Pop-up at Holkham, National Camping and Caravanning Week, and watch your speed!

This is the time of year that caravanners new and old, seasoned and beginners, hitch up the ‘van, take to the high road, and pitch up at their favourite campsite or explore pastures new.

If that is you, you’ll want to set out when you’re abreast of the latest UK caravan news – so, here is a brief selection of some of the headlines …

CAMC’s pop-up campsite to return to Holkham Hall

Book your pitch by the end of May, use a special code, and you’ll earn yourself a 10% discount on your stay at the popular Holkham Hall pop-up site to be opened once again this year (from the 16th of August until the 13th of September 2024) announced Practical Caravan recently.

That’s not the only saving you’re likely to make by setting up camp at this iconic site in the heart of some of Norfolk’s most popular attractions. If you’re staying here, you also qualify for a 30% discount on the price of entry to the magnificent Holkham Hall itself, its 6-acre walled gardens, and a tour of Holkham Stories – an immersive and interactive tour of the Hall’s past, present, and future.

Holkham Hall is just a mile inland from the inviting north Norfolk coastline, close to the Holkham National Nature Reserve and Holkham Beach – opportunities for walking, hiking, and cycling are boundless.

Celebrate National Camping and Caravanning Week

Monday the 27th of May until Sunday the 2nd of June is the National Camping and Caravanning Week hosted by the Camping and Caravanning Club.

It’s an opportunity to celebrate everything about enjoying the pleasures of the outdoor life, including a chance to connect with nature, its flora and fauna, and the serenity of simple daily events such as the sun going down in its unique blaze of glory. All in all, these are the moments designed to increase the regular caravanners’ sense of well-being.

This year’s special week is also a celebration of the recent inauguration of the Camping and Caravanning Club’s new President Hamza Yassin. He will be putting in at least one personal appearance at the Blackmore Club Site in the Malverns – and further events are scheduled to take place at other sites across the country.

DVSA warns hundreds of drivers over speed limit changes

As the new caravanning season gets underway, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has warned those with a caravan in tow to watch their speed – and, specifically, to keep within the limits for vehicles pulling a caravan.

A story in the Birmingham Mail on the 21st of April reminded motorists that when you have a caravan in tow, you are restricted to 30mph in all built-up areas (remembering that in some places – Wales in particular – that limit could be reduced to just 20mph).

On single-carriageways outside built-up areas, the speed limit is 50mph, rising to 60mph on dual-carriageways and motorways.

It’s worth taking heed of these warnings – exceed the speed limit and you could find yourself with up to six penalty points on your driving licence.