two years this week since my canine companion Shakey enjoyed his first camping trip. He came with me to the annual Outwell Owners Club season-opener meet at Low Farm, a Listed Site in Lincolnshire, and had a wonderful time.

Where there are campers there are people who will give you a fuss, not to mention tantalising aromas of barbecues and bacon sandwiches to tempt doggy tastebuds.

So it’s very appropriate that this month is National Pet Month, dedicated to celebrating the positive impact pets have on our lives, and to promoting responsible pet ownership.

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I’m Sheila, the Club Reporter. I love getting out and about with my three-legged dog Shakey, meeting Club members and bringing stories back for the magazine.

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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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Dartmoor (or an appreciation of British weather)

Stuart and two walking guides head out on Dartmoor

Stuart and two walking guides head out on Dartmoor

Sometimes reality bites.

What I had wanted was to travel to one of the UK’s last great wildernesses and be greeted with metaphoric open arms.

“Come on in, nice to see you, hope you enjoy yourself.” I pictured the beaming rays of sunshine, the gentle breeze among the long grass, the soothing isolation – what wonderful pictures we’d get, what great memories we’d take away.

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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.

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