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The Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show

Rob GanleyRead The Club's Senior Communications Manager's guide to this month's Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show at the NEC.

The Caravan, Camping & Motorhome Show traditionally kick starts the camping season, and for 2016 it runs from 23-28 February at its regular home, the NEC Birmingham. I’ll certainly be there, and here are a few reasons why I reckon you should drop by too!

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Destination Northern Ireland

Ali NI BunkIt's February half term. Destination Northern Ireland. Our suitcases are packed full of wellies, woolly hats, hot water bottles and even my trusty compact Cadac barbecue. We are heading on an adventure to camp and eat.

2016 is officially Northern Ireland's Year of Food, a time to promote the best of this unassumingly beautiful country's producers, growers, chefs, cafes, bakers and brewers. In the interests of Eat Local and my appetite, this seems like a great excuse to visit.

Left to my own devices, I'd be launching myself from one great plate of food to another, but this is a family trip, with husband and two children in tow so I've put together a mixed itinerary to keep everyone happy.

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Ali Ray is as passionate about camping as she is about eating and cooking with locally produced food. You can read more from Ali in Camping & Caravanning and online.

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Around the bend

We’ve reached the halfway point in the IAM advanced driving course – usually a crucial time when the focus can either drift or intensify as people start considering the final week when the examiner steps in. The Highway Code poses a real threat, especially to some whose last proper look was way back in the 20th century.

Driving Week 3aMeanwhile in the classroom session we’re moving on to signalling, manoeuvring, cornering and the art of driving in town. We’re shown film clips of parallel parking, turns in the road and reversing around a corner – the sorts of things some go out of their way to avoid.

Living in a busy town I’m no stranger to street parking and generally have no problem with it, but as soon as I’m asked by long-time IAM observer Keith Madderson to slot into a generous space on a quiet Leamington suburb, I waste no time in hitting the kerb. It’s the same story for reversing around a bend, to which I overcompensate on a second attempt by ending up two feet away. Taxi! It should be noted that a learner driver we pass seems to be having more success with the same challenge. Keith advises practise, practise, practise.

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