An oasis that is Crystal Palace CAMC site.


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Stayed this week at Crystal Palace which remains a hugely popular site because you can get into central London so easily and it is a really pleasant site to stay at anyway. It is in the Low Emission Zone so you need to make sure your vehicle does not attract a charge but, that apart, it is a great spot and so very quiet.

I also met wardens @walterswardens which was a great pleasure. They are doing a tour of duty at Crystal Palace and as I follow them on twitter it was good to meet them in person. I have now met @andrewjditton @TheTrudgians and of course @DebLudford so my list of faces matching a twitter handle is growing.

The site – as is well known – is one of the CAMC leased sites and as is equally well known the owners are anxious to develop their whole Crystal Palace property portfolio. The Club has already received a couple of extensions to its lease but the day will come when it finally has to close and I would urge you to visit as soon as you can to avoid disappointment! The Club has over fifty five sites this year open all year and Crystal Palace is one of them.

Christopher Macgowan



A hundred years since the end of WWI.


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As this most significant anniversary approaches I have this week been in France (St Omer) and Belgium (Ypres).

Christopher Macgowan


The Race To Retirement


Sightseeing in Auckland

Enjoying life while we can

Here we are snuggled up inside a sleeping bag made for two in a rental campervan of similar size to that of an under stairs cupboard in a standard detached house back in Blighty. Above us is not much more in the way of headroom than an extended arm’s length, before we can reach a very clever wooden pull-out bed base which provides a useful 3rd sleeping space for our adult son, who has joined us for a weekend getaway in The Wairarapa wine region in the South of New Zealand’s North Island.

Feeling blessed with the fact that our adult children still don’t mind tagging along with their middle aged parents and even more so when it involves sharing such a small but well organised space together, really then got us thinking as to why do we actually need much more room than this…

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The New Forest, Black Knowl and Beaulieu.


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A delightful stay in The New Forest this week at the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s Black Knowl site near Brockenhurst; as you can see, the autumn colours are now well advanced.

A visit to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu and a glimpse of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the soon to be opened 50 years Celebration Exhibit. Ian Fleming will always be remembered for James Bond but he wrote the story for his son Caspar with Roald Dahl – and the film’s director Ken Hughes authoring the screenplay. (Blogger David Bird kindly sent me a photo of Chitty towing a caravan so the car is even more famous than you might think!)

A lovely week indeed!

Christopher Macgowan


Motorhome dealer, Geoff Cox, scoops Adria award.


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Derbyshire-based motorhome dealer, Geoff Cox, has been awarded the title ‘Best Brand Ambassador’ by motorhome manufacturer Adria.

The awards were held recently at the launch of the 2019 Adria range of new models. The dealer took the title because of its dedication to promoting the two Adria brands – Adria and Sun Living.

“With the consistent commitment to the Adria and Sun Living brands over several seasons, we recognise that Geoff Cox Leisure works incredibly hard to support both brands and offer a high level of customer service,” said an Adria spokesman. “With regular support at outdoor shows and events, Geoff Cox helps promote Adria and Sun Living to a high standard and it is very evident that they are worthy of Adria’s Best Brand Ambassador award.”

The judging criteria for the awards were based on various levels of support that dealers offer, plus their investment in advertising, outdoor shows and new staff.

“I am so proud of the achievements of our team and would like to congratulate them on receiving this award and for their hard work and dedication,” said Gavin Cox. “We are also grateful to our customers for their loyalty, continued support and for ‘flying with us’.”

Source is outandaboutlive

Christopher Macgowan


Edinburgh Caravan and Motorhome Club Site


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Edinburgh is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK and it is no surprise the Club’s Edinburgh site is open all year and invariably full. It is on the west side of the city about half way to the airport. A short walk takes you to the Forth of Firth and fabulous views of the famous bridges.

As I was in Edinburgh for some time supporting one of my daughters directing a play (The Half) at the festival I treated myself uncharacteristically to a service pitch and having done so I’m not sure I will ever be able to go back to a standard one!

Wonderful city to visit of course; wonderful site to stay on. My late wife had family in Edinburgh and she and I used to be regular visitors; these few days have made me determined not to let too much time go by before I return.

Edinburgh CAMC site

Christopher Macgowan


Tewksbury Abbey Caravan and Motorhome Club site.


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Tewksbury Abbey CAMC site is a gem – particularly if you are a motorhome owner as it is barely 400 metres from the town centre. It has recently undergone a big upgrade, has gold standard WiFi, good TV coverage and is of course famous for winning the Sites in Bloom award year after year. A warm welcome from the wardens in the new reception office is assured.

Tewksbury is a small market town and the enormous abbey is the main attraction. Only slightly behind on the list of attractions is the prawn cocktail in My Great Grandfather’s Restaurant and the cream tea in The Abbey Tearooms.

All very enjoyable!

Christopher Macgowan