Huntingdon Boathaven and Caravan Park

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This commercial site is on the Ouse between the adjacent towns of Huntingdon and Godmanchester. It’s a five minute walk to the famous Old Bridge Hotel in Huntingdon which itself is always worth a visit and for a long leisurely lunch with old friends – which is exactly what I did! Turn right out of the site and you are in Godmanchester which is much smaller but has pubs and restaurants on offer. 

The location is everything – I enjoy marina sites – although some of my friends who live in the back of beyond and find just one car going by freaks them out would certainly find noise from the A14 unacceptable. However, you cannot have the location without the A14 so it’s a judgement call as are most sites. 

More details HERE

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

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Poolsbrook Country Park

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I am grateful to The Wobbly Box for this independent report on Poolsbrook Country Park from last year. The full report, of which this is a small extract, can be found on their website.

“One of the best sites we have been to this year. Well laid out, clean and tidy. Its location made it a real winner in terms of the extras you get from the Country Park and the showers were the best we have seen on a campsite. We thouroughly enjoyed the site, so much so that we have moved our Christmas stay from another site to come back! Positives: lots to do in the area, great facilities (not all onsite but very close), great pitches, friendly wardens, accessible, great showers. Needs Work: ;Dog facilities, closeness of pitches

SITE NAME: POOLSBROOK COUNTRY PARK CARAVAN CLUB SITE

LOCATION: STAVELY, DERBYSHIRE, S433WL

DATES VISITED: OCTOBER 28TH- 31ST 2016

On our second visit to Derbyshire we took up residence at Poolsbrook Country Park Caravan Club site in Staveley, just down the road from Chesterfield. See what we thought of the Site and everything about it below:

Unlike our previous visit to the area when we stayed at Rivendale near Ashbourne, which took us out into the more remote areas of the Peak District National Park, Poolsbrook Country Park Caravan Club site is located conveniently about 5 minutes off Junction 29A of the M1 motorway. Whilst this does lead to a somewhat lesser scenic route on your drive to the campsite, including driving past what looks to be a small industrial site to get to the site, what is gives you in buckets is accessibility and proximity to pretty much everything. A 5 minute drive, or 20 minute walk takes you into the nearest town of Staveley which has all the basics you need including a pub and a large Morrisons store to name a few. Chesterfield is only about 10-15 minutes by car and has a multitude of things to see and do as well as an abundance of shops. The site itself is situated on the egde of the Poolsbrook Country Park, featuring a beautiful fishing lake surrounded by nature walks, a kids play area and a daytime Cafe. The site doesn’t suffer from much external noise so overall, whilst its not the prettiest location you will find in the area, it more than makes up for it in terms of practicality.”

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Bruges is Best.

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Faye and I are spending the weekend in Bruges; it continues to be one of our favourites.

The “No Motorhomes” sign on a central car park is a bit academic as you’d be bonkers to attempt a coach built on these narrow twisting streets. The taxis are mostly Mercedes Vitos so a small van conversion might be possible but we prefer the excellent barrier controlled aire at the main bus station. A ten minute top whack stroll and you are in the middle of the town.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Hiring a motorhome might leave you dumbstruck.

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One of my daughters recently hired a motorhome so that she and her husband could attend a music festival in some comfort. After talking with a couple of companies and discussing what they wanted, why and for how long they settled on a Midlands based outfit, paid the £800 hire and £1250 deposit. 

All went well; they had a great time at the festival and the motorhome was returned to the hire company where it was checked over for any mishaps or damage and there was none. Some days later my daughter chased them up for the return of their deposit. She was told the contract she had signed specified a deposit return in 28 days. She was a tad surprised and at the 28 day mark she called again.

Only to be told this time it was actually 28 working days (effectively six weeks) “at which point you can write to us to apply to have the deposit returned.” 

“To apply to have my own deposit returned?” she said incredulously.

These terms seem utterly oppressive and unreasonable to the point my daughter thinks it highly likely there will be a huge battle to get the money returned in full. I hope she’s wrong.

It’s got me thinking in the meantime. I often say to friends who are thinking of buying a motorhome and particularly caravanners who are thinking of going over to the Dark Side that a one week hire really would be an excellent idea before taking the plunge. Now I am thinking that I need to add they need to find a reputable hire company with a more friendly attitude and less oppressive terms.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

London on a Sunday.

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Once a month I have to be in London on a Sunday for a meeting. 

And there is something very attractive about London on a Sunday that I really like. Here in Waterloo Place it’s quieter, less people and you can get around so much more easily. It assumes in my opinion a completely different character and is all the better for that. 

I worked in central London for twenty years and loved it; but I was rarely here on a Sunday. I seem to now be putting that right.

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

WIGGO’S McLAREN SPORTHOME AT BCA

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BCA offers a unique opportunity for buyers later this month when Sir Bradley Wiggins’ Sporthome is offered for sale at BCA Blackbushe on 21 September.

 
The coachbuilt Sporthome by McLaren is based on a long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 316 2.1 with manual transmission. It was commissioned by Sir Bradley in 2014 and while finished in white, has been vinyl wrapped in Team Wiggins colours of blue with chromed wing mirrors and bull bar and 8-spoke alloy wheels. It has covered 5,500 miles.
 
The Sporthome features bespoke red, white and blue leather seating with ‘Wiggo’ detail on the headrests. The custom GB-inspired interior includes a double bed, combined shower/toilet, integrated kitchen area with fridge, cooker and wash basin, overhead lockers and a storage area/repair bay for cycles. 
 
There is a seating area with two swivel seats and fold down table and five television screens (two with Sky). The driver’s area has two leather seats and a custom GB dashboard with integrated Kenwood satellite navigation and CD unit. The vehicle is fitted with privacy blinds throughout for overnight stays and there is air conditioning throughout.
 
The Sporthome has five doors, including a sliding side door and barn doors to access the storage and workshop area. It is fitted with two roof windows and a pull-out awning for camping and overnight stays. 
 
The Sporthome will be offered for sale at BCA Blackbushe on Thursday 21 September from 11.00 am. See the full catalogue listing and images online HERE

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

A delightful weekend in Liverpool.

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Faye and I have spent a delightful weekend in Liverpool.

Getting there was a nightmare because of the unexpected closure of the M6 at junctions 18 and 19 but being there was great. The Merseyside Maritime Museum is a must. We were there with Faye’s sister and brother in law; John spent a chunk of his career in the shipping industry and was based in Liverpool for a while so this was a major trip down memory lane for him. 

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

Win tickets to the October Show at theNEC.

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Win tickets to the UK’s largest leisure vehicle event.

From 17 to 22 October, the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2017 at Birmingham’s NEC showcases all the new-for-2018 products from the motorhome and caravan industry. We have five pairs of tickets to give away for the biggest launch event of its kind featuring more than 700 motorhomes and caravans from major manufacturers including Adria, Auto-Sleepers, Bailey and Hymer. The show will also host a number of celebrity chefs such as Antonio Carluccio and Rustie Lee who will be giving cooking demonstrations from newly-launched leisure vehicles in the LIVE Theatre.

Launches at the show include the return of the iconic Airstream. Be inspired and explore the latest models from all major motorhome manufacturers and dealers under one roof and discover the perfect home-from-home for you.

For your chance to win tickets to the show (children 15 and under enter free), simply answer the following question:

Which iconic American brand relaunches back into the UK at this year’s show?

A – Airways

B – Airstream

C – Airmobile

Motorhomenews has five pairs of tickets to give away to the first five correct answers I receive. Please send me an email with your answer to the question and enclose your email address as well. Contact me on motorhomenews@gmx.com   Winners will be informed by me and will collect their tickets from the NEC on the day you travel to the show. See terms and conditions below.

(For more information or show tickets visit http://www.mcshow.co.uk or telephone 0844 873 7333)

Christopher Macgowan

@motorhomenews

 
Competition Terms and Conditions

 Tickets to be collected at the press office at the NEC, the press office is located outside Hall 18, suites 18.1 and 18.2. It is accessible from the NEC main atrium and from within the hall during the following hours.

 

Tuesday 17:​​08:00 – 18:00

Wednesday 18:​09:00 – 18:00

Thursday 19:​​09:00 – 18:00

Friday 20:​​09:00 – 18:00

Saturday 21:​​09:30 – 18:00

Sunday 22:​​09:30 – 13:00

 

Advance ticket prices £8.50 Senior (over 60s), £9.50 Adult when booking before 23:59hrs 16/10/17 after which time prices revert to the on-the-door price of £12.00 Senior and £13.00 Adult. A £1.25 transaction fee applies. Car parking is included in the ticket price. No dogs (except assistance dogs). Children 15 years and under go free when accompanied by a paying Adult/Senior. Tickets are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for a monetary value. For full terms and conditions please visit http://www.mcshow.co.uk

 

PUBLICATION TO ENTER ALL OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR COMPETITION ENTRY. ALL TICKETS ENTRIES ARE TO BE MANAGED BY THE PUBLICATION OR WEBSITE (UNLESS FACILITY NOT AVAILABLE)